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Postdoc Position (m/f) in Trait-based Ecosystem Modelling

The Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht invites applications for a 2-year Postdoc Position (m/f) in Trait-based Ecosystem Modelling. The place of employment is Geesthacht.

Marine ecosystems are under various anthropogenic pressures such as coastal eutrophication and ocean acidification. A central question for science and management is how impacts of those stressors on phytoplankton communities propagate through the entire ecosystem. Primary objective of the position is to investigate stress responses in phytoplankton dynamics including relevant traits such as cell size, and how this feed backs to ecosystem functions for relevant habitat types. The study is also part of the German joint research programme ‘Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification‘ (BIOACID).

The postdoc will participate in a joint integration and meta-analysis of data from mesocosm experiments. She or he will bundle existing model formulations in order to mechanistically describe plankton dynamics under multiple stressors with focus on changes in CO2 but also in nutrient stoichiometry. The candidate is expected to intensely collaborate with experimental and modeling groups at AWI (Helgoland) and GEOMAR (Kiel).

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