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Call for applications for a Post-doctoral fellow in Physical Oceanography IMAR/BPD/INDICIT/001/2018

IMAR – Institute of Marine Research, based in the Department of Oceanography and fisheries, University of the Azores, is opening a call for one post-doctoral fellowship to join its marine turtle and marine litter research groups in support of the research projects “INDICIT - Implementation of the indicator; Impacts of marine litter on sea turtles and biota in RSC and MSFD areas” (n°11.0661/2016/748064/SUB/ENV.C2;, “MISTIC SEAS II - Applying a subregional coherent and coordinated approach to the monitoring and assessment of marine biodiversity in Macaronesia for the second cycle of the MSFD” (n°11.0661/2017/750679/SUB/ENV.C2;, both funded by the European Union, and “COSTA – COnsolidating Sea Turtle conservation in the Azores” funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service ( We are looking for a highly motivated and proactive post-doc fellow to assist with investigating the role of ocean currents on the distribution of sea turtles in the central North Atlantic and their interactions with pressures such as marine litter and fisheries. Meso-scale eddies, originating in the Azores current, and current filaments are key oceanographic features in the study area with an important structuring role for pelagic megafauna. Quantifying these mechanisms and the extent to which they promote interactions with important threats such as marine litter, but also fisheries, are the central theme for this position.

Field of research: physical oceanography; numerical modelling of large scale oceanographic processes

Admission requirements: Candidates must hold a PhD degree in Physical Oceanography or Applied Mathematics and have proven experience in working with oceanographic data (remote sensing data and oceanographic models), in particular altimetry and current data, and numerical modelling. Preference will be further given to candidates with proven experience in studying physical-biological interactions in ocean ecosystems. Good writing skills in English, working in interdisciplinary projects, teamwork and a good record of scientific publications are essential.

Funtions: The candidate will be expected to develop original research on the oceanographic processes that regulate the distribution of marine megafauna, and sea turtles in particular, and its interactions with threats such as marine litter. The output will be key for the development and evaluation of indicators and monitoring programs related to biodiversity (Descriptor 1) and marine litter (Descriptor 10) within the framework of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). More specifically, the candidate will be expected to:

a) Create numerical models to identify key oceanographic features driving the distribution and interactions between pelagic megafauna and marine litter;

b) Publish original research in peer-reviewed journals;

c) Actively participate in ongoing projects, i.e. reporting and attending project meetings;

d) Participate with the supervision of students

Applicable laws and regulations: Law no. 40/2004, of 18 August (Statute of the Scientific Research Scholars); FCT Regulation for Studentships and Fellowships; Regulations for Advanced Training and Qualification of Human Resources.

Workplace: The work will be developed at IMAR – Institute of Marine Research, hosted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceanography of the University of the Azores (DOP-UAc) in Horta (Faial Island), under the supervision of Dr. Frederic Vandeperre and Dr. Christopher Pham.

Duration of the scholarship: The grant will last for 18 months, commencing preferably as soon as the selection process is completed, and is renewable.

Compensation: The research fellow will receive a monthly allowance of 1,495 €, in accordance to the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) official table of fellowships ( The fellow will be covered by a personal insurance and voluntarily contribution to the national social security system, according to the Dec.-Lei nº40/49 from 1st February.

Selection criteria: The selection of candidates will be based on curriculum evaluation, taking into account the academic record and the demonstration of the capabilities listed in the admission requirements. Interviews may be conducted to better assess the capability of candidates.

Application submission: The call will be open from the 17th January until the 5th February 2018. Applications must be submitted by email by sending the following documents: Letter of motivation with justification of skills for the position, detailed Curriculum Vitae and copy of university degrees. Failure to submit the requested documents will be reason for exclusion of the application. Applications should be sent by email to Dr. Frederic Vandeperre ( and Dr. Christopher K. Pham (, cc for Sandra Silva (

Evaluation committee: Dr Frederic Vandeperre (President of the committee), Dr Christopher K. Pham (vogal) and Dr. Pedro Afonso (vogal).

Notification of results: The final results will be presented in a list ranked by the candidates’ final scores, to be sent by e-mail to all applicants. The successful candidate will be notified via email. If the decision is unfavourable, the candidates have 10 working days to appeal. The jury reserves the right not to award the scholarship based on the quality of the applications.

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