Early stage researcher neogene tropical marine environments

Are you curious about the geological history of carbonate producers in the geological past? Are you accurate and fast in processing data? Do you have the drive to communicate and connect to different kinds of people all over the world? Is travelling for fieldwork a welcome addition to your daily job? We are looking for an Early Stage Researcher working on the following project:
Quantifying Neogene habitat variability in the Coral Triangle (ESR7)

Host: Marine Biodiversity Research group, Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Leiden, The Netherlands)
Supervisor: Dr Willem Renema

Carbonate production on modern tropical carbonate shelves is dominated by coralline algae and Halimeda, large benthic foraminifera, and corals. Each of these have different characteristics with respect to optimal environmental conditions, including depth and nutrient availability. Reduction in coral cover on modern reefs, and therefore carbonate production by corals, begs the question whether production by the other groups is similarly depressed, or that there will be shifts in the carbonate production. To do so, it is essential to look at the entire systems, including coral reefs and the inter-reef sea floor.


Early stage researcher (ESR7 4 years) H2020/MSCA/ITN "4D-REEF"

of the individual project

Objectives of the individual project
1)    Acquisition of expertise with respect to automated identification of carbonate producers in carbonate sediments using AI. Specific question: Is it possible to identify the different components in thin sections?
2)    Use this tool in Pliocene, Holocene and modern sediments.
3)    Apply this new tool for a quantitative analysis of the relative contribution of carbonate producers over time and space. Specific question: Have there been shifts in dominance of carbonate producers in the past?


This project will allow quantifying shifts in carbonate producers across environments in the past 10 Million years. In combination with environmental and change change scenarios we aim to predict the future of calcification in tropical shelf seas. 

More information about 4D-REEF is available at: https://www.naturalis.nl/en/4d-reef

and field training

Secondments: Natural History Museum (London, UK); University of Granada (Spain)

Field training: Cebu (Philippines), Southwest Sulawesi 

criteria and candidate profile

Eligibility criteria
EU eligibility criteria for candidates: Candidates of any nationality, but in order to be eligible for the positions the following criteria applies to all applicants:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1) The applicant shall at the time of recruitment be in the first four years of his/her research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.   2) The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.

Candidate profile
Candidates most hold a master degree in Earth and/or Life sciences, or equivalent. Experience with carbonate sedimentology, coral reef (paleo)ecology and/or dataprocessing is desired. A good level of written and oral English is required. We are looking for a highly motivated student with good communication skills and a keen interest in fieldwork in remote areas. 
This is a 4-year project; the ESR will be enlisted in the University of Amsterdam PhD-programme.

For any queries you may have, please contact: 
Please feel free to contact Willem Renema (willem.renema@naturalis.nl)
with questions about the position.

to apply?

Applicants are invited to submit their application, including a cover letter and CV before 1 October 2019 by using the application form