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PhD Student: Sea surface as a source of marine aerosols

The Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment ( is the marine research institute at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg with locations in Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven. At the location in Wilhelmshaven we seek to fill a position for a
Graduate Student / PhD Student (E13 TV-L, 65%): Sea surface as a source of marine aerosols
The position is available from 01.05.2016 or later for a term of 3 years as part of the project MarParCloud.

In the project MarParCloud, an interdisciplinary team of researchers investigates the connections between marine biological production, organic aerosol particles and marine cloudiness. Marine biological production is an important source of organic matter in the ocean, which can be transported upward and accumulates at the sea surface. Potential microbial and photochemical processes transform the organic matter at the sea surface, but eventually some of the matter is transferred via wind-generated sea spray into the atmosphere. The organic matter alters the properties of marine aerosols which are acting as cloud condensation nucleus, and, therefore, a primary source for cloud formation.
Within the framework of MarParCloud, the candidate will investigate the composition and accumulation of organic matter at the sea surface, especially in terms of marine biological production, photochemistry, and meteorology. Gelatinous particles, known to rise up and accumulate at the sea surface, will be in the focus as transport vector to transfer organic matter from the ocean to the atmosphere. Controlled laboratory experiments are used to explore photochemical processes. Field sampling will be conducted at the Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory (CVAO) in the North Atlantic.
Candidates must hold an academic university degree (Master of Science or equivalent) in the field of environmental chemistry, chemical oceanography or related subjects. Experience in analytical chemistry (mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, and spectrometry) and willingness to participate in research cruises (up to 6 weeks) are required. Good English language skills and experience in statistical data analysis are also required. Candidates should have a strong interest in multidisciplinary research.
The Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg strives to increase the proportion of women in science. Therefore we especially encourage female candidates to apply. Female candidates are given preference if equally qualified.
Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.
Please send your application (CV, a list of publications, certificates) to, preferably as a single pdf file. The application deadline is 29.02.2016. Alternatively, applications can be sent by mail to the Institut für Chemie und Biology des Meeres - AG Meeresoberflächen, z. Hd. Dr. Oliver Wurl, Schleusenstr. 1, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

How to apply:
Per Mail bis zum 29. Februar 2016
Send application to
Dr. Oliver Wurl
Schleusenstr. 1
26382 Wilhelmshaven
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: V102

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