PhD Researcher Air-Sea Fluxes


2 years

VLIZ, Belgium

Deadline : 24 april 2022

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Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is hiring a marine researcher to start a PhD on the role of microbial life and their metabolites on the formation and stability of sea foam, which is the predominant source of sea spray aerosols.

Host organisation

Over the last 20 years, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has become a knowledge institution indispensable to the marine research landscape. What started as an institute focusing on science support, has evolved into a national and international point of contact for marine research. VLIZ initiates and carries out multidisciplinary research and supports marine experts by providing research infrastructure, data, information and knowledge. VLIZ supports the blue economy and reaches out to a broad public. VLIZ further broadens its marine horizons and aims at becoming a world player in the field of marine and coastal research.

A stimulating working environment forms the base of this flourishing knowledge institute. The well-being of their employees comes first. VLIZ is looking for colleagues who, with their passion and knowledge, want to strengthen this growing institute and face the blue challenges of the future.

Position description

The candidate will be asked to:

  • Plan and perform field work at the coast and at sea
  • Process samples in the lab and measure the phytoplankton, bacteria and viruses present
  • Process samples in the lab for chemical characterization (Na+, Chl-a, DOC, TEP, CSP)
  • Set up lab experiments to investigate foam formation and foam stability; analyse the data
  • Discuss planning and report progress to your supervisor and external partners;
  • Mentor BSc and MSc students during their student jobs, internships or thesis works;
  • Collaborate with colleagues at VLIZ to increase interdisciplinarity in various research projects;
  • Profile and skillsPresent research at national and international conferences.

Profile and skills

  • MSc in Applied Sciences (bioscience engineering) or Exact Sciences, (e.g. biology; microbiology)
  • Strong interest in fluid dynamics and aerosol research
  • Knowledge of microbial ecology and experience with microbial or plankton research are a plus
  • In the possession of a driving licence B
  • Critical and creative
  • Scientifically integer
  • Open minded and taking initiative
  • Passionate scientist, willing to learn new skills and develop excellent research
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a motivated team player
  • Willing to work in an international context
  • Good oral and written English communication skills
  • Academic writing skills are a plus
  • Knowledge of statistics
  • Experience with R open software is a plus
  • Willingness to spend time at sea


InnovOcean site in Ostend at the VLIZ research division, Belgium

Contract type

Full time for 2 years

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