CESAM (Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies) is a Research Unit of the University of Aveiro with the status of “Associated Laboratory”. The label “Associated Laboratory” is awarded to leading research units in Portugal by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Presently CESAM has ca. 200 investigators, 80 of which hold a PhD degree. CESAM develops research in the marine and coastal environment areas and is organized into five lines of study: Atmospheric Quality, Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, Ecotoxicology and Biology of Stress, Marine Ecosystems and Modelling, and Integrated Watershed Management. There is significant multidisciplinarity and cross-line involvement in these themes. Further information concerning CESAM can be found at http://www.cesam.ua.pt.
CESAM offers a 5 year contract for an Assistant Researcher at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, with a salary of ca. 42 000 €/year.
The post holder will join an existing Research Group at CESAM, within the line Marine Ecosystems and Modelling, and will conduct research in the Marine Geology/Geophysics team on the study on continental margins, hydrocarbon-rich fluid escape processes and structures, and geosphere/biosphere coupling processes in deep-sea "cold seeps" and in estuarine/lagoon systems. The candidate is expected also to develop cross-disciplinary research collaboration with other CESAM researchers, and should be capable of developing independent research, initiating and managing his/her own projects, although within the strategic areas of the hosting unit/line of study. There are no teaching obligations. The post holder should be able to find a substantial part of his/her research funds through application for research projects to national and international funding agencies and through supervision of PhD students and pos-doc researchers.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences (Geology, Geophysics), Marine Sciences, Physics, or equivalent and, at least, 3 years of research experience at pos-doc level and a good scientific publication record. Key requirements are excellence in research, capability to develop independent research initiatives and a clear vision of national and international research priorities in Marine and Coastal Zone Sciences in this field of expertise.
The successful candidate will work with geological and geophysical data, including seismic lines, core data and sediment/rock samples.
The applicant must be prepared and ready to work both in the laboratory and at sea (periods of 1-2 months at sea per year are envisaged). Previous participation in research cruises, the demonstration of high-standard laboratory research in this or in a related field, expertise with geological/geophysical data processing and interpretation, and a strong backgroung in structural geology, tectonics and geodynamics, are conditions of preference.
The panel responsible for the selection will be constituted by Luis Menezes Pinheiro, from CESAM and the University of Aveiro (Portugal), Fátima Abrantes, from INETI/CIMAR (Portugal), and Menchu Comas, from the University of Granada, Spain.
In the applications the following documents must be included: Curriculum vitae, updated, with reference to the ISI publications and indication of email; copies of certificates and a Cover Letter indicating the candidate’s motivation for this position. All documents must be in pdf format and sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail subject must include the job reference.
Deadline for applications: May 2nd, 2008.
If deemed necessary a short list of candidates may be formed and candidates will be interviewed and invited to make a presentation about their work and how they see their future perspectives.