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CSIR-Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory (SOCCO) Scholarships for MSc or PhD students

01
Mar
2015

The CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation, implementing projects throughout Africa and making a difference in people’s lives.

Masters and Doctoral studentships

About the job:

The Ocean Systems and Climate research group of the Global Change competency Area in the CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE) unit is offering Masters and Doctoral studentships in a range of disciplines that address earth systems science. Examples of suitable disciplines include undergraduate and postgraduate research in physics, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering, marine biology or botany and oceanography. The positions are based in Rosebank, Cape Town.

The Southern Ocean plays a very important role in the global carbon-climate system taking up an estimated 50% of anthropogenic CO2. SOCCO (the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory) is a CSIR-led programme in the Ocean Systems and Climate (OSC) research group whose research focus is on understanding how the Southern Ocean influences the global links between carbon and climate (http://socco.org.za/). Through this research the CSIR aims to attract excellent young South Africans to acquire advanced numerical, technological and problem analysis skills.

About the studentship programme:

A studentship is a temporary employment contract with the CSIR for selected graduates to primarily perform research on a topic approved by the organisation. The masters and doctoral studentships are for a two (2) year and three (3) year period respectively. The studentship is fully funded by the CSIR and will lead to a masters or a doctoral degree.

Masters and Doctoral studentships are being offered in these fiveresearch domains.

1. Physics

Research: Surface ocean physical dynamics of the southern ocean: links between fine scale dynamics and large-scale climate sensitivities.

Positions: Three (3) masters or doctoral studentships

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Honours or masters degree preferably in oceanography, mathematics or physics.
  • Numerical computer skills would be advantageous.
  • Previous experience in data analysis would be useful.

2. Ocean Carbon

Research: Scale sensitivities of CO2 fluxes in the southern ocean

Positions: Three (3) masters or doctoral studentships

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

Honours or masters degree in oceanography, physics, mathematics, chemistry or engineering.

3. Ocean Biogeochemistry

Research: Phytoplankton primary production and carbon export to the deep ocean

Positions: Two (2) masters studentships

Qualifications, skills and experience:

Honours or masters degree in biological sciences advantageous (e.g. marine biology, botany)

4. Ocean Iron

Research: Impact of Fe and light limitation on primary productivity and the nitrogen cycle in the southern ocean

Positions: Four (4) masters and two (2) doctoral studentships.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

Honours or Masters degree preferably in chemistry, microbiology, marine biology or botany.

5. Ocean Bio-optics

Research: Understanding the biogeochemical response to physical drivers in the southern ocean using bio-optics.

Positions: One (1) masters and three (3) doctoral studentships

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Honours or masters degree preferably in mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, statistics or oceanography.
  • Numerate with mathematical or statistical programming skills (e.g. MATLAB).

Should you meet the above requirements, kindly apply via https://candidate.csir.co.za and select the position reference number 305256.If you are a first time applicant, you will be required to register before you can submit your application. If you are a returning applicant, please log onto the application system using your user name and password.

Closing date: 31 March 2015