Open position: postdoctoral fellowship in marine biogeochemistry

We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher to work with Dr Ulisse Cardini and Dr Francesca Margiotta on “Spatial and temporal variability of gas fluxes and ratios in coastal marine ecosystems”. Find the link below to submit your application!

About the organisation:

The Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN) – National Institute of Marine Biology, Ecology and Biotechnology is an internationally renowned center for marine research with headquarters located in Napoli, Italy. You will be primarily based at the Genoa Marine Center (GMC), a territorial seat of the SZN located in the coastal city of Genoa and dedicated to the study of marine biodiversity and the identification of viable solutions for its conservation. The GMC provides a vibrant international and interdisciplinary environment for conducting marine research, located in the heart of one of Italy’s most underrated gems, and embedded in an environment known worldwide for its breadth of marine research.

About the project:

A major focus of the research group is on quantifying biological productivity and nutrient transformations in marine systems, particularly in benthic associations between primary producers, invertebrates and microbes, using techniques ranging from dissolved gas measurements to mesocosm experiments and bottle incubations with stable isotope tracing.

Within this project, you will work to develop protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs) aimed at the study of dissolved gases fluxes and their ratios (measured by membrane inlet mass spectrometry – MIMS) as a result of the metabolism of specific microbial associations, also in response to environmental stress, and the quantification of potential effects for coastal marine ecosystems.

More specifically, experiments are envisioned exploring the role of lucinid clams in Zoostera marina beds in the south of France and Spain. These experiments are part of a larger effort within the EU-funded project BIOcean5D ( Work package 2. The candidate will thus have the opportunity to collaborate with other postdoctoral researchers working in other European Institutions, in particular within the Labs of Prof. Jillian Petersen (University of Wien) and Dr. Sophie Arnaud-Haond (IFREMER).

Your qualifications:

You should have a PhD degree in Marine Sciences, Biogeochemistry or an equivalent degree. An interest in (geo)microbiology and microbial symbioses, and the willingness and capacity to interact in a multidisciplinary team, are essential. You should be fluent in spoken and written English and have a good publication record.

What we offer:

The position is offered for 24 months. The salary will be in accordance with the so-called Assegno di Ricerca pursuant to art. 22 of the Italian law 240/2010 for a gross total over the two-year period of €38,913.66 (subject to social security contributions but except from taxation).

At the GMC-SZN we strive for gender and diversity equality and we encourage and welcome applications from all backgrounds. Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications and ability to fulfill the responsibilities as outlined for this project.

How to apply:

To apply, please follow this link: and the guidelines mentioned under “Assegno di Ricerca n. 7/2023”.

Please carefully read the excerpt from the announcement, translated in English, provided at this link.

The application deadline is March 02, 2023. Evaluations are planned shortly thereafter, and interviews will be conducted from remote on March 16, 2023. We seek to initiate the position by April 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Additional information:

Please contact Dr Ulisse Cardini (project leader, Head of the Marine Symbiomes Research Group, Email: for any informal enquiry.