Phd opportunity – marine ecosystem modelling of the global ocean

The project is entitled “Fostering the capacity of marine ecosystem models to project the cumulative effects of global change and plausible future oceans” (PI: Marta Coll ICM-CSIC, Barcelona, Jose Mª Bellido IEO-Murcia & Xavier Barber UMH, Elche).

The PhD fellow will receive a 4-year contract with a gross annual salary of 16,250€ for each of the first two annuities; 17,410 for the third annuity; and 21,760 for the fourth annuity, apart from an additional grant of 6,860€ for mobility and training for the 4-year period.

Applications will open in mid-October 2021 through the following link. In the meantime we encourage future applicants to contact us and check the details of the position.

Job opportunity – Postdoctoral contract in marine ecosystem modelling

September 2021

We are looking for a a postdoctoral researcher to work on marine ecosystem modelling development and applications within the European project FutureMARES.

  • PlaceInstitut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona
  • Salary: FC3-FC1, 46,287.17 to €58,059.19 €, depending on experience
  • Contract period: One year, with the possibility to be extended for 1-2 additional

The objective of the contract is to characterize the potential effect of two Nature-Based Solutions (sustainable fisheries management and the establishment of marine protected areas) to overcome the impacts of ongoing climate change effects on marine resources and ecosystems. The methodological approach will involve the use of statistical and mechanistic modelling techniques of marine ecosystems with special focus on the Western Mediterranean Sea.

We are looking for candidates with a strong background on marine ecosystem modelling with Ecopath with Ecosim and Ecospace software [1] and its latest developments (e.g., Christensen et al. 2014, Steenbeek et al. 2018, Coll et al. 2019) and knowledge on the field of marine sciences, biological sciences, and environmental sciences or similar. A good level of English is essential and knowledge of GISstatistical analyses and programming with R is highly recommended.

More information here

Severo Ochoa ICM Postdoctoral Fellowships: 20th June 2021

Within the Framework of the ‘Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence’ accreditation, six fellowships for two-year post-doctoral contracts are available at the Institute of Marine Science (ICM), the largest centre for multidisciplinary marine science in Spain, with a leading role in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region.

This call will be open from May 7th to June 20th 2021 at 23:59h CET. Before applying please check the full application.

The objective of the ICM Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF SO) is to attract outstanding international early career researchers working on highly interdisciplinary topics related with ICM’s Research Challenges, ICM’s Emerging Research Areas, or ICM’s Transversal Methodologies, in order to complement the current ICM research portfolio.

Come and work with us!Excelencia Severo Ochoa

We have a PhD scholarship to investigate Nature-Based Solutions in marine ecosystems!

We are looking for candidates to apply for a PhD scholarship/contract in the next FPU call of the Government of Spain (expected between October and November 2020).

The PhD thesis will be developed at the Institute of Marine Sciences (CSIC, Barcelona) in the context of the recently funded European project FutureMares.

The objective of the thesis is to characterize the synergistic effect of climate change and fisheries-induced evolution on exploited populations, and consequently, on the functioning of marine trophic interactions. The thesis will deepen on the changes of marine ecosystems under climate change and intensive fishing, their adaptive capacity, and how they respond to different nature-based solutions (marine protected areas, sustainable management and recovery of degraded habitats). The methodological approach of the thesis will involve the use of statistical and mechanistic modelling techniques of marine ecosystems with special focus on the Mediterranean Sea.

We are looking for candidates with a degree in the field of marine sciences, biological sciences, environmental sciences or similar and with an academic record higher than 8. Candidates with a degree from a non-Spanish University must possess (or have processed) a certificate of homologation. Candidates must be enrolled in a doctoral program at a Spanish university, or be studying an official university master’s degree that gives access to a doctoral program. A good level of English is essential and knowledge of statistics and programming with packages like R is recommended.

Interested candidates, contact Marta Coll ( and Valerio Sbragaglia (

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT ”la Caixa”

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT ”la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

This programme is divided into two different frames:

  • Doctorate INPhINIT Incoming: 35 PhD fellowships for researchers willing to carry out their PhD project in research centres accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence Severo Ochoa, María de Maeztu or Health Institute Carlos III and Portuguese units accredited as “excellent” according to the evaluation of the Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia.

    This frame is addressed exclusively to STEM disciplines: life sciences and health, experimental sciences, physics, chemistry and mathematics.

    For doing their research in Spanish institutions, candidates must have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for less than 12 months in the last 3 years while for Portuguese institutions, candidates must have resided in Portugal for less than 12 months in the last 3 years.

  • Doctorate INPhINIT Retaining: 30 PhD fellowships for researchers willing to carry out their PhD project in any research domain and any university or research center in Spain or Portugal.

    Candidates must have resided or carried out their main activity in the same country, either Spain, or Portugal, more than 12 months in the last 3 years.

The doctoral INPhINIT fellowships offer a highly competitive salary and complementary opportunities for training on transferrable skills (in annual training sessions), temporary stays in industry, incentives upon completion of the thesis, among other elements that make these fellowships some of the most attractive and complete in Europe.


If you are interested, please contact me!

”la Caixa” Foundation Postdoctoral Junior Leader Fellowships – Retaining

Deadline: October 2020

30 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities, to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu excellence award, Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria Carlos III or units qualified as “excellent” by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.

If you are interested please contact me and check Call 2021

”la Caixa” Foundation Postdoctoral Junior Leader Fellowships – Incoming

Deadline: October 2020

30 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities, to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu excellence award, Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria Carlos III or units qualified as “excellent” by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.

If you are interested please contact me and check Call 2021

New postdoctoral position in ecological modelling


Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA, Oslo) and Akvaplan-niva (APN, Tromsø), Norway

A Postdoc position for 24 months is available at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research connected to the research project EISA “Ecology and management of the invasive snow crab: Predicting expansion, impacts and sustainability in the Arctic under climate change” funded by the Norwegian Research Council under the MARINFORSK programme (2019-2022).

The position is available from 1st January 2020, for 24 months. The successful candidate will be employed by NIVA (head office in Oslo), and will join the Marine Biology department, but the postdoc will be based at the offices of Akvaplan-niva in Tromsø, where the modellers in the project are based.

Only twenty-two years after it appeared in the eastern Barents Sea, the snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) has rapidly spread and, in 2017, this invasive species was recorded off Svalbard. Because of its dual nature as an invasive species and potential exploitable resource, the snow crab’s expansion in the Barents Sea has important ecological, economic and political implications, both nationally and internationally. EISA will use state-of-the-art methods (including species distribution and ecosystem modelling, evolutionary genetics and machine learning) to provide empirical and modelling data on the snow crab’s dynamics in the Barents Sea, identify how it changes the structure and function of the benthic community, and predict broader impacts in the framework of climate change. EISA will answer 3 main questions addressed under 4 research work packages:

1) How does the snow crab affect the transfer of matter and energy to high trophic levels, and what are the predicted impacts on the ecosystem (WP1 & 3)?
2) Where does the snow crab come from and what do they eat as they expand (WP2)?
3) How will the tradeoffs between ecology and socio-economics drive the development of sustainable management measures in the Barents Sea (WP4)?

The postdoc will work in an international marine research team focusing on the modelling and prediction of the distribution and impact of the snow crab in the Barents Sea ecosystem. The postdoc is expected to:
1. Actively engage with the partners in all workpackages of the project, to ensure that all data necessary for the modelling activities are collected and processed accordingly.
2. Work closely with the ecological modellers in the project (Uni. Tromsø, Akvaplan-niva, ICM-CSIC).
3. Develop his/her own independent research within the goals of EISA.
4. Write at least 2 first-author papers per year and present the results in at least 1 international conference.
5. Assist the project coordinator with overall coordination tasks, including the maintenance of the project website, data management, annual meetings and communication.
6. Conduct regular short stays in NIVA’s main office in Oslo as well as working visits to ICM-CSIC in Barcelona, Spain.
7. Participate in the EISA cruise to the Barents Sea in summer 2019, if he/she is available.

We are seeking a candidate with the following professional qualifications:
• PhD and research experience in marine ecology;
• Ecological modeling expertise using ECOPATH with ECOSIM and network analyses;
• Expertise using Species Distribution modelling approaches;
• Knowledge or interest in machine-learning analyses and methods;
• Expertise in working and managing large data sets from different sources;
• Proven expertise in writing scientific publications on a high international level;
• Capacity to lead independent research;
• Excellent English communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
• Background in introduced species or ecosystem approach to fisheries management would be considered advantageous.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, goal-oriented candidate with good communication skills, who can demonstrate ability to work in a broad interdisciplinary and international research group and project. You should be able to work in a team of researchers with different backgrounds, but also to propose and develop independent research within the project’s framework.


Challenging tasks at the leading national water research institute with a comprehensive international network of contacts. • Office and lab space at Akvaplan-niva in Tromsø, where the postdoc will benefit from the close proximity to the modelling experts, and Barents Sea expertise. • Stimulating work environment with capable and dedicated employees. • A head office at CIENS (The Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research) centrally located near the University of Oslo. • Competitive conditions and salaries, pension plans and insurance benefits.

• Send your CV and motivation letter to Dr Eva Ramirez-Llodra:
• Application deadline: 30/04/2019
• Additional information about the EISA project can be sent upon request.

Opportunity to develop a MSc thesis on Kelp Ecology

Under the project KELPEX (Kelp export: fuel for adjacent communities in changing artic ecosystems? we are offering a MSc thesis on kelp ecology.

KELPEX is a multidisciplinary project integrating research in kelp forest, biodiversity, coastal and deep-sea ecology and modelling, to determine the role played by kelp export in shaping the structure and function (trophic webs) of adjacent ecosystems to kelp forests, both shallow and deep, in arctic Norway. KELPEX will quantify experimentally kelp production and export (WP1) and the effect of kelp export will be assessed in shallow-water (WP2) and deep-sea (WP3) communities. We will integrate all results from the field and lab experiments into newly developed ecological models (WP4). KELPEX will take a bulk step forward to determine the role played by kelp export in fuelling adjacent habitats, including effects on benthic ecosystem services (e.g. sustaining commercially exploited species) and will develop a predictive tool from which to assess ecosystem change associated with kelp regime shifts. KELPEX results will thus provide robust scientific knowledge to support decision making and management of arctic ecosystems under different natural and climatic stressors, addressing Norway’s strategic priorities for the Arctic. KELPEX is funded by the Norwegian Research Council (2016-2018) and includes an international team of researchers and students from Norway, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Australia.

The Master Project will be develop under WP4 (Ecotrophic Modelling, to quantify main structural and functional features of shallow and deep ecosystems associated with kelp export. Ecological modelling has emerged as a highly suitable tool to integrate available biological data with the final objective to obtain an overall picture of how ecosystems are structured and how they function. This overall picture is the first step to move towards the development of future scenarios for natural ecosystems. In KELPEX we will use a combination of modelling techniques to advance on the knowledge on how the shallow and deep ecosystems associated with kelp exports are structured and how the function under present conditions and future change. Previous studies using EwE models in Jurien Bay Marine Park (Australia) demonstrated a clear influence of kelp on food web dynamics although the role of kelp production export to adjacent ecosystems is unknown to a larger extent. To develop the ecological models we will integrate data and results obtained during field work and laboratory experiments, in addition to other information available from the literature and previous monitoring and sampling campaigns. Experts on the ecosystems will be consulted to retrieve their knowledge on main species occurring in the ecosystems, main drivers and main historical changes.

Contact: Marta Coll (mcoll at for more information