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Monday, May 01, 2017

SCHOLARSHIPS - looking for experienced cetaceans and marine turtles researchers (PhD, Master and Degree levels) for project Mistic Seas II - MADEIRA Archipelago - PORTUGAL


Project MISTIC SEAS II, OOM-ARDITI (Madeira Oceanic Observatory / Madeira Research, Tecnology and Development Agency) has announced the following scholarships:

  1. One researcher (level PhD) with experience in line-transect distance sampling surveys (preferably MRDS – Mark-Recapture Distance Sampling) of cetacean and/or sea turtles'. The successful candidate should have field experience in carrying out and/or coordinating surveys, in organising, validating and processing data and finally in analysis of data to estimate abundances and generate surface density distribution maps, with General Addictive Models (GAMs), using Distance software and/or R specific package software. The selected applicants will temporarily integrate the Madeira Whale Museum team (partner of OOM - Madeira Oceanic Observatory), with decades of experience in the study of cetaceans in Madeira archipelago. For further information - http://www.arditi.pt/index.php/concursos/bolsas-concursos?id=212

  1. Four cetaceans and sea turtles' observers (level graduate students), with knowledge and experience in visual detection and data collection of the above-mentioned species, preferably with experience in distance sampling line transect surveys. For further information - http://www.arditi.pt/index.php/concursos/bolsas-concursos?id=209

  1. One cetacean photo-id researcher (Master degree), with knowledge and experience in photo-identification of small delphinidae, preferably of bottlenose dolphin and/or short-finned pilot whales, to carry out a photo-identification study to estimate abundance of these species using Capture-Mark-Recapture (CMR) methods following the Robust design. For further information - http://www.arditi.pt/index.php/concursos/bolsas-concursos?id=210

  1. One marine turtle's researcher (level graduate students), preferably with knowledge and experience in locating, identifying and capturing marine turtles at sea. This person should also have knowledge and experience in carrying out biological sampling of turtles at sea and in the laboratory. For further information - http://www.arditi.pt/index.php/concursos/bolsas-concursos?id=211

The deadline for the submission of applications for the scholarships is the 19th May 2017. For further information on each scholarship please follow the links provided above.

The selected applicants that working with cetaceans (A,B,C) will integrate temporarily the Madeira Whale Museum scientific team (partner of OOM - Madeira Oceanic Observatory), while the marine turtle's researcher (D) will temporarily integrate the University of Madeira (partner of the OOM - Madeira Oceanic Observatory). Both Institutions have decades of experience in research studies in Madeira archipelago in their respective fields of expertise. The work will be carried out in Madeira archipelago, Portugal.

"MISTIC SEAS II – Applying a subregional coherent and coordinated approach to the monitoring and assessment of marine biodiversity in Macaronesia for the second cycle of the MSFD", is a project financed by the DG ENV, European Commission (No. 11.0661/2017/750679/SUB/ENV.C2). The project aims at implementing the common monitoring programs designed in MISTIC SEAS project and reinforce regionally coherent, coordinated and consistent updates to the determination of GES, as well as to prepare the next steps of the 2nd cycle of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive - MSFD (2008/56/EC).

Kind Regards,

Luís Freitas

Biólogo Marinho - Marine Biologist
Coordenador da Unidade de Ciência - Head of the Science Unit
Museu da Baleia - Madeira Whale Museum
Rua Garcia Moniz Nº.1, 9200-031 Caniçal, Madeira, Portugal.
T: 00 351 291 961 858 | F: 00 351 291 961 859



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