[ES_JOBS_NET] Professor of Phytoplankton Viability Studies, Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Wed Oct 5 12:58:42 MDT 2016

  Professor of Phytoplankton Viability Studies

The Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University, Canada’s leading 
school of oceanography, is seeking applicants for the position of 
Professor of Phytoplankton Viability Studies. The successful candidate 
will be an outstanding and innovative researcher whose accomplishments 
have made a major impact in this field. The candidate must lead and grow 
an innovative, interdisciplinary, and technically demanding research 
program of the highest quality that would attract excellent trainees, 
students, and future researchers, high levels of external research 
funding, and strong international partnerships. In addition to research 
leadership, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to 
the teaching and service mandate at Dalhousie.

Funding for this position will come, in part, from Trojan Technologies, 
a Dalhousie industrial partner and a leader in the application of 
ultraviolet radiation (UV) for treatment of drinking water and 
wastewater.  Trojan is striving to develop markets for its 
environmentally safe and effective systems for treating the ballast 
water of ships. The key challenge for Trojan is to demonstrate — to 
ship-owners, regulatory bodies and the general public — that UV 
treatment achieves its intended goal of removing the threat of invasive 
microbes or phytoplankton in ballast water. The successful candidate 
will work with Trojan to research the efficacy of UV treatment for 
treatment of ballast water, conducting research of the highest caliber 
and reporting the results widely. Intimate familiarity with the effects 
of UV disinfection on microbes, particularly phytoplankton, is 
essential. The needs for research results are immediate, so the 
successful candidate must have demonstrated expertise in the 
measurements of phytoplankton viability now recognized or being 
considered by regulatory bodies: most probable numbers, vital stains, 
and assays based on chlorophyll fluorescence.  The successful candidate, 
therefore, must have demonstrated expertise in phytoplankton physiology, 
phytoplankton ecology, and phytoplankton optical properties. 
Demonstrated leadership in studies of the physiological ecology of 
phytoplankton will be fundamentally important to the Professor’s broader 
mission in fundamental research and teaching.

The successful candidate will head Dalhousie’s Phytoplankton Laboratory. 
This impressive facility is key research infrastructure for the 
Department and broader university community.  The Phytoplankton 
Laboratory has a long and continuing history of providing technically 
sophisticated training to a large group of graduate and undergraduate 
students in the Marine Biology and Ocean Sciences BSc degree programs at 
Dalhousie. The successful candidate will be expected to continue these 
vital training activities.  The laboratory provides contracted services 
to researchers at Dalhousie and to the broader community, and these 
services are expected to continue under the leadership of the successful 

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in oceanography or a related 
field, and will be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor or 
higher with tenure if qualifications and experience warrant in the 
Department of Oceanography.  Anticipated start date is 1 January, 2017 
or as negotiated.

The application should include a detailed /curriculum vitae/, brief 
description of the current research program, accomplishments, at least 
five representative publications in the last five years, the names of 
three references, and a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire 
(which is available at http://www.dal.ca/becounted/selfid).  Please send 
the complete application to:

Search Committee Chair, Professor of Phytoplankton Viability Studies

Department of Oceanography

Dalhousie University

PO Box 15000

Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3H 4R2


_E-mail: _Oceanchr at dal.ca <mailto:Oceanchr at dal.ca>_;  Subject: 
Phytoplankton Viability Selection Committee_

Review of applications will begin October 31, 2016, but applications 
will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Dalhousie is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in 
diversity and inclusiveness.  The university encourages applications 
from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially 
visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and 
gender identities, and all qualified candidates who would contribute to 
the diversity of our community.  All qualified candidates are encouraged 
to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given 
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