Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee

Over the last 25 years, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has become a knowledge institution indispensable to the marine research landscape. What started as an institute focusing on science support, has evolved into a national and international point of contact for marine research. VLIZ initiates and carries out multidisciplinary research and supports marine experts by providing research infrastructure, data, information and knowledge. VLIZ supports the blue economy and reaches out to a broad public. VLIZ further broadens its marine horizons and aims at becoming a world player in the field of marine and coastal research.

A stimulating working environment forms the base of our flourishing knowledge institute. The well-being of our employees comes first. VLIZ is looking for colleagues who, with their passion and knowledge, want to strengthen our growing institute and face the blue challenges of the future.

Field work
€3,900 - €4,200 monthly
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee Oostende, Belgium
Understanding plankton community responses to changing environmental conditions and extreme climatic events using high-throughput observation approaches.   Background   The Belgian part of the North Sea (BPNS) is one of the most intensively used seas in the world and is heavily impacted by anthropogenic activities: shipping, tourism, fisheries, wind farms and pollution. The interaction between nutrient rich, highly turbid waters originating from the Scheldt estuary and clear, nutrient poor water flowing in from the Atlantic contribute to a shallow, dynamic, and heavily impacted coastal system prone to the effects of climate change. Climate projections predict increases in water temperatures and more extreme conditions in pelagic environments. Within the shallow system of the BPNS, extreme climatic events such as heatwaves have the potential to greatly alter planktonic community dynamics. With plankton as the base of the food web in marine systems, it...
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