Scientific collaborator Blue4All (m/f/x)

  • Institute of Natural Sciences
  • Vautierstraat 29, Brussels, Belgium
  • 16/05/2024
Office work Blue economy Conservation and ecology Marine policy Marine research

Job Description

The Institute of Natural Sciences (Brussels, Belgium) is recruiting a scientific collaborator (F/M/X) in the context of marine conservation and marine protected areas management. The new collaborator will be engaged in the current ongoing Blue4All project ( and in the soon-to-be launched BLUECONNECT and PHAROS projects. All projects are funded through the European Union’s Mission program.

The research group MARECO (Marine Ecology and Management,, part of the Operational Directorate Natural Environment (OD Nature) of the Institute of Natural Sciences has in-depth expertise with regard to marine research in various research domains. MARECO attaches great importance to the link between research and policy support. MARECO contributes to environmental impact assessment, environmental status assessment, marine spatial planning and, marine conservation and restoration. The team coordinates multiple monitoring programmes that assess the environmental status of the marine environment and study the environmental impact of human activities at sea. The team uses state-of-the-art research equipment, modern lab facilities and a new research vessel. MARECO provides scientific services, including access to the 'Artificial Hard Substrate Garden' and identification of marine organisms.

This vacancy is situated within the MARECO activities with regard to marine conservation, marine protected areas and the sustainable management of the marine environment.

The focus of the new collaborator will be on (1) the socio-ecological dimensions of marine protected areas, (2) the development and testing of tools and methods to improve management of marine protected areas (as part of the Blue4All consortium), (3) supporting the development of the Blue4All platform to facilitate co-management of marine protected areas (as part of the Blue4All consortium), (4) the extension of the Blue4All platform to large areas of the Atlantic, European Atlantic outermost islands and Arctic (as part of the PHAROS consortium), (5) the definition of measures to achieve effective conservation and restoration of the marine environment (as part of the BLUECONNECT consortium).


  • Diploma: Master in marine-related Sciences or equivalent (holders of foreign diplomas will have to apply for a diploma equivalence procedure)
  • Wide interest in multidisciplinary research related to all aspects of marine management (e.g. social, environmental, economic, regulatory and technical)
  • Excellent organization skills for a successful and timely execution of the widely ranging tasks
  • Creative and flexible mindset, able to adapt to new topics and tasks even if outside of their original area(s) of expertise
  • Proficient knowledge of the English language
  • Open, collaborative and inclusive attitude
  • Prepared to take initiative, but also to work in close collaboration with other consortia team members within and beyond RBINS
  • Prepared to participate in (inter)national workshops, conferences and symposia

Career level

Junior, Senior

Career options

Academic, research and sciences