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Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Fellow in “Shellfish aquaculture under global change”

enero 22 - abril 12

DURATION: Full time. 18 months, 

w/possibilities for a 36-month extension (i.e. through competitive Postdoc ANID grants).

DUTIES: A postdoctoral position is available as part of the Coastal Socio-Ecological Millennium Institute (SECOS), which involves a multi‐disciplinary team of scientists from different Chilean universities focused on the sustainability of the coastal zone. The main objectives of SECOS are to understand global, regional and local drivers of change; the social-ecological conditions that hinder sustainability; and test and implement actions that unravel these conditions. The work plan to accomplish our objectives is organized through the study of small- and medium-scale social-ecological experimental units or learning platforms, which tackle key issues in artisanal fisheries, shellfish aquaculture, and coastal development socio-ecological systems (SES). At the same time, we encourage knowledge co-construction an Arts & Science interphase across different SES. In our third call for proposals, we are searching for a postdoctoral fellow to collaborate with the shellfish aquaculture SES, and more specifically on the learning platform of Mussel Aquaculture, and its multiple environmental/socio-economic stressors (e.g. ocean warming, ocean acidification, deoxygenation, pollution, markets, etc.) and adaptive capacity. Depending on the successful applicant’s background and competences, the post-doctoral research could be focus towards one of the following areas: 

  1. Global Change Biology: Field and laboratory experiments on shellfish physiology upon changing ocean conditions (e.g. hypoxia, coastal acidification, freshening, changing upwelling regimes).
  2. Interaction between salmon and mussel aquaculture: Exploring the impact of salmon aquaculture on mussel physiology/biology, combining different methodological approaches and tools (e.g. experimental biology, stable-isotopes, and/or fatty acid biomarkers, among others).
  3. Multiple-stressor Biology: Interaction of pollutants within a framework of natural environmental variability regimes in coastal areas (e.g. temperature, salinity, oxygen and pH).
  4. Social dimension components of mussel aquaculture upon global change.

The workplace for the successful applicant will be located in one of the institutions associated to SECOS, in La Serena/Coquimbo (Universidad Católica del Norte), Santiago de Chile (i.e. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile or Universidad Santo Tomás); Viña del Mar (Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez), and Concepción city (Universidad de Concepción, Universidad del Desarrollo). Intensive fieldwork will be required in Central and/or Southern Chile (i.e. Arauco Gulf, and Chiloé Inner Sea).

BACKGROUND: Ph.D., with a strong background in any of the disciplines involved in the scientific themes previously described; e.g. oceanography, marine biology, animal physiology, evolutionary biology and ecology, ecotoxicology, sociology, among others. It is expected that the postdoc researcher will closely interact with other senior scientists from different disciplines but also with local shellfish farmers.  

 TO APPLY: Applicants should submit, electronically or in hardcopy form:

  • A Curriculum Vitae

  • Copies of degree certificates.
  • A statement of previous research achievements. 
  • A publication list with links to all publications.
  • A research plan (maximum 1/2 page).
  • A list of 2 references (with contact details)


DATES: Applications until: April 12th, 2024

Preferred start date is around May 1, 2024 but is negotiable.

SALARY: The Postdoctoral fellow involves a monthly salary of around CLP$1.880.000. (annual salary of about US$ 24,700).


Applications should be submitted to: 

Pablo Fuentes

Executive Director

Coastal Social-Ecological Millennium Institute (SECOS)

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


E-mail subject: SECOS Postdoc Application – CANDIDATE LAST NAME

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