Job: Cetaceans photo-identification and mark-recapture estimates fellowship for project Mistic Seas II
Job/Fellowship Reference: ARDITI-OOM/2017/006
In the context the project MISTIC SEAS II, OOM-ARDITI is looking for a 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.
“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), including the revision of the initial assessments and the definition of environmental targets by July 2018, in accordance with Article 17(2a and 2b), Article 5(2) and Article 3(5) of the MSFD.
This is a photo-id researcher position to carry out in the field the pilot photo-identification study of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) in Madeira archipelago as well as to assist in the biological sampling of loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta). This work is to test the sampling approach proposed in the sub-programmes “Abundance and demography of coastal cetaceans” and “Loggerhead capture and sampling” established in Project MISTIC SEAS.
In the context of this project, OOM-ARDITI is looking for a 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. The selected applicants will temporarily integrate the cetaceans team of OOM - Oceanic Observatory of Madeira, headed by Luís Freitas, scientist with decades of experience in the study of cetaceans in Madeira archipelago.
For the applicant to be considered a candidate for this scholarship it is required to have a master in Biology, ecology or similar field and be fluent in English, both written and spoken.
The responsibilities of the cetaceans photo-id researcher include, among others:
The work will be carried out at the Science Unit of the Madeira Whale Museum, Caniçal, Madeira Island, under the supervision of Luís Freitas
980.00€/month tax free - ARDITI research fellowship (BI - master) monthly maintenance stipend and regulations are determined by ‘FCT-Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia’ (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en).
FS = QA + EP + ML
FS – Final Scores
QA – Qualifications
EP – Experience
ML – Motivation
Application submission and deadline
Vacant posts: 1
|Type of contract: Temporary|
|Job country: Portugal|
|Job city: Caniçal|
|Job company/institute: ARDITI|