Job Position: 
Graduate Opportunities
Closing Date: 
Sunday, April 29, 2018

The position

The PhD student will investigate the potential of adaptive evolution to affect the response of phytoplankton communities to a warmer and more stratified ocean due to climate change. He/she will use modelling techniques that are commonly used in physics (moment closure approximations, reaction-diffusion) to solve eco-evolutionary dynamics of planktonic organisms moving along "fitness landscapes" (i.e. relationship between genotypes and reproductive success)

The lab

Institute of Marine Sciences @ Barcelona (CSIC)

Your profile

- MSc in physics, mathematics, engineering, computer sciences, oceanography, theoretical biology, or related disciplines. 
- Computer skills (or desire to learn them) in Matlab, Python, R and/or FORTRAN under Unix/Linux OS. 
- Creative and independent thinking with an interest in complex systems and numerical ecology. 

We offer

- FPI fellowship: Free tuition and salary funded by the Spanish Government 
- BarcelonaTech-ICM joint PhD program in Marine Sciences (4 years) 
- An interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic environment (ICM) 
- Research stays at three institutions: MIT, JAMSTEC, CNRS 
- Flexible time-schedule 
- Health insurance 
- Bike commuting 
- Paid holidays 


16.4K euros / year (tax free)


- Curriculum vitae (CV) 
- Academic record (grades in %) 
- Letters of reference (up to three) 


Open from 10th January 2018 until the position is filled

Contact - Pedro Cermeno ( 
- Sergio Vallina ( 


The Institute of Marine Sciences @ Barcelona (CSIC) is looking for candidates to fill two job offers in computational ecology of marine ecosystems. The open positions are within the frame of a research project SPEAD, funded by the Spanish National Science Foundation. The project SPEAD seeks to simulate plankton ecological evolution (Eco-Evo) for the global ocean using the adaptive dynamics framework of trait-diffusion. Further details of the project SPEAD can be found here ( SPEAD )

Contact Name: 
Pedro Cermeno
Contact Email: 
Job Location: 
Institute of Marine Sciences, Barcelona (CSIC)