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The Marine Research Centre (MARE) of the University of Liège (Belgium) invites applications for fellowships for outstanding postdoctoral researchers in the frame of the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) 2016 call for Post doc Fellowships for non-EU researchers. The targeted countries are the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South-Africa), Vietnam and all the African countries (look carefully at all the eligibility criteria at the end of this email). The appointment must start before September 30th 2017 at the latest and the duration of the fellowships is 6 to 18 months.
The post-doc will be associated with the BRAIN project FaCE-It (Functional biodiversity in a Changing sedimentary Environment: Implications for biogeochemistry and food webs in a managerial setting), financed by the Belgian Science Policy (Belspo) in the frame of the BRAIN program. The project is coordinated by Steven Degraer and Ilse De Mesel (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science – DO Nature) and  is in collaboration with Karline Soetaert, Jan Vanaverbeke, Tom Moens (UGent, marine biology research group), Gert Van Hoey (Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries research; Aquatic environment and quality) and Marilaure Grégoire, A. Capet, JM. Beckers, E. Delhez, A. Barth (ULg MARE).
FaCE-It aims at understanding the impact of a changing sedimentary environment on the benthic ecosystem functioning ( i.e . biogeochemical cycling and food webs) of the Southern Bight of the North Sea (SBNS) from the local scale to those larger scales in which managers are interested in for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.  More specifically, the project will investigate the impact of the hardening, resulting mainly from the installation of offshore wind farms, and fining, resulting from multiple human activities (e.g. aggregate extraction) on the biogeochemistry and foodweb structure at local and larger scales.
In this frame the task of the MARE group will be to develop a tri-dimensional (3D) hydrodynamical-sediment transport model of the SBNS for which a PhD student has been hired. In connection with this work we are looking for a post-doc researcher for working on a topic related to the modelling of the SBNS. Proposals are particularly welcome in relation to the following topics:
•Modelling river-estuary-ocean coupling,
• Modelling atmosphere-ocean interactions
• Modelling wave-current interactions. 
The candidate will collaborate with a team of scientists from different fields of oceanography (biological, chemical, sedimentology, modelling).
The candidate should send by e by e by e by email his/her curriculum vitae (including country of birth for eligibility checking), his/her research profile (PhD diploma and date of completion, previous fellowships, present affiliation abroad, previous occupied functions, dates and institutions of previous stays in Belgium, possibilities of (or opportunities for) returning to home institution after the postdoc stay in Belgium), a list of peer-reviewed publications) and a covering letter of motivation including the topics in which you are mostly interested, together with two references (name and email address), to Marilaure Grégoire (email: mgregoire@ulg.ac.be ). DEADLINE MARCH 15th 2016. 
The selected candidate will be invited to write a full proposal (~5 pages + administrative part) for submission to BELSPO (deadline for submission April 30th 2016). 
Eligibility criteria
Qualifications required to be eligible. The candidate willú║
Hold a doctor’s degree at the date of entry the Fellowship,
Hold the doctor's degree for less than 6 years on January 1st, 2016,
Not have been domiciled in Belgium for more than 12 months during the last 36 months preceding January 1st, 2016,
Not have already benefitted from a Postdoc Fellowship to non-EU researchers funded by BELSPO,
Have the nationality of a target country,
Be associated to research in one of the target countries.
The target countries:  For this Call, the list of target countries is limited to
 - the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa)
 - all the African countries
 - Vietnam.
Duration of the stay Duration of the stay Duration of the stay Duration of the stay: from 6 to 18 months. This duration will be mentioned in the application form and cannot be extended.
Exceptionally Exceptionally Exceptionally Exceptionally, the research stay can be divided in 2 periods. This decision needs to be duly justified in the application form.
Further information about this call can also be obtained anytime from mgregoire@ulg.ac.be  or at: http://www.belspo.be/belspo/organisation/call_postdoc_fr.stm .
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