The Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology is a research institute of the Max Planck Society. It was founded in 1992 in the State of Bremen and employs around 200 staff members. In close collaboration with numerous university and non-university research institutions, we explore the diversity and function of microorganisms in the ocean and their interactions with their environment. Scientists from all over the world, engineers, technicians and administrative staff together make an important contribution to global marine and environmental research.

In the Microsensor Group we are searching for a

PhD Student on Coral Reef Mapping

As a part of the EU-funded Training Network project “4D-REEF: Past, present and future of turbid reefs in the Coral Triangle”, 15 early-stage researcher (doctoral candidate) positions are available. The project consortium of 17 research institutes and universities will provide an excellent foundation for career development in reef studies, with local and international links, collaborative projects and an exciting training program.

Project: Habitat structure and spatial ecology in modern turbid reefs
The benthic dimension of reef habitats sets the stage for a complex set of interactions between biogeochemical processes, hydrodynamics, habitat competition and pelagic communities. Therefore, a comprehensive description of the reef benthos in terms of community composition, coverage and structure, is a key target of reef surveys. Using novel underwater hyperspectral surveying systems (HyperDiver), rich snapshots of the reef can be easily acquired. With the use of machine learning and image analysis, detailed habitat structure maps can be efficiently created. The dense reef biodiversity maps opens up the reef mesoscale to seascape-style analyses.


What we expect from you:
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We offer a 3 year full-time appointment. Candidates can be of any nationality, but in order to be eligible for the EU-funded positions the following criteria applies to all applicants:
Applications must be submitted online. The deadline is August 25, 2019. For further information please contact Dr. Arjun Chennu ( and see project website:

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

We are looking forward to your application!

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