Internship - Marine Carbon Cycle, IAEA Environment Laboratories
Primary Location: Monaco - IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco
Closing Date: 2019-02-13, 11:59:00 PM
Duration in Months: 12
The IAEA accepts a limited number of interns each year. The internships are awarded to persons studying towards a university degree or who have recently received a degree (see Internship web pages for further details).
The purpose of the programme is:
To provide interns with the opportunity to gain practical work experience in line with their studies or interests, and expose them to the work of the IAEA and the United National as a whole;
To benefit the IAEA's programmes through the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields.
The duration of an internship is normally not less than three months and not more than one year.
The Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications implements the IAEA's Major Programme 2, "Nuclear Techniques for Development and Environmental Protection". This Major Programme comprises individual programmes on food and agriculture, human health, water resources, environment and radiation technologies. These programmes are supported by laboratories in Seibersdorf, Monaco and Vienna. The Major Programme's objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to meet basic human needs and to assess and manage the marine and terrestrial environments through the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques in sustainable development programmes.
The IAEA Environment Laboratories consists of four laboratories, three of which are located in Monaco and one in Seibersdorf. The Division implements the IAEA Environment Programme and operates in a complex matrix environment with inputs from many parts of the organization, such as the Department of Technical Cooperation for the implementation of projects, and also collaborates with other Departments.
The Radioecology Laboratory's mission is to improve knowledge
about the behaviour and fate of radionuclides and other
contaminants in the environment, with a particular emphasis on the
biosphere. It aims to assist and enhance Member States'
capabilities in the field of radioecology and its applications to
ecotoxicology and biogeochemistry.
This internship will strengthen NAEL by continuing to develop and apply radionuclide measurements in order to better understand the marine carbon cycle.
Functions / Key Results Expected
The intern will learn and apply laboratory techniques for the collection, preparation, and analysis of a suite of naturally occurring radionuclides in seawater samples.
The intern will utilize the information from these tracers to assess the utility of a multiple radionuclide method for determining remineralization depth in the ocean while furthering our knowledge of carbon cycling in the ocean.
Under the guidance of the Research Scientist, the intern will be required to:
• Assist in the collection, preparation, and analysis of a
suite of marine radionuclides in seawater samples from the
• Contribute to treatment and analyses of radionuclide data;
• Participate in the development and implementation of utilizing multiple marine radionuclides as tracers for determining remineralization depth in the ocean and further understanding the marine carbon cycle.
Qualifications and Experience
• University degree in Environmental Science, Oceanography, or related field.
• Basic knowledge of oceanography, biogeochemistry, and the marine carbon cycle.
• Oral and written skills in English (ability to communicate in, read, and understand scientific English).
• Familiarity with good laboratory practices.
• Some experience in the use of laboratory equipment.
• Candidates must be a minimum of 20 years of age and have completed at least three years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a first degree.
• Candidates may apply up to one year after the completion of a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree.
• Candidates must not have previously participated in the IAEA's internship programme.
• Excellent written and spoken English essential; fluency in any other IAEA official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian) an asset.
• Candidates must attach two signed letters of recommendation to their application.