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Job advertisement OGEN Inaugural Cohort - PhD Opportunities

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OGEN Inaugural Cohort - PhD Opportunities

OGEN Inaugural Cohort - PhD Opportunities

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OGEN, Ocean Frontier Institute

The Ocean Graduate Excellence Network (OGEN), sponsored by the Ocean Frontier Institute, gives exceptional graduate students a full spectrum experience beyond academia in an extraordinary environment. They will gain valuable hands-on practical experience with industry or government (through research lab visits, internships and other collaborations). They will also complete professional development training, participate in workshops, conferences, sea training and summer schools relevant to their interests and goals, and take part in Indigenous cultural awareness training.

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) is a transnational hub for marine research, exploring the ecosystems of the North Atlantic and Canadian Arctic Gateway to discover innovative solutions that strengthen the economy and protect the environment. Through education, training, and communication — and by sharing talent, resources, and information — OFI generates ocean knowledge and opportunity.



Relevant division
Ocean Sciences (OS)


Student / Graduate / Internship


Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

13 January 2021

Job description

Shape the future of the ocean

The Ocean Frontier Institute is proud to present OGEN – The Ocean Graduate Excellence Network.

Uniting excellent graduate training with broader experience through partners including industry and government, OGEN builds a unique research nexus. OGEN provides full-spectrum, hands-on graduate training experience designed to equip the next generation of ocean researchers for the global job market.

Graduate student fellowships granted through our partner universities incorporate training experiences and hands-on learning beyond traditional academic. Students enrich their academic experience with individualized training programs improving job-readiness.

OGEN can help you embark on a Masters and/or PhD in ocean research through partner universities’ degree programs (Dalhousie University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Prince Edward Island and University of New Brunswick).

We also bring you access to transformational experiences and connections preparing you for 21st century careers. These include summer schools, workshops, entrepreneurship training, internships with industry and more. Logging these as microcredentials will help you to unlock novel career opportunities.

You will network with like-minded thinkers in Canada and internationally.

Current Opportunities: National Research Council – Starting in 2021

Assessing the role of nature-based infrastructure in mitigating coastal erosion
Dr. Carissa Brown: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Geography

Estimating the size of micro-plastics floating underwater using image processing of the photo-acoustic data received by a phased-array
Dr. Jean-Francois Bousquet: Dalhousie University, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Risk and cost mitigation through determination of tidal turbine loading under real turbulent tidal flow conditions
Dr. Dominic Groulx: Dalhousie University, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Investigation and development of green processes to valorize shellfish residues for applications in aquaculture feed and biomaterials
Dr. Kelly Hawboldt: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Process Engineering

Characterization and applications of biogenic nanomaterials from salmon aquaculture processing waste
Dr. Francesca Kerton: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Chemistry

Coupling nutrient remediation to optimized biomass production through sequential cultivation of algae and thraustochytrids
Dr. Hugh MacIntyre: Dalhousie University, Department of Oceanography

Understanding social license for nature-based coastal adaptation: a longitudinal culturomic approach
Dr. Kate Sherren: Dalhousie University, School for Resource and Environmental Studies

Autonomous Fleet Ice Management via Reinforcement Learning
Dr. Andrew Vardy: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Computer Science & ECE (Joint)

A machine learning method to support shipping operations in ice: applications to tactical voyage routing and strategic regulatory assessment
Dr. Brian Veitch: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Deep learning models and best practices for measuring the effects of seismic oil and gas exploration on commercial fish
Dr. Christopher Whidden: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Computer Science

Current Opportunities: Graphite Innovation & Technologies – Starting in 2021

Development and characterization of durable foul release smart marine coatings (Materials Science)
Life cycle assessment of Smart Marine Coatings (Engineering)
Study of the fundamental elements of biofouling growth of engineered surfaces (Biology or Chemistry)

Current Opportunities: Ocean Frontier Institute Phase 2 Large Research Projects -Starting in 2021

Offshore Groundwater Resources in a Changing Marine Environment (2 positions available)
Dr. Vittorio Maselli, Dalhousie University

Sustainable Nunatsiavut Futures (2 positions available)
Dr. Melanie Zurba, Dalhousie University; Dr. Amanda Bates, Memorial University & Dr. Jörn Schmid, Dalhousie University

Northwest Atlantic Biological Carbon Pump (6 positions available)
Dr. Stephanie Kienast; Dr. Markus Kienast; Dr. Erin Bertrand; Dr. Doug Wallace; Dr. Julie LaRoche; Dr. Vincent Sieben. Dalhousie University

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How to apply

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