The MARECO (Marine Ecology and Management) research team of RBINS’ Operational Directorate Natural Environment (OD Nature) has a large expertise in marine environmental research in a wide variety of domains. Linking scientific findings to policy and management support is a key asset of our work. We contribute to environmental impact assessment, environmental status assessments and marine spatial planning. The team is coordinating several monitoring programs assessing the
environmental status of the marine environment and studying the environmental impact of human activities at sea. Our team can make use of state-of-the-art research equipment, modern lab facilities and a new research vessel, and offers scientific services including an Artificial Hard Substrate Garden and assistance to species identifications. This vacancy sits within MARECO’s service provisioning pillar, focused on developing and improving
an offshore modular test facility supporting ecological research on artificial hard substrates to support the sustainable development of the Blue Economies.

You will manage the service pillar of MARECO ( MARECO makes its expertise on hard substrate ecology available for internal and external projects by offering taxonomic services, scientific diving and developing a modular Artificial Hard Substrate Garden to support experimental research in natural conditions. You will integrate and manage the existing services, and strive for continuous improvement of the Artificial Hard Substrate Garden through research, development and promotion activities. As such, you develop and test protocols, both from a logistic and experimental point of view. In addition, you will advertise the RBINS – EMBRC services at national and international level, and you will be involved in activities of EMBRC-BE ( and EMBRC ERIC (

• Master in Sciences or Bio-engineering Sciences (both: within the field of biology,
biochemistry, oceanography) or equivalent
• Strong interest in the methodological and technical development of sea-going equipment
• Strong interest in service-oriented valorisation of scientific expertise and equipment
• Open, collaborative, customer-oriented and organized yet adaptive attitude
• Prepared to participate in sampling campaigns at sea for several days
• Prepared to take initiative, but also to work in close collaboration with and/or in support of
other team members


  • Excellent organisational, communication (both oral and written) and social skills
  • Capable of planning and organizing your own work and meeting deadlines imposed by the projects
  • Strong interest in methodological, logistical and technical development of sea-going equipment
  • Experience with sample identification, data compilation and analysis is an asset
  • Diving and/or seagoing experience is an asset
  • Promotional communication skills are needed
  • A driver’s license is a must
  • Excellent knowledge of English

• A 4-year position as scientific collaborator (SW1 scale)
• A dynamic, challenging, varied and stimulating research environment
• Free public commuting and/or bike fee
• The possibility to be an active part of an EU-wide Research Infrastructure (EMBRC) offering
possibilities for staff exchange and training

- 1 July 2022

- You will mainly be working in our facilities in Oostende, but regular visits to our main location in
Brussels are required.

If interested, please send your motivation letter, CV and a copy of the Master Degree diploma, with
reference “EMBRC” before 16 April 2022 to Yolande Maes ( Job
interviews will be organised on 4 or 6 May 2022.

For more information:
- Concerning the job content or working conditions: Dr. Jan Vanaverbeke
(; +32 494 35 90 94)
- Concerning RBINS in general: 

Only applications that meet the profile and that are received in time will be taken into consideration.

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