The State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science at Xiamen University (MEL) invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowship in the fields of marine environmental sciences and other interdisciplinary research that fits into MEL’s major research scopes, such as, marine biogeochemistry, marine ecology, marine ecotoxicology, ocean dynamics, and observations, etc. (see scopes at http://mel.xmu.edu.cn/people_research.asp?id=12).

Candidates should have obtained their PhD degree in the 3 years prior to the submission deadline or get their degree within one year after being accepted by our program (in this case, related documents should be provided to prove eligibility) . 

The principal selection criteria for Fellows are scientific excellence and a clearly-stated research proposal at the forefront of marine environmental sciences. Applications from all related fields are welcomed.

Fellowships are supported institutionally for 24 months (can apply for extension to 36 months), carry an annual salary of 240,000 RMB (before tax), and a travel fund of up to USD 2,000 within the valid fellowship period. Excellent fellows may apply for the faculty positions in Xiamen University.

 
 

The review process will be organized twice a year with submission deadlines on May 31st and October 31st.
To apply for the fellowship, read the instructions below and click the “Application From” link.

 
 
 

(1) Fellowships are supported institutionally for 24 months (can apply for extension to 36 months), carry an annual salary of 240,000 RMB (before tax), and a travel fund of up to USD 2,000 within the valid fellowship period.

(2) Postdoctoral apartments on campus or room renting allowance provided.

(3) The children of fellows will enjoy the same privilege as those of Xiamen University faculty members in kindergarten and school registration.

(4) Postdoctors will be bestowed the titles of Assistant Research Fellow, Associate Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow during their stay in Xiamen University research centers.

(5) Excellent postdoctors can apply for faculty positions at Xiamen University.

   

Candidates should have obtained their PhD degree in the 3 years prior to the submission deadline or get their degree within one year after being accepted by our program (in this case, related documents should be provided to prove eligibility)


Applications must be submitted online. Please visit the webpage: http://mel.xmu.edu.cn/fellowship/reg.asp to apply. Or scroll down to the bottom of this page and click the "Application Form" button, which will direct you to the online application website.

   

(1) An updated Curriculum Vitae, including the publication list.

(2) A personal statement and research proposal.

(3) Doctorate certificate (or documents which prove that you will be able to obtain a doctorate within one year after being accepted by our program)

(4) Contact information of at least three academic referees (one of them should be applicant’s PhD supervisor). MEL will contact referees for letters of recommendation.

(5) 1-2 pieces of published manuscripts.

 
 
     
 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a host supervisor in advance to explore the possibility of collaboration as well as discuss your research interests. Information for scopes and associated leading PIs is available at http://mel.xmu.edu.cn/people_research.asp?id=12

 
 

The principal selection criteria for Fellows are scientific excellence and innovative, ground-breaking projects at the forefront of marine environmental sciences. Applications from all related fields are welcomed.


   

The following are the approved projects for the 2019 MEL Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (direct enrollment). You are welcomed to contact other scientists not included in the list below to inquire about more opportunities. More information at: http://mel.xmu.edu.cn/people_research.asp?id=12

  1. Dynamics across the sediment-water interface (PI: Dr. Pinghe Cai) 
  2. Quantifying deposition of lithogenic material and associated iron in the South China Sea and Western Pacific Ocean using long-lived thorium isotopes (PI: Dr. Yihua Cai)
  3. Modelling thorium-234 and export flux at mesoscale and submesoscale (PI: Dr. Minhan Dai)
  4. Marine Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry (PI:Dr. Hongyue Dang)
  5. Ocean Nitrogen Biogeochemistry (PI: Dr. Shu-ji Kao)
  6. Biogeochemical cycle and ecological response of marine biogenic active gases: phytoplankton (PI: Dr. Yahui Gao)
  7. Marine plankton diversity and its response to environmental changes (PI: Dr. Haipeng Liu)
  8. Development of phytoplankton-resolved remote sensing algorithm for estimation of primary production (PI: Dr. Shaoling Shang)
  9. The physiochemical characterization and ice nucleation propensities of atmospheric particles and their aging processes in coastal marine environments (PI: Dr. Bingbing Wang)
  10. Biological impacts on particle sinking in the ocean and their responses and feedbacks to climate change (PI: Dr. Shanlin Wang)
  11. Virus-host interaction in deep biosphere (PI: Dr. Rui Zhang)
  12. Research and development of deep UV and multi-dimension laser confocal scanning microscopic fluorescence spectral instrument (PI: Dr. Yong Zhang)
 
     
 
 

There are two steps in the review process: MEL committee panel review and expert interview, and authorization by Xiamen University.
(1) Panel review and expert interview: MEL will set up a scientific committee to evaluate applications and proposals. Screened applicants will be invited for an interview with the ad hoc committee consisted of at least 9 experts. Successful candidates will be notified within one week after interview. All applicants will be informed with outcome of the competitions. 
The application and selection process are strictly confidential, and neither the discussions of applications during review nor the information regarding unsuccessful applications are publicly released.
(2) Approval of Xiamen University: The endorsed candidate list will be sent to the Human Resource Office of Xiamen University for final approval. Authorized fellowship awardees will be invited to follow the procedure and register at either the Marine Science Postdoctoral Research Center, the Environmental Science and Engineering Postdoctoral Research Center or the Ecology Postdoctoral Research Center at Xiamen University, within one year from the date of final approval


   

(1) It is postdoctoral fellows’ obligation to go through annual review by giving a luncheon seminar to introduce their research progress and outcome two month before annual contract expires; fellowship holders are also required to share their research outcomes with another research seminar and a written report two months before the end of the valid fellowship period,
(2) Research results and outcomes under the MEL Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellowship must be published in internationally recognized and peer-reviewed scientific journals. An acknowledgment of support by MEL must be included in any publications resulting from work carried out under the Fellowship, including abstracts presented at any conference/congress/workshop (e.g., “The work was supported by an Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholarship from the State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science at Xiamen University.”). Furthermore, a PDF file of each publication must be sent to the Administrative Office for archive.

 

 
 
 
 
 
Contact: Program Secretary Ms. Suwei Weng
State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Zhou Long Quan Building, Xiang'an Campus, Xiamen University Xiamen 361102, China
Tel: +86-592-2183033 • Fax: +86-592-2184101 • Email: wengsuwei@xmu.edu.cn