Phd and Postdoctoral positions in paleoceanography, environmental oceanography or biogeochemistry

The Environmental Geochemistry and Oceanography research group at the University of Hong Kong invites applications for a PhD-student position in paleoceanography, environmental oceanography or biogeochemistry.

The precise subject of the thesis will be decided upon agreement between the candidate and the supervisor and will depend on the candidate interests and strengths and the research interest of the group, which include paleoceanography, trace element in marine carbonates, nitrogen cycle (past and present) and marine pollution.

Suggested research topic (not exclusive):

  • Plastic and microplastic pollution
  • Use of compound-specific stable isotope in environmental science and paleoceanography
  • Blue Carbon storage in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Past change in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (Holocene, MIS 5e, MIS 11, etc)

We encourage applications from enthusiastic and self-motivated students who have demonstrated academic and research excellence in environmental or earth sciences, chemistry, or a related quantitative discipline. Applicants should have a 1stclass honors degree or a 2.1 honors degree plus Masters (or equivalent). Experience in geochemistry, paleoceanography and/or mass spectrometry is considered an asset.

Successful applicants will be supported in their application to the Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme (HKPF) and will have the chance to join the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, ranked 39th in the field of Earth and Marine Sciences by the 2020 THE World University Subject Ranking. Today, HKU is recognized internationally as a dynamic and comprehensive university of world-class standing. With its distinguished excellence in research and outstanding performance in teaching, it attracts first-class teaching and research staff and brilliant students from around the world. More information about graduate study in HKU can be found here:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, their CV (including the name of at least 3 references) and transcripts to Dr. Benoit Thibodeau at The internal application deadline is the 10thof October 2020 and the starting date is the 1st September 2021. Applicants for whom English is not the first language, or who have not undertaken their degree studies with English as the language of instruction, must attain a satisfactory English language test score (TOEFL), as described here:

For postdoctoral positions, the selected applicants will be supported in their application to the prestigious HKU Presidential postdoctoral fellowship ( which is a year-long open call. 

The positions will be granted with a competitive salary. 

Only candidates selected for the interview will be contacted

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