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International Faculty Cluster Hire in Geological Oceanography

College of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Xiamen University, China


The Department of Geological Oceanography (http://dgo.xmu.edu.cn) is expanding its international faculty with the addition of six (6) new positions planned for the second phase. Already one of China’s top oceanography schools, the College (http://coe.xmu.edu.cn:82) aims to establish the Department of Geological Oceanography as a premier center in land-ocean interactions, sedimentary processes/records, and global change. The ranks of the appointments are open, and are commensurate with the applicants’ qualifications and experience.  

At this time, we seek highly qualified candidates in three complementary and synergistic areas of study:


Stratigraphy/Geophysics/Seafloor Imaging - Two (2) positions are available in the general area are of seafloor imaging and subbottom profiling. Although all qualified candidates in this area will be considered, we are especially interested in candidates who apply state-of-the-art seagoing surface and/or subbottom mapping tools and analysis skills to the investigation of coastal and continental margin environments.


Sediment Transport Dynamics – Two (2) positions are available in the general area of observational sediment transport. We seek highly qualified candidates who use new and novel field approaches and tools to examine the flux and fate of terrestrial matter in and across continental margins, including rivers, estuaries, shelf and slope environments.


Numerical Modeling of Sediment Processes and Stratigraphy – Two (2) positions in numerical modeling are available in areas that support the observational program in land-ocean interaction and sedimentary records. Examples of areas that are of particular interest include, but are not limited to: 3-D modeling of sediment transport and deposition/erosion, stratigraphic modeling, seabed diagenesis, surface processes/fluvial geomorphology.


We seek applicants with proven record or promise to contribute to the interdisciplinary research and teaching missions of the College. A Ph.D. degree is required at the time of appointment and in the case of a Chinese degree two years in an overseas postdoctoral position. We appreciate that some candidates will have cross-cutting skills relative to the above recruitment areas, and these candidates are especially encouraged to apply.


In conjunction with the State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science (http://mel.xmu.edu.cn/en/index.asp), the College has access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and offers internationally competitive compensation, start-up and relocation packages. Special recruitment programs are available to exceptionally well-qualified candidates. Xiamen University recently launched a 3600-ton (78 m) research vessel and is completing construction of a marine station for cutting-edge education and research in oceanography. XMU envisions the development of a world-class program in Geological Oceanography with focus on interdisciplinary studies of sediment processes and the sedimentary record in China’s diverse marginal seas.


Xiamen University, located along China’s SE coast, was founded in 1921 with the vision to become the leading international university in China. Xiamen University has inter-university cooperative ties with over 270 institutions of higher education at home and abroad, including the establishment of a new campus in Malaysia (http://www.xmu.edu.my/a/5.html). For more information about the university see: http://www.xmu.edu.cn/en/about/xmu_at_a_glance


Interested applicants should email a cover letter, CV, contact information for 3-5 references, and a statement of research and teaching philosophy and goals to Dr. Steven A. Kuehl, Interim Chair, Department of Geological Oceanography (kuehl@xmu.edu.cn). Applications will be considered beginning February 1, 2017, however the positions will remain open until filled.