Postdoctoral Investigator - Physical Oceanography

Job Summary

Applications are invited for four postdoctoral positions at Innovation Centre for Deep Sea Observation Network of Sanya Oceanographic Institution of the Ocean University of CHINA (SOI-OUC). These are three-year temporary, full-time positions, and are eligible for benefits.

These positions are provided by Drs. Wei Zhao and BingZheng’s laboratories at SOI-OUC.

One of them is focused on investigation of the spatial-temporal characteristics and regulation mechanism of ocean circulation and mesoscale dynamics in the South China Sea and western Pacific based on mooring observations and numerical simulations.

Two of them are aimed at mechanics and electronics engineering in development of ocean observational instruments.

One is focused on underwater optical imaging and detection technology.

Research will be conducted in the laboratory and in the field. While the primary focus of the work will be in research, the postdoctoral investigator will have an opportunity to participate in education and outreach activities. The position will be based at the Ocean University of China, and the initial appointment will be for three year with the possibility of a one-year extension.

Applications must include a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, a complete curriculum vitae, up to three relevant publications, and the contact information of at least three references. Applications will be reviewed starting June 1, 2020 and until the position is filled. For additional information please contact Drs. Wei Zhao (

Education & Experience

  • Ph.D. in Physical oceanography, computer applications or a related discipline
  • Less than three years after graduation of Ph.D.
  • Previous experience in research on ocean circulation, mesoscale eddy, related dynamic processes is desirable. Experience working in both laboratory and field cruise is also desirable
  • (More than one paper high-level papers of the first author)
  • Outstanding publication record commensurate with experience
  • Applicants from backgrounds that are underrepresented in Earth Sciences are strongly encouraged to apply

Physical Requirements

Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse).  Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic/fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.

Sea Duty

May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. Modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.

Salaries and Benefits

The annual salary is up to 300 thousands RMB, and the performance up to 100 thousands RMB will be provided at the end of the year according to the work evaluation.

Accommodation and research start-up funds can be provided.

Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (0086) 898-88707071 or email for assistance.

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