Postdoc, paleoceanography - University of Hong Kong

The Environmental Geochemistry and Oceanography research group at the University of Hong Kong invites applications for postdoctoral researcher positions in paleoceanography, environmental oceanography or biogeochemistry.


Starting date 1 September 2020. The positions will be granted with a competitive salary.


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 topics (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)

Successful applicants will have the chance to join the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, ranked 41st in the field of Earth and Marine Sciences by the 2019 QS 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.


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 1st class honors degree or a 2.1 honors degree plus Masters (or equivalent). Experience in geochemistry, paleoceanography and/or mass spectrometry is considered an asset.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, their CV (including the name of at least 3 references) and transcripts to Dr. Benoit Thibodeau at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The application deadline is 10 November 2019, and the starting date is 1 September 2020. 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 successful applicants will be supported in their application to the HKU Presidential postdoctoral fellowship and/or the RGC postdoctoral fellowship scheme. Deadline for application is 31 Octover 2019 for the second scheme, so contact (incl. CV with the name of at least 3 references) should be established beforehand to prepare the proposal.

Further information

The Environmental Geochemistry and Oceanography research group at the University of Hong Kong website: