2 Postdocs, coastal wetlands/holocene dust - Guangzhou, China

Two postdoc positions are available at the School of Geography at the South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China.


The postdoctoral researchers will be hosted in China on a fixed term of two years. Earliest starting date is 1 January 2021.

Salary is 150 000 RMB/yr. Excellent postdocs can apply for a research funding scholarship.

Requirements: Chinese and English are required.


Postdoc 1: Changes in coastal wetland ecosystems

The project studies the temporal and spatial variation characteristics of the sediment environmental quality in the different tidal flats along the coast of Guangdong Province. Through the investigation of historical data and current situation, it analyzes the impact of the ecological environment changes of the tidal flats on the evolution of the vegetation community of the tidal flats, and probes into the impact of the development and utilization of the tidal flats on their ecological functions, so as to provide a reference for the maintenance and protection of the ecological functions of the tidal flats in the construction of the beautiful bay.

We seek a postdoctoral researcher who will participate in and manage field trip logistics as well as conduct fieldwork in close collaboration with other consortium members. The researcher will investigate multi-proxies records from coastal sediments through sampling, analyzing and interpreting data, and will use these data to reconstruct the historical environmental variation over the last several centuries. The paleolimnological approach will thus help explain changes in the coastal wetland ecosystems.

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate with expertise in paleoenvironmental sciences, holding a strong PhD degree in paleobotany and/or paleolimnology. Additional qualifications we seek are experience in aquatic sedimentology. Proficient written and spoken English language skills are required.

Postdoc 2: Holocene dust evolution in NE Asia

Dust cycle is an important issue of current studies about global climate system change, and it is still not clear about the dust emission evolution on millennial and centennial – scale. The mountain peat bogs and lake sediments will be utilized to reconstruct the Holocene atmospheric dust changes through the paleolimnological dating techniques as well as geochemical fingerprints. The potential sources will be identified by rare Earth elements (REE) and radiogenic stable isotopes (Pb, Sr and Nd), and the contribution of different sources pato dust input at different periods will be analyzed by chemical mass balance model.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate holding a PhD-degree in Physical Geography or Environmental Science. Skills needed to conduct the work include paleolimnological methods. Very good spoken and written English skills are necessary. Moreover, the ability to work, communicate and interact in an international collaborative consortium is essential. Finally, the ideal candidate must possess the physical abilities to take part on sampling campaigns (fieldwork) in the mountains.


The call is open until the positions are filled. Start of application review is 1 July 2020.

For information on how to apply, contact the PI, Prof. Dr. Kunshan Bao: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.