Assistant/Associate Professor in Organic Biogeochemistry

Location: Shenzhen - China
Salary: Not specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 1st February 2019
Expires: 31st March 2019

The Southern University of Science and Technology (known as SUSTech or SUSTC) ( was founded in 2011 with public funding from Shenzhen, a dynamic city that has been viewed as the vanguard of China’s development in science and technology. The goal of SUSTech is to become a top-tier international university that excels in interdisciplinary research, talent development and knowledge discovery.

Sitting at the mouth of the Pearl River flowing to the South China Sea, the newly born (2015) Department of Ocean Science and Engineering at SUSTech aims to become a major player in education and research in ocean sciences in China. It will be housed in a brand new building on the beautiful SUSTech campus, with ample laboratory space that is equipped with the latest technology for conducting cutting edge research. The 5000 ton R/V Shenzhen is in the planning stage of construction, which is expected to be built by 2022.

The Institute for Geo-Omics Research (TIGOR) at SUSTech aims to become an open platform for world class research in microbial oceanography and geomicrobiology, and an inviting home for domestic and overseas scientists to exchange ideas and together advance the field of ocean sciences. In the early stage of TIGOR’s growth, the priority will be to build two research strengths:  Geo-Bioinformatics/Environmental Genomics and Organic Biogeochemistry. The integration of these strengths will allow us to study systematically the evolution of life on early Earth, microbial ecology impacted by human activity, mechanisms of bio-organic interactions in the deep ocean, and fundamentals of biogeochemistry (e.g. lipid biosynthesis and bio-fractionation of isotopes of life-essential elements).

We seek highly qualified candidates (at the assistant, associate or full professor level) with strong skills in mass spectrometry and isotope geochemistry. The candidates are expected to apply GC-MS, LC-MS (Orbitrap or ion mobility Q-TOF), FT-ICR MS, or AMS to address questions mentioned above. 

Highly competitive salaries and benefit packages will be provided to the hired candidates, who may also be eligible for additional government support such as the Shenzhen City’s Peacock Program and the Chinese Government’s One Thousand Talents Program (

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. degree in earth sciences, biology, chemistry, computer science, or related disciplines. Post-doctoral experiences are preferred but not required. Candidates must have a proven and consistent track record of high-quality scientific publications and good communication skills. Chinese and English are required languages for teaching. To apply, please submit the following material electronically to 1) Cover letter; 2) Curriculum vitae (with a complete list of publications); 3) Statement of research and teaching interests; 4) Reprints of three recent papers; and 5) Names and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.

Application Process

To apply to join our team, please click the apply link below and provide the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • PhD certificate
  • Five published articles (Within the last five years)
  • Executive summary of academic achievements & proposed research or work plan (1000 words)
  • Letter of recommendation and the names and email addresses of 3 referees (university professors)