MEL Visiting Fellowship Program

It includes three types of fellowships: Distinguished & Zhengzhong Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, Senior Visiting Fellowship, and Young Scientist Visiting Fellowship.


Supported by MEL, the fellowship covers international/domestic travel expenses and accommodation, and provides research fund (Young Scholar only), laboratories and office facilities with a monthly allowance of 40,000 CNY, 20,000 CNY and 10,000 CNY respectively.

How to apply?

Applications are accepted all year round.

The applicant must have a collaborative partner established in MEL prior to his/her application.

Go to program website to apply online

Reviews are organized every March 15, July 15 and November 15, and the outcome will be announced within a month.

Application guide:

Contact: Angela Liu 0086-592-2181571 Email:

PhD position at Royal NIOZ Texel, The Netherlands

PhD "The role of trace metals in the ocean – low concentrations with global impact"

The Department of Ocean System Sciences (OCS, department chair: prof. dr. Gert-Jan Reichart) is looking for a highly motivated PhD with a MSc degree in marine sciences, biogeosciences / biogeochemistry, environmental sciences or analytical chemistry to help us unravel the role of metals in the globally important Southern Ocean. Scientific research expeditions are part of the project.


VACANCY ID: 2017-013

CLOSING DATE: MARCH the 17th, 2017


The department of Ocean System Sciences (OCS) aims to investigate open-ocean processes ranging from physical oceanography at multiple scales to chemical oceanography, and deep-sea ecology to paleoceanography and paleoclimatology.

We cover a wide range of scientific disciplines through experiments and data collection during sea-going oceanographic research as well as through home-based laboratory experiments and analyses.

All involved scientists rely on modern observational techniques including moorings, landers, thermistor strings, trace-metal clean samplers, and novel underwater autonomous observations.

For this research, we actively collaborate with peers in (inter)national partner institutes including the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU) and the Faculty of Earth Sciences of Utrecht University, as well as e.g., MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences in Bremen and the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Bremerhaven, Germany.


Primary production in the open ocean can be limited by trace metal availability, particularly iron, but other metals might play a role too. The global ocean, and notably the Antarctic, is currently experiencing rapid change as temperatures are increasing and ice is melting.

However, the consequences of these changes for the fluxes and cycling of essential metals and the effect on phytoplankton are largely unknown.

Novel tools such as multi-element determination via mass spectrometry and metal stable isotope analysis are now available to help unravel the role of metals in the globally important Southern Ocean.


As our PhD, you will focus on measuring trace metal concentrations with scope to include metal stable isotopes and metal binding ligands.

We have samples from the Southern Ocean from previous expeditions and are planning more work in the Antarctic region with international collaborators, focusing on the role of iron in the microbial ecosystem.

The work is based on recent developments in analytical techniques and method development/implementation will be part of the project.


The PhD we would like to meet is highly motivated. He or she has excellent practical, technical and cognitive abilities.

Applicants must hold an MSc degree and must have a background in marine sciences, biogeosciences / biogeochemistry, environmental sciences or analytical chemistry. Good English oral and writing skills are essential.

Within this project you must be willing to participate in scientific research expeditions. Applicants should preferably have experience with (geo)chemical work.


We offer you a fulltime position for 4 years, a pension scheme, a yearly 8% vacation allowance, year-end bonus and flexible employment conditions. Our labour policies are based on the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement of Research Centers (WVOI). Cost of relocation and help with housing is provided by Royal NIOZ.

Job interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place on the 4th of April, 2017.

For additional information about this vacancy, please contact dr. Rob Middag, senior scientist.

For more information about the procedure, please contact Peter Vooijs, senior HR advisor.

For futher information and applications:


Geochemistry Research Technician, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK

Geochemistry Research Technician
Location: National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Applications are invited from researchers to work as a research technician in the laboratories of the Geochemistry Group of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton. Our group comprises of more than 30 researchers and postgraduate students applying cutting edge geochemical analysis and modelling to scientific questions of major societal, economic and environmental importance. We have a world-class range of analytical equipment and associated clean laboratories and our instruments and techniques are applied to applications in a diverse range of fields from the geological to the medical.

This post will involve supporting our lead researchers by performing cutting edge isotope and geochemical analyses, training postgraduate and undergraduate students and visitors, and developing new analytical techniques and methodologies to ensure the Geochemistry Group remains at the forefront of geochemical research in the UK. The principal research areas will be in the fields of paleoclimate and oceanography but it is expected that the appointee will be involved in research across a broad range of disciplines.

The applicant should have skill level equivalent to achievement of HND, Degree, NVQ4 or basic professional qualification and experience in either chemistry, geochemistry or isotope geochemistry and should have some experience of sample preparation, clean lab methodologies, elemental purification using column chromatography, and ideally analysis using (multi-collector) inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Some experience with the following non-gaseous stable isotope systems would also be beneficial: Li, B, Mg and Fe.

This post is a permanent position. Further information about the Geochemistry group can be found here ( For further enquiries please contact Professor Gavin Foster (

For further information and applications:

2017 Call for SCOR Working Group Proposals

The SCOR Secretariat will accept proposals for new working groups from now until 15 April 2017. The guidelines, a template, and word limits are available at, including a PowerPoint presentation explaining the proposal process.

Each proposal will be evaluated by national SCOR committees in terms of scientific merit and quality, timeliness, and achievability of the proposed terms of reference. National SCOR committees are an important aspect of SCOR’s operation and play a key role in reviewing working group proposals and in seeking new funds to support working group activities. In addition, the review of working group proposals is open worldwide to partner organizations and individuals who would like to provide comments.

Please contact Ed Urban ( if you have any questions about the process for working group proposals.

Technical Associate, SMAST, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


Technical Associate

School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST)

A Technical Associate is sought to assist in research and laboratory management associated with SMAST’s Marine Isotope Biogeochemistry Group. Specific laboratory research tasks include collection and analysis of samples, organization and initial interpretation of results, and preparation of results for presentation by group members in talks, peer-reviewed scientific papers, and grant applications. Laboratory management tasks include maintenance of instrumentation, ordering of supplies and reagents, organization and archiving of data, as well as compliance with safety and grant accounting requirements.

Candidates must have at least a Bachelors in Science degree in Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Geochemistry, Earth Science or related field with one to two years experience in an analytical laboratory using major instrumentation.

For further details about this position please go to

To apply please send a cover letter, resume and the names, titles and addresses of three professional references to: Search for Technical Associate (SMAST-Technician), Office of Human Resources, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747. Review of applications will begin on Monday, February 27, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is an EEO/AA employer.

GEOTRACES scientist Jay Cullen on Canadian astronaut shortlist

2017 JayCullenCongratulations to Jay Cullen, member of the GEOTRACES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), who is now on the shortlist to become one of Canada’s next astronauts. 

He says: “It combines all of the things I am so interested in – being an oceanographer, being a professor, research and exploration".  Experiences at sea aboard research vessels has helped prepare him for the rigours of space travel.

For further information read the article published on the Globe and the Mail.


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