[Coral-List] Funded postgrad opportunities in coral reef ecology and oceanography

Alex S.J. WYATT oceanographic.ecology at gmail.com
Wed Jul 3 08:54:48 UTC 2019

Dear colleagues,


I'd like to draw your attention to fully funded opportunities to purse
Master's or PhD studies in coral reef ecology and oceanography.  Please
circulate to any interested candidates. Recruitment is ongoing.







Assistant Professor

Department of Ocean Science

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

T: +852 3469 2824  F:+852 3693 4766

E: wyatt at ust.hk  W: www.alexsjwyatt.com




Opportunities are available for outstanding postgraduate students wishing to
study the ecology and oceanography of coastal ecosystems, focusing on
efforts to enhance understanding and stewardship of threatened ecosystems
and enigmatic species in South East Asia (e.g. Hong Kong, Philippines, South
China Sea) and across the Indo-Pacific (e.g. French Polynesia, Japan).
Successful candidates will pursue a Master's (M.Phil.) or Doctorate (Ph.D.)
in the new Department of Ocean Science (https://oces.ust.hk/) at The Hong
Kong University of Science and Technology (http://www.ust.hk) in
collaboration with Dr Alex S.J. Wyatt and the Oceanographic Ecology Lab


Potential research themes include:

. Field and laboratory studies of the impact of internal waves on the
biogeochemistry and ecology of coastal ecosystems (e.g. coral reefs).

. The ecology and oceanographic drivers of coral reefs, including deep water
(mesophotic) coral ecosystems and Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER).

. The trophic ecology of enigmatic marine species (e.g. whale sharks, manta
rays), and the application of isotope tracers to understand distributions
and behaviour.

. Ecosystem restoration and ecological engineering, including applications
of artificial upwelling to enhance and restore marine ecosystem services.



The University 


HKUST is a world-class international research university dedicated to: (1)
the advancement of science, engineering, business and management, and
humanities and social science; (2) education of the next generation of front
runners, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and, (3) making
societal impact. The university promotes interdisciplinary studies,
dedicated to educating well-rounded students who acquire a strong
entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking with a global outlook. It is
one of the most international universities in Asia, with English as the
language of teaching, research and administration. It was ranked 1st in the
2018 Times Higher Education Young University Ranking, 12th worldwide (1st in
greater China) in the 2017 Global Employability University Ranking, and 32nd
in the latest QS World University Rankings. Located in the Clear Water Bay
area, HKUST's campus has a magnificent ocean view and is widely known as one
of the most beautiful campuses in the world.  


***Guaranteed university accommodation will be provided for full-time
research postgraduate studies at HKUST***

***Current pre-qualification scholarships are HK$17,330 (~US$2,210) per

***Opportunities exist to fund research placements with collaborators
outside Hong Kong (2-6 months) via Overseas Research Awards***



Candidate Requirements


We are seeking ambitious and creative graduate students passionate about
ocean science with strong scientific/engineering backgrounds and high-level
writing and communication skills.  Preference will be given to candidates
with a demonstrated background in marine science or oceanography, field
research experience or scientific diving qualifications, and well-developed
analytical laboratory skills. Candidates with experience performing seawater
nutrient or stable isotope analyses are particularly encouraged to apply.


Candidates MUST have:

1. A bachelor's degree (for M.Phil.), or, a master's or bachelor's with
honours (for Ph.D.)

2. High-level English abilities (e.g. undergraduate degree in English or

3. The ability to participate in marine field work that may sometimes be
physically demanding and in remote locations for extended periods.



Application Procedure 


Potential candidates should send, as three (3) separate attachments, a copy

1.	their CV (2 pages maximum)
2.	a cover letter (2 pages maximum), outlining:

2.1.    research interests in the context of the above research themes,

2.2.    suitability for the role (refer explicitly to the requirements
above), and

2.3.    contact details for two (2) professional referees.

3.	unofficial transcripts




apply-pgs at oceanecol.com <mailto:apply-pgs at oceanecol.com> 




Additional information is available on the web about the university
(http://www.ust.hk), the Department of Ocean Science
(http://www.oces.ust.hk) and the Ocean Ecol (Wyatt) Lab


(Information provided by applicants will only be used for recruitment and
other employment-related purposes)





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