2 Postdocs, environmental change of floodplain lakes - Guangzhou, China

Two postdoctoral positions in the field of environmental change in shallow floodplain lakes are currently available at Guangzhou University, China, with the support from Chinese NSFC project (No. 41772372) and High-level University Construction Project of Guangdong Province.


The preferable starting date is from early April 2019. A competitive salary is offered (200,000–350,000 CNY per year, depending on the performance) with standard social benefit and insurance.

Conditions of employment follow the rules of Guangzhou University and the Chinese Postdoc Administrative Committee. Additional information regarding living in Guangzhou can be found on https://www.saporedicina.com/english/living-in-guangzhou/


The positions are designed for two years (with possibility of extending to three years) and the selected candidates will work on the topic: How do hydrological connectivity, stressors and their interaction impact the Yangtze floodplain lake systems (China)?

The Yangtze River floodplain (southeast China) is one of the world's largest floodplains and, historically hundreds of oxbow or riverine lakes had open hydraulic connections with the Yangtze River.

Over the past century, human impact including agriculture, damming and fishery have significantly influenced the structure and function of these shallow lakes.


The project aims to synthesis existing paleolimological dataset (>10 lakes since 1850s) and local human activity records to reveal the hydrological and multi-stressors’ impacts on shallow lake ecosystems through a landscape-scale thinking.


The ideal candidates are expected to hold a PhD degree in paleolimnology, paleoecology, environmental change or related fields, and he/she has experience with lake sediment analysis (i.e. pollen, diatom, 14C dating) and has good numerical analysis skills (handling big environmental-ecological datasets).

Candidates with experience on GIS-map analysis will be very welcomed. A PhD degree is required at the time of appointment. The candidates are expected to be highly motivated, organized, and fluent in spoken and written English.


The deadline to submit applications is 1 March 2019.

To apply, please send a single pdf file to Professor Xuhui Dong: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. containing

1) a short motivation letter (personal statement describing research experience and interests),
2) an up-to-date CV (including list of publications, education history etc), and
3) name and contact information of at least two references, although the references can be provided at a later time.

Further information

For more informal enquiries, feel free to contact Professor Xuhui Dong: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.