Opportunities

We welcome general enquires from researchers looking to join our group. Please contact us to learn more about opportunities for graduate students and postdocs.

You may also want to check the Master and PhD scholarships of the government of Macao

 

Postdoctoral position (Hydrothermal processes)

Applications are invited for a 2 years position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Seafloor Hydrothermal Systems, to be based at Institute of Science and Environment of the University of Saint Joseph, in Macau. The fellow is under the project “SWIMAR – The role of ultramafic-hosted hydrothermal systems in the formation of seafloor deposits: comparison between SWIR and MAR fields“ funded by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT). Starting date: 01 of February, 2019.

Qualifications required: We are looking for a candidate with a solid background in mineralogy and geochemistry (including isotopic geochemistry) of hydrothermal systems. Previous experience in hydrothermal deep-sea deposits and in different geochemical analytical techniques is also welcome. This position requires a PhD in Earth Sciences/geochemistry or in related fields and a good publication record.

Duties:

  • Perform independent work on mineralogy and geochemistry of hydrothermal deposits and hosted rocks, mainly in ultramafic-hosted hydrothermal systems;
  • Availability to participate in oceanographic missions both in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and/or in the Indian Ridge and in internships abroad (such as SIO, China; FCUL, Portugal, etc) to collect data using different techniques (e.g. EPMA, EM-EDS, XRD, stable and radiogenic isotopic analyses);
  • Report results in international conferences and in scientific publications;
  • Participate in other activities of the lab, such as science promotion events or internal meetings.

Deadline for the application: 30 of  November, 2018 

Conditions: 40 hours per week, schedule to be agreed with the supervisor (Professor Ágata Alveirinho Dias). Salary, 20.000,00 MOP/month. Starting date, February, 2018. Expenses to participate in oceanographic missions and to go to labs abroad will be covered.

Selection criteria: Publications in scientific journals and presentations in international scientific meetings in the area of earth sciences (preferentially related with hydrothermal systems): 30%; experience in mineralogical and geochemical analytical techniques and in oceanographic missions: 50%; interview and motivation letter: 20%. Results will be published in December, 2019.

How to apply: Candidates should send the following documents to Prof. Ágata Dias (using the subject line: “PostDoc SWIMAR”; email address: agata.dias@usj.edu.mo):

  • motivation letter
  • copy of the CV (in English and with publication list)
  • reference letters

Candidates can also use this email for any queries regarding the position. After candidate evaluation, short-listed candidates will be called for an interview with the project coordinator. The position will remain open until filled.

For more information about the research group: http://www.ise.usj.edu.mo

For more information about USJ: https://www.usj.edu.mo/en/

Postdoctoral position (Biology)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral fellow to work under a project funded by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) entitled “FIGHT – Hormonal, pheromonal and genomic regulation of aggression in a fish model“. The candidate is expected to devote full-time to research in behavioural genomics under the context of this project.

Qualifications required: We are looking for a candidate with a solid background in biology and bioinformatics. Previous experience in molecular biology and with fish models will also be valued. This position requires a PhD in Biology, Bioinformatics or related fields and a good publication track record in the area.

Duties:

  • Perform independent experiments on behavioural genomics and similar fields, including data collection and analysis;
  • Report results in conferences and scientific publications;
  • Participate in other activities of the lab, such as science promotion events or internal meetings.

Conditions: 40 hours per week, schedule to be agreed with the supervisor (Professor David Gonçalves). Salary, 20.000,00 MOP/month. Starting date, December 28, 2018. Maximum duration 24 months (non-renewable).

Selection criteria: Publications in scientific journals and presentations in international scientific meeting in the area of behaviour and genomics: 40%; Academic background: 40%; Interview and motivation letter: 20%.

How to apply: Candidates should send a copy of their CV’s (English) and a motivation letter to david.goncalves@usj.edu.mo. Candidates can also use this email for any queries regarding the position. After CV evaluation, short-listed candidates will be called for an interview with the project coordinator. The position will remain open until filled.

For more information about the research group: http://www.ise.usj.edu.mo

For more information about USJ: https://www.usj.edu.mo/en/

PhD Scholarship (Deep-sea hydrothermal processes)

A call is currently open for a PhD scholarship under the project “SWIMAR – The role of ultramafic-hosted hydrothermal systems in the formation of seafloor deposits: comparison between SWIR and MAR fields“ funded by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT).

This PhD project will be focused on the characterization of the mineralogy and geochemistry of the diverse types of mineralizations from seafloor hydrothermal vent fields hosted in ultramafic rocks. Focus will be given to sites located at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) and at the SW Indian Ridge (SWIR). The candidate will perform mineralogical characterization of the different deposits and hosted rocks (transmitted and reflected light microscopy analyses, XRD, EPMA, SEM-EDS) and geochemical analyses in diverse laboratories (whole geochemistry and isotopic analyses) located in Europe and in China.

Starting date: 01 of December, 2018.

Qualifications required: We are looking for a highly motivated candidate interested in seafloor hydrothermal processes with a BSc degree and a MSc in Earth Sciences/Geochemistry or related areas to enrol in a PhD in Science at USJ (possibility of enrolling in a cotutelle scheme with a partner University and in cosupervision). Candidates must be fluent in English. Previous experience in hydrothermal systems and in mineralogical and  geochemical analyses will be valued.

Working place: The candidate is expected to be based in Macau (and in the partner university in case of cotutelle program). Most of the work and the curricular year will take place at USJ. However, the student must have availability to spend extended periods abroad developing his research work at different labs, namely at the Second Institute of Oceanography (SIO), in Hangzhou, China; at Instituto Dom Luiz of FCUL, in Lisbon, Portugal, etc. The student will have also the opportunity to participate in oceanographic missions both at the MAR and/or at the SWIR.

Conditions: Monthly stipend of MOP 12.500,00 month, 12 months per year. Travel subsidies to participate in scientific meetings and for working abroad are included. The maximum duration of the scholarship is 30 months. Expenses to participate in oceanographic missions, international meetings and to travel to labs abroad will be covered. Tuition fees are not covered (http://www.usj.edu.mo/en/admissions/tuition-fees/). If the position is filled during the current year, the candidate has the possibility to apply to the 2018-2019 doctoral program .

Selection criteria: Academic classification – 40%; Previous experience in mineralogy (microscopic determination of opaque and non-opaque minerals) and geochemistry – 20%; Publications in relevant areas – 20%; Interview and motivation letter 20%.

Results will be published in November, 2019.

How to apply: Candidates should send the following documents to Prof. Ágata Dias (using the subject line: “PhD – SWIMAR”; email address: agata.dias@usj.edu.mo): (1) motivation letter; (2) copy of the CV(in English) and; (3) reference letters. Candidates can also use this email for any queries regarding the position. After candidate evaluation, short-listed candidates will be called for an interview with the project coordinator. The position will remain open until filled.

For more information about the research group: http://www.ise.usj.edu.mo

For more information about USJ: https://www.usj.edu.mo/en/

Research Assistant Position (ISE – Earth Sciences)

Applications are invited for a research assistant to work under the project “SWIMAR – The role of ultramafic-hosted hydrothermal systems in the formation of seafloor deposits: comparison between SWIR and MAR fields“ funded by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT; 0002/2017/A1).

 

Qualifications required: Bachelor/Master in Earth sciences, geology, geochemistry or related fields. Candidates should be fluent in English and preferably also Mandarin and/or Cantonese and also be organized, responsible and willing to learn. Previous work experience in geochemical labs, availability to participate in oceanographic missions and to learn new lab techniques abroad will be valued. The position is compatible with simultaneous studies at Master or PhD level in Macao. Holding a Macao ID is mandatory.

Duties:

  • Give support in project management and assure the proper maintenance of the lab equipment and stock of reagents/consumables;
  • Participate in lab experiments and routine lab techniques and be able to learn new techniques abroad;
  • Give support to the other team members (including Post-doc and students) with samples processing and analyses;
  • Participate in other activities of the lab, such as science promotion events or internal meetings.

Conditions: 40 hours per week, schedule to be agreed with the supervisor (Professor Ágata Alveirinho Dias). Salary, 15.000,00 MOP/month. Expenses to participate in oceanographic missions and to go labs abroad will be covered. Starting date, November, 2018.

How to apply: Candidates should send the following documents to Prof. Ágata Dias (using the subject line: “RA – SWIMAR”; email address: agata.dias@usj.edu.mo):

  • motivation letter
  • copy of the CV (in English and with publication list)
  • reference letters

Candidates can also use this email for any queries regarding the position. After candidate evaluation, short-listed candidates will be called for an interview with the project coordinator. The position will remain open until filled.

For more information about the research group: http://www.ise.usj.edu.mo

For more information about USJ: https://www.usj.edu.mo/en/