Field(s) of Specialization:

Ecological Modelling

Position Title:

Ph.D. Researcher


Oceanography, Marine Biology and Fisheries


Mersin - TURKEY

Summary Description:

We are seeking highly motivated two Ph.D. researchers to join our research team at the Institute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University.  Both positions will be funded from ERA-NET Biodiversa Project entitled “SOMBEE: Scenarios Of Marine Biodiversity and Evolution under Exploitation and climate change” and conduct research principally on development and implementation of a generic evolutionary ecosystem model (OSMOSE , in the Black Sea. The researchers will be working with Dr. Ekin Akoğlu and the project team: Dr. Barış Salihoğlu, Dr. Bettina Fach and Dr. Sinan Arkın.


The tasks involved in the Ph.D. research project are:

• Assisting in developing a bioenergetics module, a generic evolutionary module and a bio-economic module for the OSMOSE ecosystem model

• Collating a database for parameterizing the model for the Black Sea, and setting up and calibrating the model for the Black Sea ecosystem

• Carrying out scenario simulations


METU – Institute of Marine Sciences

Minimum Degree Required:

MSc. in ecology, oceanography, earth sciences, applied mathematics, or any of the physical, biological, and chemical sciences. Qualified B.Sc. candidates may apply directly for Ph.D.

Required special knowledge, abilities, and skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and oral)
  • Basic knowledge on aquatic ecosystems and skills on statistics.
  • Good command of R language (
  • High degree of creativity and flexibility; ability to work under pressure good quantitative and communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team of various fields

Preferred special knowledge, abilities, and skills:

  • Previous experience in programming with Java language.
  • Familiarity with or previous experience in ecological models used in ecosystem and environmental management.

Additional Information:               

The stipend is initially for 3 years with possibility of extension.

Posting Date:

March 01, 2019

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled

Date Review Begins:

As soon as applications are received.

Required Applicant Documents to Submit:

Applicants are asked to submit a CV, a 2-page (max.) statement of research experience and interests, and names of at least 2 references to Dr. Ekin Akoğlu ( as a single PDF file.

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2.500 TL per month

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Position open to internal candidates only?