Field(s) of Specialization:

Catchment Ecology and Modelling

Position Title:

Ph.D. Researcher


Marine Biology and Fisheries


Mersin - TURKEY

Summary Description:

We are seeking highly motivated Ph.D. researchers to join our research team at the Institute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University. The researchers will be working with Dr. Korhan Özkan ( and Dr. Barış Salihoğlu. Both positions will be funded from MARMOD Project (Integrated Modelling System for the Marmara Sea) and conduct research principally on catchment-sea interactions around the Marmara Sea but also on the other systems (for example Göksu Catchment in Mersin).


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

• Studying catchment ecology and investigating catchment-sea interactions using analyses of long term datasets and catchment modelling tools.

• Conduct regular fieldwork and laboratory analyses on catchment ecology

• Collating a database on study systems.


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 and scripting.
  • 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 fieldwork and skills in taxonomy (fish, plankton, or a similar aquatic organism group) or computational skills

Additional Information:               

The stipend is initially for 2 years with possibility of extension.

Posting Date:

December 26, 2017

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 the PI of the project as a single PDF file.

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2.500 TL per month

Pay Basis:


Position open to internal candidates only?