Field(s) of Specialization:

All areas of marine and aquatic sciences

Position Title:

Faculty Member


All departments


Mersin - TURKEY

Summary Description:

Applications from all nationalities are invited for full-time tenure-track faculty positions in Middle East Technical University, Institute of Marine Sciences (METU-IMS). METU-IMS is the leading international marine science institute in Turkey with a 100% English education and research.  All METU-IMS faculty engage in teaching, research and service towards the overall goal of sustainable of management of marine and aquatic ecosystems based on excellent science. METU-IMS particularly seeks collaborative, multidisciplinary and adaptive candidates to join its young and energetic group of natural scientists located in the seashore Erdemli/Mersin campus of METU.

Faculty search involves all areas of marine and aquatic sciences, but priority will be given to following areas:

  • Marine geology and paleoceanography; focusing on marine and aquatic sediment archives for a quantitative reconstruction of the history of environmental changes in the region
  • Physical oceanography with a strong emphasis on an empirical, seagoing field research focus that uses state of the art observational tools
  • Science for blue economy development in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions: ranging from quantitative research on marine products biotechnology, renewable energy and seafloor non-living resources to multidisciplinary areas such as marine environmental socio-economics and integrated management of marine space
  • Fisheries and aquatic ecology: including microbiology, benthic and pelagic marine biology, with an empirical, seagoing field research focus


A key feature that will be taken into consideration will be the potential of the candidate to attract European Union framework program funding and similar grants to increase the IMS competitiveness and visibility at the international level.
For the selected applicants a hiring procedure within the University and Turkish Higher Education Council will be initiated. During this period, the successful applicants are highly encouraged to apply to start-up funds such as TUBITAK 2232 Reintegration Grants, Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowships and European Research Council Starting Grants.


METU – Institute of Marine Sciences

Minimum Degree Required:

A PhD degree, preferably obtained in USA or Europe

Required special knowledge, abilities, and skills:

  • If the PhD is from Turkey, at least one year of postdoctoral stay in a leading research institution abroad, with a productive record of post-doctoral publications.
  • Proven ability of communication and teaching in English


Preferred special knowledge, abilities, and skills:


Additional Information:               

  • For candidates with a non-English native language a minimum TOEFL score of 102 will be required for official appointment.


Posting Date:

February 15, 2019

Closing Date:

March 25, 2019

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.) contact information of three references and a two-page statement of research and teaching interest as a single PDF file to ‘’.

Proposed Start Date:

September 2019

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For Turkish nationals, public university pay scheme applies. 
International candidates will be offered competitive salaries based on their experience level and previous positions.

Pay Basis:


Position open to internal candidates only?



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