Field(s) of Specialization:

All areas of marine and aquatic sciences

Position Title:

International Faculty Member


All departments


Mersin - TURKEY

Summary Description:

Applications from all nationalities (non-Turkish) 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:

  • Science and innovation-based 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
  • Physical oceanography with a strong emphasis on an empirical, seagoing field research focus that uses state of the art observational tools
  • Aquatic microbial ecology to ecosystem ecology, including benthic and pelagic marine biology, with a clear empirical, seagoing field research focus
  • Paleoceanography; focusing on marine and aquatic sediment archives for a quantitative reconstruction of the history of environmental changes in the region


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 in the international level. METU-IMS will offer a competitive baseline salary at the level of a METU associate professor which will be topped up according to projects performance. In-campus housing will also be provided.
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 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
  • For candidates with a non-English native language a minimum TOEFL score of 102 will be required for official appointment.

Preferred special knowledge, abilities, and skills:

Additional Information:               


Posting Date:

July 24, 2018

Closing Date:

October 25, 2018

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:

March 2019

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METU-IMS will offer a competitive baseline salary at the level of a METU associate professor which will be topped up according to the projects that the candidate will bring in

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