Job Description

Field(s) of Specialization:

Engineering, chemical oceanography, analytical geochemistry, environmental chemistry focusing on redox sensitive metal -sulfur cycling 

Position Title:

PhD position on in situ sensors in oceanography


METU – Institute of Marine Sciences


Mersin - TURKEY

Summary Description:


In the frame of Horizon-Europe funded ERC Consolidator Grant project DeepTrace (late 2022-2023) as well as H2020-fınded BRIDGE-BS (2021-2025), we are looking a highly motivated PhD researcher with background as oceanographer or engineer specialized in the underwater detection of metals, sulfur species and nutrients to join our ERC research team at METU IMS.


ERC CoG DeepTrace (late 2022-2027) will advance a ground-breaking mechanistic, analytical and predictive understanding of how the life-supporting metals cycle across Earth's deep-sea ecosystems such as the Black Sea and hydrothermal vents, developing the application of metal nanoparticles as tracers of planetary redox habitability and bridging the study of Earth's Oceans with the Ocean Worlds of the Solar system.


H2020 BRIDGE-BS focuses on the Black Sea ecosystem as a whole and the role of redox cycling in the overall resilience of the system in response to climate change and anthropogenic stressors.


The PhD fellow will be mainly involved in seagoing expeditions and associated laboratory work related to development and applications of in situ voltammetric and optical chemical sensors in the Black Sea and deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Both chemical oceanographers as well as candidates with strong engineering, analytical and environmental chemistry backgrounds, with a strong motivation to expand their profiles with oceanography will be considered for this position.



You will be embedded in a highly diverse and multidisciplinary ERC research group led by Dr Mustafa Yucel ( and will be interacting with a range of researchers based at METU IMS as well as abroad. The position involves ERC-funded field trips and research cruises, support for travels to major conferences of oceanography, planetary geosciences and astrobiology. 


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. The Institute carries out research on the Eastern Mediterranean as well as on the Aegean, Black Seas, and Turkish Straits System as well as the global oceans.


This is a minimum 2 years full-time position expected start date in Fall 2023


The candidate will be based at the seashore-based METU-IMS campus, located in Mersin, Turkey.


  •  Participate in seagoing oceanography expeditions with R/V Bilim and international seagoing R/Vs in different oceans.
  • Conduct laboratory system development work, perform calibrations and get the systems ready for deployment during cruises
  • Take part in project activities, including meetings and workshops and represent IMS teams when needed.
  • Lead the drafting of project reports, deliverables and manuscript drafts.
  • Contribute to project management as needed.

Minimum Degree Required:

Masters degree  from not from marine science background but from all relevant engineering fields, geology, molecular biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics are encouraged to apply to these positions.  Motivation and capacity to take on a multidisciplinary challenge is the most important quality.

Required special knowledge, abilities, and skills:

  • Chemical analysis methods of complex water matrices
  • Fieldwork logistics and organization
  • Minimum of 2-year relevant experience in a similar role in an international or EU project
  • Excellent level of English. Other languages are a plus.
  • Excellent teamwork capability
  • Ability to travel in Turkey and abroad
  • Military obligations fulfilled where applicable

Preferred special knowledge, abilities, and skills:

  • Experience with underwater chemical sensors
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work in a fast-paced environment, within and across departments/functions, managing multiple priorities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Creativity thinking through new ideas and approaches

Posting Date:

May 2022

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 experience and interests, and names of at least 2 references as a single PDF file to  (

Quick link for Posting:

Please send your application documents directly to Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Yücel ( and also  full details of the application procedure can be found here:

Note that you will need English (TOEFL or equivalent) or ALES/GRE scores.


Proposed Start Date:

September 2023

Type of Contract:

Minimum 2 years

Job Status:



Your salary will be at least at the level of a public university research assistant in Turkey and may increase in proportion to your skills, qualifications and performance.

Pay Basis:


Position open to internal candidates only?