Job and Study Opportunities *UPDATED 29 June 2017*

We have a number of opportunities available to join our research group! Check back regularly here for updates, or contact us for more information.

MSc and PhD opportunities in our research group

Besides the active job postings listed below, we are always on the look out for qualified MSc and PhD candidates. Please contact us directly for more information on opportunities in our research group! Prospective MSc and PhD students can download the application forms and an overview of enrollment requirements here:

Application form for study in Guangxi University by foreign students
Information for application to study in Guangxi University
The Chinese government scholarship for study in Guangxi University

Please note the annual application deadline for these positions is April. Applicants are advised to send in the required documents no later than February to ensure timely processing.

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Four postdoctoral fellowships available immediately in Plant Phylogenomics, Ecological Genomics and Adaptive Evolution (posted 29 June, 2017)

Four Postdoctoral Fellowships are available immediately at the Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution Group of Guangxi University (Nanning, China). We are seeking highly motivated and productive postdoctoral fellows to engage in 2-year projects in the following fields:

Plant Phylogenomics (2 funded fellowships available)
Ecological Genomics and Adaptive Evolution (2 funded fellowships available)

Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution Group at Guangxi University (Nanning, China) http://www.plant-ecophysiology-evolution.com/

1 Plant Phylogenomics

Two fellowships are available in the Biodiversity Genomics team, led by Associate Prof Joeri S. Strijk (http://www.plant-ecophysiology-evolution.com/person/joeri-sergej-strijk/). We focus our research efforts on understanding the origin, rise and persistence of tropical plant biodiversity by combining the latest NextGen sequencing techniques and advances in genomics with molecular systematics, taxonomy, ecology and historical biogeographical reconstruction. Our study area covers the greater tropical Australasian zone and extends to include the flora of the Madagascar and Indian Ocean Island Biodiversity Hotspot. Members of the team address a wide range of research topics, ranging from understanding the effects of palaeogeographic changes in landmass configuration on patterns of plant genome evolution and divergence, studying community assembly and in-situ plant diversification patterns on oceanic islands, to using genomic data to clarify the links between gene divergence, diversification and distribution, and employing the latest NGS techniques to resolve longstanding botanical and evolutionary questions typical for amorphic, speciose and widespread tropical tree families.

-REQUIREMENTS: Prospective candidates should have a PhD with a strong background in plant genomics and/or systematics, bioinformatics, molecular dating and/or biogeographical reconstruction, and should have a proven track record of successful publication in peer-reviewed journals. Additional experience in botanical collecting and fieldwork, taxonomy and herbarium experience are considered a major advantage when applying. The candidate will join a dynamic and international team that uses the latest advances in genomics to push the boundaries of our knowledge on plant biodiversity and plant divergence. Within the team’s programs, a number of topics are available for discussion following a successful application.

2 Ecological Genomics and Adaptive Evolution

Two fellowships are available under supervision by Associate Prof Wee Kim Shan (http://www.plant-ecophysiology-evolution.com/person/alison-kim-shan-wee/). In our unit we pursue a system-level understanding of adaptation and evolution in non-model plants, combining experimental ecophysiology and cutting-edge sequencing technology.

-REQUIREMENTS: Prospective candidates should have a PhD with a strong background in plant ecophysiology, plant biology and genetics, and a proven track record of successful publication in peer-reviewed journals. Experience in field collection (in the tropics), plant breeding and handling next generation sequencing data (especially transcriptomes) is highly preferable. The candidate will be part of an international team studying stress response, phenotypic plasticity and natural variation of selected plant lineages in Asia. A number of topics are available for discussion following a successful application.

***Fellowship details***

Opportunities for the development of individual research projects as well as collaborative work exist within the Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution Group.

The postdoctoral tenure will be two years and renewable for one more year upon evaluation. The fellowship covers an annual salary, a furnished apartment on campus and medical insurance. A small research fund (30,000 Yuan RMB) is provided by the university and the host supervisor will cover the rest of the initial research expenses. Prospective candidates are required to take part in external funding applications to support the joint research work. In addition, the selected candidate will be eligible to apply for a National Postdoctoral Scholarship through Guangxi University.

***General information Guangxi University***

The Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution Group is part of the College of Forestry, under the State Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-bioresources, and the newly proposed Guangxi Key Laboratory of Forest Ecology and Conservation, which houses a wide range of laboratories and research teams. We are centrally located on the large green Nanning City campus, with easy access to on-campus housing and day-to-day facilities for life on campus. Visit our website for a picture impression: http://www.plant-ecophysiology-evolution.com/contact-us/

Postdoctoral Fellows will be part of a growing and multidisciplinary team of Chinese and foreign researchers, providing a creative and stimulating research environment. Group members (students and faculty) represent over fifteen different nationalities, spanning a wide range of research backgrounds and experiences. Knowledge of Chinese for application is not mandatory, but opportunities exist to attend weekly courses in Mandarin if desired. The working language in our research group is English.

Guangxi University (>25,000 students) in Nanning is part of China’s National 211 University Scheme (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_211), aiming to become a major research hub in southern China. Nanning forms a natural gateway to South-East Asia, with Vietnam a mere 300kms away and direct international connecting flights from Nanning’s new airport are available to most major cities in Asia, many by cheap carriers as well as national airlines.

To apply for a position, please email a statement of research interests and goals, a curriculum vitae, and the email addresses of three references to:

Assoc Prof Joeri S. Strijk (jsstrijk@gxu.edu.cn) – Plant Phylogenomics
Assoc Prof Alison K.S. Wee (alisonwks@gxu.edu.cn) – Ecological Genomics and Adaptive Evolution

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the positions have been filled. Interested to apply? Prospective candidates attending the IBC2017 in Shenzhen next July can arrange to meet us there for an interview! Please contact us as soon as possible to arrange this.

 

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International Graduate Program 2017 with multiple MSc and PhD positions available at the College of Forestry of Guangxi University, Nanning, China

The Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution Group, Conservation Biology Group and Forest Dynamics Research Laboratory at Guangxi University (Nanning, China) are seeking highly motivated and productive International MSc and PhD students to engage in 3-4 year projects, starting in 2017, in the following research fields:

(1) Plant Ecophysiology
Kunfang Cao-A: Plant Physiological Ecology including water relations
-B: Functional Plant Anatomy
-C: Photosynthesis and Photoprotection
-D: Functional traits and community assembly of subtropical forests

Projects are supervised by Prof. Kun-Fang Cao (kunfang.cao@gxu.edu.cn or caokf@xtbg.ac.cn) and Associate Prof. Shidan Zhu (zhushidan@gxu.edu.cn) .
More information here:
Research overview
Research overview

(2) Biodiversity Genomics
-A: Plant Genomics and Evolutionary Diversification
-B: Molecular Systematics and Plant Taxonomy
-C: Historical Plant Biogeography and Biome Assembly

Projects are supervised by Associate Prof. Joeri S. Strijk (jsstrijk@gxu.edu.cn).
 
 
More information here:
Research overview
Research website

(3) Genetics
Alison KS Wee-A: Ecological Genomics.
-B: Conservation Genetics.

Projects are supervised by Associate Prof. Alison Wee (alisonwks@gmail.com).
 
 
 
More information here:
Research overview

(4) Seed Ecophysiology
Uromi-A: Seed Ecology and Physiology

Projects are supervised by Associate Prof. Uromi Goodale (uromi.goodale@outlook.com).
 
 
 
 
More information here:
Research overview
 
(5) Ecophysiology and Coevolution
Gou-Feng Jiang-A: Plant Ecophysiology of Mangroves.
-B: Phylogenetics and Coevolution in Gymnosperms.

Projects are supervised by Dr. Jiang Guofeng (gfjiang@gxu.edu.cn).
 
 
 
 
More information here:
Research overview

(6) Ecology
-A: Animal Behaviour.
-B: Breeding and Nesting Ecology.
-C: Ecotoxicology.
-D: Social and Economic Influences on Conservation Species Interaction Networks.
-E: Urban Ecology.
Projects are supervised by Faculty members of the Conservation Biology Group (Prof. Eben Goodale (eben.goodale@outlook.com), Dr. Aiwu Jiang, Dr. Christos Mammides, Dr. Myung-bok Lee, Dr. Ari Martinez).

More information here:
Group website

(7) Tropical Forest Botany and Ecology
-A: Biodiversity Monitoring Forest Plots in Guangxi Province.
-B: Distribution and composition of the Philippine Island Flora: phylogenetics, ecological features, plant functional and reproductive traits.
Projects are supervised by Prof James V. LaFrankie of the Forest Dynamics Research Laboratory.
Research overview

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The International Graduate Program at the College of Forestry offers fully funded MSc and PhD Fellowships for 3-4-year projects, with complete waivers for tuition fees and housing fees. Housing is provided in the International Student dormitories of the campus in Nanning. The first year will consist of orientation and study of Chinese language through courses in combination with introductory courses taught by faculty members of the three research groups. The other three years will be filled with fieldwork, professional courses and the research project.

Project applications are now invited for starting dates of projects in September 2017. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. Fellowships come with an ample monthly allowance for the full duration of the project. Applicants with a proven track record of successful publication in peer-reviewed journals will have an advantage.

Opportunities for the development of individual research projects as well as collaborative work, exist within our lab and with external groups. Candidates will be integrated in growing and multidisciplinary teams of Chinese and foreign researchers, providing a creative and stimulating research environment, and will work as part of teams studying the evolution, ecology, distribution, conservation and/or ecophysiology of selected taxa in Asia. Prior knowledge of Chinese is not mandatory as courses form an integral part of the curriculum, and the working language in our research groups is English.

All research groups are part of the College of Forestry, under the State Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-bioresources, which houses a wide variety of laboratories and research teams. We are centrally located on the large Nanning city campus, with easy access to on-campus housing and day-to-day facilities for life on campus. Guangxi University (>25,000 students) in subtropical Nanning is part of the National 211 University Scheme of China (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_211) and aims to become a major research hub in Southern China. The city forms the natural gateway to South-East Asia, with Vietnam a mere 300kms away and direct international connecting flights available to most major cities in Asia from the new Nanning International Airport. For a picture impression of life on our campus, research in our groups and life in Nanning, please visit our website here: http://www.plant-ecophysiology-evolution.com/contact-us/

Please visit our group websites and research pages for more information on our teams and research:
Research overview Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution
Research overview Conservation Biology Group
Research overview Forest Dynamics Research Laboratory

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To apply for any of these positions, please email a statement of research interests and goals, a curriculum vitae, and the email addresses of three references directly to the individual project leaders:

Application information:
(1) Plant Physiological Ecology. Functional Plant Anatomy. Photosynthesis and Photoprotection. Functional traits and community assembly of subtropical forests.
Prof. Kun-Fang Cao (kunfang.cao@gxu.edu.cn or caokf@xtbg.ac.cn).
Prof. Shidan Zhu (zhushidan@gxu.edu.cn).
(2) Plant Genomics and Evolutionary Diversification. Molecular Systematics and Plant Taxonomy. Historical Plant Biogeography and Biome Assembly.
Associate Prof. Joeri S. Strijk (jsstrijk@gxu.edu.cn).
(3) Ecological Genomics. Conservation Genetics.
Associate Prof. Alison Wee (alisonwks@gmail.com).
(4) Seed Ecology and Physiology.
Associate Prof. Uromi Goodale (uromi.goodale@outlook.com).
(5) Plant Ecophysiology of Mangroves. Phylogenetics and Coevolution in Gymnosperms.
Dr. Jiang Guofeng (gfjiang@gxu.edu.cn).
(6) Animal Behavior. Breeding and Nesting Ecology. Ecotoxicology. Social and Economic Influences on Conservation Species Interaction Networks. Urban Ecology.
Prof. Eben Goodale (eben.goodale@outlook.com).
(7) Biodiversity Monitoring Forest Plots in Guangxi Province. Distribution and composition of the Philippine Island Flora.
Prof James V. LaFrankie (jlafrankie@yahoo.com)

Review of applications will begin immediately.

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Postdoctoral position in plant physiology of mangrove trees available at Guangxi University, Nanning, China

Kunfang Cao

The Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution Group at Guangxi University (Nanning, China) is seeking a qualified candidate for a postdoctoral position on plant physiology or ecophysiology of mangrove trees.

The position will be based at the the College of Forestry, Guangxi University, Nanning, China. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in plant physiological ecology or plant physiology. Research experience on plant hydraulics and water relations, wood and leaf anatomy, and/or photosynthesis and photo-protection are preferred. The candidate should have a proven record of successful publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The postdoctoral tenure will be two years and renewable for one more year. The fellowship covers an annual salary, a furnished apartment on campus with a low rent fee and medical insurance. A small research fund (30,000 Yuan RMB) is provided by the university and the host supervisor will cover the rest of research expenses. In addition, the selected candidate will be eligible to apply for a National Postdoctoral Scholarship through Guangxi University.

***General information***

Our research group is part of the College of Forestry, under the State Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-bioresources, which houses a wide range of laboratories and research teams. We are centrally located on the large Nanning city campus, with easy access to on-campus housing and day-to-day facilities for life on campus.

The postdoctoral associate will be part of a growing and multidisciplinary team of Chinese and foreign researchers, providing a creative and stimulating research environment. Knowledge of Chinese is not mandatory, but opportunities exist to attend weekly courses in Mandarin. The working language in our research group is English.

Guangxi University (>30,000 students) in Nanning is part of the National 211 University Scheme of China (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_211) and aims to become a major research hub in southern China. The city forms the natural gateway to South-East Asia, with Vietnam a mere 300kms away and direct international connecting flights available to most major cities in Asia.

To apply for a position, please email a statement of research interests and goals, a curriculum vitae, and the email addresses of three references to Prof. Cao Kunfang (kunfangcao@gxu.edu.cn). Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position has been filled.

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Faculty position in Plant Physiological Ecology available at Guangxi University, Nanning, China

Kunfang Cao

A faculty position is open at the College of Forestry, Guangxi University, Nanning, China. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in plant physiological ecology or plant physiology, and postdoctoral or junior faculty experiences. Research experience on plant hydraulics and water relations, or photosynthesis and photo-protection, and a background in trait evolution with relation to molecular phylogenetics are preferred. The candidate should have a proven track record of successful publication in peer-reviewed journals. The main task of the position is research, but also involves education of undergraduate and graduate students within our research group.

The position will be started with a 5-yr contract, with an annual salary and an additional one-year salary after the completion of a 5-yr contract as pension, housing on campus, medical insurance, as well as a starting-up research funding. Opportunities exist to apply for national and provincial research funding through our university. The candidate will be part of a growing and multidisciplinary team of Chinese and foreign researchers, providing a creative and stimulating research environment. Knowledge of Chinese is not mandatory, but opportunities exist to attend weekly courses in Mandarin. The working language in our research group is English.

Our research group is part of the College of Forestry, under the State Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-bioresources, which houses a wide range of laboratories and research teams. We are centrally located on the large Nanning city campus, with easy access to on-campus housing and day-to-day facilities for life on campus.

Guangxi University (>25,000 students) in Nanning is part of the National 211 University Scheme of China (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_211) and aims to become a major research hub in southern China. The city forms the natural gateway to South-East Asia, with Vietnam a mere 300kms away and direct international connecting flights available to most major cities in Asia.

To apply for the position, please email a statement of research interests and goals, a curriculum vitae, and the email addresses of three references to Prof. Cao Kunfang (kunfangcao@gxu.edu.cn). Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position has been filled.

 

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