Postdoctoral Research in Anthropocene Geochronology and Biogeochemistry

The Department of Oceanography, Inha University, Korea, invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position with the key task of evaluating Anthropocene environmental changes manifested in sediment layers of estuarine and coastal environments. The position is established jointly with the Center for Anthropocene Studies of KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea.

Job Summary

In the Anthropocene, humans are altering the planet at an increasing rate. This is particularly true for estuaries and deltas, as they have been heavily altered over the last century by various human activities including sedimentation from soil erosion, damming for flood control and salt intrusion, and eutrophication due to excessive nutrients. Large engineering projects such as damming and land reclamation have led to changes in river discharge, tidal characteristics, and sediment transport, resulting in high sedimentation and severe water quality and ecosystem degradation in estuaries. Evidence of the effects of humans on environmental change has been preserved in sediment layers over the last century. The postdoctoral researcher will evaluate these human impacts on the Anthropocene estuarine environment and further corroborate the Holocene-Anthropocene boundary.


  • Develop scientific research plan
  • Carry out field work to collect necessary data
  • Coordinate and conduct geochronological and biogeochemical analysis with various collaborating institutions
  • Report research results in journal articles and at conferences


  • A PhD degree in oceanography, geosciences, or a closely related field
  • Field and/or lab experience in geochronology and geochemistry
  • Competence in collaborative teamwork


  • Will commensurate with experience
  • Minimum 40 million won/yr

The position is available immediately, pending clearance of administrative requirements and Korean visa processing, or later as agreed. The position is available for one year with the possibility of renewal for up to three years contingent upon satisfactory performance.

If interested, please send your application package to Prof. Guan-hong Lee (, which includes a cover letter, a CV, and contact details for three references. Inquiries can be addressed to the same email address.

posted: 26 September 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.