International Forum for Outstanding Overseas Young Scholars

Together with Calls for Faculty Position opportunities for
State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC)
and School of Marine Sciences (SMS)
East China Normal University
About the Forum
We are pleased to announce the upcoming event ‘International Forum for Outstanding Overseas Young Scholars’ during June 29-30, 2017, which is jointly organized by State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research and School of Marine Sciences, East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. The objective of this forum is to strengthen communications of cutting-edge estuarine and coastal research progresses and to build up stronger research networks for internal/international scholars and East China Normal University colleagues.
Also, this forum is to seek faculty members for the School of Marine Sciences (SMS). SMS is a supporting institute of SKLEC, which was newly founded October 16, 2016. Presently, SMS has 20 scientists, who are also affiliated with SKLEC. The research focus of SMS covers diverse disciplines relevant to marine sciences, especially to coastal oceans. We are now to call for 15 new faculty positions for those who are willing to join our School faculties. Please let us know your decision and help promote our science and yourself. For more recruitment information please see
Date: June 29-30, 2017
Place: East China Normal University, Li Ke Building (North Zhongshan Road 3663, Shanghai, China)
Applicants that work on various disciplines of estuarine, coastal, and marine sciences are highly welcomed. Please provide a PPT for 20-minute to present during the forum. For your information, following research foci are what the SMS people are working on:
1) Physical processes of estuarine and coastal waters with scales at turbulent mixing, wave, estuarine circulation, shelf circulation, and their interactions, with the techniques of field observation or numerical simulations.
2) Biogeochemical processes and mechanisms responsible for organic and inorganic material cycling in marine environments.
3) Sedimentary processes in estuarine and coastal waters under the multiple stresses of anthropogenic activities and natural evolutions.
4) Development of e community modeling system for coastal environments that links hydrodynamic, biogeochemical and ecological processes, with spatial scales at estuary, wetland, and coastal waters.
5) Development of the estuarine and coastal observatory systems to enhance the data collection and analysis capabilities.
Per the policy of ECNU, applicants who meet one of the following qualifications are particularly encouraged:
  • Under 35 years old with Ph.D. degree from an accredited overseas institution, or a doctoral degree from a Chinese institution with a minimum of three consecutive years of research experience in an overseas institution. Applicants holding an overseas Ph.D. degree with outstanding publication records and academic achievements are highly encouraged.
  • Have obtained formal positions in well-known overseas institutions, such as accredited universities, research institutions/organizations and enterprises/agencies, and with breakthrough achievements and important influences in the above research areas.
Travel and Accommodation
International air tickets for invited participants will be covered by the forum organizer. In details, the budget will up to 12,000 RMB for participants from U.S. and European countries, and 6,000 RMB for those from other countries and regions. The travel fee for invited participants from China will be in accordance with relevant policy. The forum organizer will offer board and lodging during the forum. Accommodations will be arranged by the organizer.
University Profile
East China Normal University is a comprehensive public research university located in Shanghai, China.  It was founded in 1951 by the merger of the Great China University founded in 1924 and Kwang Hua University (est. 1925). Its original role was to train teachers for secondary and higher education, as suggested in the name "Normal", but very soon housed top-class researchers and evolved into an elite research-intensive university. ECNU is often considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in China and is internationally recognized with institutional partnerships worldwide. Sponsored by the national program "Project 211" and "Project 985", the university is a staunch force in the nation's research and innovation, and is reputed to be the "Columbia of the East". It aims to become a first-class university in the world around the middle of this century. ECNU website:
SKLEC Profile
SKLEC is the leading research institute on estuarine and coastal science in China. Now it has two supporting units, the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Research (IEC) and the School of Marine Sciences (SMS). IEC was founded in 1957 by Prof. Jiyu Chen and his colleagues. Based on IEC, SKLEC was initiated by the State Planning Commission of China in 1989 and went into operation officially in December 1995. The current director is Prof. Shu Gao.
SKLEC has been strongly involved in providing solutions to resolve theoretical and practical problems encountered in the very diverse and large scale coastal developments of China, such as a national comprehensive survey on coastal resources, the construction of harbors and ports, channel regulations, the protection of coastal wetlands and the implementation of engineering structures. Over the last 20 years, SKLEC has adopted and promoted an atmosphere of being “Open to Collaboration, Exchange of Experience, Unity in Performance and Open to Competition”. This has been and will continue to be the basis of SKLEC. We have developed unique capabilities in people, research and project practices and infrastructure that provide honest, unbiased science and practical guidance to help address the pressing issues facing our practical and theoretical problems regarding rivers, estuaries, and coasts. SKLEC has developed toward a national site for high level research of the estuarine and coastal environment and toward a high level training base in China.
SMS Profile
Since 1990s, SKLEC put a step forward into the studies on various coastal ocean processes, which not only receives the influences from riverine and coastal discharges, but also throw substantial impacts on estuarine and coastal areas. This led SKLEC to another research direction, coastal oceanography. In the past 20 years, SKLEC people are deeply involved in marine studies in China, and contributed greatly in many of the major scientific advances in coastal ocean studies. In October 2016, ECNU founded another supporting unit of SKLEC, i.e. the School of Marine Sciences, to further promote the marine studies. Currently, SMS has 20 people that work on physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine biology, and marine geology, covering the major disciplines on general oceanography. SMS is new and we are looking forward to new faculty members to join us. The recruitment information can be found at
Contact Information
An application should include the following items in PDF: a cover letter, a curriculum vita, list of research samples (e.g., job market papers) and related materials, and be directly sent to the email address at
If you need further information about the forum, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Hong Jiang, State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University at 86-21-62232887.