Assistant Professor Department of Ocean Science and Engineering
Dr. Yao received her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 2020 before she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. In 2021 summer, she joined the Southern University of Science and Technology faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Ocean Science and Engineering. Dr. Yao has a broad range of interests in the fields of global biogeochemical cycles, seawater chemistry, and paleoceanography and paleoclimatology on various geological timescales. Stable isotope geochemistry and numerical modeling are the primary approaches for her research.
2020 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada
2015 Master of Science (M.Sc.), Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada
2014 Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), School of Marine Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
2021-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
2021 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, USA
2020 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department Physical and Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada
HONORS & AWARDS
2021 Shenzhen high-level professional talents, national-level leading talents
2020 National Outstanding Self-funded Student Scholarship
2020 Harry Elderfield Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union, USA
2018 - 2019 H.V. Ellsworth Graduate Fellowships in Mineralogy
2017 – 2018 P.C. Finlay Q.C. President's Fellowships in Geology
2016 Centre for Global Change Science Graduate Student Research Award
2015 – 2016 Laurence and Theresa Curtis Explorers Graduate Scholarship
2015 – 2016 W. W. Moorhouse Fellowship
2010 – 2013 China National Undergraduate Scholarship
ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL POSITIONS
Peer reviewer for
Nature Geoscience; Geology; Earth and Planetary Science Letters; Geophysical Research Letter; Chemical Geology; Limnology and Oceanography; Applied Geochemistry; Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, Seawater Chemistry, Biogeochemical cycles, Stable isotope Geochemistry
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We are currently seeking highly motivated talents to join our lab! Research projects in Yao’s lab include but are not limited to:
1. Marine authigenic minerals (e.g., authigenic carbonate minerals, sulfate minerals) and microfossils (e.g., foraminifera) as proxies for pale-seawater chemistry;
2. Formation mechanism of marine barite;
3. Temporal and spatial evolution of the global cycles of carbon, sulfur, and oxygen;
4. Biogeochemical cycles of nutrients (e.g., N, P) and trace metals (e.g., Sr, Mg, Mo);
5. Reconstruction of oceanic redox conditions, earth surface processes, and climatic changes on various geological timescales over the Cenozoic and Mesozoic with diverse modeling techniques (e.g., Multi-box Inverse Model, Community Climate System Model).
1. Fully-funded two-year postdoctoral scholars
Applicants should have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree in marine sciences, earth sciences, geochemistry, paleobiology and other related fields. Preference will be for applicants who
i. are familiar with in element and isotope geochemistry, geobiology, geochemistry, geology and mineralogy, and other biogeochemical analyses
ii. have experience in using TC/EA-IRMS and/or MC-ICP-MS
iii. have published more than one high-quality paper as the first author in mainstream SCI journals in related fields
iv. are fluent in English reading and writing;
v. are good at mathematical and statistical analyses and have basic computer and modeling skills.
Salary and benefits
The postdoctoral fellowship comes with an annual stipend of 300,000~400,000 RMB (equivalent to 44,000~58,000 USD), including Guangdong Province's living allowance of 150,000 yuan and Shenzhen's living allowance of 60,000 yuan, and participating in social insurance and housing provident fund according to the relevant regulations of Shenzhen. Postdoctoral welfare fees are paid in accordance with the school’s faculty and staff standards. Particularly outstanding candidates can apply for the principal's outstanding postdoctoral fellow, with an annual salary of more than 500,000 yuan. (Including subsidies from Guangdong Province and Shenzhen). During the 2-year period, postdoctoral fellows can rely on the university to apply for Shenzhen public rental housing. Postdoctoral fellows who do not rely on the school to use Shenzhen public rental housing can enjoy a housing subsidy of 2,800 yuan/month before tax for two years.
For more information, visit http://talent.sustech.edu.cn/rsfw/sys/zpglxt/extranet/index.do#/zpgs/3
2. Graduate students
Students interested in paleoceanography and paleoclimatology or marine biogeochemistry are highly encouraged to join our Master's or Ph.D. programs.
3. Research Assistants
Students with marine geochemistry backgrounds are welcome to join as research assistants in our lab.
To apply, please send your CV, cover letter, and research statement to Dr. Yao (firstname.lastname@example.org). The start date is flexible, and the review of applicants will be ongoing until the positions are filled.