Student Opportunity Announcements

Graduate Student Opportunity, Larval Ecology

Seeking self-motivated graduate students (MPhil and PhD) to join a dynamic, new lab at Life Sciences Division of the Hong Kong University of Science at Technology (LIFS, HKUST) starting September, 2014. The Chan lab focuses on how planktonic organisms, in particular larvae of marine invertebrates, interact with their fluid environments, the ecological and evolutionary implications of these interactions, and how changing climate conditions would affect these interactions. We apply both laboratory and field techniques, including but not limited to video motion analysis, micro-PIV, microscopy, oxygen consumption and clearance rate measurements. There is also a strong emphasis on numerical modeling. In addition to fulfilling the department requirements, desired qualifications include: 1) B.S/ M/S. Degree in biology, oceanography, marine sciences, mathematics, engineering or relevant disciplines, a quantitative background e.g., completing course on differential equations or statistics is preferable. 2) strong research experience , successful candidates need to demonstrate their ability to independently conduct scientific inquiry and present their findings. Such skills also include the ability to work well in a team in a field setting. Please note that there may be field opportunities for new graduate students in summer 2014. Therefore, in addition to applying through the University admission site at on or before Jun 5, 2014, interested candidates are highly recommended to email a single pdf containing your CV, a cover letter with your potential research interests, a brief summary of accomplishments (educational background, GPA, GRE scores), and contact information for at least three professional references to Dr. Karen Chan ( by April 30, 2014. Student support is available for selected applicants. Both local Hong Kong residents and international students are welcomed to apply. For more information about potential research project, please refer to my website listed above.