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Job offers 12 Nov. 2018

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PostDoc on Integrated Models for Complex Human and Natural Systems at University of Texas at Austin, US

The position will support a new broad research initiative at the University of Texas at Austin called Planet Texas 2050 ( The goals of Planet Texas 2050 are to improve our understanding of the synergistic impacts of climate change and rapid population growth on availability and equitable distribution of Texas’ vital resources, to advance our ability to project future impacts, and to plan for more resilient infrastructure. Underpinning those research goals is the development of an integrated modeling platform that will help build scenarios for Texas’ 21st century urban centers and inform policy. The successful candidate is expected to play a key role in visioning and developing this platform through the assessment of a range of existing models. This multi-year, interdisciplinary initiative will provide substantial opportunities for the candidate to collaborate with existing and new faculty and researchers across the UT Austin campus and beyond.


Spatial Biogeochemical Modeller, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Bangor, UK.

This is a 12-month maternity cover post. We are seeking a suitable applicant with GIS and programming skills and the ability to apply these to predict ecosystem changes, and to summarise and communicate understanding. A key part of the role will be to help maintain the UK National Focal Centre database of modelled data related to air pollution impacts. See Closing date: 25 November 2018.

Assistant Professor in Climate & Atmospheric Science at University of California, Merced
The Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Merced, seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Climate and Atmospheric Science. We welcome applications from scientists working in any area of climate and atmospheric science relevant to the health and sustainability of natural ecosystems or human societies. We are open to any scale of focus (e.g., local vs. global, short- vs. long-term, modern vs. historical vs. geological time), as well as to any scientific approach (measurements, experiments, modeling, or any combination).

Examples of relevant research include but are not limited to: regional to global climate modeling and forecasting; examining fluxes of gases or particles to/from the atmospheric boundary layer; studying the production, fate, and transport of atmospheric pollutants and related precursors (including those relevant for human health); research into fundamental scientific concepts underlying accurate weather forecasts and climate predictions (including extreme weather events, and the form, timing, and quantity of precipitation delivered to watersheds); or modeling and analysis of large-scale atmospheric phenomena and how they change over a variety of time scales (e.g., changes in ENSO dynamics; changes in climactic patterns underlying droughts, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events; paleoclimate studies).
For more information, and to apply, please go to:

PhD or Postdoc Position -- Satellite-based data assimilation for regional cropping systems
We are searching for an enthusiastic PhD student or postdoctoral researcher to apply land surface data assimilation for regional cropping systems. The research is part of a European H2020 project focusing on soil hydrology, vegetation, water scarcity and management of cropping systems. The research will be supervised by prof. Gabrielle De Lannoy, prof. Gerard Govers, and colleagues involved in the H2020 project.
The research aims at using relatively fine-scale satellite information to improve estimates of water budget and vegetation components in various agricultural regions. The modeling system will involve the FAO Aquacrop crop growth model; the assimilation system will be ensemble- or particle-based; the satellite data will include optical and microwave measurements.
Our team:


Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Hydrologic Sensing @ Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

The Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group at Wageningen
University & Research is looking for an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
of Hydrologic Sensing. The group aims to contribute to understanding
hydrological processes for improved water management through developing
measurement, modelling and prediction techniques, working at a range of
spatial and temporal scales, with a focus on river basins and deltas.

The successful candidate is expected to establish an internationally leading
research team on the subject of Hydrologic Sensing, which entails the
development of ground-based, airborne (e.g. drones) and space-borne (remote)
sensing techniques to monitor the space-time dynamics of hydrological fluxes
and states, e.g. precipitation, interception, evaporation, soil moisture,
groundwater, surface water flow and sediment transport. Employed instruments
could be based on electromagnetic (optical, near-infrared, microwave),
acoustic and/or gravity sensing techniques.

More information about the position and the application procedure (including
a link to the form where applications should be uploaded) can be found here:



Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Agroecosystems at UC Davis, US
The University of California at Davis is recruiting a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Agroecosystems. The Department is seeking applicants that will focus on agronomic and horticultural crop production in California and more broadly. Diverse crops, production practices and farm sizes characterize the state’s agriculture and include intensive and organic practices. The need to use novel basic and applied research approaches to study crops, soils, air and water and the interactions among them across diverse temporal and spatial scales is anticipated. The successful applicant will develop a research program to demonstrate how cropping system design and crop management can optimize resource use efficiency, enhance economic returns, mitigate adverse off-farm impacts, and provide environmental services, consistent with evolving regulations and a changing climate. Criteria for appointment include: a Ph.D. or equivalent in agronomy, agroecology, plant sciences, soil science or related field; a record of excellence in scholarly research; and demonstrable potential to establish a competitively-funded research program. In addition, the appointee will be expected to teach two to three classes, two of which will be an undergraduate course on Agriculture and the Environment and a graduate course on Cropping Systems Analysis. The appointee is expected to be actively involved in undergraduate advising, curricular development and department and university service. The appointee is also expected to guide and mentor graduate students and participate in research and outreach/engagement programs consistent with the mission of the California Agricultural Experiment Station. Applicants should submit materials via the following website: Additional inquiries can be directed to Bruce Linquist ( Chair of the Search Committee, or Gail Taylor ( Chair of the Department of Plant Sciences. The position will remain open until filled but to ensure consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2018, 2018. UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Postdoc position “Agronomy and Crop Systems Modelling" at TROPAGS, University of Göttingen, Germany
The division Tropical Plant Production and Agricultural Systems Modelling (TROPAGS) has its research focus on
the analysis and modelling of globally important plant production systems. Central questions relate to the
development of sustainable crop/ farm management practices of smallholder systems, food security, risks analyses
and land use planning, especially in regions that are particularly vulnerable to climate and other global changes. We
offer a stimulating, international and interdisciplinary research and work environment in a team with extensive
expertise in tropical agronomy and land use issues and the design, development, testing and applications of
agricultural systems models at different scales (see, webpage:
Currently we are seeking to fill a position that is at the core of our divisions’ research: combining experimentation
with eco-physiological modelling from field/farm to region. While research activities and teaching will focus on
tropical plant production systems, namely in Africa; participation in projects on temperate agricultural systems and
in other world regions is also expected.


PhD on hydro-geochemical modeling with LIST in Luxembourg

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology offers an outstanding opportunity for joining its newly created doctoral training unit (DTU) in hydrological sciences: ”HYDRO-CSI: Towards a holistic understanding of river systems: Innovative methodologies for unraveling hydrological, chemical and biological interactions across multiple scales”. The total number of positions in this DTU is 14 – embracing four complementary thematic clusters on (1) high frequency monitoring of hydrological processes, (2) new hydrological tracers, (3) remote sensing applied to hydrology, and (4) hydrological forecasts and predictions under change. Academic partners are the TU Vienna (Austria), University of Luxembourg, Wageningen University (The
Netherlands) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany). The DTU HYDRO-CSI is funded in the framework of the PRIDE scheme of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), and coordinated by Prof. Laurent Pfister.[listJob]=3746&cHash=aa21be4698ec898963a8132ecdfd3ebd

PostDoc position in the field of land surface modeling / data assimilation Augsburg University, Germany
The DFG Research Unit “Large-Scale and High-Resolution Mapping of Soil Moisture on Field and Catchment Scales – Boosted by Cosmic-Ray Neutrons” aims to improve the measurement and modeling of soil moisture. Measuring soil moisture allows to better predict groundwater formation and evaporation. In recent years, a physically based, non-invasive method for measuring soil moisture has emerged in the form of Cosmic-Ray Neutron Sensing (CRNS). The research team seeks to fill in gaps in existing research relating to this new technique and add to our fundamental understanding of soil moisture and its role in the water cycle. The objectives for the position are:
•     To establish a consistent framework for the integration of field scale soil moisture and snow water data into hydrological and land-surface models by means of data assimilation
•     To evaluate and quantify the added value of such data for hydrological and land surface modeling
•     To study the impact of soil moisture assimilation on local land surface – atmosphere coupling
•     Preparation of scientific publications in international journals
•     Participation in conferences as well as organization/support of seminars and workshops.

More info contact : harald.kunstmann at and  benjamin.fersch at in copy.

Research Soil Scientist position at the U.S. Salinity Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS),
U.S. Salinity Laboratory in Riverside, California seeks a permanent, full time, Research Soil Scientist, GS-0470-12/13 ($83,043.00 - $128,373.00 annually plus benefits). The mission of the Salinity Laboratory is to develop, through research, new knowledge, and technology, the solution of problems of crop production on salt-affected lands, to promote the sustainability of irrigated agriculture, and to prevent degradation of surface- and ground-water resources by salts, toxic-elements, pesticides, and pathogens. Go to and search ARS-D18W-0155 for details and directions on how to apply. This vacancy is open for application on October 29, 2018 and will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 07, 2018.
U.S. citizenship is required for this permanent position.   
USDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider

Groundwater hydrology and sustainability position at ASU
The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) and the School of Sustainable Engineering
and the Built Environment (SSEBE) seeks applicants for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position in groundwater
hydrology and sustainability.
Appointment may be at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank commensurate with the candidate’s experience
and accomplishments.
The projected start date is August 2019, but accommodation can be made for the best candidate.
More details and the link to apply for the position can be found here:

Post Doctoral Position Available: Soil-Water-Plant System Modeling
Please share  the attached job opening at U of M with anyone who may be interested in a Post Doctoral Position in Soil-Water-Plant System Modeling.  To apply for this position, please logon to
Thank you,
Hero Gollany
Hero Gollany, Research Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS-CPCRC
2018 Soil and Water Management and Conservation Division Chair

PostDoc on modelling of ecosystem services in apple orchards at INRA, France
The proposed post-doc position is part of a project aiming to define and implement agricultural practices that allow environment-friendly fruit production. The project is funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology – Climate KIC.
The general objective of the post-doc position is to develop and use a modelling tool to assess ecosystem services in apple orchards and how they change according to climate scenarios and cultural practices. The postdoctoral scientist will develop, based on existing models, an apple orchard model with fruit trees and a soil compartment representing carbon, nitrogen and water fluxes. The orchard model will be able to simulate, under various climate scenarios and cropping systems (combination of cultural practices), indicators of various ecosystem services related to the fluxes of carbon, nitrogen and water through the air-plant-soil continuum : fruit production, climate regulation (mitigation of GHG emission), water regulation and maintenance of soil fertility (soil nitrogen availability). The postdoctoral scientist will use this model to predict how ecosystem service profiles vary according to climate scenarios and cultural practices and to identify which cropping systems allow reaching balanced profiles of ecosystem services.
More info see or contact Françoise Lescourret (francoise . lescourret at

PostDoc in Soil Science at Uni Louvain, Belgium
The successful candidate will develop and drive a cutting-edge research program at the forefront of soil science. He or she will conduct
innovative, collaborative and cross-disciplinary research focused on integrated approaches of pedogenetic, biological and geochemical
processes that are impacted by natural and anthropogenic changes (e.g. evolution of agricultural practices and/or changes within an
(agro)-ecosystem), which ultimately determine the soil quality (e.g. soil fertility) as a key for future sustainable agricultural production Identifiant de demande 20649 - Publié 08/10/2018 - Personnel académique - temps plein - Faculté des bioingénieurs - Temporaire
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PostDoc in Soil Health and Moisture Dynamics at ATM, Texas, US
A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the area of soil physics in The Department of Soil & Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. The position is two years (contingent upon funding) with the first year guaranteed. The successful candidate will work on multiple research projects in soil physics, soil health, spatio-temporal variability of soil moisture, and the impact of land management on soil function. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to assist in managing several large, multiple-institution projects that focus on quantifying the impact of land management on soil physical properties, as well as advise undergraduate and graduate students. The candidate will also gain experience working with surface soil moisture sensors like the cosmic ray soil moisture observation system (COSMOS). Candidates with a strong background in soil physics are preferred. Experience preferred in designing and implementing soil moisture mapping studies as well as field-based soil science methods, such as collecting soil samples and in situ infiltration measurements. Experience in spatial statistics including programming in R is also preferred.
More info at

Agricultural Research Technician position open in Sidney, MT.
The job description is available at:

PostDoc on Data Record Using Observations from Multiple Satellites at JPL, USA

Two postdoctoral positions open in the Dept. of EAPS at Purdue University
Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University.  These positions will support collaborative research between Purdue University and the Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water, and the Environment in Arequipa, Peru.  Application review will begin immediately with appointments starting as early as January 2019.  Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.
Position 1: The successful candidate will quantify groundwater - surface water interactions across spatial scales in the Arequipa region of Peru extending from the Coropuna Ice Cap to basin agricultural regions.  Candidates with experience in the analysis of stable isotopes, age-dating isotopes, and aqueous geochemistry are preferred.  Candidates should contact Lisa Welp ( or Marty Frisbee ( for more information.
Position 2: The successful candidate will investigate sources of nitrate and sulfate aerosol pollution in the atmosphere and coordinate a regional rain sampling network to better understand atmospheric processes in the Arequipa region of Peru.  Candidates with experience in the analysis of stable isotope tracers, atmospheric transport modeling, or geospatial data analysis are preferred.  Candidates should contact Lisa Welp or Greg Michalski ( for more information.

PhD and PostDoc in Isotope Hydrology at BOKU Vienna, Austria
we offer a 3-year PhD student position at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU Wien) at the Institute of Hydraulics and Rural Water Management. The PhD candidate will use isotope hydrological methods to investigate water and solute fluxes in the unsaturated zone. Experiments will be conducted mainly in the laboratory but also in the field. Thus, we are seeking motivated candidates that have experience in either isotope hydrology and/or soil physics if possible.
The deadline of the offer is until 8th November 2018
Please find more information and the mail adress to send applications to at (English) or


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Meetings - Reports - Publications
Report of Findings, ISMC presentation, and EGU Jan 09, 2019
Wageningen Soil Conference 2019 (WSC2019) Dec 15, 2018
Come to the AGU ISMC Meeting 9th Dec. Dec 09, 2018
Submit to EGU 2019 - Abstracts due: 10th Jan. 13:00 CET Nov 30, 2018
9th PEDOFRACT July 2019 Conference in Barco de Avila, Spain Nov 29, 2018
Syvitski Student Modeler Competition 2019 Nov 28, 2018
Soil Works on 28 Jan. 2019 (BE) Nov 28, 2018
Announcement for ISMC co-Chair Nov 26, 2018
SoPhie - Soil Hydro-Physics Data - next workshop in Gembloux - 30 Jan 2019 Nov 19, 2018
Award winners Nov 15, 2018
Enabling FAIR Data Nov 13, 2018
ISMC at AGU 2018 and AGU's Soil SWIRL Oct 23, 2018
Call for Soil Hydraulic data! Oct 18, 2018
2019 Soil Systems Travel Award—Deadline: 31 December 2018 Oct 18, 2018
21st World Congress Soil Science 2018 - IUSS Sep 04, 2018
Conference Programme and Important Updates Aug 29, 2018
Call for Award Nominees: Advances in Soil Modeling (extended) Aug 29, 2018
Special Section in Vadose Zone Journal Jul 30, 2018
Soil Water Infiltration Global (SWIG) database published Jul 13, 2018
ISMC on Twitter; EGU2019 - Call-for-session-proposals; AGU approaching Jul 12, 2018
Abstract submission extended to Jul .15th - ISMC Conference Jun 16, 2018
TERENO International Conference 2018 Jun 14, 2018
ISMC Conference & Award. Abstracts deadline Jun. 15 Jun 12, 2018
Workshop on benchmarking models of root system architecture May 22, 2018
DAISY Model Short Course 27-30. Aug. 2018 May 09, 2018
Hydrophysical Database for Brazilian Soils May 09, 2018
Pan-African Soil Challenge (PASCAL) May 07, 2018
EGU Session summary Apr 20, 2018
ISMC Conference: New perspectives on soil models (Nov. 5-7, 2018) Apr 07, 2018
ISMC open meeting @ EGU2018 Tue. 10/4/2018 Apr 07, 2018
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