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Vacancies 11th August, 2020 in Soil Research

Vacancies in soil science and related fields. Use ISMC Vacancies as reference.


Post-doc offer : Emissions from peatland and their feedbacks on climate at CNES, France
This postdoctoral position will be open at LPC2E (CNRS, Orléans University, CNES, in Orleans, France. It will contribute to better understand peatland greenhouse gases (GHG), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and biomass burning emissions in the context of climate change.

Within this thematic, different focus and approaches are possible:

- Data collection and analysis. We will use data gathered from monitored natural sites belonging to national and international networks (e.g. SNO-Tourbières) and from satellites missions (e.g. SMOS, Landsat, Sentinel) ensuring data integration on a global scale. The analysis will focus on the interaction between biotic (vegetation, microbial activity) and abiotic (meteorological and hydrological parameters) drivers of peatland emissions to better understand their heterogeneity and climate sensitivity. Studies on mesocosms could complement the natural site observations.

- Representation of peatland emissions in land surface model. Modelling the peatland fluxes will be achieved using the established model ORCHIDEE. This model will be develop to improve our understanding of the interaction of the peatlands with the climate. Focus will be put on improving the representation of processes responsible for peatland emissions. Knowledge gained from peatland functioning under the drive of global warming will be useful in particular for the evaluation of biomass burning, which affects intensively each year Siberian peats. The model ability to reproduce the observed emission changes due to intensive dryness could be tested. Quantification of emissions at regional and global scales could be also performed.

Applicants with significant experience in 1) data (and isotopic signature) analysis of GHG/VOC measurements from eddy-covariance and chamber instruments and/or 2) continental surface model experiments (either at global or regional scales) and/or 3) space data analysis (e.g. creation of new products) are particularly appreciated.

The details of labex organisation and scientific activities can be found at:

Position details:


Postdoctoral Researcher in Broad-Scale Remote Sensing of Soil Salinity    
The Digital Agronomy Lab ( at the Environmental Sciences Department of the University of California Riverside invites highly enthusiastic candidates to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in broad-scale remote sensing of agricultural soil salinity. The postdoctoral researcher will harmonize available soil survey datasets that will be used to calibrate and evaluate machine learning (e.g., random forests) regression models to estimate rootzone (e.g., 0-1 m) soil salinity in agricultural soils using time-series data from, e.g., MODIS, Landsat, Sentinel satellites and other available geospatial covariates. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to publish research findings in peer-reviewed technical journals


PhD on Peatland Ecosystem Modeling Boulder, Colorado

Four Years of Graduate Research Assistant Support (PhD) for a qualified individual to study response of peatland ecosystems to climate change at Michigan Technological University, in collaboration with The University of Alaska (Fairbanks) and Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research site.  Four years of NSF support are anticipated for research, tuition and stipend, to work in the Alaska Peatland Experiment (APEX) (  In this experiment we are manipulating the presence of sedges and Ericaceae as well as water table to understand their interactive effects on peatland carbon cycling. Specific questions pertain to mechanisms of anaerobic metabolism within deep organic soils (peat), and how these processes are likely to change with altered hydrology and the effects of altered hydrology on plant functional groups.  The successful candidate should have a background or strong interest in biogeochemistry, ecosystems ecology, plant physiological ecology, soil science and/or wetland ecology. Demonstrated research experience, including scientific publications, is a plus.

The position involves field work in Alaska during the summer, while being enrolled as a graduate student at Michigan Technological University.  The project is interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature, and there are ample opportunities to work with collaborators at the US Forest Service, Chapman University (Dr. Jason Keller), and The University of Colorado, Boulder (Dr. Merritt Turetsky).  This allows exposure to multiple areas of expertise, depending on the student’s interest and research questions.  
Consideration of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is somewhat flexible, but we are ideally looking for someone in the Spring or Summer semesters, 2021. Please send a cover letter that states your research interests, your curriculum vitae, and any other relevant materials, and provide the names and contact information for three references, by email to Evan Kane ( and Jason Keller (

The Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones, located in La Serena and Coquimbo - Chile is a scientific consortium dedicated to studying the impact of climatic and oceanographic variability on the hydrological cycle and biological productivity in the arid zones of Northern-Central Chile.

CEAZA is searching for a full-time Statistical/Numerical Modeler for geoscience applications.

The modeler should be able to configure, validate and optimize different numerical and statistical models used for operational and research purposes, in conjunction with CEAZA researchers.

Further information can be downloaded at:


Postdoctoral research associate in soil moisture and fire modeling at the University of Georgia
We seek a dynamic and innovative postdoctoral research associate to work at the nexus of soil science and fire ecology. Our project seeks to understand the relationship between soil moisture and fire prediction by integrating a suite of soil, fire, climate, and remote sensing datasets with robust modeling techniques. The project is a collaboration between the University of Georgia, Oklahoma State University, the US Geological Survey, and two USDA regional climate hubs (Southwest and Southern Plains). The candidate will be based at the University of Georgia in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in Athens, GA UGA is a Land/Sea Grant institution and is ranked 16th among public universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 edition of America’s Best Colleges. Athens is well known for its quality of life in regard to both outdoor and urban activities ( and is 90 miles northeast of Atlanta, the state capital. Ideal candidates would combine expertise in data analysis and modeling of large spatial datasets. Position is available September 21, 2020 for one year (contingent upon funding). We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Keywords: Soil moisture; Wildfire; Mapping; Modeling


Postdoc position at the University of Miami
We are recruiting a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Miami to work on a NOAA funded project on ‘Examining the causes of trends in the context of a variable subpolar North Atlantic ocean.’ The successful applicant will work with a team to quantify the relative roles of different ocean and atmosphere processes in driving variability and trends in North Atlantic ocean temperatures and associated climate impacts. Anticipated duties include development of ocean elements of a climate model hierarchy, analysis of observational data and climate model output, and communication of findings in written and oral form.

Desired qualifications include a Ph.D. in ocean or atmospheric science, strong quantitative and programming skills, experience with running the Community Earth System Model or other atmosphere or ocean general circulation models, and strong oral and written communication skills. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with relevant experience. We particularly encourage applications from women, minorities, and other groups that are historically underrepresented in the Geosciences. This appointment is for one year and subject to extension pending funding availability.

Please encourage qualified individuals to submit their applications at and entering requisition number R100040743. We will begin reviewing applications immediately, and start date can be as early as Sep 15, 2020.

And please feel free to contact me directly with any questions about the position (


Postdoctoral Researcher – Soil Monitoring

We seek a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate on a new project focused on building a global soil spectroscopy network and estimation service. The use of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for rapid and low-cost provision of soil data is rising throughout the world. Working with multiple global partners, this project will create a network for coordinating these different efforts with a goal of building and deploying an open-source web-based soil spectral estimation service. We will tackle many of the outstanding technical challenges needed to harmonize soil data and spectral databases and develop multiple use cases demonstrating the utility of expanded soil data for applications ranging from sustainable land management to climate change.


    Network coordinator – you will be the primary point of contact for all network members and facilitate working group meetings
    Design and execute experiments to optimize various aspects of soil spectral predictions
    Stay current on soil spectroscopy and chemometric literature
    Maintain website and communicate effectively with interested stakeholders
    Publish and present findings at national and international meetings

More information:


Postdoctoral fellowship at UIUC: Ecosystem Remote Sensing and Modeling
Two Postdoctoral Researcher Positions in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
(NRES) and National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (UIUC), full-time, 100% (1-year duration, with possibility of annual extension, contingent upon performance and funding).
Summary: The successful candidates will work on research projects broadly related to ecosystem modeling and remote sensing for the U.S. Midwestern agroecosystem. The ultimate goal of these projects is to advance sustainable agriculture under climate change and land use intensification. The projects will directly help improve the predictability of agricultural production and ecosystem services of the U.S. Corn Belt, which currently produces ~30% of the world’s corn and soybeans, respectively. The candidate will use multi-source satellite and airborne remote sensing, advanced process-based modeling, deep learning, and model-data fusion to achieve the above goals.
Specific responsibilities include: designing and implementing automatic computing pipelines for
satellite/airborne-related remote sensing algorithms for monitoring crop growth condition and productivity at a high spatial resolution (<=30m) and over large areas; improving process-based ecosystem models by developing new modules, calibration, and model-data fusion; building operational systems for agricultural monitoring and modeling over the U.S. Corn Belt; preparing peer-reviewed publications and education materials; managing projects and reporting; and communicating research at professional meetings.


Soils position US Forest Laramie or Saratoga, WY
The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland is conducting a pre-vacancy announcement for a highly skilled and qualified candidate to fill a zone Soil Scientist (GS-0470-09) position.  This position is permanent, full-time, and we are considering a duty station of Laramie or Saratoga, WY. In addition to the permanent position, the Forest is seeking candidates to fill a 120-day detail/temporary promotion for this position prior to it being permanently filled.  This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of these potential upcoming opportunities and to determine interest in the position.

If interested in either the permanent position and/or a detail/temporary position, please submit the attached Outreach Response Form and a resume by August 16, 2020 to Dave Gloss (  and if available to you respond in the Forest Service outreach database


Full professorship "Modelling of Biogeochemical Systems" at Freiburg University
in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences to be filled by April, 1st 2021.
This professorship is also particularly suitable for highly qualified early career researchers.
This professorship is responsible for teaching and research in the field of Modelling Biogeochemical Systems. The research focus is on calibrated, balanced, terrestrial ecosystem models, such as soil-vegetation-atmosphere or earth system models. Particular importance is placed on the integration and assimilation of environmental data, as well as the quantification of prediction uncertainty. In this way the position contributes substantially to synthesising our process understanding in natural and human-impacted systems. Links to existing research interests in the faculty are expected, as well as a multi-scale research approach.


PostDoc at SLU, Sweden
A  post doc-position at the Soil & Environment department, SLU-Uppsala,  is open for applications, see web-links below.
-    The deadline for application is August 20th.
-    Feel free to distribute the announcement to relevant candidates and within your networks !
Post-doc position in Soil Sciences/biogeophysics: Soil-crop modelling in a changing climate


PostDoc in Soil Spectroscopy at Woods Hole Research Center, USA
We are looking to hire a postdoc (2.5 yr minimum) to help coordinate a global network with a goal of building a global soil spectroscopy network and estimation service. This new project will work closely with the FAO's GLOSOLAN Soil Spectroscopy Working Group and other international efforts. Besides helping coordinate the network, there will be ample freedom to pursue various research topics related to improving predictions, harmonizing spectral libraries and using the resulting datastream of soil properties for various applications.

The postdoc while being employed by the Woods Hole Research Center will work closely with a range of scientists, including co-PIs Kathe Todd-Brown (University of Florida) and Tom Hengl (

Given the current Covid pandemic, remote work is possible especially in the short term.

For details see attached or visit our website at
Application deadline: Sept 1, 2020


Postdoctoral Scholar Position – Purdue University
Applicants are sought for a postdoctoral scholar position within the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana to support research-related activities within the Filley Biogeochemistry Laboratory.
The primary duties of the successful candidate will include supporting biogeochemical research and coordination related to the soil-plant-microbial system in intensively managed landscapes and working collaboratively on manuscript generation, proposal writing, and management of research group activities.
Specific research opportunities will involve installation and use of data from soil sensors, biomarker and stable isotope approaches to studying soil organic matter dynamics including microbial cycling, accumulation, erosion, burial, and export to streams. The research will take place within a variety of intensively managed landscapes in the upper Midwest of the US on sites associated with the newly funded, multi-institutional, Critical Interfaces Network (CINET) that leverages the resources from the Intensively Managed Landscapes Critical Zone Observatory. Additionally, research may also include sites in southern Peru that are associated with the Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy and Water.


A 3-year postdoctoral researcher position in land surface modeling is available at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS, Climate, in Bergen, Norway.

More experienced candidates will be considered for a permanent position as senior researcher.
The position can start as soon as possible, but the start date is negotiable.
The focus the work will be to improve our understandings on climate change interaction between permafrost and land surface using the coupled framework of the state-of-the-art Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM).
Main duties include but not limited to 1) implementing and improving permafrost related processes within the Community Land Model (CLM) or Community Terrestrial System Model (CTSM) for a more realistic representation of permafrost processes and consequences of permafrost thaw (e.g. thermokarst, infrastructure, flood, land use change, grazing, fire, and etc.), 2) working together with the NorESM community to evaluate models with observational data, and 3) maintain and analyze the CLM/CTSM in the framework of NorESM for the CMIP6 simulations.
Qualifications, requirements and skills
•    PhD degree in the related discipline of either mathematics, physics, atmospheric sciences, geosciences, or biology
•    Experience with modeling is required (CLM or CTSM is most beneficial)
•    Skills in handling, analyzing, and visualizing large model data sets are required
•    Experience in working with Linux/Unix environments and with high level programming languages (e.g. FORTRAN, Matlab, R, Python) is required
•    Experience with running Earth system models is an advantage
•    Good knowledge in surface energy balance, snow cover, permafrost, hydrology, biogeochemistry, glacier mass balance, and/or vegetation is an advantage
•    Ability to work across disciplines
•    Good team working skills while being proactive
•    Proficiency in both written and oral English


PhD scholarship on catchment scale pesticide fate simulation at INRAE in Montpellier France

The Research Unit on Soil-Agro-Hydro Systems interactions (LISAH) of INRAE seeks candidates for a three year PhD scholarship starting in autumn 2020. The PhD project aims at (i) evaluating the application of a hydrological pesticide fate model under both optimal and restricted data availability for its parameterization and (ii) building a simplified numerical format of the model using metamodelling techniques. Candidates should possess an MSc in Environmental sciences and/or Agronomy and have background and interest in hydrology, soil hydrodynamics, pesticide geochemistry as well as numerical modelling and statistical approaches. More details and application procedure can be found at:

The position is open and will remain so until a suitable candidate is identified.  


A post doctorial position in agricultural catchment science is now available at SLU, Department of Soil and Environment

The overall aim with this postdoc position is to contribute new insights on the environmental effectiveness and scalable impact of BMP implementation for improved water quality. The specific tasks is to conduct research to:

  • Develop, and analyse environmental data with reference to water quality, land management and BMPs  in Swedish agricultural landscapes.
  • Design and test innovative approaches in the use of monitoring data with other data sources (e.g., modelled, remote sensing) to decouple short- and long-term anthropogenic effects from natural and climatic impacts at landscape scale.
  • Support identification and development of environmental monitoring protocols and data management (as relevant). 
  • Relate results to ecosystems services framework and/or other relevant environmental and production goals, such as Swedish environmental objectives (miljömål), Agenda 2030 and EU Water directive.
Look for: Postdoctoral position in Analysis of soil and water monitoring data and effects of agricultural management practices.



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