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Vacancies 24th June 2019

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


Soil Scientist, Staff Scientist or Postdoctoral Fellow
The Desert Research Institute (DRI) seeks a Staff Soil Scientist at the Research Associate level to assist in activities pertaining to soil characterization, geomorphology, soil and surface water hydrology, and terrain analysis in support of current DoD funded projects at DRI. This position will be supported through September 2020 and may continue based on availability of funding and on quality of work performance.
This position involves research support in four overlapping areas:
    Assist in field-oriented studies where soil, geomorphic, resistivity, and hydrologic data are collected and analyzed in support of project objectives as required.
    Assist in the analysis of soil surface conditions as related to dust emission potential.
    Assist in the entry of field and laboratory data into spreadsheets and databases as required, and ability to assist in the analysis of collected soil, geomorphic, and Quaternary geologic data.
    Perform laboratory duties in the Quaternary Pedology and Soil Characterization Laboratory as directed.


Project Assistant / Phd student (30 h/week) at Uni Innsbruck, Austria
The position is embedded in the Horizon2020 project RECONECT (Regenarating ECOsystems with Nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk rEduCTion - with totally 38 partners involved. In Austria, alpine catchments focusing on rural/torrential parts including the downstream connected urban areas are used as test cases. Therein, a mix of monitoring and modelling based approaches are to be applied, aiming to evaluate the impacts of nature based solutions implemented in the catchments. Working fields in the project include (a) realization of field experiments covering artificial rainfall/runoff test at the plot scale, (b) assessment of land use changes, (c) hydrological modelling on the catchment scale including the torrential and urban parts of the catchments. Duties in frame of the project are


Ph.D. Position in Geochemistry and Hydrogeochemical modelling at LHyGeS, Strasbourg, France
The project entitled « Time constants and modeling of the hydrological transfers and alteration processes in the deep critical zone (Granitic Vosges Mountains – France)» will pursue recent efforts made by the proposing team to constrain the water pathways and the associated water-rock interactions in the deep critical zone, and to constrain their place in the spatial and temporal evolution of the continental surface evolution. The thesis research will deal with the study of Critical zone observatories in the Vosges Mountains (the Strengbach and the Ringelbach CZO), but could extend to other sites for better understanding the processes variability at a more regional scale or following some environmental gradients.

Postdoctoral Research Associate at USDA, Texas, USA
Coordinate geospatial data streams to assess sub-field cropland productivity, economics, sustainability and environmental impact. Using precision agriculture, develop tools and guidelines to promote the adoption of precision conservation for croplands. The incumbent in this position is expected to write manuscripts and research reports and present findings at scientific meetings as well as to the general public.
A Ph.D. in agronomy, soil science, agricultural engineering, natural resource management or closely related field is required. Knowledge of agricultural systems is required. Skill with geospatial datasets is required. Prefer experience with geospatial statistics, fertility, and/or integrated pest management.


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Soil Organic Matter Biogeochemistry at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada
A two-year postdoctoral research position in Soil Organic Matter Biogeochemistry is available in the research group of Professor Myrna Simpson at the University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus). The successful candidate will participate in molecular-level studies of soil organic matter composition in varying environments and with long-term ecosystem manipulations (litter manipulation, soil warming and nitrogen addition). Candidates may also participate in mechanistic studies pertaining to soil organic matter – mineral interactions and the composition of soil organic matter in different soil physical fractions.

Research professor in Soil Science and Soil Fertility (BOFZAP)
KU Leuven has a full-time academic vacancy in the area of soil science and soil fertility in the Division of Soil and Water Management. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research record and with educational competence within the field of soil science and soil fertility. The appointment will be made in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven. The Division of Soil and Water Management currently has 8 professors and 65 research and technical staff members. The division conducts research on soil fertility, nutrient and carbon fluxes in terrestrial and aquatic systems, environmental chemistry and microbiology, soil physical and hydrological processes and land surface remote sensing and data assimilation. You can find more information on our research and teaching at The Division is part of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. The mission of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is to carry out state-of-the-art scientific research and teaching with respect to the functioning of geo- and ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales, including the interaction between humans and the environment and the sustainable management of natural resources.


Postdoctoral fellowship in data science for water at Stanford University
We are looking for qualified, creative and motivated postdoctoral scientists to lead research on the applications of machine learning to water quality.
The postdoctoral fellow will be part of a vibrant new initiative for human-centered artificial intelligence (HAI) at Stanford and will work with an interdisciplinary team of faculty with expertise in water quality, hydrology and computer science.
To address the growing crisis in our water systems, the postdoctoral fellowship will focus on the integration of environmental data sets and physics-based models using machine learning. The work will address two
scales: California’s Central Valley and the continental U.S. and include several novel data streams, including geophysical imaging and new environmental sensors for water quality. Physics-based models will include integrated hydrologic models. The goal of the project is to develop flexible and predictive models of water quality to safeguard our drinking water.

Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Earth System Modeling (Multiple Positions) at University of Arizona (USA)
The University of Arizona’s Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences is seeking two full-time postdoctoral researchers in the field of Earth system modeling. One position will focus on global atmospheric processes, and the other will focus on land processes. Both positions are in the Land-Atmosphere-Ocean Interactions group, led by Prof. Xubin Zeng ( Over three decades, this group has addressed many aspects of surface interface processes and has developed widely-adopted parameterizations and global observational datasets. To build on this experience, therefore, the ideal candidates will be passionate, flexible, and curious. The selected candidates will have exciting opportunities to interact with scientists in various institutions through our existing projects. Besides contributing to existing projects, candidates are also encouraged to pursue curiosity-driven research that is loosely related to existing diverse projects.
Initial appointment is for 12 months, with possibility of extension for a further 2 years, depending on performance and funding.


Postdoc Geoinformatics for disaster damage and recovery assessment at Uni Twente, The Netherlands
Funding is now available for a 2-year full-time postdoc to help advance the research in the group. Given the wide scope of problems addressed and methods used in this chair group, the postdoc can focus on one of the topics below:
support the ongoing research projects by adding novel and relevant additional research questions that benefit from the ongoing work and expertise in the project consortia;
support development of machine learning approaches for generation of elements-at-risk and hazard databases using cloud-based computing tools;
expand our research on recovery assessment that links advanced remote sensing and economic modelling;
help build up a knowledge node in the field of impact assessment and support of auditing and accountability needs with remote sensing, for example to provide impact evidence for donors who support post-disaster recovery;
help expand our knowledge on image-based functional damage and recovery assessment, i.e. going beyond the traditional focus on physical features; or
develop research that addresses the geoinformation needs of humanitarian organisations such as the Red Cross, building on existing links with 510 global (!/922747/postdoc-geoinformatics-for-disaster-damage-and-recovery-assessment

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity: Characterizing watershed-scale surface water storage effects on water quality and quantity at Oak Ridge Institute, USA
We are excited to share a second postdoctoral research opportunity to investigate, characterize, and quantify (via statistical, geospatial, and/or hydrological models) the role of landscape surface water storage features (e.g., wetlands, floodplains) and their associated hydrological and biogeochemical functions on downstream water quality. This competitive postdoctoral opportunity is with Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education and is located at US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development in Cincinnati, Ohio. This position will complement the postdoctoral research position posted earlier this spring (now closed), for which we’re currently reviewing candidates.
Application period ends at 3:00 PM ET on July 18th, 2019. Please share with those who may be interested.


Postdoctoral Scholar working with algae in extreme environments, Department of Geoscience, UNLV, USA
We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to work with Dr. Elisabeth Hausrath at UNLV growing algae under a range of conditions.  Responsibilities of the position will include working with a low temperature and pressure chamber to grow different algal and microbial species under a variety of atmospheric pressures and compositions, temperatures, water, nutrient and light levels; presenting work at conferences; and writing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Desired attributes include significant experience performing laboratory experiments and a strong microbiological background.  The ideal candidate will also have strong critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Requirements include a PhD at the time of appointment.  The successful candidate will receive mentoring in scientific skills, manuscript and proposal writing, teaching, and other career skills.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter describing research experience and interests, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information (address, telephone number and e-mail address) of three professional references to  For information about our ongoing research programs please see our website here:

Supvy Research Agricultural Engineer/Plant Physiologist/Soil Scientist/Hydrologist at Stoneville, Mississippi, USA
This position is located at the Sustainable Water Management Research Unit, Stoneville, Mississippi
The incumbent is a Research Leader for the unit. The incumbent will direct and conduct research in the development of novel water management technologies and irrigation scheduling techniques for improving water-use efficiency and water resources sustainability in humid regions.
This is an interdisciplinary job that can be filled at anyone of the series listed.


PhD student in Soil Hydrology (100%) at WSL, Switzerland
You will model the water fluxes in Swiss forests with physically based soil water models. The signature of stable water isotopes will be used to track the water movement within the soil and from the soil into the plant. You will regionalise the applied methods using remote sensing data to assess forest vulnerability to drought.
You have a master degree in hydrology, environmental science, soil science or in an equivalent field. Furthermore, you have experience in the application of hydrological models and geographic information systems. In your work, you employ a rigorous scientific approach and are highly motivated to analyze data with sophisticated statistical methods. Good communication and organization skills and a good command of English are fundamental. You are a creative person enjoying work in an international team.
Please send your complete application to Sabine Hirt, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Dr. Katrin Meusburger, phone +41 (0)44 739 24 90, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.



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