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Vacancies 16 Nov., 2021

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

Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

The Department of Environmental Science (ENVS) is searching for an outstanding candidate to join our diverse and interdisciplinary faculty as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will fill an exciting new research and teaching position focused on the interface of soil science, plant biology, global change, and sustainable above- and below-ground biomass production and carbon storage in relation to climate challenges and drought. We are particularly interested in candidates who characterize landscape structure and function at regional to global scales as affected by changing climate, with application to adaptation and mitigation measures. The incumbent will use an interdisciplinary field observatory, remote sensing, and/or modeling approach to predict, design, construct, restore, and/or sustainably manage soils and associated ecosystems in a way that meets the evolving needs of human society and the natural environment. Potential research focus areas include regional to global scale changes in soil carbon; eco-engineering of carbon sequestration; soil-plant-water-nutrient-amendment relations; design of resilient soil systems using integrated management; development of innovative technological tools (e.g., remote sensing and machine learning/artificial intelligence big data analytics) for assessing the sensitivity, sustainability, and mitigation potentials of soils and ecosystems. Outstanding opportunities exist for interaction with faculty, students, and staff in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the Earth Dynamics Observatory, and the multidisciplinary School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES).

Exceptional applicants with extensive prior experience may be considered for associate or full rank. Target hire date: 8/1/2022

The position is 60% research, 30% instruction, and 10% service. The job posting is here:


Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley, US

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor nine-month faculty position in the area of Physical Environmental Science.

We seek applicants whose work addresses specific aspects of the physical environment, including (but not limited to) environmental climatology, hydrometeorology, soil science, land surface processes, geochemistry, water resources, or complex environmental systems. We encourage applicants whose research contributes to an integrated understanding of physical and ecological processes and looks at the role of the physical environment in ecosystem dynamics through field, laboratory, and/or theoretical and modeling approaches. Open October 18th, 2021 through Monday, Dec 6, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time), See link for details


Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, US

We have an opening for a Climate and Agricultural Systems Postdoctoral Researcher to develop and pursue research addressing the large-scale climate mitigation potential of agricultural management practices in the United States, focusing primarily on soil carbon. The position will contribute to the drafting of a DOE-funded scientific advising document that outlines the potential for soil carbon accrual and pathways to carbon neutrality at the scale of the US economy. Activities will include development of techno-economic models, synthesis of publicly available data, and statistical analysis of existing soil carbon and biogeochemical data. Deadline: Open until filled, see link for details


Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University, US

Applications are invited for an exciting postdoctoral opportunity within the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University to examine how hydrological and geochemical changes influence the structure and function of subsurface microbial communities involved in C, N, S, and metal cycling. The successful candidate will employ a powerful combination of meta-omic approaches to characterize the microbiome within riparian floodplain soils and sediments from Riverton, WY and Slate River, CO. 

This is a Department of Energy, Office of Science funded project, which will collaborate closely with the DOE-BER-funded Floodplain Hydro-Biogeochemistry Scientific Focus Area (managed by a team at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; The multi-disciplinary SLAC-SFA team is focused on integrating observations of water transport, microbiology, and geochemistry to develop models of hydro-biogeochemical coupling and its impact elemental cycling. Deadline: Open until filled, see link for details


Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Tennessee, US

We’re seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join our team in investigating an NSF-funded grant examining links between above- and belowground diversity across space and time in forests of the continental United States. The primary work of the postdoctoral researcher will be laboratory-based extraction and amplification of soil microbiomes followed by bioinformatic analysis of microbial diversity and composition. Additional tasks will include mentoring of undergraduate researchers and occasional field work at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia. The postdoctoral researcher will be based in the lab of Dr. Stephanie Kivlin at UTK ( However, the postdoctoral researcher will work collaboratively with the labs of Drs. Songlin Fei (, Rich Phillips (, John Parker (, Melissa McCormick ( Grant Domke (, and Liz LaRue ( The majority of the fieldwork will be conducted at SERC and SCBI, but occasional travel to Indiana (for project meetings) is anticipated. The preferred start date is May 2022. See link for details


Mendenhall Postdoc Opportunities with US Geological Survey
Round 20 Research Opportunities opened last month. We are advertising 43 Postdoc positions, representing every Mission Area. The table with all the positions can be accessed at:
e.g. Advancing soil moisture monitoring at a national scale
Applications by Jan 6th 2022
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