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Vacancies 30 Oct. 2019

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


Postdoc - Hydrology, Meteorology or Climate Sciences at Research Center Jülich, Germany
This position is nested in the European Long-Term Ecosystem Research (eLTER PLUS) Horizon 2020 project, aiming at improved transdisciplinary understanding of the multifaceted environmental system in order to develop appropriate mitigation measures to these critical Grand Challenges.
The work involves the set-up of a coupled continental scale surface-subsurface hydrologic model with a global dynamic vegetation model for the pan-European domain and decadal time periods. In addition to available time series from the eLTER network, we will use remotely sensed time series of vegetation, land surface, and subsurface states like from the SMOS, SMAP, MODIS, Sentinel and GRACE satellite missions.
Your main tasks will be:
Establish a validated pan-European scale terrestrial ecosystem model and assess the impact of climate extremes on water related ecosystem services
Simulate 30 years of hydrological conditions and fluxes conditioned to eLTER network data and other measurement data
This position offers you the chance to contribute to an international research project, publish in international journals and present results at international conferences.
More info here.

Assistant Professor Environmental Science at Westfield State University, USA
The Department of Environmental Science at Westfield State University seeks a full-time environmental science faculty member with a specialty in soil science and environmental chemistry or closely-related field for a tenure-track position beginning Fall 2020

Lecturer or Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University UK
We are looking for talented applicants who are: enthusiastic about research (and have a track record) in any of the above mentioned specialist areas, have a PhD relevant in one of these areas, want to make a difference with UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) and industry partners, and are keen to be part of a dynamic and professional team.
Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups. We value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.
More info here.


Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Precision Agriculture: Site-specific Variable Rate
Irrigation Management

The UCRWATER Lab ( in the Environmental Sciences Department at the
University of California Riverside invites qualified highly motivated candidates to apply for a
postdoctoral research associate position in site-specific irrigation management. This is a one-year
appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance. The successful
candidate will be involved in a USDA funded project aiming at enhancing agricultural water
management in southern California deserts by improving current uniformly applied irrigation by
mainstream growers and creating a pathway toward adoption of emerging site-specific variable
rate irrigation technologies in the future. The main objective for this position is to develop decision
support tools for the pre-adoption assessment and management of site-specific irrigation systems.
Applications or informal inquiries can be sent to Dr. Amir Haghverdi ( with USDA POSTDOC as the subject line.

PostDoc at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station
Applications are being accepted for a postdoctoral research associate in terrestrial biogeochemistry to investigate nitrogen and carbon cycling in bioenergy cropping systems. The position is part of the DOE’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (, located at the KBS Long-term Ecological Research site ( Preferred start date is January 2020, with application review to begin in December. The successful applicant will join a team investigating the sustainability of bioenergy cropping systems, and in particular aspects of greenhouse gas fluxes and soil nitrogen and carbon dynamics. The appointment is for one year with extensions expected. Start date is flexible, but Winter 2019/2020 is preferred. Describe your preferred start date and/or constraints in the cover letter. Salary is $50,000 per year; university benefits apply, including health and dental insurance. The position is based at KBS, located in SW Michigan near Kalamazoo, about 60 miles from East Lansing. More information about KBS can be found at Questions can be directed to G. Philip (Phil) Robertson at More details and apply at Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

PhD Assistantship at Auburn University in phosphorus management
We seek a motivated, hardworking student to research phosphorus management in Alabama soils using field and watershed models such as EPIC, SWAT, etc. The student will conduct field runoff studies, utilize computer modeling, and integrate advanced data analytics to model phosphorus losses from agricultural fields in Alabama as well as helping to identify management practices best suited to reduce P runoff losses from agricultural fields. The student will also assist in related research projects, manage day-to-day field/laboratory experiments, collect and analyze data, and develop manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


Assistant Professor position in the area of Hydroclimatology at the University of Virginia
Todd Scanlon (Chair, Search Committee)
The University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Department of Environmental Sciences invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Hydroclimatology. We seek candidates who are passionate about research and teaching in a world-class institution. The position in hydroclimatology bridges atmospheric sciences and hydrology, two core areas of our department. This research area focuses on interactions between weather and climate and the hydrological cycle over regional to global scales. We wish to hire a scientist who will thrive in an interdisciplinary department.
In addition to developing external funding to support research endeavors, candidates will be expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels and provide service to the University, Department, and professional organizations.


Polar Cluster Tenure-Track Faculty: 3 Positions Available in Wisconsin
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking to fill three positions for a Polar Cluster Hire. These positions are part of a campus-wide cluster hiring initiative to add to the vibrant community focused on "The Emerging Polar Regions" that would work at the intersections among earth system components (cryosphere, atmosphere/ocean, and biosphere). The cluster joins a landscape of existing--and historical--strengths in diverse aspects of polar research at UW-Madison. Units participating in the cluster hire include: the Departments of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Botany, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Geography, Geosciences, and Integrative Biology. Tenure home will be determined at the time of hire based on the selected candidate's qualifications and interests.

  • Polar Climate Modeler (PVL# 100766)-Assistant/Associate Professor
  • Glaciology/Ice Sheet Modeler (PVL# 100768)-Assistant Professor
  • Polar/Arctic Ecosystems and Ecological Modeler (PVL# 100769)-Assistant/Associate Professor

Further Information regarding this initiative can be found at:


PostDoc in Biogeochemical and distributed hydrological model development and coupling at KIT, Germany
The division of “Bio-Geo-Chemical Cycles” at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) IMK-IFU in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is looking for a qualified, creative and motivated postdoc/researcher with profound programming skills and experience in the development and coupling of biogeochemical and/or distributed hydrological models.
Potential fields of work are:
•    description and technical implementation (C/C++) of biogeochemical processes such as microbial (de-)nitrification, NH3 volatilization and architectural plant fine root development into the ecosystem model framework LandscapeDNDC (
•    coupling LandscapeDNDC to the distributed hydrological model CMF ( in order to describe the influence of lateral transport of dissolved nutrients on C and N turnover at catchment scale
General research questions are related to the investigation of C and N transformation processes and biosphere/hydrosphere/atmosphere exchange of environmental important C and N compounds (N2O/ NH3/ CO2/ CH4/ NO3-/ DOC/ DON) for managed and natural ecosystems at local to catchment scales. The successful candidate is strongly encouraged to bring in and pursue own research ideas that are related to the above or other existing or upcoming projects within the research group.


Software/GIS Systems Engineer Colorado State University, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Principal Agronomist at OCP North America

Join a creative, innovative and growing team at OCP North America as a Principal Agronomist to lead its agronomic programs and, more generally, support the OCP Group's agronomic strategy and initiatives. The successful candidate will have a significant expertise in soil science and crop nutrition, a solid knowledge of digital agriculture developments such as Farm Management Systems, Field trials optimization/execution, a deep interest in soil health and other agronomic sustainability initiatives.


PhD (Fall 2020 or earlier) and Postdoc positions in my ecohydrology group, in the Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M.
The candidate will use both modeling (e.g., dynamical systems, stochastic processes) and experimental methods to study the hydrologic control on ecosystem processes and soil ecosystem services. The project includes interdisciplinary collaborations within Texas A&M, the Texas Water Observatory (, and an international research network.  
Majors in civil and environmental engineering, earth sciences, physics, or related fields, and experience in programming (MATLAB, Mathematica, Python) are desired.    
See the flyers in the links.


PostDoc experience in modeling the land surface processes in climate models, at Centre for Biogeochemistry in the Anthropocene at the University of Oslo, Norway
The fellowship is part of the project “A green-blue link made browner: how terrestrial climate change affects marine ecology (GreenBlue)” for a period of three years, with an expected starting date early January 2020. The successful candidate will also work in the LATICE (“Land-ATmosphere Interactions in Cold Environments”) research group with scientists with expertise within various disciplines related to observing, analyzing and parameterization of the land surface.


Tenure-track position in forest ecology  at West Virginia University
We are currently trying to fill a tenure-track position in forest ecology at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Biology at West Virginia University.  More specifically, we are seeking an individual who uses a combination of empirical and advanced analytical techniques, and who can leverage “Big Data” (e.g., NEON, FIA, NADP, ForestGEO, or AmeriFlux data) to link changes in tree species composition with the resulting impacts on forest ecosystem function.
We would appreciate it if you would share the attached job ad to any qualified individuals that you may know.  Alternatively, you could direct them to the following link:


PhD position (f/m/d) at Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg and Braunschweig, Germany
with 65 % of the regular weekly working time, limited to three years, in the research project „Impact assessment of vascular plant encroachment on water and carbon cycling in a Sphagnum dominated bog - VESBO“. Rewetting of previously used raised bogs is an effective, cost-efficient and widely used measure for greenhouse gas emission reduction and biodiversity conservation. The success of this measure is increasingly threatened by the encroachment of multi-layered tree and grass communities. The causes and effects of this encroachment on the water and carbon cycle are largely unknown.
The position is directed to applicants who, in addition to their employment, wish to pursue their own academic career, in particular their doctorate. In this context, the Thünen Institute for Climate-Smart Agriculture cooperates with various universities. The employment is limited in time in accordance with §2 (2) sentence 1 of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz.
For further inquiries please contact Dr. Maren Dubbert ( or Dr. Arndt Piayda (


Post-doc in Forest Biogeochemistry at USGS
A post-doctoral research support position in forest ecosystem
biogeochemistry is available with the US Geological Survey, Forest and
Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, located at Oregon State
University. Overall duties include research (75%) and laboratory
management (25%). The research component has flexibility to develop
biogeochemical studies related to forest productivity, soil fertility,
climate change, carbon storage, mineral weathering, disturbance
ecology, and the sustainable management of Pacific Northwest forests.
The laboratory component includes oversight of daily operations,
instruments, supplies, analyses, students and technicians. This is a
federal term position at the GS-11 level, renewable for up to 4 years.
Please contact Steve Perakis ( with questions about
the position or Ryan Bui ( with questions about
applying.  The announcement below closes on Nov 7, 2019.


PhD on agricultural activities for climate change mitigation at Aarhus University, Denmark
Understanding carbon fluxes and transformations for greenhouse gas mitigation in cropping systems
Carbon flows and microbial processes affecting soil organic carbon in intensive biomass production systems
deadline 1 November 2019


3yr PhD “Characterization and modelling of soil erosion and non-point source pollution in agricultural areas in Navarre (Spain)” –IberusTalent call
IberusTalent is an Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) programme cofunded by the EU as part of the H2020-Marie Slodowska Curie Action Cofund.
It is an International Doctoral Programme for Talent Attraction to the Campus of International Excellence of the Ebro Valley (IberusTalent) offering 36 predoctoral contracts to excellent ESRs to develop individual research projects in the fields of Agrofood and Nutrition and Health Technologies in order to produce a positive effect in terms of excellent science with impact at the regional level.
Call is now open until 30 November
More details here


Tenure-Track Sustainability and Environmental Engineering Faculty in Pittsburgh, PA
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2020. These positions are part of a strategic expansion intended to support the research and teaching activities of the Sustainability and Environmental Engineering Group in two areas:
Water Resources Engineering: Research areas of particular interest include: surface water and groundwater interactions, coastal flooding, multiphase flow in porous media and its interactions with river systems, computational fluid dynamics, mixing and dynamic behavior of fluids in natural and engineered systems, sediment transport, engineering fluid mechanics related to climate change, or similar areas.
Environmental Engineering: Research areas of interest include: biological and chemical processes relevant to resource use and recovery from water or solid waste, and development of environmental engineering processes and technologies for adaptation to global environmental change. Environmental data analytics will be considered within the context of rigorous domain-specific research and applications in traditional and emerging environmental engineering areas.
Candidates with outstanding analytical, computational, and/or experimental skills that complement the existing strengths within the department ( and across the University of Pittsburgh ( are encouraged to apply. Ability to collaborate with existing centers, such as the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (, the Center for Energy (, and the Impactful Resilient Infrastructure Science and Engineering (IRISE) Consortium ( is highly desirable.


2 Tenure Track (jr. and senior) in Soil and Water Remediation at University of Delaware

Assistant Professor of Hydrology at New Mexico Tech
New Mexico Tech is advertising for a Assistant Professor of Hydrology with a focus on aqueous geochem (soil, aquifer, contaminant, tracers, ..... It is a broad call):
Review of applications begins on 15 Nov, so there is some time. The teaching is mostly at the graduate level. Colleagues in the department are a mix of younger and older faculty--it is an exciting mix of experience.

Two research assistantship positions at WA, USA
(possibility for M.S. or Ph.D.) are available with Dr. Deirdre Griffin LaHue’s Soil Health & Sustainable Soil Management program at WSU’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (NWREC) in Mount Vernon, WA.
The successful applicants will conduct soil health surveys of major specialty crops in Washington State—potatoes, onions, pulses, sweet corn, hops, wine grapes, tree fruit—with on-farm soil sampling, in-field and lab measurements of key soil health indicators, and collection and analysis of management meta-data. Students will engage directly with growers, land managers, regional Extension specialists, Conservation Districts, and other WSU faculty. This WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant-funded project will improve our understanding of the current state of soil health in Washington and will be a key part of road-mapping for the state’s Soil Health Initiative.
The students will be based at the NWREC in Mount Vernon with an option to spend a semester on the main campus in Pullman, WA. The research project will entail frequent travel to the Columbia Basin and Yakima Valley of Washington. or


Permanent, full-time Soil Microbiologist  at USDA
The USDA Agricultural Research Service is seeking a permanent, full-time Soil Microbiologist to lead research focused on relationships between cropping system management and the soil microbial ecosystem. The position is based at the Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory ( in Sidney, MT. As a member of a team of soil scientists and agronomists in the Agricultural Systems Research Unit, the successful applicant will lead a collaborative effort to determine the impacts of soil and crop management practices on microbial community structure and soil health within the framework of multi-year cropping systems studies.  There will also be opportunities to collaborate with ARS scientists at the location researching low agricultural-input rangeland systems impacted by resource extraction activities and invasive plants, as well as with crop production scientists at nearby land grant university research centers administered by Montana State University (Eastern Agricultural Research Extension Center, Sidney, MT) and North Dakota State University (Williston Research Extension Center, Williston, ND). Cropping systems in the northern Great Plains are typically spring wheat-based (dryland) or sugar beet-based (irrigated). Other crops of interest are pulses, oil seeds, corn, soybean, alfalfa and various minor crops. Crop producers in the region utilize a variety of crop rotation, tillage and irrigation practices that may impact soil microbial communities. The candidate must have strong publication, collaboration and stakeholder-interaction skills. The mission of the laboratory is to develop and implement ecologically-based strategies, technologies, and products for the sustainable management of insects, pests, and weeds in crops and rangeland. Our location houses a team of highly-collaborative and enthusiastic scientists and support staff working in the fields of agronomy, soil science, ecology, botany, entomology, pollinator resources and population genetics. The position is advertised at the GS-12 or 13 level ($74K or $88K starting salary), includes full government benefits, has promotion potential to GS-15, and is open to all U.S. Citizens and Nationals. Please apply through the USAJobs website (Control Number: 547073400)



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