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Vacancies 5 Oct., 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:

Post-Doc position, Colorado State University

We seek a qualified post-doctoral scientist with demonstrated experience in modeling of ecosystem biogeochemistry and agricultural management.

Programming skills in Java and an understanding of soil biogeochemistry are highly desirable. The postdoctoral will be part of the MEMS model development team at Colorado State University and will be supervised by Drs. Yao Zhang & Francesca Cotrufo.

The position is for one year, with possibility for extension. The job description and application portal are available at To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 31st, 2021

Researcher, University of Twente

Droughts (water stress) and extreme heat events (rising temperature and vapor pressure deficit (VPD)) can drastically reduce carbon uptake via downregulating photosynthesis, and can trigger tipping points such as widespread vegetation mortality. Researches into the mechanisms governing when, where and how trees die have revealed that plant xylem hydraulic traits are the predominant significant predictors of cross-sites and species patterns in drought response of ecosystem functioning. Specifically, water stress-induced declines in xylem water potential, deteriorates the hydraulic conductance of xylem tissue and forms embolisms that impair water transport, cascading a series of failures of key dependent processes (e.g., gas exchange, photosynthesis, phloem transport), leading to tissue desiccation and ultimately to vegetation mortality. Furthermore, plant hydraulics convolute with subsurface soil water/heat/carbon dynamics, which make the soil-water-plant-energy interaction an intricate topic.

Remote sensing of fluorescence and plant-hydraulics-based vegetation models are state-of-the-art approaches to monitor and predict drought responses of ecosystem functioning. In EcoExtreML project, you are expected to enhance/reinforce the coupling between the vegetation photosynthesis model (SCOPE) with the soil moisture/heat model (STEMMUS, considering dynamic root growth), synergized with Earth-Observation data, to understand how water-carbon dynamics of ecosystem vary with variable environmental and climate stress. You are expected to work with a multidisciplinary team, consisting experts from vadose zone hydrology, ecohydrology, remote sensing, big geodata analytics, machine learning, as well as eSciences.

Please submit your application before 15 October 2021. See link for details!/185/researcher-for-the-ecoextreml-project

Postdoctoral Researcher, Carleton University

The overall objective of this two-year project is to assess Canadian peatland’s potential to sequester carbon and contribute to nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation during this century under different climate and disturbance/reclamation scenarios. This project will leverage existing long-term eddy covariance carbon dioxide and methane flux datasets in Canadian peatlands with the capabilities of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) open-source community model, the Canadian Land Surface Scheme including Biogeochemical Cycles (CLASSIC).

Review of applications will begin September 30, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. See link for details

Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for an Associate Research Scientist position in the Ocean Carbon Group. 

The position will focus on quantifying and reducing uncertainty in extrapolations of sparse surface ocean pCO2 observations to global coverage. The work will involve (1) evaluation of existing extrapolations for surface ocean pCO2 within an existing testbed based in Large Ensemble climate models, (2) developing new extrapolation techniques that include explicit estimates of uncertainty, and (3) assessing implications for scientific understanding of the mechanisms of spatial and temporal variability in the ocean carbon sink. Prior experience with oceanography, carbon cycle science and statistical methods is strongly preferred. The candidate will be expected to build strong links with collaborators in the Department of Statistics and the Data Science Institute at Columbia, and at NOAA research laboratories.

The search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled. Proposed start date is November 1, 2021, with some flexibility. See link for details

Ecosystem Modeling Postdoc, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

Are you looking for opportunities to grow your ecosystem modeling skills while answering pressing questions about climate impacts on fires, vegetation dynamics and crops? The Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has immediate openings for two postdoctoral research associates with experience in fire, vegetation or crop modeling. You will work as part of an interdisciplinary modeling and observational team to assess the impact of climate change on fire behavior, vegetation dynamics, and crop production. You will contribute to collaborative projects with a focus on shared outcomes, publish results in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and present your work at professional conferences. The term of the appointment is two (2) years, with the option to extend to a third year depending on performance and funding availability.

Review of applications will begin September 20, 2021, and we hope to fill the positions before December, although the search will remain open until suitable candidates are identified. See link for details

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