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Vacancies 5th March, 2020

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


Postdoc in soil physics modelling and experimental at ZALF, Müncheberg, Germany
The Working Group “Hydropedology” of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) seeks a motivated postdoctoral researcher. The position is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn (DFG) in the project “The exchange flow between preferential flow paths and matrix in soils: from pore to continuum scale with tensors”. It is a joint German-Russian (RFBR-DFG) collaboration project with scientists from the Russian Academy of Science (RAS) in Moscow.
The aim of this project is to create a foundation for novel class of digital soil physics models with explicit preferential flow where exchange fluxes with soil matrix are informed by pore-scale physics to account for spatially heterogeneous wettability and tensorial flow properties. The tentative start of the project is Mai 2020 and it is limited to 24 months; salary is according to TV-L EG13; send applications under reference number 15-2020 until March 15, 2020 to:
More details can be found at:
Contact: PD Dr. Horst H. Gerke, Tel. +49 (0) 33432/82-229; Email:


PhD and postdoctoral researchers – Land surface modeling, remote sensing and data assimilation: KU Leuven (Belgium)
We offer a unique possibility to new researchers to choose a topic of interest within one of three projects. Details of each project are provided via the associated links below and candidates are asked to specify their main interest upon application:
(1) Monitoring and predicting fires over peatlands, using improved land surface modeling and satellite data assimilation. (PhD)
(2) Improving agricultural biomass estimation, via crop modeling and satellite-based data assimilation. (Postdoc or PhD)
(3) Developing a global consistent record of soil moisture and vegetation via microwave-based satellite data assimilation for climate applications. (PhD or postdoc)
PhD positions are fully funded for 4 years, whereas postdoctoral positions are funded for 2 years.
You will fit our team if you are an experienced researcher with a keen interest in remote sensing and land surface processes and eager to work in an international setting. You will be part of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the KU Leuven under the supervision of prof. dr. ir. Gabrielle De Lannoy, dr. Michel Bechtold, dr. Alexander Gruber, and collaborators in multiple highly ranked research institutes.
The selection process will start on March 15th, 2020. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.


Postdoctoral Fellow: On-farm Nutrient Life Cycle Analyses at the University of Maryland, USA
The Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland seeks candidates for a two -year postdoctoral researcher position on assessing the impact of perennial grasses (i.e., Switchgrass and Miscanthus) production for poultry bedding on nutrients (N, P) fate in agricultural landscapes. The postdoc will be jointly supervised by Dr. Greg McCarty (USDA-ARS) and Dr. Dean Hively (USGS), and will have opportunities to engage and work with other federal partners across USDA-ARS. This position is funded through the USDA-NRCS CEAP Watersheds Program. The initial appointment will be for one-year with a possible one-year extension based on performance.


PostDoc on Soil science at UC Merced, USA
1-2 postdoctoral scholars to work on Soil Organic Matter (SOM) dynamics - including deep SOM, and application of NMR and FTIR to determine SOM composition, see

1 postdoctoral scholar to work in a collaborative project with Teamrat A. Ghezzehei and Rebecca Ryals on the role of biochar to reduce greenhouse gas fluxes from the soil and dairy waste


Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Soil Science/Hydrology in Dakota State University, USA
A postdoctoral researcher position is available immediately in the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science (AHPS) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) for assessing the impacts of soils and crop management practices on soils and environmental quality. Selected candidate will work under USDA-NIFA and NRCS funded projects and use the application of X-ray computed tomography (CT) for analyzing soil pore parameters, techniques for studying microbial diversity, and process-based models such as HYDRUS, SWAT, APEX, or DAYCENT for simulating management impacts at field and regional scales.

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in Soil Science/Hydrology/Ag. Engineering in Dakota State University, USA

A PhD graduate research assistantship is available from Summer/Fall 2020 semester in the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science (AHPS) or Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at South Dakota State University (SDSU) for monitoring the soil health indicators under different land uses. The project will provide opportunities to learn the application of computed tomography for analyzing soil pore parameters, techniques for studying microbial diversity, and process-based modeling.


PostDoc on developing new soil moisture maps using artificial intelligence at SLU, Sweden

Department of Forest Ecology and Management

The department includes 90 people of about 10 are professors. Our mission is to advance the understanding of forest ecosystem processes and to progress the principles of forest ecosystem management. For more information,  

The Swedish University of Agricultural Science, the Department of Forest Ecology and Management, is seeking outstanding candidates for a postdoc position in hydrological mapping with a focus on Artificial Intelligence. The project is aimed at reducing leakage of unwanted substances to the Baltic Sea and the research group is led by PI associate professor Anneli Ågren. The project is a collaboration between several projects linked to environmental monitoring and collaboration with agencies such as Swedish Geological Survey and the Swedish Forest Agency.



Post-Doctoral Fellow
The Post-Doctoral Fellow’s job duties will include research projects that integrate and synthesize CO2 flux datasets from a large number of eddy covariance measurement stations. Field visits may be conducted in irrigated and non-irrigated agricultural fields in Arkansas and other states. The project will investigate the impacts of land cover and management practices on the surface energy balance, biophysical properties, and greenhouse gas emissions. The Post-Doctoral fellow will interface with scientists from a number of institutions and disciplines. The ultimate aim is to compare CO2 flux measurements at the eddy covariance field scale to measurements taken by aircraft and other platforms to compare magnitudes and timing of fluxes.

** However, this position will then transition into studying ET fluxes, so is relevant to the hydrology community. **

Apply here:


Forest Biogeochemist
Please pass around and tell any keen students who are just finishing off their PhD, or early career scientists in this area to apply,37285.html

Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Hydrology/Soil Science/Agricultural Engineering at USDA
The USDA – Agricultural Research Service Food Animal Environmental Systems Research Unit (Bowling Green, KY) is seeking a post-doctoral research associate in hydrology, soil science, agricultural engineering, or related discipline for a 2-year appointment. The post-doctoral research associate will be responsible for modeling phosphorus losses from agricultural fields in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). This research addresses concerns identified by the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance and will be conducted in collaboration with researchers at the ARS Soil Drainage Research Unit and Ohio State University.
For more information or to apply to this position, please contact Dr. Carl Bolster, USDA-ARS FAESRU, Bowling Green, KY –


Postdoctoral Researcher in Phosphorus at University Maryland, USA
The Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland seeks candidates for a five-year postdoctoral researcher position on fate and transport of phosphorus (P) in agricultural landscapes. This position is funded through the USDA-NIFA and Maryland Department of Agriculture grants. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of extension based on performance.


Using data assimilation and weather forecasts in irrigation scheduling (PhD scholarship) at KU Leuven, Belgium
We seek a candidate with a master degree in Bioscience engineering, Water resources engineering, Agricultural Sciences or an equivalent master degree that is relevant for the above mentioned tasks.  Master students who will graduate beginning of July 2020 can also apply, and will be considered if no candidate with the required profile can be found immediately.




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