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Vacancies 6th Sep. 2019

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


Agricultural Systems Modeller at Rothamsted Research, UK
This role is for someone who will work in a multidisciplinary environment and interact with scientists from many different disciplines all researching processes in the farmed landscape. It is suitable for a highly numerate scientist, preferably someone with experience of modern programming and mathematical techniques.
The post-holder will concentrate efforts on analysing, understanding and developing means to improve modern agricultural systems. This is likely to involve investigating the trade-offs between agricultural production and the management of natural capital and delivery of associated services as well as taking account of social issues such as rural employment in relation to emerging pressures, plans and targets.  Defra has published its 25-year plan for the environment and is developing an agriculture bill along with a vision for re-shaping land management in the UK once powers are repatriated from the EU.  Net Zero GHG emission in agriculture by 2050 is one noteworthy target.  Scientifically the time is right to test and evaluate emerging techniques such as modern Bayesian methods, big data manipulation or quantum computing and deploy these in the analysis of agricultural systems.


Multiple PhD positions at the University of Alabama
Three (3) positions are sought in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and another in the Department of Geography. Suitable candidates interested in the engineering positions will use variety of in situ and remotely sensed data, work on land surface (hydrologic) modeling and calibration, crop modeling, irrigation scheduling, drought monitoring and prediction and flood modeling in connection with water supply, hydroelectric and thermoelectric power plants. Inquiries about the positions can be sent to Dr. Hamid Moradkhani (, or interested applicants can submit their applications to by including “NSF-INFEWS” in their statement of purpose. Candidates interested in geography position will primarily be responsible for: land-use change modeling, agent-based modeling of farmer crop choice and irrigation decision-making, and/or the development, testing, and implementation of farmer interview questions and a cognitive mapping exercise. Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Nicholas Magliocca ( and application instructions can be found at by including “NSF-INFEWS” in their statement of purpose.


USGS Physical Scientist Position - GS11 - Lakewood, Colorado
This position is located in the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center (GECSC) in the Southwest Region of the United States Geological Survey. The GECSC conducts multi-purpose geologic mapping and topical environmental and climate change-related studies to address scientific issues concerning geologic, climatic, and environmental changes. The primary purposes of this position are to (1) manage field and laboratory operations of the Earth Systems Biogeochemistry (ESB) Laboratory and (2) conduct place-based data investigations including monitoring, experimentation, modeling, geostatistics and GIS analyses focused on understanding the linkages of soil and carbon cycling in soils and terrestrial ecosystems.


Postdoc and PhD positions in hydrologic machine learning at Penn State University
Multi-scale Hydrology Processes and Intelligence group (MHPI), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking one postdoctoral research associate in hydrologic machine learning. The position will be based in PSU and will focus on utilizing machine learning to solve hydrologic and hydrology-related problems. The postdoc will identify one main project from two possible ones and will be involved in a minor way in the other. The first is the Google AI Impact Challenge project ( where we create a landslide database and improve our predictive capability of the hazard. The second is a multi-disciplinary project where we work with a group of collaborators across a wide range of disciplinary boundaries to understand the connections across domains. The selected candidates will interact with large groups of researchers, will be using state-of-the-art machine learning techniques and will learn new methodologies in solving complex issues. The postdoc position may start as soon as October this year or early next year. Strong, documented coding skill is a must for the position, while it is not limited to a particular programming language. Background in machine learning or deep learning is a plus but not required. The applicants can expected to be trained in machine learning in the MHPI group. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, the scholars will have plenty of opportunities to interact with a group of researchers from 9 institutions. The appointment will start preferably in Fall 2019 and no longer than February 2020. Applications will be reviewed immediately and are accepted until position is filled.
The link to apply for the postdoc position is here
The PhD position can be applied for through the PSU graduate school.
More information about the MHPI group


Assist. Prof. “Forest Carbon Cycle Science”, Forest Ecosystems and Society Department, College of Forestry, Oregon State University.
The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, Assistant Professor position in Forest Carbon Cycle Science. Forests strongly influence the climate system and carbon cycle across a range of scales. They also play an increasingly important role in potential climate change mitigation policy. Our challenge is to build the foundation for thriving social and ecological systems on a chaotic, increasingly crowded, and warming planet, and healthy forests are central to meeting this challenge. Therefore, we seek to fill a faculty position with research and teaching interests in the broad area of forest ecosystems and global change, with a particular focus on carbon cycling in these ecosystems. Potential research areas could include, e.g., forest carbon-climate feedbacks, biodiversity responses to global change, or carbon cycling through above and below-ground processes. Preferred candidates will have expertise in carbon cycle science and employ a variety of methods, including some combination of ecosystem-atmosphere flux and carbon cycle process measurements, satellite remote sensing, and process-based ecosystem modeling at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.


PhD land cover and land management effects at JRC & ETH

ETH Zurich and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission are inviting applications for PhD positions through the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme. The CDP scheme intends to enhance the science-policy link through strategic collaborations with higher education institutions characterized by research excellence and international reputation.
Within the CDP framework we are looking for a PhD candidate for the
project: “Constraining historical and future estimates of land cover and land management effects on climate”. More information can be found here:


Master and Ph.D. positions at ESALQ/USP, Brazil (Benito)
Master and Ph.D. positions at ESALQ/USP, Brazil. Graduate program: Soils and plant nutrition, with scholarship Adviser: Jos? Alexandre M. Dematt? ( Scientific Group: Geocis ( GeoCis|Geotecnologia em Ci?ncia do Solo|Geotechnology in Soil Science ) Subject: Remote sensing applied to soils and agricultural ecosystems Address: Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture, University of S?o Paulo, Piracicaba, Brazil. ESALQ/USP is ranked as the 7th best agriculture college in the world. Application and further information:


DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications!
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2019 Solicitation 2.  Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Thursday, November 14, 2019.
Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:  
The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.


Post Doctoral Researcher - 87900 Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division
Organization: CE-Climate & Ecosystems

Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for a Post Doctoral Researcher.  This postdoctoral researcher position is for a scientist with expertise in analyzing terrestrial biogeochemical and hydrological processes and their climate interactions, with a focus on Earth System Models (ESMs). The position offers an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team and will require strong motivation and excellent oral and written communication skills. Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory is a renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate-related fundamental and applied science. The postdoctoral researcher will also have opportunities to collaborate with researchers across our multi-institution DOE-funded project (


Postdoc opening on root processes at University of Illinois in Chicago, USA
The individual selected will work alongside faculty members and research scientists in Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences at UIC and Argonne National Lab to study how root dynamics influence ecosystem processes. The project involves: (1) validation and improvements to a new dynamic root module for community land surface models, (2) field work at flux towers in the midwestern US and (3) laboratory analysis of wood and root samples. The candidate will be responsible for modifying and running the E3SM model and analyzing model output. However, depending on the background and interests of the selected individual, they will have opportunities to directly contribute to a subset of other project activities listed above.
Questions and inquiries can be directed to:


post-doc position, Micrometeorology Data Analysis at USDA, USA
There is a USDA-ARS post-doc position open until Sept 3 with a focus on micrometeorological data analysis, hosted by Tom Sauer at the ARS Soil unit in Ames Iowa.


Early-career Scientist Positions with the Max Planck Institutes (Germany)
Opportunities in Earth and Solar System Research for independent early-career scientists. MPIs offer a richly stimulating intellectual environment and powerful infrastructure and facilities. All four institutes of the ESRP would be delighted to host independent research groups funded through the Max Planck Society, the European Research Council (ERC), the German Research Foundation (DFG), or any other organization.
We are interested in hosting group leaders who through their success in one of these funding schemes have demonstrated exceptional scientific merit and intellectual independence; novelty for the hosting MPI would be a powerful and in some schemes essential asset.
Possible funding schemes are:·Max Planck Research Group
funded centrally by the Max Planck Society and hosted by one MPI.
Funding is for five years, with two two-year extensions possible. Calls are expected to be issued annually; the next call will be announced in September 2019. Applications are expected from researchers usually no more than seven years past their PhD.
ERC Starting Grant <>–
funded annually for five years by the ERC and hosted by an MPI. The next deadline is 16 October 2019. Applicants should be from two to seven years past their PhD, with some exceptions possible.
·Emmy Noether Programme<>–
funded for six years by the DFG and hosted by an MPI. Applications are received continuously. Applicants should be no more than four years past their PhD.


Computational Scientist/Data Manager at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre (
There is a vacancy for a permanent full-time computational scientist/data manager at NORCE Climate in earth system modelling, regional downscaling and climate services. The position will actively contribute to the project Infrastructure for Norwegian Earth System modelling (INES), the WCRP-sponsored Coordinated Regional Downscaling EXperiments (CORDEX) and bespoke climate services development. The start date for the position is flexible, but it should be in January 2020 at the latest.

Global earth system models and regional climate models for dynamic downscaling are producing large amounts of data. The community are already facing challenges associated with data transfer, post-processing and analysis that impacts the efficiency of the scientific workflow.
With expected future increase in model resolution and complexity, these challenges will amplify.
For more details and to apply follow the link:<>


Position for an early stage researcher at Glasgow University
Early Stage Researcher position avalable in the EC ITN network Aquasense to work on water quality sensors. The sensors will be developed by engineering students and this appointment  is to lab and field test the sensors in some exciting 'hostile' environments to assess how they perform e.g. at 60m depth in deep lakes, in acidic and deoxygenated mine discharge springs, in fish farm waters. The sensors will be at the forefront of technological development as research engineers will be developing them. The ESR will learn about some of the electronics, but primarily we are looking for someone who likes aquatic systems, data generation, modelling and interpretation. Marian Scott, Prof. of Environmental Systems is co-I, so developing statistical approaches for the time series analysis is part of this, so it could be good for hydrological modellers too. Post E20409

Postdoc in carbon-cycle and climate research Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Bergen, Norway
A 2.5-year postdoctoral fellowship position (with a possibility for extension) is available for the research topic “terrestrial carbon cycle feedbacks under overshoot scenarios” at the biogeochemistry group of NORCE Climate and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. NORCE Climate conducts basic and applied research on the climate system, on anthropogenic climate change and its impact on societies, and on the feasibility of climate change mitigation options. NORCE Climate is one of the four partners of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, which is the largest climate research centre in the Scandinavian countries and among the leading centres in Europe. Our biogeochemistry group works on quantifying the global cycles of carbon and related elements, on better constraining future projections of these cycles, and on sustainable mitigation options.


AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) program is a paid, yearlong opportunity for professional development and public service for outstanding scientists and engineers. These transformative fellowships take you to Washington, D.C. for one year and places you in an office in one of the three branches of federal government.


Faculty Position in Earth and Planetary Science at Berkeley, USA
The, Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for an Assistant Professorship in any area of Earth and planetary science with an expected start date of July 1, 2020. For more information about the position, including required qualifications and application materials go to < />. The application deadline in October 30, 2019. For questions, please contact Erin Blazick, AP HR analyst at




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