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Vacancies 8 Feb. 2021

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

Postdoctoral Position, Point Blue Conservation Science, CA, US

We seek a postdoctoral researcher to join a dynamic and high-impact multi-institute research team working to better understand rangeland management effects on carbon sequestration and soil organic matter dynamics. The successful candidate will help to develop a carbon monitoring framework to track how above and belowground carbon changes in response to commonly recommended rangeland management practices. The candidate will also be responsible for coordinating a statewide cross-sectional study aimed at estimating above and belowground carbon changes over time with riparian restoration, silvopasture, and range seeding, differentiating between forms of soil organic matter to estimate permanence and associated contribution to near-term fertility versus climate change mitigation. As part of the study, the candidate will conduct modeling exercises that integrate field data with biogeochemical models such as DayCent and the Microbial Efficiency-Matrix Stabilization (MEMS) model. Deadline:  February 19, 2021, or until filled, See link for details


Postdoctoral Researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA

Los Alamos National Laboratory is looking for applications from diverse candidates with expertise in any of the following research areas: quantitative landscape analysis, landscape evolution modeling, sediment transport, erosion and channel initiation, hydrology, soil mechanics, and remote sensing of landsurface change using LiDAR, multi-spectral imagery and/or radar-derived datasets. Candidates with experience working in and/or analyzing Arctic and permafrost-affected systems and thermally-influenced erosional processes are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team of observational and computational earth scientists, geomorphologists, ecologists and computer scientists in effort to understand the rate and patterns of landscape change in the arctic and its impact on sediment, carbon, and nutrient fluxes on hillslopes and into aquatic systems. Deadline:  Applications will be reviewed as received. We expect to fill a postdoc position by summer to early fall 2021, See link for details


Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, TN, US

The incumbent will lead intensive gas sampling campaigns, monitor and manage fluorescence-based soil oxygen measurement system, periodically collect and analyze soil and plant samples, create and analyze soil oxygen and greenhouse gas flux database, conduct process-based biogeochemical and data-driven modeling of nitrous oxide emissions, prepare manuscripts, and present project data in professional meetings. The position is based in Knoxville, TN; but requires frequent travel and extended stay to the experimental sites in Jackson, TN during intensive sampling campaigns. The postdoctoral associate should be able to work independently as well as in a diverse team. The postdoc will be responsible for daily project management and supervising graduate and undergraduate students working on the project. This is a full time, two-year appointment depending on available funding and satisfactory performance. Salary and benefits are competitive. Deadline: until filled/immediate, See link for details


Postdoctoral Researcher, Tsinghua University, China

Dr. Zhu Liu at Department of Earth System Sciences, Tsinghua University and external supervisors seek Post-Doctoral Research Scholars to lead the interdisciplinary research on "Carbon Monitor", Carbon Monitor Project (co-supervisors Philippe Ciais and Steven Davis )

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positions are full-time with flexible terms for at least 2 years.

Please contact Dr. Zhu Liu: or Dr. Philippe Ciais or Dr. Steven Davis

Postdoctoral Position In Agroecology, University Of Michigan, US

The Soil and Agroecosystems Laboratory in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan seeks candidates for a two-year postdoctoral research position to lead a field experiment focused on the perennial grain, intermediate wheat grass. The position is part of a project funded by USDA-NIFA (Harnessing perennial grain-legume intercrops for agroecosystem sustainability), which aims to understand how intercropping intermediate wheat grass with forage legumes affects ecosystem services related to nitrogen cycling and soil health. The experiment will determine the potential for legume nitrogen fixation to meet the nitrogen needs of IWG, quantify the relative contribution of above- and below-ground legume biomass to nitrogen inputs and soil carbon and nitrogen cycling processes, and improve mechanistic understanding of species interactions that lead to potential yield gains or other ecosystem services in multifunctional cropping systems. The postdoc will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers, extension educators, farmers and other food system stakeholders on this and related projects. Deadline: Review of applications will begin on February 22, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. See link for details


Post Doctoral Fellow - Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Ecology

We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Ecology at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory University. The goal is to develop a framework to quantify soil and ecosystem responses to multiple global change drivers (warming, drought, fire, etc.) under different land use and climate types using multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approaches. The postdoc will evaluate carbon (and nutrient) cycling at the hydrosphere-geosphere-biosphere-atmosphere interface and explore critical biogeochemical processes at the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. Successful candidates may need to teach techniques to others, train, and supervise students and research staffs as needed. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory, and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years. An ideal candidate will have a wide range of skillsets (empirical and computational) and research interests in biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology of terrestrial/aquatic and/or natural/managed systems. Candidates with proficiency in programming languages (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB, Fortran) will be given preferences. Interests in developing ideas for complementary projects will be a plus. Salary will commensurate with NIH salary guidelines. Deadline: Applications will be reviewed immediately and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. See link for details


Postdoctoral Research Associate, North Carolina State University, US

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate to develop and expand the GHG program in the Sustainable Soils Lab on a range of scales from lab column studies to micrometeorological measurements. The successful candidate needs to demonstrate strong expertise in the measurement of GHG emissions, management of GHG analytical equipment, fundamental knowledge in nitrogen and carbon cycling and experience with field-based research. Major Responsibilities include: (1) Managing and expanding a continuous monitoring experiment using automated chambers for measurement of CO2, N2O, CH4, and NH3 located within a long-term study in eastern NC; (2) developing a controlled lab column design for continuous GHG measurements and SOC dynamics; (3) initiating and managing a field-scale micrometeorological experiment focused on sustainable soil management practices. Qualifications: Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics, micrometeorology and agronomy; experience using and maintaining analytical equipment used to quantify GHGs and SOC; experience managing field experiments (preferably agricultural); and excellent writing and communication skills in English. Deadline: Feb 2021 or position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found  See link for details

PhD position, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and its Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research / Atmospheric Environmental Research (KIT/IMK-IFU) at Campus Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, invites applications for:

PhD position: Functions and importance of exogenous nitric oxide (NO) for soil C and N turnover processes


Job submission via e-mail to the Sagar Gautam (

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