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Weekly job offer posting 7/11/2017

PhD/Postdoc positions


1. A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for investigating fundamental processes and mechanisms underlying carbon utilization and stabilization within the terrestrial environment. The work will be performed at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) – a DOE national scientific user facility. The selected applicant will have the opportunity to gain experience in multi-omics driven science through utilization of the capabilities available at this world-renowned facility. Research will focus on the metagenomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and soil organic matter characterization of multiple terrestrial field sites and laboratory microcosm studies. Research will emphasize the integration of this multi-omics data with other biogeochemical measurements in order to understand, at the molecular level, the role plant species, nutrient addition and edaphic factors play on carbon mineralization and stabilization. Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team will involve taking a lead role in the processing, binning, assembly, and comparison of unlabeled and stable isotope labeled metagenomic data and other omics data in order to address fundamental hypotheses pertaining to soil organic matter, soil-carbon-mineral interactions, and biotic/abiotic processes.


Please include a cover letter with your CV. Cover letter and CV must be one document (LinkedIn CV not preferred). For additional information please contact Dr. Kirsten Hofmockel (email:


2. Exciting PhD opportunity for two PhD students to join a well-funded project investigating drought and its impact on riparian vegetation in the Southwestern USA (Arizona and California). The overall project combines a range of methods (stable isotopes, remote sensing, numerical modeling of rainstorms and watershed moisture, dendrochronology, and forest inventories) to explore the regional expression of climate and climate change and its influence on riparian forests. The project, funded by the US Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, emphasizes the importance of riparian forests in drought-prone landscapes as thermal and moisture refugia for various threatened and endangered species. We’re looking for applications from motivated, curious students. More detail below. Project: Detection of forest water stress due to climate change in drought- prone regions of the Southwestern USA  Lead Institution:  Cardiff University (UK) Main Supervisor:  Michael Singer, School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University (and UCSB) Co-Supervisors:  Kelly Caylor, UCSB, Dar Roberts, UCSB, John Stella, SUNY-ESF    Project Enquiries (please contact me before applying):  



There are two opportunities for PhD-level research in the Finzi lab of Terrestrial Biogeochemistry at Boston University. The first opportunity is in the area of coupled biogeochemical cycles in global ecosystems with an emphasis on nutrient-use efficiency, allocation and retranslocation. There is broad latitude for graduate student development of ideas within this context. The student will most likely engage in meta-analysis, field studies and modeling. The second opportunity is in the area of agricultural ecology, focusing specifically on root traits, soil carbon cycling and fertilizer-use efficiency in bioenergy crop systems [study sites in Florida & Illinois]. This opportunity is part of a much larger, DOE-funded Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) at the University of Illinois. The student will be trained at Boston University but will have significant opportunities for interaction with the highly multidisciplinary team that makes up the Center.


The two PhD students have the opportunity to participate in the PhD program in Biogeoscience at Boston University. The program combines faculty from the Department of Biology and Earth & Environment. There are over 25 PhD students and postdocs in the program forming a ‘critical mass’ for collaboration, friendship and scientific development.


Students interested in additional details can contact Dr. Adrien Finzi via email [afinzi at bu dot edu] or by telephone [617.353.2453]. The application deadline for the Department of Biology is December 7, 2017. Application material can be found at:




ULiège is RECRUITING a PhD candidate for the project “CHAR”: « Century-old CHARcoal kiln sites as an experimental site for assessing long term biochar effects on agronomical and environmental performance of agricultural soils ».  Within University of Liège (Belgium), we are looking for a highly motivated candidate to take up a PhD position. The position is available within the collaborative project CHAR between three faculties of ULiège: Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Sciences, and Engineering, and in close collaboration with the Centre for Environmental Sciences (Earth and Life Institute; UCLouvain). The PhD position is fully funded for 4 years, starting on 1st November 2017. The project focusses on the responses of cropping systems to the variations of pedological and hydraulic soil properties induced by charcoal accumulation over more than 150 years. The system is analogue to biochar (a carbon rich solid phase produced by pyrolysis) accumulation, a soil amendment whose long-term impacts on the soil-plant system are yet to be investigated.


This specific call is for a doctoral research in spatial modeling of weeds and crop growth in century- old charcoal kiln sites with integration of high and very high resolution remote sensing. It will be supervised by Pr B. Tychon, in Arlon Campus.

Interested candidates should send a CV, a motivation letter and the names and addresses of three referees before 27th of October by e-mail to Bernard Tychon (, PhD supervisor, and Jean-Thomas Cornelis (, the project coordinator. 





  1. Assistant Professor in Soil Science

This position announcement is being shared on behalf of University of Louisiana at Lafayette: Assistant Professor in Soil Science

(Preferably Soil Microbiology or Soil Chemistry. Ph.D in Soil Science with soil physics, soil mineralogy, or soil fertility and nutrition focus are strongly encouraged.)

For complete announcement and posting please visit the posting at the ASA, CSSA, SSSA Career Placement Website:


2. A permanent Lecturer/Senior Lecturer position in the Department of Environmental Sciences, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia is now open for applications.


Please note closing date of Thursday 16 November 2017 at 11:55pm (Sydney time).


Welcome applications from hydrologists, geomorphologists, geoecologists, physical geographers, and related disciplines. Particularly encouraged are those with environmental management and applied science track records to apply.


The advertisement, selection criteria and application process are at:



3. Tenure track or Tenured Full time Position in Soil Sciences

Posted on 16 Oct 2017

Université Catholique de Louvain · Earth and Life Institute


The successful candidate will have teaching assignments in soil science and more generally in environmental and agricultural sciences.

The successful candidate will develop and drive research at the forefront of soil science. He or she will conduct innovative, collaborative and cross-disciplinary research focused on integrated approaches of pedogenetic, biological and geochemical processes that are impacted by natural and anthropogenic changes (e.g. evolution of agricultural practices and/or changes within an (agro)-ecosystem), which ultimately determine the soil quality (e.g. soil fertility) as a key for future sustainable agricultural production.

Expertise in designing and performing field, experimental, laboratory and analytical research is considered an asset.

Starting date : 1st of September, 2018

Further information :
Professor Philippe Baret, dean of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (AGRO-Louvain) –
Professor Claude Bragard, research director of the Earth and Life Institute –



An open faculty position in climatology, paleoclimatology and meteorology in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas ( 

The review date is listed as November 27th, 2017.



Assistant Professor of Soil Science – Rhizosphere Processes: 75% Research, 25% Teaching.


Location:       School of Environment and Natural Resources, College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster, Ohio


Position Description:

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) based at the Ohio State University Wooster campus. The faculty member will focus research on the soil-plant-water-animal-human nexus to enhance climate resilience of agroecosystems through adaptation and mitigation strategies that improve resource use efficiency, sustain productivity, restore soil ecosystem services and improve carbon sink capacity.


We are specifically interested in candidates who will conduct research on soil-plant-microbial interactions to address local, regional and national issues in agricultural and environmental sciences. This position aligns with OSU’s Discovery Themes Initiative (, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact. The successful candidate will join a highly collaborative transdisciplinary team of over 50 existing faculty and many external partners working toward Resilient, Sustainable and Global Food Security for Health as part of the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) Discovery Theme.



Application:   Applicants should send the following materials as a single pdf: i) a cover letter summarizing qualifications, areas of expertise, and experience appropriate to the position, ii) a curriculum vitae that includes a listing of course work in basic and natural sciences, including soil science and agronomy, iii) a statement of research interests and experiences (up to 2 pages), iv) a statement of teaching and outreach philosophy to provide perspective on your approach and experiences with teaching and outreach (up to 1 page), v) three relevant peer-reviewed publications or reports, vi) a list of three references, including complete mailing addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Applicants should email the pdf to:,


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