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Weekly Job offers 18 Oct. 2018

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Lecturer in Spatial Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia

•    Teaching and Research position focused in University of Sydney
•    Full-time, Continuing Role, Located at Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh
•    Academic Level B or C, Base Salary: $104,155 p.a. - $147,115 p.a. plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation. Visa sponsorship is available if required.

Applications are invited for a lecturer (Level B/C) in Spatial Agricultural and Environmental Sciences with expertise in statistical and mechanistic modelling, focused on agricultural and/or environmental terrestrial systems. SOLES has a program of teaching in statistics that covers first year to Honours and Masters level. It is expected that the candidate will strongly support this teaching program, and develop a secondary teaching program related to spatial-temporal analysis of agricultural and/or environmental systems with an emphasis on the use of sensing technologies (remote or proximal) to measure, monitor and manage terrestrial landscapes. The combination of quantitative analyses with the use of remote sensing technologies is an area of research SOLES is looking to strengthen. The successful candidate is expected to develop internal and external partnerships to develop and support an active research program. The successful candidate will further play an active role in the supervision of honours and higher-degree research students.
Closing date: 11:30pm, 4 November 2018
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PhD or postdoc position within the multidisciplinary research team of the CHAR project at University of Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Belgium.

Do you want to understand how a soil amendment such as biochar interacts with native soil on the long term (> 100 years)? Do you love geophysics and like to apply your physics, mathematics and programming skills to an agricultural system? Do you enjoy working an in multidisciplinary team? Then we are keen to get to know you!

Then check out this job description. Interested candidates should send a CV, a motivation letter and the names and addresses of three referees before 1st of November by e-mail to Frederic Nguyen (

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PostDoc available Carbon Budgets - RECCAP2 - Australia

3-year postdoctoral position to work on Regional Carbon Budgets, the Australian GHG budget, and in the new global carbon assessment of the Global Carbon Project: REgional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes-2 (RECCAP2). Deadline for applications 31 October.
Come and join us in CSIRO, Canberra, Australia.

23 PhD/Postdoc Positions offered in Germany,EarthShape: Earth Surface Shaping by Biota. (DFG) – Phase II, Germany

A German-Chilean Priority Program in the Chilean Coastal Range


Assistant Professor in Water Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The position is posted at:
Our College is undergoing an exciting period of significant growth, related in part to the university joining the Big Ten Conference in 2011.  The college has hired more than 65 new faculty in the last four years and plans to continue expanding the number of faculty in the coming years.
The UNL College of Engineering is committed to inclusive excellence through the diversity of our faculty.  Accordingly, we are especially interested in encouraging applications from women, underrepresented minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected group members.  If you know of any potential candidates (colleagues, post-doctoral researchers, recent graduates, etc.), would you please encourage them to apply?  I would be happy to reach out to any of them myself, if you’d be willing to share their names and contact information with me.  The listed deadline for receipt of applications is Nov. 15, so I would be grateful for any help you could provide in the coming week.  

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PostDoc and Phd student positions on ecohydrological, hydrological and biogeochemistry modeling of agroecosystemsat UIUC, Illinois, US
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Assistant or Associate Professor in Geoscience – Hydrogeology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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PostDoc in Data Assimilation at NCAR, Boulder, CO
Responsibilities include: Serves as an expert in coupled data assimilation
Leads and conducts scientific research to:
i) advance data assimilation capabilities,
ii) improve climate prediction by implementing new features, improving existing methods, and assessing their impacts on the results, and
iii) improve the fidelity of CESM and its component models.
Manages development timetable and designs and implements methods/strategies for advancing toward a fully-coupled data assimilation framework.
    Leads, designs and conducts all the associated sensitivity experiments.

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PhD/Research Assistant in Remote Sensing and Hydrology at Technische Universität Berlin.  
Project description: Soil moisture content acts as the key state variable for a variety of interactions in the biosphere and hydrosphere. State-of-the-art observations of soil moisture content are ranging from continuous point-scale measurements via field-scale snapshots to remote sensing products on the basin scale and beyond. They have to deal with a space-time trade-off since the measurement frequency typically decreases with the covered spatial scale. Thus, our knowledge of soil moisture patterns, their dynamics, and the underlying processes, is still limited.
The research unit Cosmic Sense aims at bridging existing gaps between scales Cosmic-ray neutron sensing (CRNS), which measures the presence of water by sensing changes in neutron density above the ground. We will develop a quantitative, adaptable, and transferable approach for observing representative soil moisture content values on the field scale while accounting for other dynamic water pools on the land surface. This research unit will strengthen an engaged and innovative community that constitutes a driving force in the field of soil moisture measurements via CRNS. Our team will provide an excellent and timely starting-point for advancing the frontier of understanding field-scale and regional water storage and fluxes in soil-vegetationatmosphere systems.
Job description and requirements:
The Geoinformation for Environmental Planning Lab of the TU Berlin offers a research assistant position in remote sensing. The aim of this research project within the DFG researh unit is to understand the processbased relations between the integral spatial recording of the soil moisture content derived by CRNS and the mainly surface-based prediction with different remote sensing detectors (thermal, hyper-, multispectral, SAR and LiDAR). Intensive in-situ measurements with CRNS devices will be combined with drone (UAS) and satellitebased remote sensing information on different study sites investigation the temporal and scale-dependent relations, especially including different vegetation cover. Based on machine-learning techniques, a transferrable model of deriving the soil moisture content will be developed.
The successful candidate holds a university degree (Master, Diplom or equivalent) in relevant discipline, preferably Environmental Sciences, Geo-ecology, Physical Geography, Hydrology, or a related field and is enthused about the prospect of working in a collaborative team with international participation. Skills in optical remote sensing and experience in digital image processing as well as programming (e.g. IDL, R) are required.
Experiences in using drones and skills in active remote sensing are desirable. Fluency in English and a strong interest in fieldwork is a requirement.

Post Doc Research Associate in Geochemistry at PNNL
Job ID: 308415
Directorate: Energy and Environment
Division: Earth Systems Science
Group: Subsurface Science & Technology
The Subsurface Science & Technology Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong ethic of service to the scientific community and a commitment to both scientific excellence and national impact on critical scientific and technical problems facing the U.S.
The candidate is expected to support laboratory-based research on the processes and reactions that affect and/or control the mobilization and immobilization of contaminants in heterogeneous media. Some key aspects include the use of macroscopic methods (batch and column systems) and microscopic and spectroscopic techniques to (i) measure rates, (ii) determine mechanisms, (iii) develop an understanding of coupled reactions, e.g. adsorption/desorption, dissolution/precipitation, substitution, and electron transfer, and (iv) identify changes in the chemical, mineralogical and physical properties of target media at different temporal and spatial scales. The candidate is also expected to use an iterative approach of geochemical modeling and experimentation to test the hypotheses and determine predictive model parameters.

Two post-doc positions with LBA Project in Manaus, Brazil
The LBA (Research on Climate and Biogeochemical Cycles of Amazon Ecosystems) program linked to INPA/MCTIC, aims to answer three main questions: (1) the changing Amazon environment (processes); (2) the sustainability of environmental services and terrestrial and aquatic production systems (consequences), and (3) climatic and hydrological variability and their dynamics: feedback, mitigation and adaptation (responses).
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Two Postdoctoral Positions: Wetland Methane Flux Synthesis, and Methane Emissions in California Stanford University, US
Stanford University seeks two full-time postdoctoral earth scientists or engineers to measure, model, and analyze CH4 fluxes. One position will lead a synthesis of global wetland methane fluxes through a new working group <> funded by the U.S.G.S. Powell Synthesis Center. The project goals are to characterize wetland fluxes and their drivers and to inform and validate land-surface models of global CH4 emissions. The ideal candidate will have experience with both methane flux-tower measurements and biogeochemical modeling. The second position examines methane emissions in California, including those from abandoned oil and gas wells and homes and buildings. Approaches will include large-chamber and mobile-based measurements as well as gas-chromatography and other laboratory-based techniques. The work is funded by the California Energy Commission and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Both postdoc positions provide opportunities for collaboration through the Global Carbon Project <> as part of our Global Methane Budget <>. Please send a CV, statement of interests, and names and contact information for three letters of recommendation to Rob Jackson (, copying Maureen Sullivan ( Stanford is an equal opportunity employer; minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please apply by November 15th, 2018, for full consideration.

Tenure Track Assistant Professor – Hydrogeology, The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University
The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University, on the University Park Campus, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the field of Hydrogeology. We seek a creative colleague who will develop a vigorous externally funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and demonstrate commitment to advancing equity and inclusion. The Department of Geosciences is part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and houses top-ranked research programs in environmental and climate sciences, geology, geophysics, and geochemistry. Water is an important component of the University Strategic Plan, and Penn State hosts several campus-wide initiatives in water resources through, for example, the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (
[1]) and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute ( [2]). Applicants must have a Ph.D. in geosciences or related field at the time of appointment. We anticipate filling the position at the Assistant Professor level; but applications at higher rank may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Appointment could begin as early as July 1, 2019. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.  Apply to this job - [3]

Postdoc Position in Agroecosystem Modeling at Cornell University

Dr. Ying Sun’s lab at Cornell University is seeking a talented, independent, and highly motivated postdoc in agroecosystem modeling. The position is located in the Section of Soil and Crop Sciences at School of Integrative Plant Science. The successful candidate is expected to integrate the latest advances in eco-physiological, biophysical, biogeochemical and hydrological processes of agroecosystems into regional or global land surface models (e.g., NCAR’s CESM). The successful candidate will also have opportunities to analyze remote sensing data, conducting field studies at Cornell research farms, and presenting original scientific results at meetings and in publications.
The position is anticipated to start immediately or will remain open until filled. Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience. Benefits package is included.
Qualification: Requirements include a PhD degree in agriculture-, ecology-, climate-, remote sensing, or computation-related field. Preferences will be given to candidates with expertise in developing and performing large-scale model simulations (e.g., NCAR CESM/CLM) and programing skills in Fortran, C, Matlab, NCL, R or Python.
Application: Candidates are encouraged to send curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to Dr. Ying Sun ( In addition, candidates should submit a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a research statement via and include a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion using this link

PhD Position in Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Modeling at Cornell University
Position: Dr. Ying Sun’s lab at Cornell University is seeking a talented, independent, and highly motivated PhD student to conduct interdisciplinary studies in terrestrial carbon and water processes starting in Fall or Spring 2019. The successful candidate is expected to learn and apply advanced observational, modeling and geospatial approaches to integrate eco-physiological, biophysical, biogeochemical and hydrological processes to understand and forecast complex carbon dynamics at different spatial and temporal scales in the context of climate change. The successful candidate will have opportunities to gain experience in developing and applying regional/global land surface models (e.g., NCAR CLM/CESM), analyzing remote sensing datasets (e.g., solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence, etc), conducting field measurements at Cornell research farms, and presenting original scientific results at meetings and in publications.
Qualification: Requirements include background in an ecology-, agriculture-, climate-, remote sensing-, or computation-related field, strong interests in big-data analysis, data mining, statistics, and programing experience in at least one of Fortran, C, Matlab, NCL, R or Python. Preferences are given to those with some knowledge in remote sensing, CESM/CLM, or field sensors and data acquisition.
Application: Please submit application materials to Cornell graduate school at Candidates are encouraged to submit curriculum vitae to Dr. Ying Sun (
About School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell: The Cornell University houses a large internationally renowned group of academics with many collaborative projects in the area of environmental sciences and engineering. Incoming students will join a collaborative and interdisciplinary community on the main campus located in Ithaca, NY. The Section of Soil and Crop Sciences ( is part of Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS, at College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ( ). Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

PhD in Hydrogeologie / Grundwassermodellierung
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Postdoctoral Position in Earth & Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State, US
Penn State’s Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral scholar to work on a field and modelling project investigating the use of seismic monitoring and time-lapse electrical resistivity in the critical zone observatory (czo) in central Pennsylvania.
The optimal candidate will i) bring expertise in field measurements and modelling of seismic and ERT data; ii) be interested in working in a cross-disciplinary team that includes expertise in soils, geochemistry, geophysics, and microbiology;  iii) have the ability to drive field vehicles to the CZO; and iv) be a strong writer and independent thinker.
The postdoc will be co-supervised by Professors Susan Brantley, Andrew Nyblade and John Regan.  Candidates should include a letter of interest, a CV, and contact information for three references with their applications.
This position requires a PhD in a related field or discipline. This position requires operation of university vehicles. A motor vehicle records check is required in addition to the standard background check. This appointment is for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-appointment for an additional year. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials, or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

A PhD position is open at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC) on
"“Extreme variability of the velocity vector field, high resolution measurements and precipitation/pollution monitoring”
Interested candidates with background in Meteorology, Hydrology, Hydrodynamics and/or Statistical Physics, are encouraged to apply. The contract is for three years. Further details and submission (CV and a letter of motivation):

2 Soil Scientists in Oregon
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Associate Professor at l'université de Bologne, Italy
Position: a new Associate Professor position is available in the Forest Ecology Group at the University of Bologna, Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (DISTAL).
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the group activities in the fields of forest tree ecophysiology, forest biogeochemistry (C and N cycles) or forest modelling, and to teach courses for an annual total of 12 ECTS credits. Examples of research foci can include, but are not limited to: i) leaf photosynthesis, fluorescence and reflectance in forest trees; ii) age-related dynamics in forest ecosystems; iii) forest response to N deposition and Climate Change; iv) forest C balance in temperate and Mediterranean ecosystems; v) process-based modelling of forest growth and biogeochemistry. The permanent position is anticipated to start in the second half of 2019. Salary is commensurate with background and experience.
Qualification: applicants should have already held a similar position (Associate Professor or equivalent) in the broadly defined field of forest ecology and biogeochemistry for at least three years at a non-Italian University. Italian language skills are not a pre-requisite.
Application: candidates are encouraged to send a curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to Prof. Federico Magnani ( no later than November 10th, 2018.

PhD-position in soil carbon management and biodiversity at Stockholm Uni, Sweden
A fully funded (5 years) PhD position is offered at Stockholm University, Sweden
“Effects of Soil-Carbon Management and Climate on Belowground Biodiversity”
With placement at the Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University
Closing date: 5 November 2018.
This project is funded under the research area Biodiversity and climate (RA8) within the Bolin Centre for Climate Research at Stockholm University. The project aims to investigate the effects of ecosystem management for carbon (C) –through compost and biochar amendments–on middle Swedish grassland ecosystems. Numerous studies have shown positive amendment effects on soil C sequestration and grassland productivity. These effects have been attributed to changes in soil properties, including increased soil moisture and higher soil organic matter storage. However, there is very little knowledge regarding the effects of such amendments on grassland plant community composition, plant rooting patterns, soil microbial biodiversity or ecosystem resilience to extreme weather events. The student will work, as part of a team, to set up and manage a long-term field experiment to assess the effects of soil amendments on belowground biodiversity – here defined as root biodiversity and soil microbial diversity – and its drought-spell resilience in managed grasslands. In addition to the field experiment, the student will conduct regional geographical analyses to assess the feasibility of broad-scale amendment application with biochar and compost in middle Swedish Grasslands.
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Tenure Track Assistant Professor Hydrologic Sensing
The Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group at Wageningen University & Research is looking for an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Hydrologic Sensing. The group aims to contribute to understanding hydrological processes for improved water management through developing measurement, modelling and prediction techniques, working at a range of spatial and temporal scales, with a focus on river basins and deltas.
The successful candidate is expected to establish an internationally leading research team on the subject of Hydrologic Sensing, which entails the development of ground-based, airborne (e.g. drones) and space-borne (remote) sensing techniques to monitor the space-time dynamics of hydrological fluxes and states, e.g. precipitation, interception, evaporation, soil moisture, groundwater, surface water flow and sediment transport. Employed instruments could be based on electromagnetic (optical, near-infrared, microwave), acoustic and/or gravity sensing techniques.
More information about the position and the application procedure (including a link to the form where applications should be uploaded) can be found here:
Deadline for applications is November 15th, 2018.



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