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Weekly Job offers 20 December 2017

Weekly Job Offer postings 20/12/2017

PhD/Postdoc positions


  1. Postdoctoral Research Associate: Biogeochemical Modelling. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Bangor, UK.

CEH Bangor is seeking a Research Associate to work on the development of models that simulate ecosystem responses to environmental change. These include models of atmospheric pollution effects on soil and vegetation used for UK responses under the UN-ECE LRTAP convention, and models of soil carbon dynamics, trace greenhouse gases and land-ocean carbon transfers, applied to a range of global ecosystems. The post-holder will benefit from an extensive training programme, and will undertake project work to develop models and apply these to improve scientific understanding and deliver policy-relevant summary outputs. Applications via the link below. For more information contact Ed Rowe Phone: +44 1248 374 524.


2. PhD and MS positions: arid-land riparian ecology and tree-ring research at SUNY-ESF

State University of New York seeks three well-qualified PhD and Masters students to join two funded projects investigating drought and its impact on riparian vegetation in the Southwestern USA (Arizona and California). The overall projects combine a range of methods (dendrochronology, forest inventories, stable isotopes, remote sensing, and hydrological modeling) to explore the effects of drought and climate change on riparian woodlands, and to develop water stress indicators to assess forest health at multiple scales. The projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and US Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), and emphasize the sustainability and management of riparian ecosystems in drought-prone landscapes. Research questions will focus on riparian ecosystem response to drought and methods will include field sampling to inventory riparian forest structure and health, collecting and analyzing tree rings for growth trends and annual water use efficiency using carbon isotopes, and assessing critical thresholds for riparian forest decline.
We welcome applications from motivated, curious students with experience in ecological research. Ideal candidates will have a BS or MS in ecology, environmental science, or a related field; a strong quantitative and statistical background; the ability to work in remote field settings; and interest in riparian forest ecology and tree ecophysiology in dryland regions. Positions start in Fall 2018 and are funded for a minimum of three years for PhD and two years for Masters students, and provides a competitive stipend, tuition and benefits. More detail below.
Project Inquiries (please contact me before applying):
John Stella, SUNY-ESF;
Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Research


3. PhD positions UK

PhD Project – University of Aberdeen, UK

The roots of soil and food security

You will explore the plasticity of rhizosphere formation in response to soil physical conditions, nutrient status and specific plant traits, such as root hairs. You will also investigate the knock-on benefits of rhizosphere formation to the ease of water capture and dispersion/aggregation processes that could enhance nutrient release and tolerance to abiotic stresses.

PhD Project – The James Hutton Institute, Dundee, UK

Environmental Engineering Using Seed Mimics to Support Increased Crop Water Use Efficiency

Aim: Develop and test techniques for delivering mucilage via seed mimics into sandy arid environments enabling maximal plant and root growth under reduced water supply. 

Please contact Prof Paul Hallett, for further information on either project.


4. Postdoctoral position in land use change and sea level rise effects on forest ecosystem function and resilience at North Carolina State University.

A motivated postdoctoral research associate is sought to pursue his or her research interests in the context of the ongoing work of a multi-institutional research team (NCSU, Texas A&M University, USDA Forest Service). The current work of the team centers around plant and microbial acclimations to environmental forcings, testing and developing ecosystem water and carbon balance models, and scaling across spatial and temporal domains, with three eddy covariance towers (located in mature and young loblolly pine plantations, and a natural bottomland hardwood swamp; AmeriFlux sites US-NC2, US-NC3 and US-NC4, respectively) and ancillary measurements as the main data sources.

Primary job duties will include: 1) field maintenance of the eddy covariance towers, 2) closely coordinating the data acquisition and processing with the Texas A&M part of the team, and 3) original research leading to publication of results in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Additional opportunities include engaging with the numerous collaborator teams working at the flux sites, and professional development as a part of a multidisciplinary department, including teaching and mentoring students. Active grantsmanship and outreach to stakeholders will be encouraged as a part of career development.

Required qualifications include a PhD degree in forest ecosystem science or related field, experience working with eddy covariance equipment and data, demonstrated potential to excel in research, and readiness to travel for field work for about 25% of the time. The position is available immediately, and expected to last for three years, with possible renewal.  The position includes competitive salary and NCSU postdoctoral benefits described at the NCSU Postdoctoral Affairs Office website ( Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found, with the objective of filling the position by January, 2018. Interested persons should send cover letter, CV, academic transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), relevant reprints, and contact information of three references to Dr. John King:

5. Postdoc hydrodynamic models

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. The successful applicant will develop a probabilistic framework for flood inundation modelling and risk assessment in a changing climate. The project requires processing and analysis of large datasets including ground-based and satellite observations as well as global and regional climate model simulations, setting up hydrologic and hydrodynamic models with different complexities, and developing/improving state-of-the-art statistical techniques for regional frequency analysis. The ability to take initiative, work independently and mentor graduate students are critical. The qualified candidate should have a PhD degree in engineering, hydrologic science or a field relevant to flooding. Knowledge and experience with hydrologic and hydrodynamic models, ArcGIS and computer programming (such as MATLAB, R and Python) is required. To apply please send a cover letter, CV, contacts for three references, and a proposal summary (describing existing challenges in flood modelling and research plan; 500-1000 words) to The appointment will have an expected term of one year, extendable to two years, with an ideal start date of Feb 1, 2018. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Mohammad Reza Najafi, PhD


6. POSTDOC position at INRA, System lab, Montpellier, France  

Modelling intercrops with the STICS soil-crop model: model adaptation for simulating intercrop management scenarios within the framework of the H2020 European project ReMIX 

Starts 1st April 2018, for 24 months  

Position short description: We are seeking a young researcher in agronomy/agroecology/ecology and soil-crop modelling who will work on modelling intercrops (species mixtures) using soil-crop models and agronomic analyses to assess the efficacy and the resilience of intercrops versus sole crops under climate change scenarios. It is anticipated that this work will be published in well-ranked international scientific journals.

Person to be contacted: Dr Eric JUSTES (coordinator of the ReMIX project and STICS model)   Phone: +33 4 99 61 22 08  CIRAD, UMR SYSTEM, Montpellier (France)

7. Two PhD positions at University Reading, UK

PhD studentship at University of Reading: SCENARIO NERC DTP - Using Sentinel satellite remote sensing data to monitor the state of grasslands across a range of management intensities

PhD studentship at University of Reading: SCENARIO NERC DTP - Developing more robust soil moisture products from SAR imagery


8. The University of Virginia is searching for a Phd. Research Associate to work on coupled catchment and stream ecohydrologic modeling.  The position is posted at the Jobs@UVA web site:  


9. Post Doctorate RA - Ecosystem Modeling COLLEGE PARK, MD

How much disturbance can forests absorb before their carbon cycle can’t recover? Why? What mechanisms determine ecosystem resilience?
A postdoctoral position is available at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), in ecosystem modeling, analysis, and data assimilation. The successful candidate will lead the modeling component of an NSF-funded project, to be conducted in collaboration with a team at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

The successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for:
Working both independently and collaboratively with other team members at PNNL and VCU to conduct ecosystem- to regional-scale modeling using the Predictive Ecosystem Analyzer (PEcAn) framework.
Exploring data assimilation and sensitivity analysis techniques to guide fieldwork measurement priorities.
Supporting new model and PEcAn framework development and activities under the guidance of senior modeling scientists.
Contributing to a second project, using the simple global carbon/climate model Hector to examine climate change effects in high latitude ecosystems.
Leading data analysis, the writing of peer-review journal publications, and presentation of results at scientific conferences such as AGU.
This position will be based at PNNL’s Joint Global Change Research Institute in College Park, Maryland. We’re seeking integration between modeling and fieldwork that helps elucidate mechanisms supporting forest resilience, and there may be opportunities for light fieldwork and/or data collection, with travel to the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston, Michigan. Funding is available for a three-year period, contingent upon satisfactory progress in. The preferred start date is between January and June 2018.





  1. Research Fellow in Rhizosphere Biophysics, University of Aberdeen, UK

We seek a Research Fellow to join the BBSRC project “Rhizosphere by design: breeding to select root traits that physically manipulate soil”. This is a collaborative project between the University of Aberdeen, University of Southampton, University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute  exploring root traits that could produce the next generation of crops. An ultimate goal is a rhizosphere formation and function model that integrates root traits and soil properties, with a targeted audience of plant breeders and rhizosphere scientists. Your role as the main experimental scientist on the project will be to make direct measurements of how roots, root hairs and root exudates alter the physical behaviour and structure of soil. Little quantitative understanding of the underlying processes exists, so this project will use advanced approaches from engineering science to disentangle the biophysical mechanisms that drive rhizosphere formation.

Please contact Prof. Paul Hallett, for further information.  The link above gives many more details.

2. Research Associate – Environmental Scientist  Bangor, UK.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed work hydrologists and biogeochemists in an active research focused team based in Bangor (North Wales) on a 3 year fixed- term contract. This is a band 7, full time (37 hours) position. Please ensure that you complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted as a standalone. Environmental with a Scientist team of soil to scientists, Primary role of the post

The candidate will:

- undertake a range of field-based activities relating to the quantification of the response of soil and water to changes in land management, climate change and air pollution in the UK and overseas e.g. Europe, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia for periods of up to 6 weeks.

- take responsibility for initial sample preparation and liaise with our analytical laboratories to ensure required analysis is carried out to required specification and timelines; contribute to ensuring quality assurance of data quality and sample identification throughout the sampling and analytical process.  

- take responsibility for initial data processing in close collaboration with project leads.

- assist in the production of reports and scientific papers detailing major research findings.

To apply for this post, please visit our jobs board on Top Careers and search for reference IRC243335. the Closing date: 5  Jan 2018, Interviews: 12  Feb 2018. Salary: £22,224 per annum


3. Research Scientist in Land Surface Processes at University of Reading, UK

A vacancy at the University of Reading, relating to the PRIMAVERA project.

The post holder will join the University of Reading to work within the EU PRIMAVERA project on Land Surface processes and interactions. The main duty of the post holder will be to configure GCM experiments to exploit new observations of the land surface state and function (in-situ, remote sensing), suitable for use as boundary conditions in simulations with very high mesh refinement (down to 10km in coupled mode and 1km in offline mode).

4. Assistant or Associate Professor of Geoscience, University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The UNLV Geoscience Department seeks to recruit an Assistant or Associate Professor in the field of Hydrology and Water Resources.  The successful applicant will have an active research program that complements existing departmental and university research interests, leverages the critical importance of water resources in the American West, and fosters student participation.    The successful applicant will also exhibit a strong commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

The successful candidate is expected to develop (Assistant-level), or expand upon (Associate-level) a rigorous, externally funded research program and to supervise graduate students at both the master's and doctoral levels. Preference will be given to applicants with research interests in one or more of the following sub-disciplines: hydroclimatology; interactions among groundwater, surface water and atmosphere; hydrogeochemistry; innovative means of characterizing water resources; ecohydrology and geobiologic impacts on water resources. Research approaches may include analytical, numerical, field, remote sensing and/or experimental techniques. 

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates'

materials will begin on January 10, 2018, and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Elisabeth Hausrath, Search Committee Chair, and submitted via on-line application at . For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-2894 or .


5. 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 –


6. Assistant Professor of Soil Science – Rhizosphere Processes

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

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.

Candidates 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.

Applicants should email to:,


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