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Weekly Job Offers 30 Nov 2017

Weekly Job Offer postings 30/11/2017


PhD/Postdoc positions

  1. 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)


2. 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


3. 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:  


4. 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 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).


2. 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 .


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 –

4. 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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