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Weekly Job Offer postings 1/02/2018


PhD/Postdoc positions


  1. PhD assistantship in Belowground Carbon Allocation at the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University.

Allocation of resources and growth of different organs is central to ecosystem response and acclimation to environmental conditions and stresses. Recent findings suggest greater and more dynamic changes in the allocation patterns than recognized in most ecosystem models, which could affect their ability to capture interannual differences in productivity. A PhD assistantship is available to collect validation data and apply a newly developed data-based carbon allocation model across a land use gradient in Texas, and across forest ecosystems globally. The ideal candidate should have at least a few of the following skills: solid understanding of ecosystem carbon cycle or plant ecophysiology, carbon flux measurements, soil carbon dynamics, experience working with large datasets, and experience with a computer scripting language. As periodic fieldwork at distant locations is required, the successful candidate must have or promptly obtain a valid US driver’s license and be willing to travel for up to three weeks at a time.
Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. The position can start either in the summer or fall semester of 2018, ideally as soon as possible. To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of academic transcripts, names and contact information of three references, and GRE and TOEFL scores (for international applicants) by e-mail to Dr. Asko Noormets ( The departmental graduate student acceptance criteria and procedures are outlined at

2. Hydrologic Modeling Postdoctoral Scholar (Energy Geosciences) - 84509

Organization: GO-Energy Geosciences

The Energy Geosciences Division ( at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ( welcomes applicants for a Hydrologic Modeling Postdoctoral Scholar position.   You will conduct research as part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists from LBNL, LLNL, and five University of California campuses on a new three-year project focused on California water resources in a changing climate.   The primary role of the Postdoctoral Scholar will be to construct and utilize three-dimensional watershed models of select basins across the state that vary in climatic, geologic, and socio-economic settings. The developed model will be used to provide information to optimize water storage, quality, and groundwater sustainability as precipitation varies, temperatures warm, and population grows.   The successful candidate will have experience developing and running hydrologic simulations and a working knowledge of high performance computing environments. 

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on February 18, 2018.

This is a full time, 2 years, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

3. Soil Scientist for modelling of soil functions at UFZ in Halle, Germany

This position is part of of the „BonaRes - Centre for Soil Research“ (see with a focus on the development of integrative model tools to evaluate land use options and agricultural soil management in terms of their sustainability. Provided the final approval of the project, the position should be filled as soon as possible and is limited until June 2021 with prospects of an additional period of 3 years.

Further details:


4. Postdoctoral Research Assistant position within the INNOMED project.


The position is currently open in the Erosion and Soil and Water Evaluation (EESA) lab at Estación Experimental de Aula Dei (EEAD-CSIC) in Zaragoza (Spain), with an immediately available start date. The applicant filling this position is expected to actively advance research on projects related to numerical simulation of the continental water cycle for water resources assessment and/or remote sensing of agricultural and forest systems (crop classification and monitoring). The applicant filling this position is expected to contribute to writing research publications, grant applications, and research progress reports, as well as helping with the research project’s managerial tasks and having an active role in the project’s meetings.

Applicants should (i) have a Ph.D in Physics, Geology, Physical Geography, Forestry, Agriculture, or a related field; (ii) have a background in hydrology, remote sensing, and / or agriculture; (iii) be self-motivated and able to conduct experiments independently; and (iv) possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Previous experience in numerical modelling or statistical analysis and good programming skills are highly desired. If interested, please send a CV, contact information for three references, and a brief statement about your qualifications for the position and your career goals to

5. Post-doctoral Position in Modeling of Managed Aquifer Recharge

in the Mississippi Embayment

The University of California, Davis is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral research associate to model managed aquifer recharge in the Central Valley, California. Applicants are sought for a project supported by the USDA ERS at the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis. The selected candidate will develop and test numerical modeling scenarios to evaluate the impact of different managed aquifer recharge scenarios on surface water and groundwater resources in the Mississippi Embayment aquifer system, specifically the eastern Arkansas and western Mississippi region. The modeling results will be used to inform economic analyses of the direct and indirect costs/benefits of managed aquifer recharge programs within the Central Valley, California. Competitive applicants should have experience with MODFLOW 6 and/or MODFLOW OWHM, demonstrate excellent written and oral communication and numerical modeling.

Please apply by sending your 1) CV including listings of publications, awards, and relevant laboratory, field and computer/modeling skills, 2) a copy of your PhD diploma, 3) a cover letter discussing your key modeling and experimental qualifications, research interest and motivations for this position, and 4) names and contact information for three potential references to Dr. Helen Dahlke ( Applications will begin being reviewed on February 15, 2018.

6. Postdoctoral researcher in Forest hydrology

Project : Modelling present and future conditions of water stress in the temperate forests of Quebec, Canada

Period: The project will start in the winter or spring 2018 and will last two years.

Supervision: This project is supervised by Audrey Maheu (UQO-ISFORT) in collaboration with Daniel Houle (Ouranos et MFFP).

Candidate interested in the position can submit their application (motivation letter, CV and name of two references) by February 9, 2018 to The evaluation of applications will continue until the position is filled.

7. A graduate research associate (Ph.D.) position is available in the School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri

Position for a USDA funded project to quantify the spatial variability of soil greenhouse gas emissions in river floodplains as impacted by conventional and alternative land use management systems. This is a collaborative project between University of Missouri Columbia and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. Designing and implementing resilient land use systems are essential to counter the effects of climate change in river floodplains that are subjected to frequent extreme weather events. Alteration of the hydrological cycle and frequent flooding (with associated deposition of sand and silt) can influence various soil properties. It is essential to develop a better understanding of how such events influence emissions of greenhouse gases with higher frequency of predicted extreme weather events due to global warming and climate change. Research will emphasize the investigations of i) in-situ variations in GHG emissions among different land use systems, ii) impact of flooding to better understand how each land use system will be influenced by frequent extreme flooding using laboratory incubation, and iii) compare the soil microbial communities in-situ and in response to the flood treatments.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Sougata Bardhan ( or Dr. Peter Motavalli ( Completed application materials will be due immediately. Information on application procedure can be accessed at

8. the Department for Geodesy and Geoinformatics of HafenCity University in Hamburg is offering a position for a PhD candidate in the context of using GRACE data for hydrology.

The project will be part of the DFG Research Unit  "Understanding the global freshwater system by combining geodetic and remote sensing information with modeling using a calibration/data assimilation approach" (Global CDA). This temporary position has a duration of (initially) three years, starting as soon as possible.  The topic of the PhD project will be the use of GRACE satellite gravity data for improving our under- standing of the global terrestrial water cycle. Together with eight other European research groups from remote sensing/geodesy and hydrological modeling, it will be part of the interdisciplinary DFG re- search unit GlobalCDA (Understanding the global freshwater system by combining geodetic and re- mote sensing information with modelling using a calibration/data assimilation approach). The specific tasks of the PhD student at HCU will be (1) the generation of optimized GRACE data sets including specific uncertainty information to be used for hydrological model calibration and data assimilation and (2) the development of methods for the validation of model results against independent data sets (e.g. groundwater levels, soil moisture data). The project will be co-supervised by Dr. Laurent Longuevergne (University of Rennes, France) and will offer the possibility for temporary research visits in France.

For questions and further information, do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Annette Eicker (email: or phone: +49 (0) 40 42827-5216).  Please send your complete application (including CV, cover letter, copies of relevant certificates), not later than February 15, 2018 (preferably by email as one single PDF file) to:

9. Terrestrial Modeling Postdoctoral Scholar 

Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for a Terrestrial Modeling Postdoctoral Scholar. The successful candidate will analyze agricultural systems, including soil biogeochemical and plant processes and management. You will be part of a multi-institution and multi-disciplinary project. The project offers an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team and will require strong motivation and excellent oral and written communication skills.   The successful candidate may focus on several agriculture-relevant processes, including coupled hydrological and biogeochemical dynamics, nutrient and carbon interactions, plant allocation, plant and microbe interactions, and management. We are particularly interested in relating above and belowground plant properties and how those relationships can be used to inform plant breeding. We are also interested in developing methods to evaluate against observations, process-level and emergent model responses, and in developing model benchmarking approaches.

For full description and to apply, please visit:


Tenure-track/lecturer/Senior researcher/professorships


  1. Assistant professorship in the Hydrogeology group of the Earth Sciences Department of Utrecht University (Netherlands). 

The position is that of an assistant professorship in (Environmental) Hydrogeology (Tenure Track 0.8 - 1.0 FTE), in the area of field-scale hydrologic modeling and analysis.  Female candidates are very much encouraged to apply for the position.  The application deadline is February 16.



2. Research scientist on greenhouse gas emission mitigation in the agricultural sector in the context of the Paris Agreement on Climate 


3. CICERO has a new position open for regional climate modelling, predominantly on the carbon cycle.

You know anyone working in that area, and that may be interested in a job in Norway? Here is the description


4. Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geology (earth, energy resources, geobiology) position open at the College of Charleston

The College of Charleston Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences ( is accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Geology. The candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Geosciences with research and teaching interests in geology. The department is seeking a field-oriented geoscientist who has a proven record of success teaching introductory geology courses. Viable candidates will show evidence of ability to strengthen our research programs and show strong evidence of creating cross-disciplinary links. Areas of particular interest are earth and energy resources and geobiology. Viable candidates will have expertise using laboratory and field methodologies in teaching and research. Applicants who clearly show a strong aptitude in at least one of the Geology major core areas (mineralogy/petrology, structural geology, paleobiology) will be given preference. The candidate is expected to develop his/her own research program and seek external funds to support their research activities. A Ph.D. is required by 15 August 2018.

The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences has over 120 undergraduate majors and offers a broad array of topical and interdisciplinary elective courses in the geosciences. The Department also provides some of courses in the multidisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental Studies and the M.Ed. in Science and Mathematics. Opportunities are available with well-established faculty research programs including: coastal processes, environmental geology, paleobiology, geospatial sciences, hydrology, geochemistry, marine geology, natural hazards, seismology, and tectonics. There is also a vibrant set of collaborative opportunities with organizations in the Charleston-region.

Position open until filled. Projected start for the successful applicant is 15 August 2018. Any questions should be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Timothy Callahan (843-953-5589),

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