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Weekly job offers June 7, 2018

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Industrial CASE PhD studentship (with the UK Met Office) in Land
Surface Mathematical Modelling

An Industrial CASE PhD studentship (with the UK Met Office) in Land
Surface Mathematical Modelling is available at the University of
Reading, UK, with funding for UK Students and EU Students from the UK
NERC, on novel physical and numerical methods for simulating water and
heat transfer in land surface models. This project concerns the
implementation and testing of two velocity-based unsaturated zone flow
solution methods and the feasibility of their incorporation into the
Met Office code JULES.

Further Enquiries: Professor Anne Verhoef ( or
Professor Mike Baines (

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD
in Environmental Science at

PostDoc on Terrestrial Hydrologic Modeling at University of Reading, UK

At the University of Reading, UK, we are looking for a PDRA with expertise in distributed hydrological modelling to join the LANDWISE project team, funded through NERC’s Evaluating the Effectiveness of Natural Flood Management programme.  In particular, we are interested in applications with a strong background in modelling of terrestrial hydrological processes, catchment-scale distributed hydrological modelling and/or land surface processes modelling, in particular in relation to lowland catchments. 


Trainee on soil erosion modelling, JRC, Europe


The Land Resources Unit of the Sustainable Resources Directorate (SOIL project) is looking for a highly motivated trainee on soil erosion modelling. In particular, the trainee under the supervision of the Traineeship adviser will contribute to the assessment of soil erosion scenarios based on land use change projections. The assessment will contribute to policy relevant indicators such as soil erosion by water.  More opportunities and vacancies in JRC:

Postdoc on analysis of the arid soil microbiome, University of Arizona

An exciting interdisciplinary postdoctoral position focused on metagenome analysis of the arid soil microbiome is available in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona. Specifically, the individual will use metagenome analysis to gain knowledge concerning the unique functional biogeochemical-cycling capacity of the arid soil microbiome and to assess the impact of aridity stress on this functional capacity. We are looking for a postdoc with strong bioinformatics and computer programming skills and an interest in functional gene annotation of soil microbial communities. The individual will couple known variations in the phylogenetic diversity of the soil microbiome associated with different geographic regions to its genetic and functional capacity. Emphasis in this project is placed on below- and above-ground links between the genetic functional capacity of the soil microbiome and plant and ecosystem status.

Post doc in reactive transport, at Stanford, CA

A postdoctoral research position [1] is available at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University in reactive transport modeling of transient biogeochemical processes in variably saturated alluvial aquifers that impact water quality. The scholar will join a vibrant and highly interactive multidisciplinary research team that is integrating observations of water transport, microbiology, and geochemistry to develop models of hydrological-biogeochemical coupling in contaminated alluvium. The post-doctoral project will involve modeling of field and laboratory experiments targeting the role of variable water saturation on microbially driven biogeochemical redox reactions and their impact on uranium, sulfate, and molybdenum transport.

PhD project position at the Institute of Hydraulics and Rural Water Management of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.

“The candidate will work within a multi-national research project dealing with the management and modelling of soil water resources. She/he will maintain field sites to monitor soil water status with respect to different agricultural soil management systems. The person will apply and evaluate soil hydrological models with data from Europe and China. The person should be able to develop simple scripts to ease evaluation of large data sets. Extended statistical capabilities or the willingness to acquire them will be necessary. Publication of the data obtained in peer-reviewed journals is assumed. Driving licence B is desired."

Director General for AnaEE, Finland

AnaEE seeks a Director General (DG) for a full-time position. The DG will lead the Central Hub and will oversee the activities of the Service Centres and ensure their activities are coordinated and their interactions with the national platforms effective. Candidates from any country are welcome for this position which will be located near Paris.

4-year PhD opportunity at UNSW, Sydney

We live in a data-rich world, yet the representations of the land surface in climate models were largely conceived in the absence of observations. Comparisons against observations identify model weaknesses; this then fuels a drive towards increased model complexity. How much of this added complexity is warranted? This project aims to build the simplest model of the terrestrial biosphere that the data can support. The project will combine a data-driven approach with the principles of optimality theory. By delivering a simpler, data- and theory-driven model we will unlock new understanding about climate model behaviour to improve predictions of climate extremes. 

 PhD student, the topic of the thesis project is "Modelling of the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum in garden-orchard systems, Angers, France

The goal of this Ph.D. thesis project is to study a particular agroforestry system, the garden orchard: this type of system combines fruit and vegetable production, to react to the increasing societal demand for the production of quality fruit and vegetables that are produced locally, sustainably, and with low pesticide levels. Generally, agroforestry systems have shown their agronomic and socioeconomic interest, via indicators like the ‘Land Equivalent Ratio’ (Dupraz and Liagre 2008).

In case of interest, contact Gerhard Buck-Sorlin at AgroCampus Ouest

Assistant Research Scientist position – Metals Biogeochemistry University of Georgia, US

"The University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology invites applications for an academic-year (9-month, 0.75- EFT) position as an Assistant Research Scientist in Biogeochemistry of Metals. The successful applicant will be located at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, S.C. and will report to the Director of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. This position will be 0.75 EFT in research and will be expected to seek external funding to support their research program and for summer salary support."

Post Doc in Soil ecology in Adelaide, Australia

This role will involve working on a project investigating the impacts of cover crops on soil ecology in viticultural systems in some of Australia’s iconic wine regions. The appointee will coordinate field trials, and will be responsible for the sampling and analysis of soil and plant samples. The project will include a focus on linking cover crops impacts on vines and soils, including the analysis of NextGen sequencing (soil) data and monitoring of soil moisture and nutrient cycling. The project includes a multidisciplinary team, and will provide the opportunity to provide practical outcomes of interest to industry, as well as lead to high implact publications.

Postdoctoral Research on Natural gas migration and release Colorado State University’s Energy Institute and Colorado School of Mines Dept of Civil and Env. Engineering

The Energy Institute at Colorado State University (CSU) in collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral research position to work on a project funded by the Department of Energy’s, ARPA-E Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR) program (  This program is aimed at developing innovative technologies to cost-effectively and accurately locate and measure methane emissions associated with natural gas production.  The specific project associated with this work focuses on understanding gas migration and release from natural gas pipelines.  The participant will be engaged in field research on methane migration through soil, its interaction with the atmosphere and detection.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Civil, Environmental, Chemical, Mechanical or Petroleum Engineering or related field and have prior experience on gas migration or a related topic. The successful applicant will be joining a dynamic group headed by Dr. Kate Smits from CSM and Dan Zimmerle from CSU.  Interested applicants should send a statement of interest, CV and contact information of two references to Kate Smits at (  Preference will be given to applications received by June 8, 2018.  The position can start as early as June 2018.

Postdoc position available within the Research Program: “Fate of lignin altered by brown rot and white rot fungi" at Lorraine Univ,, France

The University of Lorraine and the INRA of Nancy, France offer a Research Associate position to experimentally explore the relationships between the strategies developed by brown rot and white rot fungi and the persistence of altered wood residues in soil.


PhD and PostDoc on soil chemistry at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invites applications for a PhD graduate research assistantship. This assistantship is available in the Applied Soil Chemistry group of Dr. Kaiser. The group mainly focuses on clarifying effects of soil parent material as well as land use and soil management (e.g. organic soil additives, cover crops, grazing, and vegetation change) on soil aggregate formation and organic matter characteristics in topsoils and subsoils. For this, soil samples from laboratory and field experiments as well as from study sites characterized by different types of soil and vegetation cover will be analyzed by fractionation methods as well as by spectroscopic, microscopic and isotopic techniques. One of the long-term goals is the development of sustainable management options that enhance and maintain soil carbon storage while ensuring resource efficient crop production.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Applied Soil Chemistry group of Dr. Kaiser with focus on clarifying effects of soil parent material, as well as land use and soil management (e.g. organic soil additives, cover crops, grazing, and vegetation change) on soil aggregate formation and organic matter characteristics in topsoils and subsoils


PHD opportunity in Hydrology. Article by Mukesh Kumar

The Hydrology Research Group at Duke University is looking for highly motivated PhD students in the field of hydrological processes, data analytics, optimization and modeling. Projects in the research group seek to provide information on the interaction between climate, vegetation, land use, topography and hydro-geology on the spatio-temporal variability of surface and subsurface hydrologic processes. The research group addresses these questions using a combination of experimental, theoretical, numerical and computational methods.


PostDoc on Environmental impacts of land use change at Argonne National Laboratory, USA

The Environmental Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory seeks a post-doctoral researcher to study environmental impacts of land use change in a US DOE funded project. The project comprises a multi-disciplinary team including soil scientists, life-cycle analysts, and ecosystem modelers. We seek a scientist who is interested in agroecosystem modeling, excited about field observations, and values interacting with experimentalists and modelers of different disciplines. The successful candidate will study the biomass removal impacts on soil properties and model the total environmental impacts of bioenergy crops (both native and engineered) using field observations and agroecosystem and/or land surface models.

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Research Assistantships in Agricultural Biogeochemistry in Montana State University, USA

We are seeking applicants for two Ph.D. research assistantships focused on the biogeochemistry of agricultural systems and associated water resources in the Northern Great Plains. Research will focus on the fate and transport of solutes and agricultural amendments across spatial gradients, with goals that include characterizing reactive transport in soils, groundwater and streams within dryland cereal production and rangeland systems of central Montana. The project is based at Montana State University, is funded for up to five years, and provides opportunity to work within an interdisciplinary team of biogeochemists, physical chemists, materials scientists, social scientists, and hydrologists from multiple universities. The project will combine field and laboratory analysis, with an expectation of some extended visits to the field site throughout the duration of the study.


Postdoctoral Scientist at USDA, New Haven, CT, USA

The individual will conduct research on the design of novel functionalized
carbonaceous materials for use as adsorbents or adsorbent/catalysts. One application is for
nutrient capture and subsequent fertilizer value funded by the USDA. The individual is expected
to undertake fundamental mechanistic studies, as well as contribute to scale-up efforts on
promising systems. The individual will work independently but closely with collaborators from
the University of California, Davis on the broader goals of the project. Candidates must possess a
Ph.D. degree in a relevant field, preferably soil science or environmental engineering; be familiar
with carbonaceous materials; have some experience in adsorption; have strong writing and
speaking skills; and have a strong record of productivity in research. The appointment is for
about 1.5 years, depending on performance and continued availability of funding.

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PostDoc in Organic Cropping Systems, Ohio State University, OH, USA

Conduct applied research focused on soil health and weed management dynamics in organic
cropping systems. Research project exploring relationships between weed management and soil
amendment strategies on soil health, organic matter pools, weed communities and crop productivity.
Duties will include: analysis, synthesis and writing of peer-review manuscripts using existing organic
field crop experiments, conducting a comprehensive literature review on relationships between weed
management and soil organic matter, coordinating organic field trials, and supporting grant writing to
secure external funding. The successful candidate will be involved with supervision and training of
undergraduate and graduate students in field and lab procedures. The position based at the Ohio
Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio, for a 1-year appointment,
renewable based on job performance and funding.

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Assistant Research Scientist – Metals Biogeochemistry Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, SC, USA

The successful candidate is expected to develop an extramurally funded and internationally recognized research program focused on the biogeochemistry of heavy metals in the environment. The successful candidate will be expected to serve as an adjunct professor and member of the graduate faculty in an applicable department or school at UGA and will be involved in graduate education via advising of graduate students and service on graduate student committees. Professional service to groups such as state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, professional societies, and the public also is expected as is significant interaction with colleagues and students in other disciplines represented at SREL, UGA, and the broader academic community.

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Ph.D. or MS Student in Ecohydrology or Watershed Hydrology at Michigan Technological University, USA

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University is seeking applications for a Ph.D. or MS student position in broad areas of ecohydrology, biogeochemistry, and watershed hydrology. The position is available immediately and open until filled.

The overall objective is to develop a model of ecohydrological processes in forested catchments, by coupling and improving existing biogeochemical and hydrological models, to scale up from point measurements to catchment scales and understand how climate change and forest management affect ecological and hydrological processes. The study will be conducted at several catchments with strong climatic and ecological gradients following the lake effects in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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