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Job offers Oct. 09, 2018

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Graduate Research Assistantship on soil chemistry at Nebrasca-Lincoln, US

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.
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Michael Kaiser,, for more information.
Qualifications: Applicants should have an M.S. in soil science, soil chemistry, biogeochemistry, organic geochemistry, or another related field of study. The student should possess strong skills in soil chemical laboratory work and data analysis including statistics as well as excellent writing and communication skills. The successful candidate should be organized, creative, and highly motivated and passionate about working in a collaborative group environment. Interested candidates should send a single pdf file containing the following to Dr. Michael Kaiser ( (i) a cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, and (iii) list of three references including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Anticipated start for the position is Spring 2019.
The qualifying degree must be completed before the GRA start date.
Graduate Research Assistantship Stipend:
Ph.D. Student: Annual Basis - $27,000
Tuition Waiver: A tuition waiver of up to 12 credit hours per semester and 12 credit hours during summer sessions is provided with the GRA.
Health Insurance: Students on assistantships are provided health insurance at a reduced rate.
GRA Availability: January 1, 2019
Application: Formal application for graduate studies is required. Follow the admission instructions at:

Postdoc Position Assessing the sensitivity of semiarid ecosystems to hydroclimatic variability at The University of Arizona

The University of Arizona and at the Southwest Watershed Research Center seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to study semiarid ecosystem response to hydroclimatic variability. Research activities will include substantial ecophysiological field work and opportunities for linking site-based observations to cutting-edge remote sensing and modeling techniques.  The position will be jointly advised by Joel Biederman, Research Hydrologist at the Southwest Watershed Research Center [1], and Bill Smith [2], Assistant Professor in The School of Natural Resources and the Environment.
The researcher will lead the design and implementation of a field experiment using rainfall manipulation shelters to simulate future climate.  Response variables to be measured include soil hydrology, ecosystem structure, productivity, and gas exchange of CO2 and water vapor at the leaf- and plot-levels.  This experiment will serve as a test bed for development of sensors and methods to remotely sense ecosystem function under variable climate conditions, especially drought, including NDVI, EVI, PRI, thermal, and sun-induced fluorescence (SiF). Beyond the primary focus, collaborative opportunities will be encouraged to integrate field and remote sensing data across a collaborative network of ecosystem research sites in the Western US and Mexico.
Research will be conducted in one or both of Southeast Arizona’s long-term hydro-ecological research sites: the Santa Rita Experimental Range [3] and the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed [4].  The postdoc will have the opportunity to work closely with a diversity of top research labs at the University of Arizona, including the Arizona Remote Sensing Center [5], Terrestrial Vegetation and Climate Lab [6], Terrestrial Ecology Lab [7], and Laboratory of  [8]Tree Ring [9] Research [10].  Initial funding is in place for 18 months, with strong potential for renewal, depending upon satisfactory performance.
Required Qualifications:
   * Candidates must have earned their Ph.D. by 01/01/2019.
   * Demonstrated experience in ecosystem science or ecohydrology and a broad
     perspective on ecosystem processes and climate feedbacks.
   * Experience with field work, measurements and sensors
   * Peer-reviewed publication record appropriate to career stage.
Desired Qualifications:
   * Ability to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team.
   * Organizational and communication skills (both oral and written).
   * Prior experience with spatiotemporal data and geospatial analysis using R,
     Python, MATLAB and/or other computer programming languages
   * A proven publication record in peer-reviewed scientific journals and a
     demonstrated high level of productivity.
The postdoc will be hosted jointly in the state-of-the-art Environment and Natural Resources 2 building [11] at the University of Arizona and at the Southwest Watershed Research Center, where completion of a new research building is anticipated during 2019.   Tucson is a unique, diverse and fun-filled university town. This mid-sized city strikes an excellent balance between outdoor and urban opportunities.  Tucson is surrounded by forested sky island mountains and  a diversity of unique desert ecosystems. As such, it is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream town (cycling, hiking, running, climbing, etc.). Meanwhile, city enthusiasts will find ample choices for multi-cultural foods [12], public events, live music  [13]and [14] entertainment [15].
To apply, please 1) contact Joel Biederman (joel.biederman[at]ars.usda[dot]gov [16]); and 2) apply through the University of Arizona UACAREERS web portal: [17] Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae, a 1-page cover letter outlining the candidate’s suitability for the job (including both prior experience and future research interest), a pdf-file of one publication, and the contact information for three references./ Initial review of applications will begin November 1, //2018// and continue until the position is filled./

Doctoral student in Earth surface Geochemistry (m/f) at GFZ Potsdam, Germany

Research takes place within the DFG priority project "Earthshape – Earth surface shaping by
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id=129)) in which the interaction between biological, geochemical, and geomorphological
processes in landscape evolution is explored along a climate gradient in Central Chile. Within
this framework, six projects, called “Deep Earthshape”, will be investigating the “Critical
Zone”, the zone where rock meets life, by drilling up to 100m depth. This doctoral project, led
by Prof. Friedhelm von Blanckenburg, explores how the deep biosphere weathers rock.The
student will be based in section 3.3, in which we apply geochemical methods in innovative
ways to geological questions.
More info at the website.

3 Tenure-track Faculty Positions at Oregon State University (USA)
Remote Sensing of Water
For full consideration, apply by 11/16/2018
For full consideration, apply by 11/16/2018
Computational Physical Oceanography
For full consideration, apply by 12/01/2018

Head of Research Unit Rossby Centre at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (Sweden)

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute’s, (SMHI) research department conducts research and development in oceanography, climate, hydrology, meteorology, air quality and remote sensing. Most of the activities are performed within externally funded national and international projects, but also in projects financed directly by SMHI. The department has expanded over several years and currently comprises about 125 employees.
Climate research at SMHI is conducted at the Rossby Center (FoUrc), which currently has 26 employees. Key research areas are global and regional climate modeling, understanding of the climate system and climate processes. The research supports studies on climate impact and climate change.
As Head of Unit, you will lead the work within the unit and have responsibility over personnel, budget, and work environment as well as the unit's scientific focus, development and quality. You will have a vital role in the management and development of the entire research department. As a leader, you will provide your employees with good conditions to perform by leading and distributing work appropriately; ensuring work follows SMHI's goals and strategies, and clarifying SMHI's mission and tasks. Together with the group, you will apply for external and internal research funding. You will work to ensure a high scientific standard of the unit's work in research, modeling, and data usage. You will interact with other research environments, nationally and internationally, and with other departments at SMHI. It is also important to communicate and promote research results within SMHI, to the research community and stakeholders.
Your profile:
 A PhD in meteorology, climatology or other relevant area and are established as a researcher in the climate with a recognized, international research network
    Experience in managing workgroups within a research environment, or you have experience of working as project manager/coordinator for major research projects / programs in an international context. - Experience in planning and monitoring budgets and results in an organization.
    Documented experience in analysis and research within the Rossby Center's research field. Experience with numerical models and of using HPC resources is a requirement. Experience from regional or global climate modelling is an advantage.
     Documented experience in attracting research funding is a requirement, preferably from international funding sources (eg EU Framework Program, Copernicus) and in conjunction with international consortia. Experience from coordination of international research programs is a strong merit.
     Experience of supervising doctoral students and younger researchers, as well as documented experience in project management, project follow-up and project reporting to financiers
Knowledge in Swedish or other Nordic languages is desirable, but not a requirement for the position. However, the successful candidate must show ambition and an identifiable ability to be able to learn Swedish quickly, and will receive tutorial support from SMHI to enable to this. The goal is to start participating in workplace meetings in Swedish after 6 months. Good knowledge of spoken and written English is required.
The right candidate has high motivation and interest in research and research management and the ability to motivate and develop employees. You appreciate working with others towards common goals and you are creative, positive and communicative. You have the ability to make decisions and drive change. You want to be involved in and develop institute-based, applied research based on the mission of SMHI, external financing bodies and the needs of society.
You are highly motivated and passionate about making research results quickly available, and applicable to society and stakeholders. For this role, you should be able to demonstrate a high level of work capability and give examples of how attention was given to a group's development, through concrete examples of active work and accomplished goals and results.
Do you want to know more?
Please contact Director Research Helén Andersson. You can also contact HR specialist Karin Lien Aspeqvist. Union representatives are for SACO Lennart Robertson and for ST Anders Höglund. All can be reached by tel. 011-495 8000 or by e-mail First


Faculty Positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for multiple full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty positions; all ranks will be considered. The Department seeks to expand its expertise in emerging interdisciplinary areas that are critical in addressing global challenges through innovative education and research.
The most relevant position to the CZ community is listed below. Please visit [1] to see the entire list of desired areas of expertise for the positions and for details on how to apply. The deadline to apply is December 01, 2018.
*7. Sustainable Groundwater, Surface Water and Urban Water Infrastructure under Changing Population, Climate, Energy and Land Use:*
Integrated surface and subsurface water resource investigations using computational models, big data, novel experimentation, field investigation, and next generation in situ and remote sensing observations using sensor networks, drones, and low earth orbiting satellites. Climatologic, hydrologic, and environmental modeling of large urban areas; use of sensor networks to assess water and energy use, and environmental health. Possible areas of study may include: emerging challenges associated with competing water uses in a regional or global context; critical zone science approaches to water sustainability, carbon/nutrient cycling, and reactive and biological transport; urban water sustainability and risk management including impact of green infrastructure, interaction of urban areas with rivers and coastal zones, flood hazards, drought, and pollution control.
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Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Earth & Planetary Sciences at University of Tennessee, US
Purpose:Do you have a real passion to improve the representation of nutrient and carbon cycling using data from a coordinated nationwide network of grassland nutrient enrichment experiments?
If so, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Tennessee (UT) has one open postdoctoral position in Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling. East Tennessee is beautiful and the cost of living is low, making the greater Knoxville area a most attractive location to reside.
Our mission is to improve the representation of nutrient and carbon cycling using data from a coordinated nationwide network of grassland nutrient enrichment experiments.
Major Duties/Responsibilities:
• Interact closely with a multi-institutional team of biogeochemists, modelers, and microbial ecologists to investigate the response of grassland microbial communities and soil organic matter dynamics to experimental N and P enrichment and site-to-site variation in temperature, precipitation, and other edaphic properties.
• Use the US Department of Energy’s Earth System Model E3SM, the Microbial Enzyme Decomposition model MEND, and the PHREEQC geochemical model.
• Multi-institutional collaborators will provide data from nine different sites around the US with similar long-term profiles of observations and targeted nutrient additions.
• Work closely with a team of experimentalists at other institutions to utilize experimental observations to develop models to represent the processes and to improve predictive capabilities.
• Participate in scientific conferences and have the opportunity to publish results in a timely fashion.
Come join our diverse team and bring your scientific passion to further our research efforts in ecosystem modeling.
Qualities essential for the position are:
• You will possess a PhD degree, in fields such as Computational Modeling, Environmental Science, Soil Biogeochemistry, or a related discipline.
• Your experience in using the E3SM Land Model or Community Land Model, the PHREEQC model, or other microbial or biogeochemical model is desirable.
• You should demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate ideas clearly and effectively.
Other qualifications include:
• Expertise using numerical models is required
• Experience in writing code is beneficial
• Interest in Earth system modeling, soil carbon and nutrient cycling, geochemical models, and/or microbial functions
Applicants must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment is renewable yearly for up to 2+ years.
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Melanie Mayes at


PostDoc position at the Technical University of Munich, Germany: Innovative approaches for measuring abiotic properties of subsoils

We offer a 3-year PostDoc-position at the Chair of Soil Science of the Technische Universit?t M?nchen ( within the Soil3 project of the BMBF-funded BonaRes program. The group of Prof. Ingrid K?gel-Knabner is located at Freising-Weihenstephan, nearby Munich in southern Bavaria. The announced position includes a salary according to TV-L E13, corresponding to the German TV-L system (Tarifvertrag f?r den ?ffentlichen Dienst der L?nder). The successful candidates will be expected to start on 01st November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Project SOIL? - Sustainable Subsoil Management: Innovative approaches for measuring abiotic properties of subsoils
Project description
This project aims to entangle the intertwined network of mineral matrix, soil organic matter and biota building up soil fertility of agricultural soils. In topsoils, these interrelations are studied but the space beneath the plough layer is still neglected and potentials maybe lying dormant. We want to use this knowledge for the development of sustainable management strategies with special emphasis on subsoils.
The PostDoc will analyze the quantity, quality and distribution of important soil organic matter fractions in various agricultural soils using physical fractionation, solid state 13C NMR spectroscopy and VisNIR imaging spectroscopy to determine major biological, chemical and physical soil properties.
We seek an interactive, driven and talented individual with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research. Candidates should hold a PhD in biological or agricultural sciences, ecology, earth sciences or a related subject with a strong knowledge in soil science. Relevant experience in VisNIR spectroscopy, digital image processing, characterization of organic matter and mineral quality or statistical data treatment is an asset. Duties will include both field sampling and laboratory work. An essential part of the post will be to integrate within the existing research group, present at international conferences and publish results in high-ranking international journals.

Flood modeler / hydrologist full-time position at Risk Management Solutions - Newark (CA)

Risk Management Solutions has opened a full time position for a hydrologist / flood modeler. This is a very similar position to the one I posted here a week ago, but it is based in California. Both positions will stay open until they are filled.
For any further information you can contact Stefano Zanardo (
The objective of the Flood Modeler:
The Flood team focuses on developing high-resolution, large-scale flood models which are used to assess flood risk. The modeling work carried out by the flood team encompasses all steps from hazard modeling to loss modeling. The department has an engaged, collaborative working environment within clear scientific, motivated and technological culture.    
Key Accountabilities & Deliverables:
•    Further develop the flood model components (e.g., large scale modeling of stochastic rainfall processes, rainfall-runoff processes, inundation, and defense failure mechanisms) and to seek for scientific and technological improvements;
•    Quality-check the results (e.g., calibration results);
•    Evaluate final model output (e.g., flood footprints, flood losses and their spatial patterns using statistical and GIS tools);
•    Further advancement of hydrological and hydraulic modules by researching and implementing novel scientific techniques (e.g. advancing the stochastic modules and peril modules that are at the center of the flood model);
•    Perform research into consistency between observed and modeled spatial patterns, seasonality of floods, flood magnitudes).
 Experience Required:
•    Advanced degree in Hydrology, Hydraulics, Meteorology, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Applied Mathematics or a related discipline;
•    Must have a strong analytical mindset combined with strong programming skills (Fortran, Python, R, C/C++, Java, bash/csh);
•    Experience with model development, usage of GPUs for large compute jobs, data-assimilation and/or forecasting environments, GIS tools (e.g., GRASS), SQL, and a strong publication record are considered an advantage.
•    Strong knowledge of statistics and probability theory is a plus
•    Experience with coastal circulation, storm surge or tsunami modeling is a plus
•    Prior experience of working on large data sets in a Linux/Unix environment;
•    Ability to work as part of a team

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Remote Sensing of Vegetation Photosynthesis at the University of Virginia

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on the remote sensing of vegetation photosynthesis from multiple spatial scales. The successful candidate will be working on leaf to canopy level measurements of solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) and its linkage to plant photosynthesis.
The postdoc will measure SIF using field spectrometers, drones, and airborne remote sensing. The postdoc will be working with scientists in the Toolik Long Term Ecological Research site, Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research site, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA. The postdoc will prepare a manuscript, based on the modeling work, for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The postdoc will work directly with Xi Yang in the Department of Environmental Sciences.
A Ph.D. in biology, environmental sciences, geology, geography, or a related field is required by the appointment start date. Experience with Earth system sciences, remote sensing, plant physiology is preferred.
Knowledge of one or more advanced computer programming languages is required, including Matlab, R, or Python. Knowledge of recent development of SIF is preferred. The successful candidate should be enthusiastic, creative, and highly motivated. This position will require extensive fieldwork in Alaska, New Mexico, and Virginia. Strong skills in verbal and written communication of scientific results, ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of interdisciplinary teams, and ability to organize, prioritize, and coordinate multiple tasks are critical skills.
This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.
To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0624076. Complete a Candidate Profile online and attach the following: a cover letter summarizing your research interests, accomplishments, and professional goals; curriculum vitae with a list of publications; and the contact information for three (3) references. Review of applications will begin September 30, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.
For questions regarding this position, please contact Xi Yang at
For questions regarding application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom at .
The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician's Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) to Lead Research on Phosphate Management for Potato Production Florida University, US

The objectives of the project are to 1) assess bioavailability of soil P in potato fields; 2) reduce effects of aluminum and iron on soil P bioavailability; 3) biologically mobilize soil P; 4) optimize P fertilizer application to increase P use efficiency and potato yield; 5) involve extension activities (workshops, field days, factsheets, etc.).
PhD graduate research assistant’s responsibilities
The graduate research assistant will be responsible for objectives 1, 2, and 3 in the project description. They will also be expected to provide assistance and resources to project collaborators/students for objectives 4 and 5, to ensure project success. They will communicate research findings and summaries (written and oral) at regional and national conferences, local extension field days and circulars, and in peer-reviewed journals.
1. A recent M.S. in Soil Science, Horticulture, Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Plant Science or closely related field,
2. Evidence of laboratory and field research skills,
3. Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills,
4. Evidence of collegiality and civility in the workplace, and
5. Valid driver’s license and excellent driving record.
Preferred qualifications
1. Experience in soil chemistry, soil-biochar-plant relations, and phosphate management,
2. Demonstrated ability to manage lab instruments and greenhouses,
3. Demonstrated ability to perform field work under physically demanding conditions,
4. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate collegially in collaborative teams,
5. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with agricultural producers,
6. Demonstrated ability to publish research data, and
7. Available to begin spring 2019.
Send a letter of interest, copy of academic transcripts, and CV to: Dr. David G. Liu.
Associate Professor of Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida/IFAS.

Sensor networks for landslide hazard assessment and risk reduction in remote communities University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

Shallow landslides and debris flows triggered by rainfall events give little warning and the impacts can be costly and socially disruptive.  In 2015, dozens of landslides and debris flows struck Sitka, Alaska, and the surrounding region, killing three people and destroying homes and roadways. Recent advances in sensor network technology and our understanding of landslide triggering provide an opportunity to develop sophisticated and affordable landslide warning systems for remote settings like Sitka.
The successful candidate will lead the design, acquisition, and installation of telemetered hydrologic and motion sensors for landslide forecasting and detection in steep, mountainous terrain above Sitka. This postdoctoral position is part of a collaboration with scientists at the RAND Corporation, US Geological Survey, and University of Southern California, as well as partners in the local community (Sitka Sound Science Center) and state and local government (Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys).  The project goals include advancing landslide warning capabilities, facilitating effective communication within at-risk communities, and developing decision support tools for regions subject to natural hazards.
We seek a postdoctoral researcher with experience and strong skills in wireless sensor design and implementation as well as experience and comfort working in rugged and remote settings.  The position will be based at the University of Oregon although 2-6 weeks per year of travel and fieldwork will be required. This position is funded by a collaborative grant through the National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities (SCC) program. Funding is available for two years with the second year of support subject to successful completion of year one duties. The postdoctoral researcher will work with a diverse team and draw upon the vast suite of new sensor and data transmission technologies (e.g., LoRaWAN and RFID).  The network will be integrated with state and federal weather stations to enable sustainable operation.
To apply, please send: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a one-page statement describing your research background in the context of this project, and 4) the names, institutions, and email addresses for three references, to Josh Roering ( [1]).  Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  The successful candidate must have a PhD conferred before taking up the appointment and the appointment can begin as early as January 2019.

Post-Doctoral Scholar, Soil and Environmental Microbial Ecology at North Carolina State University, US

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: We seek an exceptional Post-Doctoral Scholar to conduct independent research in
the growing interdisciplinary field of soil and environmental microbial ecology. This basic research seeks to
understand the ecosystem processes that are mediated by crop, soil, and environmental inhabiting microbial
communities. In addition to standard microbiological and analytical techniques used in crops and soil sciences,
activities will include the characterization of bacterial and fungal associations by using light, scanning and confocal
microscopy, gas chromatography, molecular and genomics/post-genomics techniques, bioinformatics and statistics.
The project may also have a geochemistry component that focuses on analytical methods, using electron microscopy,
X-ray spectroscopy, and diffraction techniques. Related activities include laboratory work; supervising graduate
students; data analysis; maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment; report, manuscript and proposal
preparation; and presentation of research at local, regional, and national meetings. Opportunities exist to interact
closely with a group of accomplished intramural and extramural collaborators, including at collaborating academic
institutions and the USDA ARS facilities.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. degree in Soil Science, Agronomy, or closely related discipline. Demonstrated
excellence in metagenomics and bioinformatics. Demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in soil microbial ecology.
Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to work independently and as a team member.
STIPEND AND FEES: Annual stipend is $47,000 for a Post-Doctoral Scholar. Under the Post-Doctoral Scholar
Support Plan, in-state tuition and health insurance are covered.
HOW TO APPLY: Send your 1) CV inclusive of publications, awards, and laboratory experience; 2) a cover letter
discussing your experience with soil and environmental microbial ecology, experimental qualifications, research
interests and motivations for this position; and 3) the names of three references to Terrence Gardner
( Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018, but the position will remain open until
For further details about this position contact
Dr. Terrence G. Gardner, Assistant Professor
North Carolina State University

Postdoctoral positions: Quantifying and predicting transpiration across US ecosystems

How do properties of plants, ecosystems, and climate govern transpiration and evaporation/transpiration partitioning across scales from plots to the globe? How can we leverage understanding of these connections to predict ecosystem and water cycle change in the future? We solicit applications for two postdoctoral researchers to join an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team tackling these challenges using novel data from the US National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).
 The individual selected for position 1 will be based at the University of Utah and will lead efforts to develop and apply water vapor isotope data products, in combination with eddy covariance measurements, to quantify transpiration rates across the NEON network core sites and conduct within and among-site analyses of these estimates. This is expected to include significant field work to collect ancillary data at NEON sites. The second postdoctoral researcher will be based at Oregon State University and will be primarily responsible for adapting and applying a suite of land surface models to predict transpiration rates and other ecosystem properties across these sites and benchmarking these models against data products developed by NEON and project partners. Both postdocs will collaborate extensively with the entire project team, and depending on their background and interests will have opportunities to contribute to project elements including on-site isotopic and ecological data collection, trait-based modeling of vegetation function, and synthesis and modeling activities. Both postdocs will have the opportunity to participate as instructors/mentors in the annual SPATIAL summer short course ( and to travel to the partner institution to collaborate with team members there.
 Both positions require a doctorate degree in ecology, Earth science, or a related field; strong quantitative and logical skills; experience with stable isotope chemistry (position 1) or Earth system modeling (position 2); strong curiosity, self-motivation and capacity for independent work; and the ability (preferably demonstrated) to work collaboratively as part of a team.
An application for either position should include a current CV, two samples of the applicant’s scientific writing, and names and contact information for three professional references. Application materials will be accepted immediately and can be submitted via the following form: Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled, but submission of materials by October 22, 2018 will ensure their consideration in the initial round of review. Start date is negotiable but is preferred to be no later than May, 2019. Questions and inquiries can be directed to: (position 1) or (position 2).
Both positions offer competitive salary and medical benefits packages. The University of Utah and Oregon State University are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers and educators. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans preference. Reasonable accommodations provided. For additional information: and  Both universities value candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


Coordinator of ECOFE in Belgium

With ECOFE (European Consortium for Open Field Experimentation;, we propose to adopt an interdisciplinary approach suited to 21st century crop science by promoting collaboration and networking among research institutes for agricultural field experimentation across Europe. This will provide European scientists with the only opportunity in the world to systematically address fundamental challenges such as climate change and the biological limits to crop productivity across a wide range of environments.
The ECOFE consortium currently stretches from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean region, and from Ireland to the eastern border of the EU. Renowned research institutions from Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are already involved. ECOFE partners are currently running two multi-location field trials involving winter wheat and maize as a means to establish and test common methodologies and standardized protocols. In parallel, funding opportunities are investigated at national and international level.
To consolidate the ECOFE network and explore possibilities for funding in an efficient way, we are searching for a “project developer” for a period of one year, with possibilities for extension if funding is available.
Job description
•    Strengthen the ECOFE network (i.e. coordination of contacts among partners, identification of complementarities), including the development of methodological standards and the definition of principles for data policy and sharing.
•    Facilitate the data acquisition and processing for currently running multi-location field trials for winter wheat and maize, in coordination with the partners involved.
•    Synthesize findings of the research carried out by the ECOFE consortium, develop and distribute these documents among relevant stakeholders.
•    Undertake activities to increase the visibility of ECOFE (i.e. update the website, social media accounts, represent ECOFE at conferences…)
•    Explore funding opportunities and, when relevant, coordinate the preparation of project proposals.
•    Communicate with stakeholders at policy and scientific level on the ECOFE concept and its relevance.
•    You have a PhD degree and relevant experience in plant sciences, with knowledge of field experimentation, plant phenotyping and breeding.
•    You have excellent communication and organization skills and are able to act as intermediary to facilitate the collaboration among research groups.
•    You are well networked in the plant sciences community and can bring messages across to different stakeholders, at the scientific and the policy levels.
•    You have experience in participating/coordinating international research projects and know the principles of EU funding schemes and research programs.
Practical arrangements
•    One-year contract at Flanders Research Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) in Merelbeke, Belgium.
•    Given the international character of this appointment, your work will be supervised and guided by Prof. Isabel Roldán-Ruiz (ILVO, Belgium), Prof. Dirk Inzé (VIB and Ghent University, Belgium) and Prof. Hartmut Stuetzel (Uni-Hannover).
Benefits and salary
•    EV-ILVO offers you a full-time contract as a scientific worker (A165, unmarried, no dependents) of € 2.484,67 gross/month.
•    Additional benefits include 35 days of paid vacation, free hospitalization insurance, meal checks, and compensation for commuting with public transport or bike
You can send your curriculum vitae and motivation letter per e-mail, together with a copy of your study records before 18th of October 2018 to the following address:
Dr. ir. Kristiaan Van Laecke, head of department ILVO - Plant Sciences unit,
If you need more information on the content and context of this job, please contact:
Prof. Isabel Roldán-Ruiz, scientific director
ILVO – Plant Sciences Unit
Caritasstraat 39, 9090 Melle
T 09 272 28 82

PhD and Master positions in Ecosystem science at Northern Arizona University, US

PhD and MS positions in Ecosystem Ecology are available in the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) at Northern Arizona University.  The Ecoss mission is to conduct high-impact, innovative research on ecosystems and how they respond to and shape environmental change, to train next-gen scientists, and to communicate discovery and its relevance to people. Graduate student benefits include stipend (TA or RA), tuition waiver, health insurance, support for summer fieldwork in a variety of beautiful ecosystems, and winter in the peaks of sunny Flagstaff, AZ. Candidates should explore the Ecoss website (<>) and contact the professor whose interests align most closely. Existing research opportunities are available in the following areas linked to specific Ecoss faculty: The impact of climate change on Alaskan ecosystems, including effects of changing fire and permafrost on plants, soils, and ecosystem services. Michelle Mack & Ted Schuur!
 . How microorganisms and their responses to environmental change affect biogeochemistry, using tools in quantitative ecology and molecular biology (next-gen sequencing, qPCR, and quantitative stable isotope probing) to understand ecosystem responses to environmental change. Bruce Hungate, Paul Dijkstra, Ben Koch, & Egbert Schwartz. Freshwater ecology, including the science of river restoration and dam removal, terrestrial aquatic interactions and food web ecology. Jane Marks & Ben Koch. Exploring the interaction of water and carbon metabolism in diverse studies ranging from the limits to height growth of the world's tallest trees to drought responses of soil microorganisms. George Koch. Data-driven modeling and forecasting carbon and nitrogen cycles to global change at ecosystem, regional and global scales. Yiqi Luo & Deborah Huntzinger. Terrestrial ecosystems and global change: above and below ground processes, plant carbon allocation, biosphere-atmosphere interactions and!
  feedbacks, and phenology. Mariah Carbone & Andrew Richardson. Plant -soil interactions in the context of restoration, invasions, and climate change; soil nutrient dynamics and mycorrhizal communities are a few specific foci. Karen Haubensak. Please include a cover letter describing background, research interests, and qualifications, as well as a current resume/curriculum vitae (CV). Program applications can be submitted to the Department of Biological Sciences, due January 15, 2019 after communicating with faculty member. Applications received by 1 November 2018 may be considered for a prestigious NAU Presidential Fellowship.

Post Doc on Spatial pattern calibration in hydrological modelling in Copenhagen, Denmark

The Hydrology Department at the Geological survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) located in Copenhagen is seeking a new Postdoctoral Researcher on the topic of spatial patterns in hydrological modelling. The position is part of a larger research project called SPACE ( concerning spatial pattern calibration and evaluation of distributed hydrological models.
The position is for 2 years. Application deadline is 1 October 2018.
Please find details regarding the position and qualifications here
Be aware that applications must be submitted through the online application system (The “Apply for Position” bottom)
For further information, please contact Dr. Simon Stisen, Email:

Postdoctoral Researcher on crop-water productivity modeling at Milan, Italy

DiSAA, the Dept. of Agricultural and Environmental Science of the University of Milan, has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Researcher on crop-water productivity modeling.
The position is part of a project that investigates the feasibility of implementing soft-path adaptation measures to climate change impacts on water resources based on basin-scale modeling and optimization tools. The case study is the Adda river basin, which includes lake Como and a vast irrigated area.
The 3-year project is in its final phase and the vacancy is for 1 year, based in Milan.
Closing date is 11 October 2018; details here
For further information, please contact Dr. Maria Chiara Lippera, Email:

Postdoctoral Research Associate in hydrological model development at Newcastle University, UK
The position is part of a project seeking to quantify the benefits of moorland interventions for mitigating flooding for communities at risk downstream. This 3 year post will involve modifying, developing and testing hydrological models and undertaking simulations. The post holder will work closely with Joseph Holden (University of Leeds), Martin Evans and Tim Allott (University of Manchester) on hydrological model development and with researchers at the Environment Agency on hydraulic modelling.
We are looking for an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher, with strong environmental modelling skills, a PhD and the ability to undertake research work as an individual. Strong programming skills and experience of programming environmental models are required as well as excellent communication skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.
This post is available fixed term for three years starting in November 2018.
Closing date is 12 October 2018, for further information, please contact Dr. David Milledge Email:
The full description of the position as well as the application form can be found here:
Dr. David Milledge

Post doc (2years) on ecosystem in Umea, Sweden

We are seeking highly motivated Postdoctoral Researchers to join a research team with focus on‘Integrating Terrestrial and Aquatic Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Plot to Regional Scales across the Swedish Boreal Landscape’.I would appreciate your help with distributing this advertisement to potential candidates.
Project Overview:This project will be carried out by a team of five postdoctoral fellows who will jointly explore and integrate terrestrial and aquatic fluxes of C and GHGs from plot to regional scales in the boreal region of Northern Sweden. In this project, the postdoc team will make use a unique set up that integrates the well-established SITES research infrastructure of the Degerö and Krycklan catchments with the ICOS-Degerö and ICOS-Svartberget flux stations (< <>>; <
<>>) and Svartberget Experimental Forests (<
where research related to catchment hydrology, biogeochemistry and forestry has been carried out for several decades. These excellent research infrastructures include permanently employed and skilled technical staff, 8 eddy covariance sites, >500 forest inventory plots,
16 long-term monitored streams and high-resolution Lidar scans which altogether provide valuable data to estimate terrestrial and aquatic C fluxes across two typical boreal catchments. Combined with tall tower EC and atmospheric concentration records to support inverse modeling, this provides exceptional resources for investigating and linking boreal C and GHG dynamics and their underlying drivers spanning from the plot to the regional scale. Throughout the entire project, the postdoctoral fellows will closely collaborate in their research activities to create new knowledge by bridging the various spatial scales. Thus, this project offers ample possibilities for scientific interactions and career development.
Within this project, four 2-year Postdoctoral Scholarships (tax-free
stipends) are available to address the following specific Work Packages
(WP):WP1 ‘/Ecosystem-scale GHG fluxes/’ focuses on exploring eddy covariance
(EC) data from 4 mire and 3 forest sites that are within close vicinity, i.e. experiencing similar climatic conditions. This unique repeated ecosystem-scale set up allows for investigating and comparing the spatial variability in C and GHG fluxes and their primary controls within the major boreal ecosystem types. This network of eddy covariance stations includes the well-established ICOS-Degerö (>15 years of EC
data) and ICOS-Svarberget stations, as well as a recently established infrastructure including 3 new mire sites. The successful candidate will be mainly responsible for processing and interpreting these eddy covariance data and for publishing findings in relevant high-rank scientific journals.
WP2 ‘/Landscape-scale GHG fluxes/’focuses on exploring tall tower eddy covariance (EC) data of CO_2 , CH_4 and H_2 O fluxes across a 68km^2 forest catchment (ongoing since 2016). This works takes advantage of the ICOS-Svartberget tall tower infrastructure which provides additional data of atmospheric GHG concentration gradients along a 150m tower and all relevant meteorological and environmental variables. Combined with a stream monitoring network to quantify aquatic GHG fluxes, this allow quantifying and investigating the full C and GHG balances and their primary controls at the landscape scale for a typical managed forest catchment in boreal Sweden. The successful candidate will be mainly responsible for processing and interpreting these tall tower eddy covariance data and for publishing findings in relevant high-rank scientific journals.
WP3/Regional-scale GHG fluxes/aims at producing a top-down estimate of the regional GHG budgets of the boreal region of northern Sweden.
Atmospheric CO2 and CH4 mixing ratio measurements will be used, in conjunction with high-resolution atmospheric transport models.
Observations from the tall ICOS-Svartberget tower, as well as from similar sites in the Nordic region will be used. An additional opportunity is to make use of tall tower eddy covariance flux estimates to downscale the flux estimates at the landscape scale. The successful candidate will be mainly responsible for developing atmospheric transport model estimates using the tall tower concentration data and for publishing findings in relevant high-rank scientific journals.
WP4 ‘/Aquatic Carbon Fluxes/’focuses on compiling existing organic C and GHG fluxes and budgets of streams and lakes within the boreal region of northern Sweden. The goal is to understand the relative importance of these aquatic fluxes to terrestrial budgets from the landscape to regional scales. This work will make use of the decadal records of stream and lake biogeochemistry data collected within the well-established Krycklan catchment (< <>>). The successful candidate will be mainly responsible for compiling and analyzing stream and lake organic C and GHG flux data and for publishing findings in relevant high-rank scientific journals.
• The candidates must have a PhD awarded in the fields of environmental sciences, hydrology, meteorology, physical geography or any other closely related subject
• Demonstrated experience with eddy covariance data and micrometeorological theory (WP1&2), hydrology and catchment biogeochemistry (WP4) including data processing and interpretation is required
• The candidates must be able to independently conduct field work, which also requires a driver's license valid in Sweden.
• The candidates must be fluent in English to be able to write, communicate and interact in an English-speaking environment.
• The candidates must have documented experience in writing and publishing scientific articles
• Experience in either one or more of the following is considered a
merit: carbon cycle research in boreal landscapes (i.e. forests, peatlands and aquatic systems), EC flux measurements in complex terrain, flux footprint modelling, inverse modeling, as well as skills in GIS, logger programming and/or in the handling and processing of large data sets
Place of work: The postdoc location is at the Forestry Faculty of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Department of Forest Ecology & Management, in Umeå, Sweden.
Starting date: At the earliest convenience
To apply: Please send aCV, publication list, PhD diploma, copies of up to three relevant publications and a motivation letter (max. 2 pages) outlining previous research, current research interests and other activities of relevance for the position. Names and contact information of at least two reference persons are also required. All application documents should be written in English. Please submit your application in electronic form to: Matthias Peichl ( <>) for WP1-3
Hjalmar Laudon; Professor( <>)for WP4
Reviewing of application will begin on September 24 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.
For further information about the position and the project please contact:
WP1, 2, 3&4:
Matthias Peichl; Associate Professor, Dept. of Forest Ecology & Management, SLU, <>

Assistant Professor in Soil Chemistry at Auburn, US
The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor-Soil Chemistry.  This faculty position will be a nine-month, tenure-track position with a 30% teaching and 70% research appointment.  The projected start date is August 16, 2019.
Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized program which advances current understanding of soil chemical processes.  The incumbent’s research program should include a fundamental soil chemistry component and an applied aspect that addresses practical issues in environmental and agronomic sciences.  Research areas which complement existing expertise include thermodynamics and kinetics of soil processes, soil contaminant speciation and reactivity, organo-mineral interactions in soils, redox processes, and principles of soil acidity.  The candidate will apply these areas in investigation of chemical processes that govern the speciation, distribution, and transport of nutrients and inorganic and organic contaminants in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.  
Teaching responsibilities are 7-8 hours of course credit per academic year including an upper level undergraduate/graduate soil chemistry course and a graduate level environmental soil chemistry course.  The successful candidate will mentor undergraduate students and supervise graduate programs in soil chemistry.  As a member of the College of Agriculture and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, this position will also participate in service and outreach activities.  
The individual will collaborate with scientists in the department, college, university and Alabama Cooperative Extension System.  Collaborative efforts with scientists from the USDA-ARS-National Soil Dynamics Laboratory and US Forest Service are also available.   
Qualifications:  Minimum qualifications include: 1) an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in soil chemistry, environmental chemistry, geochemistry or related discipline, 2) experience, training and knowledge of traditional and advanced chemical methodologies and instrumentation, and 3) documented evidence of individual and/or collaborative research in soil chemical processes across multiple ecosystems.  The successful candidate must possess excellent written and verbal skills to effectively interact with diverse audiences.  The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time of appointment and to continue working legally for the employment term.  Desirable qualifications include postdoc experience and evidence of prior extramural funding success.  
Application:  Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link: and attach the following:
1.    Cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to position responsibilities,
2.    Current curriculum vita,
3.    Copies of ALL academic transcripts,
4.    Statement of research interests and accomplishments,
5.    Statement of teaching philosophy.
When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, email addresses and phone numbers for three (3) professional references.  Only complete application materials will be considered.  To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by end of business December 15, 2018.  The search will continue until the position is filled.  Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Joey Shaw, Search Committee Chair, email:

Postdoctoral Scientist on Land Atmosphere Feedback at Uni Hohenheim, Germany

seeks to fill the position of a Postdoctoral Scientist (TV-L 13) effective January 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is limited to a 2-year term. Continuation with a permanent contract may be possible.
The position is part of Hohenheim’s Land Atmosphere Feedback Observatory (LAFO). The goal of
LAFO is (a) to determine water and energy budgets and feedbacks in dependence on the states
of soil, vegetation and atmosphere, (b) to investigate the heterogeneity of exchange fluxes and
(c) to develop new parameterisations for the exchange fluxes considering vegetation dynamics
and the turbulent boundary structure.
The successful candidate will analyse, evaluate, safeguard and make available measured data
from eddy covariance stations, soil water measurement networks, hyperspectral remote sensing
and vegetation analyses and contribute to building and maintaining the related infrastructure.
We expect a profound systemic understanding of land surface exchange processes and of biophysical
processes in soils and plants, a demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment
and the willingness to play an active role in a team of closely collaborating researchers.
Expected qualifications:
• PhD in soil physics, environmental physics or related disciplines
• Demonstrated skills in interdisciplinary research at the soil-plant-atmosphere interface
• Expertise in handling large, heterogeneous data volumes
• Expertise in crop and land surface modeling and scientific programming (desired)
• Experience in eddy-covariance measurement and data processing (desired)
• Very good command of English
For further information please contact:
Prof. Dr. Thilo Streck, E-Mail:
Place of work is Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany. Universität Hohenheim is an equal opportunity
employer. Women are explicitly encouraged to apply for increasing their share in science and
research. Physically handicapped persons will be favored if they are equally qualified.
Please apply online at Closing date for receiving
applications is October 21, 2018.

PhD Research fellow in Climate Processes and Water Isotope Research at Bergen, Norway

There is a vacancy for a PhD research fellow in the field of Climate Processes and Water Isotope Research at the Geophysical Institute <>, University of Bergen The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years, with 25% compulsory work (e.g. teaching duties).
About the project:
The water cycle is one of the key uncertainties in the climate system.
Model representations of the water cycle benefit from improved constraints from observations. This project is part of a larger effort at the Geophysical Institute to benchmark weather prediction and climate models with the help of measurements of stable isotopes in different components of the global water cycle. The PhD position is related to the work performed in, among others, two ERC projects, creating a stimulating research environment in this field.
As a PhD, you will be part of the national research school on Changing Climates in the Coupled Earth System (CHESS), and you will also be affiliated with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR). BCCR is the largest climate research centre in the Nordic countries and among the leading centres in Europe. The working environment is highly international with around 200 scientists from 37 countries.
Work tasks:
The successful PhD candidate will reevaluate the physical foundations of phase change processes of water isotopes with respect to theory, measurements, and model implementation. The PhD candidate will have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation that will be used in the laboratory and the field. The impact of improved descriptions and reduced uncertainty of stable isotopes regarding molecular-level processes during air-sea and air-snow interaction for interpretation of the climate system will be evaluated from numerical sensitivity experiments with advanced, isotope-enabled atmospheric models. Results will be assessed with regard to signals in climate proxy archives over the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets, among others.
Specific tasks to target within this PhD include:
o Reevaluate theory of stable isotope fractionation during evaporation and sublimation o Design suitable laboratory studies, including wind tunnel experiments o Implement theoretical developments into numerical models o Perform sensitivity experiments with relevance for climate proxy archives
Qualifications and personal qualities:
Applicants must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in atmospheric science, climate sciences, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, physics, or material science and engineering; or must have submitted his/her master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
Experiences from laboratory work and fieldwork involving instrumentation are a clear advantage.
Expertise in scientific scripting and programming and data analysis (e.g., Python, Matlab, R, C++, FORTRAN)
Background in material physics, atmospheric sciences, climatology, glaciology, hydrology, or related disciplines
Evidence of independent research and writing skills
Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English
Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner
Ability to actively communicate and co-operate within a larger research team
Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.
Special requirements for the position:
The successful candidate must be prepared to work for extended periods in the field with rudimentary comfort and in harsh climatic conditions
About the research training
As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 4 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme <> at the University of Bergen.
We can offer:o a good and professionally challenging working environment o salary at pay grade 51 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 9) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 449 400. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
o enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund o a position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise) o good welfare benefits
Your application must include:
o A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
o Any specific thoughts/ideas regarding the research project presented above or how the applicant envisions him/her as an excellent candidate for the position taking into account sought skills and experiences will be appreciated.
o the names and contact information for two references. One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis o CV o transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees. If lacking a master’s diploma, a copy of master’s thesis to be submitted and if available an official confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted. Master thesis is encouraged to be submitted along with the application.
o relevant certificates/references
o a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list) o any publications in your name o Up to three peer-review publications with details on the work conducted by the applicant
The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

Postdoctoral scholar position with Sierra Nevada Research Institute, US

The Mountain Hydrology Research Group at University of California Merced seeks applications for a full-time postdoctoral scholar research position in measurement and modeling management effects on Sierra Nevada ecohydrology.
Sierra Nevada forests provide more than 60% of California's developed water supply. However, forest conditions in the area are unhealthy and at risk of uncharacteristic, high-severity wildfire due to past management, fire suppression, frequent droughts, warmer temperatures, and a rapidly expanding bark beetle infestation resulting in millions of dead trees. This project aims to advance the pace and scale of forest restoration through credible science and verification tool. A successful candidate will develop a detailed forest-water nexus measurement and simulation model in the American River Basin, near Lake Tahoe. The main goal of the project is to assess the effects of various forest restoration treatments (e.g. control fire, mechanical thinning, mastication) on snowpack evolution, soil moisture, transpiration, streamflow, and tree growth using both measurement and modeling. This position will involve assembling and processing historical remote sensing and forest inventory (e.g. FIA) data to both test and validate numerical models.
This position will be located at the UC Merced campus; however, the successful candidate will work closely with other project partners from the Nature Conservancy, US Forest Service, American River Conservancy, and other state and federal agencies. The scholar will meet with stakeholders and water managers, prepare manuscripts and reports based on the research. Some travel and fieldwork in remote locations may be necessary.
*Required qualifications: *
Ph.D. in hydrology, ecohydrology, natural resources management, water resources engineering or closely related field. Ph.D. must be conferred by the start date of the position. The candidate must have hydrologic and/or ecosystem modeling experience related to forest-water nexus as well as ability to write and understand code- preferably in C++ and Fortran.
Experience with fieldwork in remote conditions is also required.
*Additional qualifications:*
Ability to work independently with guidance from principal investigator and collaborators. Excellent written communication skills; good organizational and interpersonal skills. Ability to work in a team environment and interact with a broad range of colleagues. Experience with backcounty travel to include hiking in the snow or rough terrain.
Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae and 3) a list of three to five agreed references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.
Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled with a final closing date of October 5, 2018. Starting dates are negotiable with the appointment duration of up to three years (renewed annually subject to performance and continued funding).


PostDoc on agro-ecosystem resilience at INRA, France

INRA is offering a 15-month postdoctoral contract to deliver a thesis on
modeling-projection in agro-ecosystem, based in Grignon, France
Research topic: understand long-term agro-ecosystem resilience
and sustainability in response to land use practices and global
The proposed research will be carried out as part of an international cooperation project led
by the National Institute for Agricultural Research – France and the Florida International
University – USA.
Climate Change will have a strong effect on agricultural systems globally through climate
induced shifts in production and feedbacks to soil biochemistry. Understanding the impact
of agricultural practices on soil carbon storage is the key to developing sustainable
agricultural practices. Although managing for soil carbon storage can mitigate atmospheric
greenhouse gas concentrations, increasing soil carbon sequestration through a variety of
agricultural practices can have complicated effects. There is thus a clear need to resolve
the uncertainties of agro-ecosystem management by utilizing modeling tools that are
capable of estimating agro-ecosystem trajectories. Simulation models have been a useful
tool to investigate the effects of rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations and climate change
scenarios on terrestrial ecosystems. We are interested in the integration of eddy
covariance, remote sensing, and simulation models to provide the missing temporal and
spatial information required by agro ecosystem models for improved yield prediction and for
understanding changes in soil carbon storage. There is thus a clear need to produce
relevant predictions of agro-ecosystem trajectories and to maximize sustainability goals. In
this project simulations will be conducted under current and projected future climates and
atmospheric CO2 concentrations.
The post-doctorate position will mainly focus on modeling exercises, collecting data from long-term
experiments, running simulation models and analyzing modeling results. They will be expected to
prepare manuscripts to submit to peer-reviewed journals.
• A PhD in agricultural, ecosystem, bio-geoscience, or environmental science, or in related
fields of science;
• A proven track-record in agro-ecosystems studies, field-based research and modeling;
• A demonstrated ability to conduct and complete research projects, generating and publishing
their findings in international peer-reviewed journals;
• Strong written and oral communication skills in English.
• A keen understanding of the complex biological problems in agro-ecosystems,
• Knowledge of carbon, nitrogen, heat and water dynamics in agro-ecosystems,
• Strong skills in ecosystem modeling and software development,
• Expertise in scientific computing, including proficient programming skills,
• Expertise in model evaluation, calibration, parameter optimization, sensitivity and uncertainty
analyses, model improvement and scenario analyses,
• Strong statistical analysis skills
Salary: The net salary will be based on professional experience and skillsets.
Application: Please email your application to with Postdoc agro-ecosystems
in your title, no later than September 25, 2018.
Applications should include a cover letter highlighting current research, activities and skills relevant
to the position; an updated resume; an extensive publication list as well as 2 or 3 of your choice
publications; the names and contact information of at least two professional references familiar with your qualifications and skills; the copy of your degrees and transcripts of your academic record. All documents are to be submitted in English.

Postdoc in Ecosystem Biogeochemistry at Illinois, US

The CABBI Sustainability Theme<> is seeking a creative postdoctoral scientist with a strong background in ecosystem biogeochemistry to join an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The successful candidate will become a member of the Carl Bernacchi Lab<>, which collaborates with multiple research groups on addressing key opportunities and challenges associated with land use change to meet growing demand for bioenergy production in the Midwest and Southeast United States.
The successful candidate will lead efforts in measuring gas and energy exchange between the land surface and atmosphere using the eddy covariance technique. The experiments will incorporate traditional CO2, water vapor, and energy exchanges and will couple these measurements with quantum cascade lasers to measure CO2 isotopes and N2O fluxes. The candidate will work closely with many faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and technicians who are focusing on key aspects of ecosystem biogeochemistry, which provides a highly collaborative and engaging work environment.
The scientific goals of this position are to resolve the gross fluxes associated with mass and energy exchange and to understand the mechanistic basis for how different plant functional types interact with their growth environment. Through this primary goal, the candidate will have the opportunity to work with a highly productive research community and interact with researchers ranging in all scales from microbial to the landscape.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Agronomy, or a related field. As this is a postdoctoral researcher position, training will be provided as needed, but experience in techniques including micrometeorology, eddy covariance, isotopic analysis, and/or gas flux analysis are preferred. The successful candidate will have great oral and written communication skills, with a proven publication record. Furthermore, this position requires the candidate to be willing and able to participate in field research activities - including assisting with setup and maintenance of field sensors and field campaigns for ancillary data collection.
This position includes a competitive salary and full benefits. Applications will be reviewed starting Oct. 1, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled. The position has an anticipated start date on or shortly after Dec. 1, 2018.
For more information, CABBI Research Coordinator Anya Knecht,<>. All materials should be submitted to her with the subject line Postdoc: Bernacchi. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references.
Any offer for this position is contingent upon your successful completion of a criminal background check<>.
Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. Read more at<>.

2 -year Post-Doc position in global livestock distribution modelling in ULB, Belgium

Description. A 2-year post-doc position starting immediately is available to work on
global spatial and temporal distribution models of livestock. The appointee will join an
innovative group of researchers led by Dr Marius Gilbert and working on livestock
production systems and diseases ( The position is financed by the
Belgian FNRS-Walloon Institute for Sustainable Development ( as
part of a larger project carried out in close collaboration with Sophie Vanwambeke
(Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research, Earth & Life Institute, and Dr Tim Robinson (Food & Agriculture Organisation,
Background and network. The global livestock sector faces major challenges in terms
of the sustainability of its development due to the considerable externalities that livestock
production has on society, health and the environment. High-resolution maps of livestock
are essential tools to assess the sustainability of livestock production systems. Maps
allow, for example, the estimation of potential impacts of various hazards that have
strong spatial dimensions such as the release of pollutants. They are also particularly
important in epidemiology, because the density of hosts (people, or livestock, or both) is
a key variable affecting the emergence, persistence and spread of infectious diseases.
Over the last few years, we have been working on the development of new global
livestock data (Gilbert et al. In press, Nicolas et al. 2018) and livestock production
systems (Gilbert et al. 2015) for the reference year 2010. The main objective of this
research will be to develop spatio-temporal models of livestock distribution accounting
for different future development scenarios. This is particularly relevant to emerging
economies where changes in production and demands are particularly fast. The
research will aim to better understand the drivers and consequences of different
intensification scenarios and integrate them into spatial projections.
Qualifications. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in agricultural sciences, quantitative
ecology, quantitative geography, or biostatistics, and should have demonstrated
computational, communication and writing skills.
Application. Send a detailed CV and a motivation letter to Marius Gilbert
( by email by 1st of October 2018. Applicants shortlisted for an
interview will be required to prepare a summary of a set of scientific papers.
Gilbert M, Nicolas G, Cinardi G, Van Boeckel TP, Vanwambeke SO, Wint GRW, et al. New global livestock
distribution data for cattle, buffaloes, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and ducks in 2010 (GLW 3).
Nature Scientific Data. In press;
Nicolas G, Robinson TP, Wint GRW, Conchedda G, Cinardi G, Gilbert M. Using Random Forest to Improve
the Downscaling of Global Livestock Census Data. PLOS ONE. 2016 Mar 15;11(3):e0150424.
Gilbert M, Conchedda G, Van Boeckel TP, Cinardi G, Linard C, Nicolas G, et al. Income Disparities and the
Global Distribution of Intensively Farmed Chicken and Pigs. Boulinier T, editor. PLOS ONE. 2015 Jul

Assistant Prof. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (hydrogeology/groundwater modeling) at Nebraska, USA

Applications are invited for a tenure track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The position forms part of a cluster hire (Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation) that involves multiple departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in teaching and curricular development of undergraduate and graduate courses, to advise and direct graduate students, and to develop a rigorous research program that is supported by external funding. It is expected that the research program will focus on relationships between the hydrosphere and climate. The ability to contribute to multidisciplinary water and climate research efforts in the department and college will be considered as an advantage. The candidate should demonstrate strong potential for research and teaching and must hold a Ph.D. in Geology, Hydrogeology, or a related field at the time of appointment.
The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers B.S. degrees in Geology and Meteorology-Climatology, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Additional information about our department can be found on our web site: <>
To apply, go to <>, search for requisition
#F_180130 and complete the “faculty/administrative form”. Applicants must attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and names of at least three references via the above website. We will begin to review applications on November 23, but the position will remain open until it is filled.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See <>.
For further information, contact Dr. Richard Kettler, Search Committee Chair by email, phone, or mail at: <>, 1-402-472-0882; Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 214 Bessey Hall, Lincoln NE 68588-0340

Tenure track professor in earth history at Harvard, USA

The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences (EPS) invites applications for an open faculty position spanning the broadly defined fields of Geology, Geobiology and/or Geochemistry as they pertain to reconstructing and understanding the history of the Earth. This is a tenure-track appointment at the assistant level. We seek to attract an outstanding individual to establish an innovative research program and teach both undergraduate and graduate students. We are especially interested in individuals whose work spans the intellectual interests of Harvard faculty, including—although not limited to—the interactions between life, evolution, (bio)geochemistry,tectonics, and marine or terrestrial environmental change over geologic time. There is also the opportunity to work with sister departments such as Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
A doctorate or terminal degree in the broad area of earth history is required by the expected start date, currently July 1, 2019. We also seek candidates who have a commitment to teaching. We value diversity in our faculty and are committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community. We particularly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.
Please submit applications online at:
<>. Required materials include a cover letter, curriculum vita; a statement of research and teaching interests; four representative publications; and the names, institutional affiliations, and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018, and conclude when the position is filled.
Further information about EPS is available at <>. Address questions about the position to Professor David Johnston (
<>) and about the application process to Chenoweth Moffatt ( <>).

Two Research Scientist for vegetation-climate interactions/global carbon cycle studies at Augsburg University, Germany

The Chair for Physical Geography carries out a broad spectrum of fundamental and applied research on the human impact on climate. It investigates climate variability and land surface-atmosphere interactions from regional to global scales, emerging ecosystem responses under climate change and also conducts biogeographic studies. While the group tries to foster our understanding of the role of the biosphere in the Earth system, a special focus lies on plant responses and associate feedbacks under climate change.
The topics to be addressed by the open positions may include but are not limited to
analyses of emerging ecosystem responses using established and novel Earth observations
climate-vegetation-carbon interactions under climate change (e.g. extreme events)
application and comprehensive assessment of biosphere and coupled climate models (e.g. TRENDY, CMIP6)
The scientists will become members of a dynamic team of researchers with ample opportunity for designing their own projects and for networking. The team is strongly involved in international projects and offers in-house expertise on local and large-scale climate change studies with both observational (e.g. satellite Earth
observations) and modeling perspectives. Wide opportunities for collaboration exist with research institutions in close proximity in the greater Munich area.
Applicants for the research scientist positions should have a PhD in a natural or physical science subject (atmospheric physics, geography, ecology or similar); good programming skills (such as fortran, python); and excellent communication skills in English, proven also by scientific publications. Training or experience in climate and/or vegetation modeling is highly desirable, but not essential.
The positions are offered for three years starting October/November 2018, with the possibility to extend to a maximum of six years and acquire a “Habilitation”. The positions include teaching of 5 hours per week in the study programs of the Institute for Geography.
We offer an interesting and responsible position with good opportunities for vocational training and career development.
Payment will be in accordance with TV-L A13. Part-time work is in principal possible. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.
Please send an application outlining your fit for the position (including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, copies of scientific degrees, and the names and contact information of two references) by Sep 30, 2018, preferably by e-mail (one PDF-attachment with max. 5MB only including all documents) to
<>or by mail to Petra Richter, Lehrstuhl für Physische Geographie, Institute for Geography, Augsburg University, Alter Postweg 118, 86135 Augsburg.
For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Buermann (

Tenure-Track Position Announcement Quantitative Global Ecology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Tenure-Track, Assistant or early Associate Professor Academic year (9-month) appointment Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; 14853
Start Date: Anticipated July 2019
Opportunity: We invite applications for a tenure track position in quantitative ecology, at the level of Assistant or early Associate Professor. We seek candidates with expertise in analyzing large data sets or modeling of processes from the ecosystem to regional or larger scales, with an emphasis on the interactions of human-accelerated environmental change with ecological structure and function and sustainability. We will consider applicants with a strong theoretical, statistical, and/or computational background studying the interactions between organisms (including humans) and the environment as this influences biogeochemistry, ecological function, climate change, or
broad- scale patterns in biodiversity. The area of expertise could be in any ecosystem. We are particularly interested in individuals who are developing and applying quantitative methods, who are interested in understanding underlying ecological processes, who work at various scales, and who will collaborate with ecologists and evolutionary biologists as well as scientists in related disciplines across Cornell.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D., demonstrated excellence in research in large-scale quantitative ecology, such as analyzing big data sets, remote sensing, ecological observation systems, or ecosystem-scale, regional- scale, or Earth system modeling. Candidates should have a strong interest in collaborative research, and a dedication to excellence in teaching. Post- doctoral experience is highly desirable.
Salary/Benefits: Support will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. An attractive fringe benefit package is included.
Applications: Candidates should submit via the website <> : a short cover letter, a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, a research statement, statement of teaching interests and experience, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion <>.
Inquiries can be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Christine Goodale, at <>. Applications from women and minority candidates are actively encouraged. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
About Cornell: The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will help create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities, and genders. Cornell understands the needs of dual career couples which it attempts to meet through a Dual Career program and membership in the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, which assists dual career searches. Visit <> to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area. Cornell and Ithaca are family-friendly communities: Cornell has a comprehensive set of policies, services and benefits to help you, your partner and your children to feel welcome here, to support your wellbeing, and to help with child care, elder care and those with disabilities. Visit Resources for Parent and Families website <>
for more details. 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. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.
Inquiries should be sent to Christine Goodale, at <>

Postdoctoral researcher in Oxygen flux measurements at Uni Göttingen, Germany

in the project OXYFLUX - Oxygen flux measurements as a new tracer for the carbon and nitrogen cycles in terrestrial ecosystems funded by the European Research Council (ERC).
The position should be filled as soon as possible and is offered under a fixed term contract terminating on September 30, 2021. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (TV-L E13) with 100%, which corresponds to 39.8 working hours per week.
Your duties
OXYFLUX will investigate various aspects of oxygen exchange processes between the land surface and the atmosphere ranging from local to global scale. Tasks include development, test and application of field deployable gas exchange chambers for oxygen fluxes between terrestrial ecosystem components and the atmosphere, data analysis and interpretation, presentation of results nationally and internationally, publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Measurements are carried out at sites in Germany.
Your profile
• Ph.D. in environmental sciences or related discipline (plant ecology, plant physiology, geo-ecology, meteorology, physics, geography, soil sciences, environmental engineering etc.) • Research experience with high precision trace gas measurements and/or gas exchange measurements • Technical expertise with field measurements • Scientific creativity shown by a track record of original and innovative research • Proficiency in English

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women.
Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.
Please send your application with letter of motivation, CV with copies of certificates, list of publications and contacts of references in electronic form as a single pdf-file by 15 September 2018 to Prof. A.
Knohl, <> (subject OXYFLUX). If you have any questions, please contact: <>. Information about the bioclimatology group and OXYFLUX can be found at <>.
Please note:
With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in terms of data-protection law. Further information on the legal basis and data usage is provided in the Hinweisblatt zur Datenschutzgrundverordnung (DSGVO) <>

Two faculty positions at KSU / Konza Prairie LTER

The Division of Biology at Kansas State University is soliciting applications for  2 positions in Ecology starting in Fall, 2019.  The first position will be recruited at the Asst/Assoc Professor level with a broadly-defined focus on community ecology.  The second position will be recruited at the Asst Professor level with a broadly-defined research program of 'grassland ecology'.  The successful candidates will be encouraged to develop programs that complement and contribute to the Konza Prairie LTER Program.  
Position descriptions and details for application submission can be found here:

Ph.D. Opportunities in Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology at Indiana University, US

The Phillips lab <> in the Department of Biology at Indiana University invites applications to the Ph.D. Program in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB). Our lab investigates how interactions between plant traits, microbial traits and soil characteristics give rise to emergent properties (i.e., biogeochemical syndromes) in forests, which determine ecosystem sensitivity to global changes such as rising CO2, nitrogen deposition, invasive species and climate change. Our lab is a collaborative, highly interactive and dynamic group, with interests in questions that lie at the interface of plant physiological ecology, microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, global change ecology and earth systems science. Incoming Ph.D. students are encouraged to develop their own research projects on topics in these areas.
The EEB Program at IU is one of the top ranked EEB Programs nationally, with a concentration of core faculty conducting research on plant-soil-microbe interactions. Ph.D. students in EEB have opportunities for interdisciplinary training in atmospheric chemistry, biophysical ecology, climate-ecosystem interactions, land use and land cover change, microbial ecology and remote sensing. IU has outstanding resources for conducting research in the ecological and environmental sciences, including an isotope lab <>, an AmeriFlux eddy covariance tower <> and thousands of acres of natural lands owned by the University <>.  
Interested applicants should contact Rich Phillips <> as soon as possible, as the deadline for applications is December 1, 2018. In your email, please provide a brief statement of your research interests, your perceived “fit” with the Phillips lab, and your CV. Please include “Ph.D. opportunity” in the subject line.  For more information on applying to the EEB Program visit <>.

Graduate students in ecosystem ecology: Michigan State University

The Miesel Fire and Ecosystem Ecology Lab at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI invites applicants for up to two graduate student positions to investigate questions related to ecosystem ecology and biogeochemical processes in natural or plantation forests, to begin in Fall 2019 (data collection may begin in Summer 2019). One student will be expected to focus on soil and/or vegetation response to fire and restoration treatments in fire-prone temperate conifer forests. This position will require extended summer travel to perform fieldwork in the northern Lake States region and/or California. The second student will be expected to focus on biogeochemical processes and/or plant-soil relationships in agricultural soils amended with contrasting biochar treatments. This position will require summer field work at a nearby study site and other locations within the state.
We seek applicants with a high level of enthusiasm for field and laboratory research that contributes to understanding ecosystem processes and responses to natural and anthropogenic disturbances, including management treatments. Excellent written, verbal and computation skills are essential. Prior relevant research and post-baccalaureate professional experience is strongly desired. Successful applicants will be expected to work independently as well as collaboratively as a member of a research group, conduct field work in variable weather conditions, perform detailed laboratory analyses with a high level of precision, and publish research results. Both students will have access to substantial existing data from prior experiments, and will be expected to develop independent research questions related to the broader overall objectives of the existing studies. MSc and PhD applicants will be considered.
The student(s) will be advised by Dr. Jessica Miesel at MSU ( and will have opportunity for close communication with Forest Service or other agency researchers. Students may choose a degree program either through the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences or through the Department of Forestry ( Successful applicants will also have opportunity to participate in MSU’s interdisciplinary Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior program ( (ranked among the top Ecology & Evolutionary Biology PhD programs by the National Research Council) and/or the Environmental Science & Policy Program (
Interested students should contact Dr. Miesel at prior to beginning a formal program application, by emailing as a SINGLE PDF: (1) a statement of research interests/background and professional goals, (2) a CV, (3) a list of 3-4 professional references (names and contact information), (4) GRE scores, and (5) unofficial transcripts.
To receive full consideration for Fellowship funding, prospective students should apply to the MSU Graduate School ( before October 15, 2018.  Questions about these opportunities should be directed to Dr. Jessica Miesel (

M.S. Research Assistantship in Biogeochemistry of Deep Soil Carbon (Fall 2019)

The University of Florida is seeking a M.S. graduate research assistant in the Soil and Water Sciences Department to characterize the biogeochemistry of Deep Podzolized Carbon (a massive pool of ancient, deep soil carbon in the southeastern United States Coastal Plain, read more at Specifically, the research assistant will conduct a combination of field and laboratory based work to identify edaphic and hydrologic processes that control DPC cycling and turnover.  Field work will included deep soil sampling (>3 meters) at multiple locations in Florida. Laboratory work will include a variety of soil and organic matter characteriziations as well as manipulated soil respiration incubations.
This graduate research assistantship will begin in Fall 2019 and receive a 12-month stipend that includes tuition and health insurance over a two year period.  This position will be co-advised by Drs. Allan Bacon (Assistant Professor, Environmental Pedology and Land Use) and Pattrick Inglett (Professor, Biogeochemistry).
The successful applicant will have all or some of the following:
•            an undergraduate degree in an environmental science field,
•            laboratory experience (soil analyses and/or organic carbon analyses are a plus),
•            undergraduate research experience analyzing and presenting data,
•            strong academic credentials as indexed by GPA and GRE scores,
•            willingness to conduct field work in potentially hot and humid weather, and
•            ability to articulate why an M.S. in Soil and Water Sciences is their desired pursuit.
Interested candidates should contact Drs. Allan Bacon ( and Patrick Inglett ( directly.

PostDoc in Critical Zone Scientist at UC Merced, US

The SNRI is accepting applications for a postdoctoral research position with the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory (SSCZO). The successful candidate will use and synthesize existing data collected in and around the SSCZO to better understand the geophysical, geochemical, hydrological, and ecological controls on the development and function of the Critical Zone (CZ). The ideal candidate will have a strong publication record in fields related to CZ development along with demonstrated experience in linking geospatial, remotely sensed and in-situ datasets of water, nutrient, soil, vegetation, geochemistry, geophysics, and meteorology. Experience in landscape-scale modeling is also an asset.

Required qualifications include: a Ph.D. in a relevant area (Earth System Science / Hydrology) must be conferred by the start date of the position; experience with data analysis and/or modeling skills as demonstrated per publication record; and excellent written communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills. This position will be based at UC Merced, with the option to work with SSCZO investigators at other universities. For further information see [2] or contact any of the SSCZO investigators. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a short research statement and 4) names of at least three professional/academic references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. Final application date: September 29, 2018.

Review of applications will begin immediately; position will remain open until filled. Starting dates are negotiable. Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales.

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PhD student "New generation of pedotransfer functions including soil structural properties" at ETH Zürich

The representation of land-surface properties in Earth system and climatic models rely on soil hydraulic functions estimated from simpler soil properties. Recent advances in soil information integration yield global soil maps at an unprecedented resolution that could be harnessed to estimate soil hydraulic functions using statistically based pedotransfer functions (PTF). The PTF’s employ easy-to-measure soil properties such as texture, bulk density and organic matter to predict soil hydraulic functions. The sampling, measurement and interpretation of PTF’s often avoid representation of soil structure and its critical impact on soil hydraulic function. The core objective of this PhD study is to incorporate soil structural effects into PTFS of soil hydraulic functions and improve scale-informed inferences of hydraulic functions such that large scale processes are represented (e.g., representing large scale infiltration). The successful candidate will develop a new generation of PTF’s that employ large-scale considerations and advanced machine-learning methods to derive PTF’s.

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PhD position at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna

    Investigation of water and solute fluxes in the unsaturated zone
    Method development in isotope hydrology
    Measurement of soil hydraulic properties and isotope ratios in field and laboratory experiments
    Evaluation and interpretation of results
    Publication of results in scientific peer-reviews journals
    Writing a PhD-thesis
Required skills and qualification:
    Excellent master’s degree in geosciences, environmental sciences or similar disciplines
    Experience in monitoring, sample analysis and data processing of water stable isotopes
    Experience in soil physics
    Experience with field and laboratory experiments
    High motivation for working independently and for working in an interdisciplinary team
    Very good written and spoken English
Desired skills and qualification:
    Interest in mathematical modelling
    Driver’s licence (B)

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