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Applications are invited for a PhD by Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Nottingham University and Rothamsted Research on “Impact of structure and microbial diversity on soil organic carbon under land use change”.

The PhD is a mix of field work and laboratory activities: sampling sites in the UK will be identified to cover a representative range of soil types and land use changes. Combining X-ray computed tomography and metagenomics extractions we aim at unravelling the relationships between soil structure and microbial activity and diversity. Deadline for applications is Sunday 14th January 2018. Being resident in the UK for at least 3 years is required for full funding award. For more information contact Claudia Cagnarini:

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4 Carbon cycle graduate opportunities in Germany

recruiting 2 quantitative ecologists and to 2 large-scale ecosystem ecologists to work in our group at ETH Zurich.


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There are two opportunities for PhD-level research in the Finzi lab of Terrestrial Biogeochemistry at Boston University. The first opportunity is in the area of coupled biogeochemical cycles in global ecosystems with an emphasis on nutrient-use efficiency, allocation and retranslocation. There is broad latitude for graduate student development of ideas within this context. The student will most likely engage in meta-analysis, field studies and modeling. The second opportunity is in the area of agricultural ecology, focusing specifically on root traits, soil carbon cycling and fertilizer-use efficiency in bioenergy crop systems [study sites in Florida & Illinois]. This opportunity is part of a much larger, DOE-funded Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) at the University of Illinois. The student will be trained at Boston University but will have significant opportunities for interaction with the highly multidisciplinary team that makes up the Center. The two PhD students have the opportunity to participate in the PhD program in Biogeoscience at Boston University. The program combines faculty from the Department of Biology and Earth & Environment. There are over 25 PhD students and postdocs in the program forming a ‘critical mass’ for collaboration, friendship and scientific development.

Students interested in additional details can contact Dr. Adrien Finzi via email [afinzi at bu dot edu] or by telephone [617.353.2453]. The application deadline for the Department of Biology is December 7, 2017. Application material can be found at:



Doctoral research in spatial modeling of weeds and crop growth in century- old charcoal kiln sites with integration of high and very high resolution remote sensing. It will be supervised by Pr B. Tychon, in Arlon Campus.

ULiège is RECRUITING a PhD candidate for the project “CHAR”: « Century-old CHARcoal kiln sites as an experimental site for assessing long term biochar effects on agronomical and environmental performance of agricultural soils ».  Within University of Liège (Belgium), we are looking for a highly motivated candidate to take up a PhD position. The position is available within the collaborative project CHAR between three faculties of ULiège: Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Sciences, and Engineering, and in close collaboration with the Centre for Environmental Sciences (Earth and Life Institute; UCLouvain). The PhD position is fully funded for 4 years, starting on 1st November 2017. The project focusses on the responses of cropping systems to the variations of pedological and hydraulic soil properties induced by charcoal accumulation over more than 150 years. The system is analogue to biochar (a carbon rich solid phase produced by pyrolysis) accumulation, a soil amendment whose long-term impacts on the soil-plant system are yet to be investigated.

Interested candidates should send a CV, a motivation letter and the names and addresses of three referees before 27th of October by e-mail to Bernard Tychon (, PhD supervisor, and Jean-Thomas Cornelis (, the project coordinator. 






Queens College, CUNY, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences invites applications for a full time, tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Environmental Geochemistry starting September 2018. The successful applicant will develop an externally funded research program and teach environmental geosciences at undergraduate to PhD levels (EGC-SEES).

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The School of Earth & Environmental Sciences (SEES) at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) is accepting applications for a tenure-track Environmental Geochemist at the Assistant Professor level (full time, 9-mos. appointment). We encourage applications from geochemists whose research is focused in atmospheric, marine or terrestrial systems or on fluxes among them and/or work on environmental problems relevant to public health from environmental pollutants or the management of environmental impacts resulting from anthropogenic activities including climate change or activities in the energy sector. Duties of the position include teaching courses in environmental science and geoscience at the undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels, and courses in her or his area of expertise; establishing an active, externally-funded research program; participation in the development of the Geology and Environmental Science programs at Queens College at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and at the CUNY Graduate Center’s doctoral programs; and contributions of professional service.


An open faculty position in climatology, paleoclimatology and meteorology in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas ( 

The review date is listed as November 27th, 2017.


Assistant Professor of Soil Science – Rhizosphere Processes: 75% Research, 25% Teaching.

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

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) based at the Ohio State University Wooster campus. The faculty member will focus research on the soil-plant-water-animal-human nexus to enhance climate resilience of agroecosystems through adaptation and mitigation strategies that improve resource use efficiency, sustain productivity, restore soil ecosystem services and improve carbon sink capacity.

We are specifically interested in candidates who will conduct research on soil-plant-microbial interactions to address local, regional and national issues in agricultural and environmental sciences. This position aligns with OSU’s Discovery Themes Initiative (, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact. The successful candidate will join a highly collaborative transdisciplinary team of over 50 existing faculty and many external partners working toward Resilient, Sustainable and Global Food Security for Health as part of the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) Discovery Theme.

Application:   Applicants should send the following materials as a single pdf: i) a cover letter summarizing qualifications, areas of expertise, and experience appropriate to the position, ii) a curriculum vitae that includes a listing of course work in basic and natural sciences, including soil science and agronomy, iii) a statement of research interests and experiences (up to 2 pages), iv) a statement of teaching and outreach philosophy to provide perspective on your approach and experiences with teaching and outreach (up to 1 page), v) three relevant peer-reviewed publications or reports, vi) a list of three references, including complete mailing addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Applicants should email the pdf to:,


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