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Ecosystem Ecologist

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Ecosystem Ecologist to contribute to research on Dryland Systems, Ecosystem Services from Rangelands, and Climate Change Interactions with Rangelands. We seek an early career scientist who has strong ties to an established Centre of Excellence (university or research institute) in ecosystem ecology, especially rangeland/grassland ecology. ILRI wishes to strengthen our ties to one or more such centres through shared expertise and collaboration. The advertised position would be funded by ILRI, but shared between the centre of excellence and ILRI. ILRI can also offer one month’s salary to a senior staff member at the same centre of excellence, so as to complement the skills of the early career scientist and other ILRI staff, and strengthen the affiliation.

See the following link for more detail: http://ilrijobs.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/ilri-vacancy-ecosystem-ecologist-closing-date-10-october-2014/

Contact Information:
Website: http://ilri.simplicant.com/

Senior Director of Projects and Partnerships

WRV seeks a Senior Director of Projects and Partnerships (SDPP) who will work closely with the Executive Director. Primary responsibilities are to oversee development of partnerships, projects and funding for projects across WRV’s entire geographical range, and to supervise employees in our Fort Collins office.
 
LOCATION
WRV has offices in Boulder and Fort Collins. The SDPP will work in/with both offices, but most likely be based in our Fort Collins office, unless the optimal candidate lives closer to Boulder.
 
QUALIFICATIONS
We will consider candidates with qualifications that closely match the following. Strong candidates who lack a specific qualification will also be considered.
• Natural resource background (botany, restoration ecology, or related fields)
• Extensive experience building partnerships; a plus, if you have an established network in Colorado
• Extensive experience grant writing, donor development and non-profits
• Experience planning and leading large scale restoration projects (preferably involving volunteers)
• Experience with volunteer recruitment, management & training
• Excellent leadership and motivational skills; excellent public speaking and writing skills
• Project management skills and experience working professionally with public land managers
• Experience supervising staff
• Minimum of five years of relevant experience and Bachelor’s or Master's Degree in a related discipline
• Proficient with MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook), databases, and comfortable with technology
• Willingness to work evenings/weekends as needed; Valid driver’s license and auto for transportation
 
PERSONAL QUALITIES DESIRED:
Flexible, self-directed, highly motivated, reliable, energetic, enthusiastic, interpersonal skills, professional, responsible, results and solution oriented, able to meet deadlines, willing to work evenings and weekends as needed, committed to public land stewardship, interest in volunteerism and service, and a good sense of humor.
 
COMPENSATION: This is full-time position with a competitive benefit package. Annual salary will be
$54,000 to $61,000, commensurate with experience.
 
TO APPLY: 
Email your Application Form, cover letter, and resume to edself@wlrv.org. Applications will be reviewed 
immediately until the position is filled.
Application form at: http://www.wlrv.org/wrv_forms/WRV_SDPP_App.doc

 


Post-doc position- AMUSED project

Research Assistant or Research Associate in Land Surface Modeling and Soil Moisture Scaling
 
Summary:  A postdoctoral position is available to evaluate the performance of the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) in reproducing soil moisture dynamics and key land-atmosphere interactions in the UK at hyper-spatial resolution in combination with novel cosmic-ray soil moisture technology and remote sensing products. A PhD in meteorology/hydrology or related disciplines (e.g. environmental science) with an interest in land-atmosphere interactions, numerical modeling, remote sensing, and data assimilation is essential.
 
This 30-month appointment (with potential extension to 36 months) is part of the NERC-funded project AMUSED (A MUlti-scale Soil moisture-Evapotranspiration Dynamics study) whose ultimate goal is to identify the spatiotemporal scale-dependency of key dominant processes that control changes in soil moisture and land-atmosphere interactions. AMUSED will employ new innovative technology for soil moisture monitoring using cosmic-rays sensors in combination with land surface modeling, satellite remote sensing, and data assimilation methods. Some fieldwork will take place, especially at the initial stages of the project to deploy and install/calibrate cosmic-ray soil moisture sensors. For more information about AMUSED, please visit http://www.bris.ac.uk/cabot/news/2014/502.html.
 
Required skills include experience using land surface models (e.g., JULES, CLM, Noah, VIC) to predict soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions, some programming knowledge (e.g., Fortran or C) and experience with Linux operating system, demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, effective written and oral communication skills, willingness to work in a team, in an academic research environment, and development collaborative links.
 
Desired skills include knowledge of hydrometeorology, land-atmosphere interactions, data assimilation and/or remote sensing, and some previous experience with fieldwork activities.
 
For informal inquiries, please contact Dr Rafael Rosolem (rafael.rosolem@bristol.ac.uk)
 
To apply, please visit http://bit.ly/1sLm96i
or
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AJP006/research-assistant-or-research-associate-in-land-surface-modelling-and-soil-moisture-scaling/


Post-doc positions University of Oklahoma

Postdoctoral Positions Available at the University of Oklahoma
Multiple postdoctoral positions are available at the Institute for Environmental Genomics (IEG) and Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, the University of Oklahoma (OU) located in Norman, Oklahoma. The city of Norman is a university town with approximately 100,000 people and easy access to Oklahoma City, OK and Dallas, TX, and the University is working closely with the City on community and economic development. Norman was ranked #6 among the best places to live in 2008 by the CNN/Money Magazine on America’s best small cities (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2008/snapshots/PL4052500.html). The Institute for Environmental Genomics, led by Dr. Jizhong Zhou, has state-of-the-art facilities for the study of microbial functional genomics, microbial ecology, metagenomics, and biotechnology development to address fundamental scientific questions. Three research themes are pursued at IEG: (i) functional and comparative genomics for understanding gene function, regulation, networks and evolution, (ii) microbial ecology and community genomics for understanding the diversity, composition, structure, function and dynamics of microbial communities related to global change, bioremediation, land use, bioenergy, and agricultural practices as well as their linkages with ecosystem functioning using metagenomics approaches, such as functional gene arrays, highthroughput sequencing, and single cell genomics, and (iii) development of metagenomic and bioinformatic tools for high throughput data analysis and predictive modeling of molecular ecological networks. IEG researchers have pioneered the development and application of functional gene arrays (e.g., GeoChips), and metagenomic sequencing (e.g., MiSeq sequencing of phylogenetic and functional gene amplicons) approaches for microbial community analysis. IEG is also establishing Raman-based single cell genomics facility. The selected candidates will apply these technologies to understand the diversity, composition, structure, function, dynamics and interaction of microbial communities, and address fundamental questions related to global change,
bioremediation, land use, and agricultural operations.
 
Candidates with strong background, interests, and experience in microbiology, microbial ecology, soil science, theoretical ecology, and/or metagenomics are encouraged to apply. Additional experience is desirable but not required in bioinformatics, mathematics, computer science, and/or statistics. All individuals will work cooperatively with scientists at different institutions, such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Michigan State University, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Arizona, and Georgia Institute of Technology as well as foreign countries like China, Korea and Singapore. Interested individuals should send their curriculum vita, a description of research interests and accomplishments (e.g., publications), and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references to Dr. Jizhong Zhou (jzhou@ou.edu). Salary will be competitive, depending on experience, expertise and skills. Further information can be found on the IEG web site: http://ieg.ou.edu/. The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace.

Contact Information:
Name: Jizhong Zhou
Email: jzhou@ou.edu

Ecologist position- Soils, geomorphology, and ecosystem resilience on the Colorado Plateau

An ecologist position is available at the USGS Canyonlands Research Station located in Moab, UT. The 
successful candidate will work on a collaborative project examining how soils, geomorphology, and 
vegetation states interact to effect ecosystem resilience on the Colorado Plateau. This position offers an 
exciting opportunity to elucidate how climate change – predicted to be notably strong on the Colorado 
Plateau – will affect the plants, soils, and ecosystem function of the region. Moab, UT is a small town 
offering a variety of outdoor adventures, and more information about Moab can be found at 
www.discovermoab.com. 
This project includes analysis of existing coupled soil-vegetation data sets, collection of new data, and 
GIS analysis. The incumbent will work closely with USGS scientists and post-doc in project planning, 
data collection and analysis, and reporting results. The incumbent will have four general classes of major 
duties:
1) lead field data collection,
2) analyze historical ground photos,
3) data preparation and analysis, and
4) assist with the preparation of reports & scientific papers.
The primary field location is in Canyonlands National Park where the incumbent will spend much 6-7 month field season away from duty station (Moab, Utah) for 8 days on, 6 days off, with frequent overnight and multiday camping trips. Field work involves heavy exertion; withstanding both extreme heat and potential hypothermia conditions; climbing; walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; long hours; driving a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads. 
 
Qualifications: A Master’s Degree and background in rangeland ecology or soil science is preferred. 
Prior experience with range monitoring and assessment techniques, advanced statistical analyses, GIS 
tools and techniques, and preparation of tables and graphs for publication is highly desired. Incumbent 
also be in excellent physical condition to withstand the rigors of the environmental conditions and must 
pass a physical fitness test and a background check. A valid US driver’s license is required.
Salary and start date: Salary is $39,200/year plus full benefits. A start date of Jan-Feb 2015 is 
preferred. 
Application: Applicants MUST be U.S. citizens. If you have questions send an email to 
CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov. This job will be announced on www.usajobs.gov

Contact Information:
Email: CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov
Website: www.usajobs.gov

Postdoc position - Soils, geomorphology, and ecosystem resilience on the Colorado Plateau

A postdoctoral position is available at the USGS Canyonlands Research Station located in Moab, UT. The successful candidate will work on a collaborative project examining how soils, geomorphology, and vegetation states interact to effect ecosystem resilience on the Colorado Plateau. This project includes analysis of existing coupled soil-vegetation data sets, collection of new data, and GIS analysis. Within the framework of this NPS & USGS-funded study, this position will: 1) oversee study design and supervise technicians helping with data collection, 2) synthesize data to explore patterns of soil-mediated climate change linkages to ecosystem function, 3) effectively use statistical analyses to assess effects, and 4) communicate results in presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Moab, UT is a small town offering a variety of outdoor adventures, and more information about Moab can be found at www.discovermoab.com.
This position offers an exciting opportunity to elucidate how climate change – predicted to be notably strong on the Colorado Plateau – will affect the plants, soils, and ecosystem function of the region. Specifically, this position will focus on understanding 1) how soil-geomorphic-vegetation relations vary across the landscape, 2) the mechanisms behind observed patterns, and then 3) use information from patterns and mechanisms, along with other sources of data, to inform regional land managers how resilience to forecast climate change will vary across the landscape.
Qualifications: A Ph.D. degree and a background in field methods in soil science, ecology, and/or range management is preferred. Education and/or documented research experience in desert soils, geomorphology, and plant community dynamics is required. Incumbent also be in excellent physical condition to withstand the rigors of the environmental conditions and must pass a physical fitness test and a background check. A valid US driver’s license is required.
Salary and start date: Salary is $47,900/year plus full benefits. Preferred start date is Jan or Feb 2015. Position is expected to last 2 years. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references to crs_jobs@usgs.gov. This job will be announced on www.usajobs.gov .
Application: Applicants MUST be U.S. citizens. If you have questions send an email to CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov. This job will be announced on www.usajobs.gov .

Contact Information:
Email: CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov
Website: www.usajobs.gov

Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences UC Berkeley

The Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in quantitative environmental science, with an expected start date of July 1, 2015. ERG has a long and distinguished history of interdisciplinary research and teaching for a sustainable environment and an equitable society. Further information about ERG can be found at http://erg.berkeley.edu. A competitive startup package including lab space will be offered with this position.

 

Basic qualifications: The basic qualification for this position is the completion of all Ph.D. or equivalent degree requirements, except the dissertation, at the time of application. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree, preferably in the physical, biological, or environmental sciences, is required by the date of hire. Training in multiple areas of the natural sciences (e.g., both physical and biological) is desirable.

 

Preferred qualifications: We are especially interested in candidates with quantitative expertise and interests in: ecology and biodiversity; global change science; toxics and pollutants; the environment-society interface; or ecosystem services to society. The ideal candidate will have experience with some combination of experimental and observational field methods, techniques for analysis of large data sets, mathematical modeling, and methods in complex systems theory. ERG especially encourages applicants with a strong interest in multiple scales of analysis from local to global. ERG is an interdisciplinary graduate program, so an ability to actively engage with colleagues from other disciplines such as social science and engineering is highly desirable, as is a compelling interest and engagement in public policy.

 

Ideal candidates will have an outstanding research record with evidence of ongoing productivity. She or he will also have strong teaching and mentoring skills, or for those without an extensive background in teaching, a commitment to make this a core component of their professional portfolio. Teaching duties will include responsibility for the core ERG environmental science course, as well as development of a more specialized graduate-level seminar or small lecture course, and participation in interdisciplinary seminars with other faculty.

 

ERG is interested in candidates who will bring to their research the perspective that comes from a non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of those underrepresented in higher education. UC Berkeley is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents.

 

Applications should include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • A recent curriculum vitae
  • A statement of research interests (up to three pages)
  • A statement of teaching interests and experience (up to two pages)
  • Optional statement of contributions to equity and inclusion (Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to equity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.)
  • Copies of no more than three (article or chapter length) samples of relevant written work.
  • Three letters of recommendation

 

Each document should be submitted as a separate file. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

 

For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please contact the CALcierge office atcalcierge@berkeley.edu or visit http://calcierge.berkeley.edu.

 

Follow this link to create an online application and submit the above materials no later than November 12, 2014https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00511.Please direct questions to ERG Group Manager Megan Amaral at megana@berkeley.edu.

Contact Information:
Name: Megan Amaral
Email: megana@berkeley.edu
Website: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00511

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Plant and/or Microbial Ecology - Iowa State

As part of a major interdisciplinary hiring initiative in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University (ISU), a new joint initiative by the Departments of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, and Economics, and the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication aims to expand our capabilities for fundamental research on sustainable environmental systems. Multiple new hires in the field of Sustainability Science are planned for the next 2-3 years and should expect to benefit from and contribute to the interaction and collaboration among these and other departments.

 

As part of this initiative, the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in plant and/or microbial ecology at the assistant professor level to begin in August of 2015. The selected candidate is expected to establish a successful, externally funded research program. In addition, this faculty member will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

Specifically, this person will contribute to integrated research addressing biological and physical controls on material and energy fluxes in environmental systems. The person will examine plant and/or microbial processes or interactions, and might employ a spectrum of investigative tools and technologies across multiple scales. The new faculty will have the opportunity to join a synergistic focal group in the area of Sustainability Science that will serve to facilitate team building and integrative research.

 

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. All applications must be submitted electronically at www.iastatejobs.com (search vacancy ID#:7619). Please be prepared to attach a letter of application, including concise teaching and research statements, curriculum vitae, and up to three reprints. Submission of three confidential letters of recommendation should be arranged as per instructions in the on-line application system. For additional information please email plantmicro@iastate.edu

Contact Information:
Email: plantmicro@iastate.edu

Director and Endowed Chair, Environmental Dynamic and Geoecology Institute

DIRECTOR AND ENDOWED CHAIR, ENVIRONMENTAL DYNAMICS AND GEOECOLOGY INSTITUTE

Job #JPF00236

College of Nat & Agr Sciences - CNAS Dean's Office

Recruitment Period

Open Sep 23, 2014 through Jun 30, 2015

 

Description

 

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) invites applications for a tenured senior rank position for Director of the new Environmental Dynamics and GeoEcology (EDGE) Institute. The position will occupy a newly endowed chair and will include a tenured faculty position in one of the departments of CNAS. The successful candidate will lead a diverse group of faculty working in environmental change, global change biology, paleoecology, earth sciences, and conservation biology over both deep and contemporary time scales. The successful candidate will be expected to strengthen interdisciplinary collaborations, develop new funding initiatives, and become fully engaged in the research and teaching mission of the institute and the college.

The candidate is expected to develop an independent and innovative research program exploring the impacts and mechanisms of environmental change in arid or semi-arid regions. Appropriate areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: geological/geochemical approaches to address the patterns and drivers of climatic and paleoclimatic change, arid land dynamics, desertification or the global change processes related to arid land expansion, landscape ecology, biogeography or ecosystem ecology in the context of global change.

 

Applications must include a curriculum vita, statements of research and teaching interests, a perspective on leadership for a new institute, and full contact information for three to five referees. All application materials must be submitted through AP Recruit at: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00236

 

For more information about the position, please contact Prof. Mary Droser, Chair EDGE Institute Director Search, Department of Earth Sciences, University of California, Riverside, California. 92521. E-mail contact: mary.droser@ucr.edu. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Information about EDGE and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UCR is available at http://edge.ucr.edu andhttp://cnas.ucr.edu

 

The University of California is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

Contact Information:
Name: Mary Droser
Email: mary.droser@ucr.edu
Website: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00236

Postdoctoral Researcher - Adaptive Management of Food-and-Mouth Disease

A postdoctoral position funded by the NSF-NIH-USDA-BBSRC Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) Program is available with Dr. Matthew Ferrari (http://www.cidd.psu.edu/people/mjf283) and Dr. Katriona Shea (http://www.bio.psu.edu/People/Faculty/Shea/) in the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (www.cidd.psu.edu) and the Department of Biology at the Pennsylvania State University (www.bio.psu.edu).  
 
The position involves the development and application of Adaptive Management (AM) to important diseases (including foot-and-mouth disease in livestock and measles in humans).  AM, “management with a plan for learning about the system”, combines real-time model fitting, based on dynamic surveillance data, with stochastic optimization to select the best management action to optimize management outcomes conditional on the current support for competing models.  This project will involve development and analysis of mechanistic epidemiological management models in order to assess intervention strategies using structured decision theory. 
 
A Ph.D. in Quantitative Ecology, Population Biology, Applied Mathematics, Statistics or an equivalent area is required.  Expertise in stochastic optimization, optimal control theory, statistical computing or related topics is highly desirable.  Candidates should demonstrate a track record of publication; have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills; and be able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.  This project will engage directly with agency stakeholders; thus, an ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate quantitative analysis to a non-technical audience.  This position is initially funded for one year, with possibility of a second year.  For further information, please feel free to contact Dr Ferrari (mjf283@psu.edu; +1 814- 865-6080) or Dr. Shea (k-shea@psu.edu;
 +1 814-865-7910).
 
Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page statement of research interests that explicitly describes professional qualifications for this position, and contact information for three referees.  Penn State requires all applicants to register and complete the application form at the Penn State employment websitehttps://app2.ohr.psu.edu/Jobs/External/EVMS2_External/currentap1.cfm#54001.  Review of applications will begin 1 November 2014, and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.  

Contact Information:
Name: Dr Ferrari
Email: mjf283@psu.edu
Phone: 814-865-6080
Website: https://app2.ohr.psu.edu/Jobs/External/EVMS2_External/currentap1.cfm#54001

Postdoctoral Position In Community Ecology

Faculty of Forest Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå, Sweden

 

SLU invites applications for the following 2 year post-doctoral position in Community Ecology, on the topic of Impacts of Invasive Ants in New Caledonia on Invertebrate Communities and Ecosystem Processes (Ref. Nr. 2014-3473) at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, at Umeå, Sweden. The position is fully financed, including salary and benefits. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to start on April 1 2015.

 

The position involves working within a pan-European BiodivERsA project, and while it is based in Umeå it will involve fieldwork in New Caledonia in collaboration with researchers at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). It will focus on how invasion of exotic ants in New Caledonia impacts on aboveground and belowground invertebrate communities and the ecological processes that they drive.  There is the expectation that the researcher will be actively involved in the design, fieldwork, data analysis, and write-up of this work. This position would be particularly ideal for researchers that have an interest in invertebrate ecology and/or invasion biology.

 

The required qualification for this position is a PhD in Ecology or a related subject, preferably with experience in field-based invertebrate ecology, and preferably completed in the previous three years. We would also expect the researcher to have the capacity to travel to New Caledonia for fieldwork for periods of time throughout this project.

 

Applications for this position should include a curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, a brief description of research interests and fieldwork experience, and a list of at least three references familiar with the applicant's qualifications and experience.

 

Further information is available from Professor David Wardle SLU Umeå, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, e-mail: David.Wardle@slu.se

 

Applications, marked with Ref No 2014-3473/2014, must arrive at the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, S- 750 07 Uppsala or registrator@slu.se no later than November 18 2014.

Contact Information:
Name: David Wardle
Email: David.Wardle@slu.se

Postdoctoral Position In Belowground Ecology

Faculty of Forest Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå, Sweden

 

SLU invites applications for the following 2 year post-doctoral position in Belowground Ecology, on the topic of How Plant Biodiversity Loss Affects Soil Fungi and Carbon Storage Along a Large Environmental Gradient (Ref. Nr. 2014-3472) at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, at Umeå, Sweden. The position is fully financed, including salary and benefits. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to start on April 1 2015.

 

The position involves collaboration with researchers based at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at both Umeå (David Wardle) and Uppsala (Björn Lindahl and Karina Clemmensen). It will focus on understanding how fungal communities change in response to biodiversity loss across island ecosystems differing greatly in ecosystem properties, and how this in turn may impact on soil carbon storage on these islands. There is the expectation that the researcher will be actively involved in the design, fungal community analyses (through molecular sequencing approaches), data analysis, and write-up of this work. This position would be particularly ideal for researchers that have an interest in associations between plant and microbial communities and their impact on ecosystem functioning.

 

The required qualification for this position is a PhD in Ecology or Microbial Ecology or a related subject, and preferably completed in the previous three years. Prior experience with field-based ecology, molecular analyses of microbial communities, and/or bioinformatics and analysis of microbial community data is seen as highly desirable.   

 

Applications for this position should include a curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, a brief description of research interests, and a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications and experience.

 

Further information is available from Professor David Wardle SLU Umeå, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, e-mail:David.Wardle@slu.se

 

Applications, marked with Ref No 2014-3472, must arrive at the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, S- 750 07 Uppsala or registrator@slu.se no later than November 18 2014.

Contact Information:
Name: David Wardle
Email: David.Wardle@slu.se

Kendall Fellowship: Environmental Justice and Climate Policy

Center for Science and Democracy and Climate and Energy Program
Cambridge, MA (preferred) or Washington, DC Office

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the leading science-based organization at the center of today’s most exciting and important policy debates, seeks outstanding candidates for the Kendall Science Fellows program. This up to two-year fellowship is open to candidates who will have completed their Ph.D. by spring 2015. The fellow will work with staff in both the Center for Science and Democracy and the Climate and Energy Program at UCS, and with external partners from environmental justice (EJ) organizations, to study costs and benefits of emissions reduction strategies to combat climate change.  The fellow will contribute to formulating research questions, investigating, presenting, and making policy and other recommendations to strengthen connections and bridge gaps between the mainstream environmental movement and environmental justice movement. This fellowship will also have an impact on UCS’s broader environmental justice and equity priorities.

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. Our members understand that scientific analysis—not political calculations or corporate hype—should guide our efforts to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. The Kendall Science Fellows Program was established to honor Nobel Prize winning physicist Henry Kendall who was with UCS from our beginnings and was the long-time chair of our board.  Dr. Kendall was known for his unique ability to shake up the status quo and catalyze new thinking, and UCS looks to Kendall Fellows to do the same. Priority will be given to innovative and forward-looking proposals that are primarily scientific, technical, or analytic in nature but also show interest in the application of science to policy. Fellows will benefit from the opportunity to learn from the UCS approach to science and policy, and UCS will benefit from the new approaches and expertise of the Kendall Fellows.

For more, visit: http://www.ucsusa.org/about/jobs-ucs#KendallEJ


Postdoctoral Position in Biogeochemistry at UC Berkeley

Postdoctoral Position in Biogeochemistry at UC Berkeley

We have an opening for a fulltime postdoctoral researcher on a project exploring greenhouse gas emissions and biogeochemical drivers during composting. This project will explore rates of CO2, N2O, and CH4 emissions from compost with different chemical qualities, and use experiments and field observations to determine mechanistic controls. The project is part of a larger effort to determine the potential to convert carbon and nutrients in the waste stream to soil carbon and net primary productivity in managed ecosystems. Key qualifications include expertise:

·       Soil greenhouse gas fluxes

·       Eddy covariance techniques or similar approaches

·       Environmental sensors

·       Soil carbon and nitrogen cycling

·       Stable isotope natural abundance and tracer methods

·       Mass spectroscopy

The project will include field and laboratory components; field research will be conducted in Nicasio, CA. The successful candidate will be based in the Silver lab at UC Berkeley (http://nature.berkeley.edu/silverlab/). Candidates must hold a PhD degree; salary will be commensurate with experience. The position is available immediately. To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV, and the names and email addresses of three references to Whendee Silver (wsilver@berkeley.edu)

Contact Information:
Name: Whendee Silver
Email: wsilver@berkeley.edu
Website: http://nature.berkeley.edu/silverlab/

PhD in structured decision making and hierarchical modeling of declining amphibians

PhD Opportunity in structured decision making and hierarchical modeling of declining amphibians in National Parks

A collaborative PhD position in the Zoology Department at Michigan State University is available to work on the optimal management of amphibians in a network of National Parks.  Along with the principle investigators and park managers, the student will participate in a structured decision making process to classify priority threats and identify potential management activities to mitigate declines of amphibian populations at both park and network levels.  The student will develop hierarchical statistical models using available monitoring data (e.g., on amphibians, forest characteristics, water resources) to characterize the relationships between identified threats and amphibian population dynamics.  The student will then use these models to link possible park-level management actions to amphibian population responses to predict optimal management strategies and identify uncertainties in the system, which will help lead to improvements in both future management as well as existing monitoring programs. 

 

The student will work with a team including researchers from Michigan State University, where the position will be based (in the lab of Elise Zipkin), the USGS (Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD - James Nichols; Turners Falls, MA - Evan Grant) and the NPS (Washington, DC – Patrick Campbell). The student is expected to spend some time in each location, collaborating with the lead PIs.

The successful candidate will start in fall (or summer) 2015 and will receive three years of a research assistantship (tuition, health care, and stipend including summer salary).  There is also funding available for conference travel and to meet with collaborators.  Funding for subsequent years will be in the form of fellowships and/or teaching assistantships.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and a strong mathematical and/or statistical background.  Knowledge of amphibian ecology, spatial modeling, and population estimation are also desirable as is experience conducting fieldwork.  Candidates with a M.S. degree will be ranked highly as will those with scientific publications.

Application:

Send a brief letter of interest, CV (including GPA and GRE scores), and writing sample (if available) with names and contact information for three references to Elise Zipkin (ezipkin@msu.edu) and Evan Grant (ehgrant@usgs.gov). Please include the subject line: “Amphibian decision PhD”.  We encourage applicants to make contact by November 15.  A formal application to MSU and the Department of Zoology (http://www.zoology.msu.edu/graduate-studies.html) is due by December 1, 2014.

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Zipkin
Email: ezipkin@msu.edu
Website: http://www.zoology.msu.edu/graduate-studies.html

Postdoc Opportunity in Geospatial Modeling of Wetland Carbon Sequestration

POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITY IN GEOSPATIAL MODELING OF WETLAND CARBON SEQUESTRATION

(review begins Oct 31, open until filled)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow to study geospatial analysis of carbon sequestration in coastal wetlands across the United States. The fellow will join a team of over 20 scientists seeking to link field measurements with remotely sensed datasets. The fellow will be an active participant in project planning, data analysis, and scientific publications and must be able to work as part of an extended research team. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in ecology or geography, peer-reviewed publications, and professional presentations. Desirable skill sets include proficiency with ArcGIS software, geospatial modeling, and database management. Ideally, the candidate also will have some understanding of process-based biogeochemical modeling and knowledge of wetland ecological principles. Skills with ArcGIS automation and R statistical software would also be helpful. The position is funded for 2 years beginning in January 2015 as part of a multi-institution, multi-investigator project supported by the NASA Carbon Monitoring System program. The applicant will be advised jointly by scientists at SERC and the U. S. Geological Survey. Stipend $47,500 plus health insurance per year. For best consideration, send letter of application, resume, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and names of three references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) to Dr. J. Patrick Megonigal (megonigalp@si.edu), SERC, P.O. Box 28, Edgewater, MD 21037-0028. Review of applications will begin on 31 Oct and continue until the position is filled. For more information on SERC visit http://www.serc.si.edu. EOE.

 

Contact Information:
Name: Patrick Megonigal
Email: megonigalp@si.edu
Website: http://www.serc.si.edu

GS-0470-12/13 Regional Soil Scientist

POSITION

The Northern Region is planning to fill the regional soil scientist position in spring 2015.  The position is a GS 0470-13; however the region is considering advertising the position as a 12/13.  Primary duties will include:

·         Manages the Regional Soils Program. Develops, recommends, and coordinates regional soil survey, ecological unit mapping.

·         Provides leadership for the Watershed Condition Framework and watershed improvement program.

·         Provides leadership and quality assurance for the Region’s soil program.

·         Provides regional input to national soil and ecosystem management issue and reports. Serves on multi-agency work groups and task forces addressing ecosystem classification.

·         Provides technical guidance, development and modification of objectives and procedures for interpretive guides and standards for inventory, classification, mapping and monitoring of soil resources.

·         Provides training to unit personnel in ecological site evaluation, interpretations, soil environmental health assessments and monitoring strategies for soil quality standards.

·         Represents the Region in program reviews and work planning conferences involving state, federal and private organizations involved with the National Cooperative Soil Survey.

·         Facilitates input to the budget and performance accountability process for the entire watershed program.

If you are interested in this detail opportunity, please submit a summary of your relevant qualifications, skills and experiences, along with the reason(s) you would like to be considered for the detail to ejohnston@fs.fed.us.  Please submit responses by December 1, 2014.

DUTY STATION

Missoula, Montana

COMMUNITY

Missoula, Montana is a full service community nestled on the east side of the Bitterroot Mountains where the Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers join the Clark Fork River.  The community is surrounded by public and private timberlands and is the home of the University of Montana.

This scenic city is bustling with activity, as western Montana's regional source for business, culture, medical services, retail, and entertainment. There are endless opportunities for fishing, thousands of miles of trails, and plenty of guides and shops to clue you in on the hot spots. Within 20 minutes of Missoula, you will discover two great ski areas, one of which gets more than 300 inches of snow per season.  With an area population of more than 80,000, Missoula has what you'd expect to find in a city--a wide range of hotels, restaurants, shops and galleries, several museums, a ballet company, live theater and a symphony.  The Missoula school system is considered excellent with three public and two private high schools, numerous elementary schools, a College of Technology and the University of Montana.  Montana has personal income tax and property tax, but NO sales tax. 

Missoula residents enjoy all four seasons of the year.  The elevation is 3,205, with an average annual temperature of 45 F, with a January daily minimum of 15.5 F. and July daily maximum of 83.4 F.  The growing season averages 137 days, an average mean rainfall of 13.5 inches, and an average mean snowfall of 42.5 inches.

More information on the Missoula area can be found on the internet at http://www.missoula.comFor additional information regarding Missoula, MT and the surrounding communities, please visit the following webpages at: www.missoulachamber.com or www.fs.fed.us/r1 or call the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce at 406-543-6623.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

Meredith Webster, Regional Soil Scientist (406) 329-3412, mmwebster@fs.fed.us

Eric Johnston, Asst Director Renewable Resources Mgmt (406) 329-3164, ejohnston@fs.fed.us


Director, Wildlife Biology Program

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA
Announcing the search for an innovative and visionary leader to direct Montana’s world-class Wildlife Biology Program. The successful applicant will live and work in the Rocky Mountain setting that attracts our vibrant and competitive student body. Immediate benefits to the Directorship include healthy student enrollment, newly staffed Undergraduate Advisor position, and additions to programmatic base funding as 2013 recipient of the University’s Programs of National Distinction. 
 
Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
We seek a leader who derives job satisfaction from helping others to succeed. As such, we seek a Director with demonstrated success in Wildlife Biology or a related field to help guide the success of faculty and students, to build and maintain strong relationships with partners within and outside the University, and to help shape the future of our program. Experience raising external funding is required, and a track record raising private donations is preferred. The new Director will be expected to collaborate and communicate effectively with faculty, students, university administrators and private donors. The Director will be evaluated based on administrative performance; however, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to maintain a research program. Experience interacting with State and other natural resource agencies, national and international conservation organizations, and professional societies is preferred.The Wildlife Biology Program is an interdisciplinary program that integrates faculty across the Division of Biological Sciences, the College of Forestry & Conservation (CFC), and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. Our Program’s core strength and depth lies in this broad faculty membership. The Program is further enriched by a strong science community including USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, US Geological Survey, scientists from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and conservation groups such as the Wildlife Conservation Society and Panthera. The Director of the Wildlife Program is a tenure-track position housed in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences (DECS) in the CFC.
Required education:
Requirements include a PhD in the field and professional accomplishments 
commensurate with academic rank of Associate Professor or higher. 
Position responsibilities and duties:
  • Foster local, national and international collaborations in support of teaching and research mission
  • Develop and maintain relationships with resource management agencies to maintain programmatic
  • integration of basic and applied science 
  • Guide development of undergraduate and graduate curriculum to ensure we are training the next 
  • generation of leaders in the field of Wildlife Biology
  • Interact with wildlife students through graduate and senior seminars
  • Work to raise external funds to meet programmatic goals and enhance student opportunities
  • Supervise 2-3 administrative staff
  • Participate in Wildlife Biology, DECS, CFC, and University committees
To apply go to: http://bit.ly/1056cfcwb and upload a letter of interest, statement of Wildlife Biology Program vision, statement of research vision in wildlife biology, three representative publications, curriculum vitae and names of three references. Direct questions to the chairs of the search committee: Creagh Breuner (406-243-5585; creagh.breuner@umontana.edu) or Paul Lukacs (406-243-5675; paul.lukacs@umontana.edu). Screening of applicants begins 15 January 2015, and will continue until a suitable candidate is appointed. Employment may begin 1 July 2015.
The University of Montana is an AA/EOE/ADA/Veterans preference employer. Minorities and 
underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Position announcements can be made available in alternative formats upon request. Finalists will be subjected to a background check.

Contact Information:
More Information: Montana_WBIO_Director_ad.pdf

Associate Director, Integrated Water Management

ABOUT US
The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since our founding in 1951, TNC has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. We work in all 50 United States and more than 34 countries around the world - protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia. The Nature Conservancy’s California chapter is its largest operating unit, working to address big environmental problems in California by demonstrating solutions on the ground or in the ocean, amplifying their reach through policy and partnerships with industry and applying what works to other places.
 
BACKGROUND
California has manipulated its rivers, streams and groundwater aquifers perhaps more than any other area of the world to deliver water for human consumption. The establishment of this infrastructure and its operation has produced widespread, negative consequences for nature and has not eliminated challenges in meeting the water needs of people. Experts suggest that climate change will only make it more difficult to meet the multiple water needs of the State.
The Nature Conservancy of California has outlined a bold vision for reimagining California’s water management. Under this vision, California will embrace a scientific foundation for understanding the multi-faceted water needs of the State’s natural environment and its people, as well as the limits to water use, and proactively manage its water system to reliably and sustainably meet the water needs of the State’s ecosystems and its people.
 
 
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE
• Organize multi-disciplinary teams from multiple departments, focus them on a vision, strategy and objectives and maintain team focus over time to achieve results.
• Work with teams to plan strategically, rapidly assess and focus priorities, make decisions on issues with challenging tradeoffs, and redeploy as priorities change.
• Coach, mentor and motivate talented and highly skilled players to execute at a high level, integrate with other team members and departments through working groups and task forces and to drive toward results.
• Work with the Water Program Director, External Affairs and other departments and team members to drive strategic advocacy campaigns and to advance external partnerships with leaders in corporations, the agricultural community, agencies, conservation organizations, academic and research institutions and policymaking bodies.
• Engage with Conservancy staff and leaders beyond California to integrate Integrated Water Management priorities and shared learning across the Global, North American and California water teams.
• Work with Science to advance a credible body of work on Integrated Water Management, refine conservation priorities, isolate innovative solutions to water management and build support for priorities across a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
• Work with External Affairs and Water Program team members to develop and advance priority local, state and federal policy changes and to ensure alignment between External Affairs and Integrated Water Management priorities over time.
• Partner with Marketing to establish The Conservancy as a thought leader on Integrated Water Management and to help teams design and implement strategic outreach strategies that advance conservation priorities.
• Engage with high level donors and other influencers to cultivate relationships and confidently articulate the case for The Conservancy’s Water Program work.
• Work with Finance and Operations, the Water Program Director and team members to develop annual budgets, track expenditures and adjust spending over time.
• Reports to the Water Program Director.
• Supervises at least three senior project directors.


Associate Director, Water and Habitat for Nature

ABOUT US
The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since our founding in 1951, TNC has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. We work in all 50 United States and more than 34 countries around the world - protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia. The Nature Conservancy’s California chapter is its largest operating unit, working to address big environmental problems in California by demonstrating solutions on the ground or in the ocean, amplifying their reach through policy and partnerships with industry and applying what works to other places.
 
BACKGROUND
California’s freshwater species are widely imperiled by human water use, habitat degradation and the manipulation of their rivers, streams and wetlands by infrastructure. Experts suggest that climate change will only make it more difficult to meet their water and habitat needs in the future.
The Nature Conservancy of California employs a variety of strategies to provide freshwater species with the water and habitat they need, including dedicating water instream and to wetlands, leasing water and securing voluntary agreements to deliver water for specific species and habitat restoration. The Conservancy also advances two major initials, a Salmon Initiative and Migratory Bird Initiative to secure particular benefits to these sets of species. Underlying all of its strategies, The Conservancy conducts statewide, regional and local scientific assessments to establish priorities, set targets and examine the effectiveness of its work.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE
  • Organize multi-disciplinary teams from multiple departments, focus them on a vision, strategy and objectives and maintain team focus over time to achieve results.
  • Work with teams to plan strategically, rapidly assess and focus priorities, make decisions on issues with challenging tradeoffs, and redeploy as priorities change.
  • Coach, mentor and motivate talented and highly skilled players to execute at a high level, integrate with other team members and departments through working groups and task forces and to drive toward results.
  • Work with the Water Program Director, External Affairs and other departments and team members to advance external partnerships with leaders in corporations, the agricultural community, agencies, conservation organizations, academic and research institutions and policymaking bodies.
  • Engage with Conservancy staff and leaders beyond California to integrate priorities and shared learning across the Global, North American and California water teams.
  • Work with Science to advance a credible body of work on meeting freshwater species’ water and habitat needs, refine conservation priorities, isolate innovative solutions and inform future adaptations of strategies.
  • Work with External Affairs and Water Program team members to develop and advance priority local, state and federal policy changes and to ensure alignment between External Affairs and the Water Program over time.
  • Partner with Marketing to establish The Conservancy as a thought leader on meeting nature’s water and habitat needs and to help teams design and implement strategic outreach strategies that advance conservation priorities.
  • Engage with high level donors and other influencers to cultivate relationships and confidently articulate the case for The Conservancy’s Water Program work.
  • Work with Finance and Operations, the Water Program Director and team members to develop annual budgets, track expenditures and adjust spending over time.
  • Reports to the Water Program Director.
  • Supervises at least three senior project directors.


Regional Soil Scientist, GS-0470-12/13, Permanent

Position DescriptionThis outreach notice is for the Regional Soil Scientist position for the Renewable Resources Director area.  The Rocky Mountain Region consists of 17 National Forests and 7 National Grasslands, operating as 11 units.  The various units fall within five western states: Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas.  The focus of this position is to provide administrative support, leadership and expertise to the Renewable Resource Director area.  For basic qualifications, the OPM qualifications handbook will be used.

Duties of the PositionDuties may involve but are not limited to:

Incumbent serves as the Region Program Manager, providing overall management direction to the Soils and Burned Area Emergency Response Program.  Core areas of responsibility and leadership include but are not limited to: (a) Forest Land Management Planning and Project Appeals; (b) Inventory and Data Stewardship of Soils and Terrestrial Ecological surveys; (c) National Soils Database (NASIS) development (c) Soil Monitoring and Interpretations for Management; (d) Watershed Restoration Improvement; and (e) Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER).

The incumbent provides advice and information for use in formulating, establishing, and effectuating policies and programs of the Regional scope, relating to all and management activities. The incumbent assists the Director in providing solutions to problems, of Regional and sometimes National importance, that may have an important bearing on the attainment of overall land management objectives within the multiple use framework.

Duty StationThe duty station will be the Rocky Mountain Regional Office, which is currently located at 740 Simms Street, Golden, Colorado 80401.  Golden is less than an hour from Denver International Airport; has easy access to an incredible number of skiing, hiking and biking trails, and a multitude of recreational areas; and has at least four major malls, including an outlet mall nearby.  Cultural opportunities include live theater, an active music scene, art and history museums, the Denver Zoo and Botanic Gardens, a variety of ethnic festivals and a full calendar of special community events.  The Denver Metro area has a diverse and growing population with many institutes of higher learning and places of worship.  

Contact Information:
Name: Sarah LaDell
Email: sladell@fs.fed.us
More Information: OUTREACH FOR regional soil scientist.pdf

Postdoctoral Scholar - Biogeochemistry, Soil Sciences

DESCRIPTION

A postdoctoral position in terrestrial biogeochemistry is available in the Berhe lab (www.aaberhe.com) to work on interactive effects of fire and erosion on persistence of soil organic matter. The aim of this postdoctoral project is to investigate decomposition and incorporation in microbial biomass of fire altered or pyrogenic organic matter in order to further our understanding of the mechanisms that control pyrogenic organic matter and bulk organic matter persistence in the soil system. The initial appointment will be for one year and is renewable, depending on performance and availability of funding.

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in soil science, biogoechemistry, ecology, or related fields by January 1, 2014. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with enriched isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in soil, secondary ion mass spectroscopy (NanoSIMS), or X-ray spectroscopy [Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy (STXM) coupled with Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS)]. The successful candidate must be driven, creative and has demonstrated experience with accomplishing established goals in a timely manner. 

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales.

Initial review of applications will begin November 30, 2014. Recruitment will remain open until filled.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) a curriculum vitae 3) a statement of research 4) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

• Cover Letter
• Curriculum Vitae
• Reference List - List of three references including mailing address, email address, and phone number.
• Statement of Research


post-doctoral position in ecosystem model-data synthesis

Postdoctoral Fellow

Assimilation of imaging spectroscopy data to improve the representation of vegetation dynamics in ecosystem models

A post-doctoral position in ecosystem model-data synthesis, remote sensing, and ecological forecasting is available with Dr. Shawn Serbin in the Department of Sustainability Studies (http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/sustainability/) at Stony Brook University (http://www.stonybrook.edu/), Stony Brook, New York.

This NASA-funded project focuses on the integration of remote-sensing data, specifically high-spectral resolution field and imaging spectroscopy data, within an efficient model-data assimilation framework, to improve the characterization of vegetation dynamics in terrestrial ecosystem models. The project is part of the larger predictive ecosystem analyzer (PEcAn) scientific workflow system (http://pecanproject.org), which aims to make ecosystem models, data assimilation, and forecasting more accessible, automated, and repeatable.

The primary objective is to comprehensively examine the potential for direct assimilation of optical remote sensing observations into sophisticated ecosystem models, starting with the Ecosystem Demography 2.2 model, to better initialize and constrain projections of surface energy balance,
vegetation composition, and carbon pools and fluxes.  The project combines remote sensing, radiative transfer modeling, ecosystem modeling, and advanced statistical and computation approaches to diagnose the drivers of spatial and temporal variability in the terrestrial carbon cycle and the sources of uncertainty in these estimates.  The initial focus of the project is the temperate/boreal transition zone in northern Wisconsin, a region that is expected to show large climate change responses and is one of the most data-rich regions in the country, but will expand in scope to sites around the continental U.S. in years 2 and 3.  The results from this project will provide an important step toward the operational capacity to assimilate reflectance observations, uniformly, within sophisticated ecosystem models with the goal of constraining model projections of energy, water, and carbon
pools and fluxes of terrestrial ecosystems.


Colby College - Faculty Fellow in Environmental Studies (Aquatic Ecology)

The environmental studies program at Colby College in Waterville, ME invites applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement program in aquatics ecology. The position will begin September 1, 2015. See attachment for details and contact information.

Contact Information:
Email: ESecology@colby.edu
Website: colby.edu/environmentalstudies/
More Information: ES Aquatic Ecology Ad.pdf

Postdoctoral Scholar - Biogeochemistry, Soil Sciences

DESCRIPTION

A postdoctoral position in terrestrial biogeochemistry is available in the Berhe lab (www.aaberhe.com) to work on interactive effects of fire and erosion on persistence of soil organic matter. The aim of this postdoctoral project is to investigate decomposition and incorporation in microbial biomass of fire altered or pyrogenic organic matter in order to further our understanding of the mechanisms that control pyrogenic organic matter and bulk organic matter persistence in the soil system. The initial appointment will be for one year and is renewable, depending on performance and availability of funding.

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in soil science, biogoechemistry, ecology, or related fields by January 1, 2014. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with enriched isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in soil, secondary ion mass spectroscopy (NanoSIMS), or X-ray spectroscopy [Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy (STXM) coupled with Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS)]. The successful candidate must be driven, creative and has demonstrated experience with accomplishing established goals in a timely manner.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales.

Initial review of applications will begin November 30, 2014.

Recruitment will remain open until filled. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) a curriculum vitae 3) a statement of research 4) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS 

• Cover Letter

• Curriculum Vitae

• Reference List - List of three references including mailing address, email address, and phone number.

• Statement of Research


Colby College - Faculty Fellow in Environmental Studies

Colby College is Waterville, ME invites applicants for a one-year sabbatical replacement position in environmental studies. The position will begin September 1, 2015. Preferred candidates will have experience in terrestrial ecology as well as an interest in relating this to environmental problems. See attachment below.

Contact Information:
More Information: ES Ecology Ad.pdf

Assistant Professor/ Environmental Soil Microbiology

Position Summary

The Environmental Soil Microbiologist will join a faculty of plant, soil and environmental scientists in a multidisciplinary department that teaches courses in support of BS, MS, and PhD degree programs. Teaching and advising at the graduate and undergraduate levels must be viewed as a vital career component. Teaching a course in soil microbiology, a second course in environmental or soil science, and an additional course(s) in the candidate’s specialty will be a major responsibility for the successful candidate. Research will be conducted in agricultural, natural, or urban environments and may include diverse disciplinary approaches to soils or other environmental microbiology issues dealing with land and water resources. Position will examine soil microorganism processes at the plant-water-soil interface. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with researchers outside the department and college to achieve teaching and research goals. The successful candidate must develop an externally funded research program and effectively communicate research findings including publishing in refereed journals. Additionally, participation in professional and campus-wide service is expected.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Soil Science, Agronomy or related discipline is required. Evidence of experience conducting research related to environmental soil microbiology of agricultural, natural, or urban landscapes is required. The desire and ability to collaborate with other scientists in a multidisciplinary setting is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications (optional)

Experience in teaching courses in soil science or microbiology or similar topics is preferred.

   
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please including a statement of teaching and research interests, experience and qualifications for position and sample publications with your letter of interest.

   
Appointment Status Regular, Full-time

 

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Manoj Shukla
Email: shuklamk@nmsu.edu
Phone: (575) 646-3405
Website: https://jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/19981

Post Doctoral NMSU

Job Duties and Responsibilities

-Applicant may conduct research focusing on “Facilitated Transport Enabled In Situ Chemical Oxidation of 1,4-Dioxane-Contaminated Groundwater
-Examine physical, chemical, and biological processes acting in subsurface systems using laboratory experiments. 
-Participate enthusiastically in the multidisciplinary research laboratory.
-May provide research support to additional project.

Required Education

Doctorate degree in related field.

Required Experience

No previous work experience required.

Classification Summary

Assist, instruct and function as a role model for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a relevant research program.

Classification Standard Duties

Supervise, direct, delegate and evaluate work of assigned staff. Oversee and/or conduct research. Assist in technical support for the delegated project. Create new opportunities by preparing and submitting new project proposals to national funding agencies. Perform related duties as required.

Knowledge

Knowledge of university and department policies and procedures; principles and practices of organization and administration; principles of supervision, training, mentoring and performance evaluation; research techniques and designs; methodologies; data collection and analysis.

Skills

Skills in short- and long-range planning; problem analysis and resolution; report preparation and presentation; public contact and relations; oral and written communication; literature reviews and compilation; material development for scientific and non-scientific audiences; grant writing and peer reviewed publications; modification of existing models or development of new models. The applicant may be responsible for, but not limited to, assisting in technical and outreach support in the department and organizing outreach events and conferences addressing activities associated with the research project.

Abilities

Ability to direct, evaluate, train and supervise the work of assigned personnel; develop and maintain effective working relationships; maintain accurate and orderly records; use independent judgment and initiative; organize and direct activities; analyze and evaluate information; make presentations; work as a member of a team; write technical reports, conference presentation papers, peer-reviewed journal articles and grant proposals.

 

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Kenneth Carroll
Email: kccarr@nmsu.edu
Phone: (575) 646-5929
Website: https://jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/20271

Soil Scientist GS-0470-05/07/09 - Tonto

The Southwestern Regional Office will soon be advertising a GS-0470-05/07/09 permanent, full-time soil scientist position within the Ecosystem Analysis and Planning/Watershed and Air Staff.  This position is assigned to the Terrestrial Ecological Unit Inventory team co-located at the Tonto National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Phoenix, AZ. Please note:  The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to inform interested applicants of the upcoming opportunity and evaluate their responses to help determine the appropriate recruitment method (e.g. target grade(s), service-wide/region-wide/government-wide, DEMO, Pathways, Recent Graduates) and area of consideration that will generate a diverse and highly qualified applicant pool for the position. 

The Position

The primary purpose of this position is to participate in the completion of the Terrestrial Ecological Unit inventory of the Tonto National Forest. This is a field going position with major duties associated with describing, classifying and mapping climate, soils, vegetation, geology, and geomorphology. We are looking for an individual who has:

 

  • Skill with aerial photo interpretation, geospatial applications, and other remote sensing techniques.
  • Skill in the use of software applications including ESRI ArcMap, GPS applications, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Skill in describing soil profiles, identifying plants and describing plant communities, interpret geological and geomorphic processes.
  • Physical ability to traverse and work in rough, rugged terrain under challenging weather conditions. 
  • Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles, truck mounted backhoe, and ATVs.
  • Good organizational and communication skills.
  • Good leadership and interpersonal skills to work in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work safely and independently.
  • Ability to describe, classify, map, and interpret complex ecosystems.

Ability to multi-task under short turn-a-round timeframes

Contact Information:
Name: Andy Casillas
Email: markcasillas@fs.fed.us
Phone: 602-225-5207
More Information: OUTREACH_Soil_Scientist_5-7-9_Tonto.pdf

Soil Scientist GS-0470-05/07/09 - Coronado

The Southwestern Regional Office will soon be advertising a GS-0470-05/07/09 permanent, full-time soil scientist positions within the Ecosystem Analysis and Planning/Watershed and Air Staff.  This position is assigned to the Terrestrial Ecological Unit Inventory team co-located at the Coronado National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Tucson, AZ. Please note:  The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to inform interested applicants of the upcoming opportunity and evaluate their responses to help determine the appropriate recruitment method (e.g. target grade(s), service-wide/region-wide/government-wide, DEMO, Pathways, Recent Graduates) and area of consideration that will generate a diverse and highly qualified applicant pool for the position. 

The Position

The primary purpose of this position is to participate in the completion of the Terrestrial Ecological Unit inventory of the Coronado National Forest. This is a field going position with major duties associated with describing, classifying and mapping climate, soils, vegetation, geology, and geomorphology. We are looking for an individual who has:

 

  • Skill with aerial photo interpretation, geospatial applications, and other remote sensing techniques.
  • Skill in the use of software applications including ESRI ArcMap, GPS applications, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Skill in describing soil profiles, identifying plants and describing plant communities, interpret geological and geomorphic processes.
  • Physical ability to traverse and work in rough, rugged terrain under challenging weather conditions. 
  • Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles, truck mounted backhoe, and ATVs.
  • Good organizational and communication skills.
  • Good leadership and interpersonal skills to work in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work safely and independently.
  • Ability to describe, classify, map, and interpret complex ecosystems.
  • Ability to multi-task under short turn-a-round timeframes.

Contact Information:
Name: Andy Casillas
Email: markcasillas@fs.fed.us
Phone: 602-225-5207
More Information: OUTREACH_Soil_Scientist_5-7-9_Coronado.pdf

Reengineering Photosynthesis Assistant, Associate or Full Professor

The School of Integrative Biology and the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign seek an outstanding individual working in the broadly defined fields of bioengineering/synthetic biology/biochemistry, with interest in devising novel strategies and using cutting-edge technologies to improve photosynthetic performance and efficiency of plants.  Research areas of interest in reengineering photosynthesis include, but are not limited to: carboxylation chemistry and redesign, synthetic assembly of new photosynthetic processes, installing microbial pathways into plants, and systems engineering of extant photosynthetic metabolism and pathways.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program, teach at undergraduate and graduate levels, and collaborate with faculty to develop research and education initiatives in plant bioengineering and photosynthetic redesign.  A Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant field is required for appointment.  For the Assistant Professor level postdoctoral experience is highly desirable.  Appointment as an Associate or Full Professor requires credentials warranting tenure at the University of Illinois.

The University of Illinois provides a highly collaborative and supportive academic environment for cross-disciplinary plant systems research given its strengths in photosynthesis, bioengineering, crop sciences, global change, molecular and cellular biology, genomics, ecology, chemistry and computation.  Relevant interacting units include the: Institute for Genomic Biology; Energy Biosciences Institute; National Center for Supercomputer Applications; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Realizing Improved Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) project; Departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology, Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Crop Sciences and Computer Science.

The appointment is for a full-time, nine-month Assistant (tenure-track), Associate or Full Professor (tenured).  Target start date is 16 August 2015.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  


Interdisciplinary Zoned Soil Scientist/Hydrologist, Hiawatha National Forest

The Hiawatha National Forest is outreaching for an Interdisciplinary Soil Scientist/Hydrologist GS-0470/1315-09 position serving the western zone of the Forest.  The west zone covers the Rapid River and Munising Ranger Districts and lies in the central portion of the Upper “Peninsula” in Michigan.  Fresh water, lakes, rivers, streams, organic matter, muck and sand abounds.  The Hiawatha NF is a great place to work and the position will be part of great team of professionals doing great resource work.

 

The duty station is Rapid River, MI.  There is currently an outreach in the Forest Service outreach database which is posted until November 14, 2014.  We expect to post the vacancy in USAJOBS.gov in December both agency wide and demo.

 

Questions about the position can be directed towards Jim Ozenberger at jozenberger@fs.fed.us or Matt Cole at 906-387-2512, ext. 15.

 

Please distribute this to those who may be interested.

Contact Information:
Name: Jim Ozenberger
Email: jozenberger@fs.fed.us

Assistant Or Associate Professor Of Fish Conservation Genomics

Job Description 
The University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation (CFC) and Wildlife Biology Program seek applications for a nine-month, tenure-track assistant or associate professor position in fish conservation genomics beginning fall 2015. We are interested in candidates who use genomic approaches to address ecological questions in fisheries, aquatic ecology, and population biology associated with theconservation and management of aquatic systems. Wildlife Biology is a broad interdisciplinary program between the CFC, the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences (DECS), the Division of Biological Sciences, and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit (www.cfc.umt.edu/wbio). One of the top-ranked Wildlife Biology Programs in the nation, we comprise highly interactive and collaborative faculty with outstanding records of scholarship and training in basic and applied wildlife biology. The successful candidate will complement existing programmatic strengths in wildlife ecology, conservation, and genetics, including on-campus integration of state and federal geneticists working on aquatic and terrestrial systems and a new state-of-the-art genomics core facility.
Specific responsibilities of this position include: 
• Develop a vigorous, externally-funded research program; 
• Teach an upper-division undergraduate wildlife conservation genetics course and other undergraduate or graduate courses that contribute to the Aquatic option of the Wildlife Biology Program, linking the expertise of the candidate and needs of the program; 
• Advise undergraduate students in the Aquatic option of the Wildlife Biology Program, and direct 
graduate student research in Wildlife Biology at the M.S. and Ph.D. level; and 
• Participate in Wildlife Biology, CFC, DECS, and University committees, and develop collaborations 
with state, federal, and private conservation organizations.

Contact Information:
Name: Mark Hebblewhite
Email: mark.hebblewhite@umontana.edu
Phone: 1-406-243-6675
More Information: FishGenomics UMT 2014.pdf

NASA DEVELOP Program At Colorado State University

What will you be working on?
ï?? Arizona Ecological Forecasting:
Coupling unmanned aerial systems with Landsat 8 imagery to refine risk assessments for invasive plants in the critical wetland habitat of Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
 ------------------------------OR-----------------------------------
ï?? Colorado and Wyoming Ecological Forecasting: 
Delineate the location and age of forest harvests occurring between 1987 and 2012 in the Landsat scene covering northern Colorado and southern Wyoming.
 
What else do I need to know?
  • Prefer applicants with at least one GIS course and some experience in remote sensing 
  • You must be a current student or a recent graduate (within the last year)
  • You must be available to work 20-30 hours/week (paid!) January 26th - April 23rd

See PDF attached for more information.

Contact Information:
Name: Amanda West
Email: amanda.west@colostate.edu
Website: http://develop.larc.nasa.gov/apply.html
More Information: DEVELOP recruting.pdf

PhD fellow - land tenure and rangeland management

Our team at ILRI is advertising for a PhD student to look at the nexus between rangeland governance and land use planning/land tenure:

ILRI Graduate Field Research Fellowship: Call for Applications for PhD Fellow in Rangeland Governance (http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ILRIjobs/~3/iknDxvUVGwQ/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email) (closing date: 30 November 2014)

Research sites in Ethiopia and/or Kenya and/or Tanzania.


Graduate Student position in fire ecology, Michigan State University

Graduate Student position in fire ecology, Michigan State University

One graduate student position is available on a joint project between Michigan State University’s Department of Forestry and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station to investigate the long-term ecological impacts of prescribed fire in red pine ecosystems. The student will be responsible for evaluating responses of forest soils to fire treatments in a long-term forest restoration experiment. The student will also be expected to develop independent research questions related to the overall objectives of the project.

Strong written, verbal and computation skills are essential. Prior experience participating in or leading field research or monitoring projects is desired. Successful applicants will be expected to work independently as well as collaboratively as an active member of a research group, conduct field work in variable weather conditions, and perform detailed laboratory analyses with a high level of precision. Master’s and PhD-level applicants will be considered.

The student will be co-advised by Dr. Jessica Miesel at MSU (https://www.msu.edu/~mieselje/) and Dr. Christel Kern at the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station (http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/people/Kern). The student will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI during the academic year, with extended summer travel to perform fieldwork in northern Minnesota.

To express interest, please send: (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) TOEFL scores (international students only) to Dr. Jessica Miesel at mieselje@msu.edu.


Funding is available for outstanding applicants. For full consideration, interested students should apply to the MSU Graduate School (http://grad.msu.edu/apply/online.aspx) before December 15, 2014.  Successful applicants will be housed in the Department of Forestry, with opportunity to participate in MSU’s interdisciplinary Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior program (http://eebb.msu.edu/) (ranked among the top Ecology & Evolutionary Biology PhD programs by the National Research Council) and/or the Environmental Science & Policy Program (http://www.espp.msu.edu/index.php).

For more information about the Department of Forestry, go to http://www.for.msu.edu/.

Questions about the position should be directed to Jessica Miesel (mieselje@msu.edu).

 

Contact Information:
Name: Jessica Miesel
Email: mieselje@msu.edu

PhD Opportunity in Biogeochemistry and Climate Change in Australia

PhD Opportunity in Biogeochemistry and Climate Change in Australia

Closing date 21 November 2014

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE) at the University of Western Sydney is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic PhD candidate to research soil biogeochemical responses to climate change. The student is expected to commence in 2015 and conduct original investigations of how climate and hydrology affect exchange of carbon dioxide and methane between the atmosphere and biosphere. The project will apply stable isotope tracers for scaling processes regulating methane and CO2 emissions from microsites to ecosystems in Australian forest and grassland ecosystems.

The student will be advised by Elise Pendall and will work in collaboration with a dynamic group of ecosystem researchers at HIE. The Institute offers field, controlled-environment and laboratory facilities on the Hawkesbury campus of UWS, close to the city of Sydney. HIE manages two eddy covariance flux towers, as well as two laser-based greenhouse gas analysers (for CO2, CH4 and their isotopes), a tunable diode laser for isotopes of CO2, numerous infrared gas analysers, gas chromatographs, elemental analysers and flow-injection analyzers, for environmental science investigations.

 

WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDE?

Domestic students will receive a tax free stipend of $30,392 per annum and a funded place in the doctoral

degree. International students will receive a tax free stipend of $30,392 per annum. Those with a strong track record may receive a fee waiver. Funding is available for project costs and conference travel.

CRITERIA

The successful applicant should: demonstrate excellent academic performance related to the research proposed, hold qualifications and experience equal to an Australian First Class Bachelor Honours degree or equivalent

overseas qualifications such as Master of Science, be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level, possess a background in environmental science, ecology, or soil science,

International applicants must also demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the English language. Please refer to the English language requirements at www.uws.edu.au/international/admissions/english_language_requirement

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should discuss their eligibility and interests with Dr. Elise Pendall at e.pendall@uws.edu.au, on (+612) 4570 1673. Contact the Office of Research Services to discuss enrolment and scholarships athdrscholarships@uws.edu.au.

Please submit an application form, CV, names and contact information of two referees, and a one-page research

proposal that aligns with this project’s aims. The application form can be downloaded from the web:

www.uws.edu.au/research/scholarships

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Elise Pendall
Email: e.pendall@uws.edu.au
Phone: (+612) 4570 1673

Post-Doctoral Fellow - University of Arkansas

Department:    Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Location:    The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, is located in the Ozarks of northwestern Arkansas, which is a beautiful place to live and work, with numerous recreational opportunities nearby.

 

Salary:    $40,000

 

Description:    Research projects will be based in agriculturally-affected wetlands in Arkansas and/or low-lying permafrost tundra wetlands in the Arctic. Both projects will use flux budgeting methods to understand the landscape's ecological and hydrological functioning. This research will connect between site dynamics and climate drivers with the goal of creating simplified process representations used at the scale of the global climate model. Improving the methodology of flux data processing or partitioning.

 

Considerable irregularity of hours because of frequent overtime, weekend, or shift rotation.

 

Minimum Requirements:    PhD in related discipline. Experience with any of the following: wetland ecology, biogeochemistry, biometeorology, environmental engineering, watershed or surface-water hydrology, agricultural sciences or engineering.

 

Preferred Qualifications:    Experience with Matlab or a related language, as well as experience in gas flux measurements using either chamber-based or eddy covariance methods. 

 

Where To Apply?    For a complete position announcement and information regarding how to apply, visit jobs.uark.edu (Posting #0603350)

 

Recruitment Contact Information:

Benjamin R. K. Runkle

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 ENGR 231

Phone: 479-575-2878

brrunkle@uark.edu

http://wordpress.uark.edu/brrunkle/

http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=SeZEXyoAAAAJ&hl=en

Contact Information:
Name: Benjamin R. K. Runkle
Email: brrunkle@uark.edu
Phone: 479-575-2878
More Information: University Arkansas Gas Exchange Wetlands -Postdoc-Runkle 11 3 2014.pdf

Aquatic Ecosystem Scientist at University of Montana

We are looking to hire an aquatic ecosystem scientist at UM:

 
The Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Freshwater Ecosystem Ecology. We are seeking an outstanding scientist who explores ecological questions in freshwater aquatic ecosystems and/or riparian systems. We are looking for a creative colleague to contribute to an already active research community in Ecology and Conservation Science at the University of Montana.  The successful candidate will be expected to: 1) maintain an extramurally funded research program and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; 2) teach courses in aquatic ecosystem science and ecological restoration and a graduate course in the candidate's area of expertise and 3) have a commitment to service within the College and University.  A Ph.D. in ecology or a related field is required.  Applicants should have a strong record of scholarly publication. Post-doctoral experience and evidence of successful grant-acquisition is preferred. The University of Montana is highly committed to building a culturally diverse environment. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Please visit http://bit.ly/fweco1077  for the full position description and to apply.  Application review begins on January 7, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

Contact Information:
Website: http://bit.ly/fweco1077

Ph.D. fellowships in two research areas

The Terrestrial Biogeochemistry Laboratory in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science of the University of Pennsylvania invites applicants for competitive Ph.D. fellowships in one of two research areas:

Soil carbon biogeochemistry: The primary focus is on the various biological, chemical and physical processes that contribute to soil organic matter stabilization and destabilization in both temperate and tropical surface soils. The current opportunity centers on the further development and application of thermal analysis to the characterization of soil organic matter, with increasing emphasis on cross-correlations with other advanced analytical techniques, and the quantification of pyrogenic carbon forms such as biochar.

Urban biogeochemistry: New and evolving research projects are being developed to study the biogeochemical functioning of urban ecosystems in collaboration with the USFS Philadelphia Field Station. Emphasis will be on the cycling and storage of carbon and nutrients in soil, biotic and aquatic components of urban, suburban and peri-urban ecosystems.

These fellowships are ideal for candidates who have completed an MSc in ecosystem ecology, soil science, geosciences, environmental chemistry, or related fields, but outstanding BSc graduates in such programs will be considered. Good written and oral communication skills and ability to work on a team are necessary. For further information about current research and available positions please contact Dr. Alain Plante by email (aplante@sas.upenn.edu) or consult the departmental website (http://www.sas.upenn.edu/earth). Applications can be submitted directly online (https://www.applyweb.com/upenng/) before December 15.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Alain Plante
Email: aplante@sas.upenn.edu
Website: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/earth

Full Professor Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation - Wageningen University

Job description
The principal task of this full professor position is to lead the Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation Group. The mission of this group is to understand biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics in a world that faces increasing anthropogenic pressures. The full professor is expected to work with a coherent research team on the development of innovative, relevant and high-profile research and education.
 
Research at Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation is currently organized into two main themes: 1) maintenance of biodiversity and the consequences of biodiversity loss and 2) large scale vegetation-climate feedbacks. Within these themes, empirical and theoretical research is performed at three levels of biological organization: 1) communities - the importance of plant-plant and plant-soil interactions for the maintenance of biodiversity, 2) ecosystems – the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services, and 3) landscapes – feedbacks between global change and vegetation composition.
 
The group links experimental work on plant-plant, plant-soil and plant-atmosphere interactions to simulation models and remote sensing. The group is internationally acknowledged for its work on biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, consequences of atmospheric nitrogen deposition, and climate-vegetation feedbacks. The group works in different biomes across the world, from the tundra in Siberia to temperate grasslands, and from boreal peat-lands to forest-savannah boundaries in the tropics. Application of knowledge takes place in a range of areas, including nature reserves and farmland.
 
The objective of the group is to implement new insights into the development of effective strategies to maintain and restore biodiversity, the functioning of natural ecosystems and the services they provide. Together with other full professors that have nature conservation and management as a central topic in the activities of their group, the full professor, is expected to contribute to the development of an interdisciplinary and collaborative centre for international nature conservation at Wageningen-UR. The research programme and the role in the development of new, effective nature conservation strategies constitute the basis of the education programme for BSc, MSc, and PhD students.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Bert Holtslag
Email: Bert.Holtslag@wur.nl
Phone: +31 317 48 55 19
More Information: Professor Ad.pdf

Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management

Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management

Michigan State University

Entirely Online Professional Certificate

Openings Available for Spring Semester 2015

The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is pleased to promote the 2014-2015 offering of the Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management.

The Certificate equips students with the interdisciplinary tools and conceptual background to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate forestry-based, climate-change mitigation projects. As professionals, Certification provides an edge in competing for opportunities in forest carbon project development, REDD+ policy, and carbon mitigation investments of corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations.

Students in the Certificate program learn the scientific foundations of climate change and forest-climate interactions, how forest management affects forest carbon balance, the ins and outs of forest carbon markets, the social context of forest carbon sequestration, and the tools for measuring, monitoring, and accounting for forest carbon – including satellite imagery, remote sensing, and integrated carbon sequestration models.

Delivered entirely online, the program is geared for participation from anywhere in the world with a highly practical focus closely linked to the science, methodologies, and practices used in the field today.  Applicants from a broad range of professional and disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including current M.S. and Ph.D. students, recent graduates, and working professionals. Students in the Certificate Program must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.

To earn the Certificate, students must complete four on-line courses:

•  Forest Biogeochemistry and Global Climate Change (FOR 831)

•  Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management (FOR 833)

•  Forest Carbon Policy, Economics, and Finance (FOR 835)

•  Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon (FOR 837)

FOR 831 and FOR 835 are offered during Fall Semester, and FOR 833 and FOR 837 are offered in Spring Semester. Students may take 1 or 2 courses per semester.

Enrollment is now open for 2015 Spring Semester. Applications received by December 5th will be given full consideration. U.S. domestic students must complete the application and deliver transcripts; international students must complete the application, deliver transcripts, and submit TOEFL scores. Additionally, all students must pay the application fee.

To apply, visit http://admissions.msu.edu/apply.asp and complete the online application.  Be sure to select “Graduate Certificate” from the first drop-down menu.  

For more information, visit www.for.msu.edu/forestcarbon or contact Lauren Cooper at forestc@msu.edu.  

 

Opportunity for Sponsors

The MSU Department of Forestry is currently seeking partners or sponsors to provide direct funding to students. As a non-traditional program, access to funding can be especially difficult for both domestic and international students. Because of the importance of educated professionals in ensuring the highest quality projects and policies possible, providing assistance can support education activities to improve the level of expertise as soon as possible. Many development specialists consider direct investment in the education of committed individuals of the best tools in achieving long-term change.

Once students have completed the certification, they maintain access to the program alumni network, which tracks and distributes news on policies and methodologies, facilitates internal networking, and shares research and work opportunities.

We have many creative options, including sponsoring a single student for one semester, more elaborate multi-year support, or hosting a recent graduate with a paid internship. Please contact Lauren Cooper at ltcooper@msu.edu to discuss possible arrangements.


1 PostDoc (E13 TV-L, full-time, temporary) and 3 PhD students (E13 TV-L, 75%, temporary)

See attachment.

Contact Information:
More Information: 1 PostDoc.pdf

Research Opportunity in Scottland

Project Description:
The Scottish Government (SG) is committed to a significant reduction in national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 42%, increasing to 80%, relative to 1990 baseline emissions, by 2020 and 2050 respectively. In order to achieve this world-leading reduction in emissions, a suite of complementary mitigation options will be required across all sectors, including land use, which currently accounts for approximately 20% of the national GHG emissions. Better informed land management strategies are therefore required to mitigate climate change by maintaining and enhancing land-based carbon (C) stocks, reducing emissions of other radiatively important GHGs including methane and nitrous oxide and offsetting GHG emissions produced through conventional, fossil-fuel based energy sources. This project will focus on the carbon and GHG dynamics of peatland ecosystems and will include an assessment of the impacts of forest to bog restoration in addition to the role of integrated renewable energy options in offsetting national greenhouse gas emissions. The student will undertake an extensive programme of field based and controlled environment experimental research to measure C stocks and GHG emissions from a semi-natural peatland and an afforested peatland that is due to be felled and restored subsequent to the construction of an onshore wind farm. This work will be co-supervised by The James Hutton Institute, Forest Research and The University of Aberdeen and will make a significant contribution to better informing the development of rural land management policy, especially in relation to climate change mitigation, energy security and the wider contribution of these land classes to environmental and societal benefits.
 
The specific objectives of this project are:
 
1). To quantify the climate mitigation potential of peatland ecosystems in Scotland and to assess the role of inter-annual and long-term climatic variability on the time-dependent impacts of peatland restoration on both total ecosystem C stocks and GHG emission dynamics.
 
2). To derive, using a life-cycle assessment approach, a more accurate assessment of integrated land management options on national GHG emissions.
 
3). To use a model based approach to better understand the process based variables driving the GHG dynamics of semi-natural and restored peatlands systems, and to assess how these ecosystems will respond to future climatic scenarios in Scotland.


OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship - Coupling of the Carbon and Water Cycles

The Position:

CSIRO offers PhD graduates an opportunity to launch their scientific careers through our Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) Postdoctoral Fellowships. Successful applicants will work with leaders in the field of science and receive personal development and learning opportunities.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work independently and guided by active supervisors (Lu Zhang, Francis Chiew, Pep Canadell) and interact with leading scientists from different disciplines across CSIRO, in particular the Land and Water, Oceans and Atmosphere and Agricultural Flagships. Internationally, the Postdoctoral Fellow will interact with scientists from leading institutions and universities in the field of climate, hydrology, and ecology to contribute directly to our knowledge of coupled land surface-atmosphere system. 

Specifically you will:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Improve the ability of the land surface model CABLE to simulate Australian and global coupled carbon, energy and water fluxes to improve predictions of future water availability
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.


PhD scholarship in Arctic Carbon Budgets and Ecosystem Modelling at Center for Permafrost

Project area 
The PhD project investigates the field of carbon cycling between vegetation-soil-atmosphere under future climate conditions in Greenland. The project will in particular focus on improving the knowledge about shoulder season dynamics and low temperature effects on the exchange of CO2 and CH4 in different landscape components and at different scales and it is the aim to obtain full annual C budgets for West Greenland. 

Qualifications 
The successful candidate: 
• must have obtained a Master degree or equivalent qualifications in geo-bio sciences (e.g. geography, biology, biochemistry, or environmental sciences) by the deadline of application for the position, 
• be fluent in both spoken and written English, 
• must be ready to be involved in long term field work in the Arctic region. 

Contact Information:
Website: http://employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=693938

ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/FULL PROFESSOR IN WILDLAND WATERSHED HYDROLOGY

University of California, Berkeley

Would you like to join our faculty?

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a position at the assistant, associate, or full professor level in Wildland Watershed Hydrology with an expected start date of July 1, 2015. This is an open rank search. Appointments at Associate and Full Professor would carry tenure; an appointment as Assistant Professor would be tenure-track.

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management is a community of scholars from the biological, physical, and social sciences who endeavor to understand and sustain the ecosystems of the world. Our approach is by necessity interdisciplinary given the complexity of the questions we ask and the problems we confront. We are home to a top-ranked graduate program in environmental science and a vibrant mix of undergraduate majors. The Department maintains close relationships with the faculty of allied departments on campus and with environmental scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Our leading program in the environmental sciences will provide the successful candidate with outstanding opportunities for intellectual and professional achievement.

The successful recruit is expected to develop/maintain a nationally recognized research program in landscape-scale watershed hydrology related to the fields of climatology, biogeochemistry, environmental engineering, forest ecology and management, ecohydrology, and/or geomorphology.

Contact Information:
Email: espm_recruit@berkeley.edu
Website: http://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/
More Information: Berkeley.pdf

Permanent research position with USGS in Lakewood, CO

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is seeking applicants for a permanent Research Ecologist/Research Geographer/Research Physical Scientist/Research Statistician position at the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center (GECSC; Lakewood, CO).  Scientists at the GECSC conduct research on (1) climatic, environmental and landscape change, (2) the geologic framework of natural resources and hazards, (3) ecological disturbance patterns resulting from natural and anthropogenic changes, and (4) the interactions among geologic, biologic, hydrologic, and human systems.  Additional details of the GECSC (research scientists, support staff, and facilities) may be viewed online at: http://esp.cr.usgs.gov.

Specific duties for this position will include:

•             Conduct complex, novel scientific investigations requiring the development, validation, or use of remotely sensed data products.

•             Pursue research focusing on one or more of the following areas: (1) statistical validation and assessment of uncertainties in remotely sensed data and derived products, (2) spatial and temporal patterns of change and their relationships to climate, land-use, policy, and a range of other potential drivers, or (3) impacts of landscape change assessed through the assimilation of remotely sensed data products into climate or ecosystem process models, or (4) the development of new or improved techniques for remotely sensed change detection, characterization of vegetation, and land-use/land-cover.

•             Serve as a team member in interdisciplinary research teams, coordinate and communicate to teammates and clients, support the mission of teams, serve at committees, represent USGS.

•             Contribute to professional and scientific knowledge by publishing peer-reviewed scientific journals and USGS reports as well as presenting their work at scientific conferences.

View the position announcement at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/386813400 for more details.

Applications must be submitted through www.USAJobs.gov before Friday, November 28th, 2014.   Please read the announcement carefully for qualifications and instructions about how to apply.  For question about eligibility and how to apply, please contact Joseline Martinez (jmartinezlopez@usgs.gov; 303-236-9559).  For questions about the position and the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, please contact Todd Hawbaker (tjhawbaker@usgs.gov; 303-236-1371).


Postdoctoral Researcher: Remote sensing of terrestrial carbon cycles in East Asia

Job description:

The Environmental Ecology Lab at Seoul National University is seeking one postdoctoral fellow to study remote sensing of terrestrial carbon cycles (gross primary productivity, autotrophic respiration, heterotrophic respiration) in East Asia. The postdoc researcher will 1)develop satellite-based photosynthesis and ecosystem respiration models, 2) evaluate and improve the models using “scaling” process from multi-satellite remote sensing data and in-situ observation of carbon balance data from AsiaFlux Network, and 3) combine the models and long-term satellite data to produce photosyntehsis, ecosystem respiration, and net ecosystem exchange maps between 1982 and 2012 at 8 km resolution, 15 day intervals in East Asia. To link in-situ measurement, near-surface remote sensing and satellite remote sensing, the postdoc researcher will conduct several field campaigns.

Qualifications:

A PhD in biometeorology, remote sensing, biogeoscience, hydrology or a related field is required. Applicants should have strong analytical and quantitative skills in processing and analyzing large volume of remote sensing data, and in-depth knowledge in scientific programming language (ideally, MATLAB or R) and Linux system. Strong background in terrestrial carbon cycles is required. Moderate to excellent skills in English are expected. Past experience in analyzing eddy flux tower data is preferred. Active involvement in field trips and driving license are required.

General information:

Seoul National University is located in the Gwanak Mountain, southern part of the Seoul City in South Korea. Numerous mountain trails are accessible in the campus and the center of amusement in Seoul is within 30 min. There are diverse groups of international students/scholars (currently, 2800 international students/scholars are enrolled). There is a dormitory for international scholars and a new building will be built soon. 

This is a 1-year position. Pending successful performance, the position may be renewed up to 3 years. The position is available immediately. The review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled. Please submit applications (including cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references) via email to Assistant Professor, Youngryel Ryu (ryuyr77@gmail.com). If you have any question, feel free to send emails to Dr Ryu. Welcome to visit our lab webpage to see our research and activity (http://environment.snu.ac.kr/). 

Contact Information:
Name: Youngryel Ryu
Email: ryuyr77@gmail.com
Website: http://environment.snu.ac.kr/

National Soils Program Leader

USDA Forest Service will soon be advertising the National Soils Program Leader (GS 0401) in the Rangelands Management and Vegetation Ecology staff (RM&VE). Response to this outreach will determine whether this position is advertised at the GS 13 or 14 grade level. This is a permanent, full-time position located in the Forest Service National Headquarters on 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC.
 
The focus of this position is to provide leadership, expertise, and oversight for the National Soils Program in the Washington Office.
 
Position Information – National Soils Program Leader
The incumbent will be responsible for assisting the RM&VE staff in providing national leadership for the Forest Service soils program. The incumbent should have a strong background in soils and ecological unit inventory, classification, and mapping, and experience in partnership building, collaboration, budget and target reporting, and additional soils program management at the forest or regional level. The position reports to the Assistant Director for Vegetation Ecology.
The incumbent provides advice and information for use in formulating, establishing, and effectuating policies and programs at the National level, relating to all management activities. The incumbent assists the Director in providing solutions to problems of National and multi-Regional importance.
This is an excellent opportunity to provide input to current efforts to better address soils and terrestrial ecosystem resources within the agency and across the Department of Agriculture. This position requires initiative and creativity in addressing the highly challenging and exciting issues and opportunities currently facing the soils program in the Forest Service.
 
Come work in one of the Forest Service’s diverse natural resource management programs in one of the most exciting places to work and live in the U.S. – the Washington D.C. metropolitan area!
 
Rangelands Management and Vegetation Ecology Staff
The RM&VE staff is made up of two staff groups: Rangelands Management; and Vegetation Ecology. The work is fast-paced with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of biologists, botanists, ecologists and rangeland management scientists. The staff has responsibility for the formulation and implementation of broad policies, programs, plans, standards and procedures for development and management of soils, vegetation ecology, botany, invasive species, and rangeland resources on National Forests and Grasslands.
 

Contact Information:
Name: Alix Cleveland
Email: acleveland@fs.fed.us
Phone: 202-309-4648
More Information: soils_DC.pdf

CEPLAS Announces 14 Postdoc positions (100%, EG 13 TV-L)

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Contact Information:
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Scientific Director of an Interdisciplinary Excellence Research Centre on Climate Change

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), an International Research Centre, is currently seeking an exceptional candidate to undertake the position ofScientific Director of the Centre. The BC3, based in Bilbao, Basque Country, aims to contribute to long term research on the causes and consequences of climate change in order to foster the creation of knowledge in this multidisciplinary science. BC3 seeks to be a world-class climate change research centreaimed at informing decision-making at the Basque, Spanish, and International level by integrating natural and social sciences to address the socio-economic implications of global climate change.  BC3 also seeks to prepare a highly-qualified team of researchers with the primary objective of achieving excellence in research, training and dissemination. This centre is part of the network of BERCs - Basque Excellence Research Centers supported by the Basque Government.

For more information about the centre http://www.bc3research.org and the open call: http://www.bc3research.org/join_us/job_offers.html