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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

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 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/

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.


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

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

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

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.


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/

PhD opportunity Lincoln University, New Zealand

 

Topic: Soluble organic matter is of interest due to its role in carbon and nitrogen dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems but its role in agricultural ecosystems has not been extensively examined. The study will seek to understand the role that soluble organic matter plays in regulating the storage and supply of plant available nutrients (especially Nitrogen) in agricultural production systems. A suitably qualified person is required to conduct and analyse experiments that determine the sources, supply and bioavailability of soluble organic matter in relation to mineralization within cropping and/or pasture soils.

The candidate’s PhD programme will be jointly supervised and based at Plant & Food Research and Lincoln University, New Zealand. Plant & Food Research is a New Zealand-based Crown Research Institute whose purposes is to enhance the value and productivity of New Zealand’s horticultural, arable and seafood industries to contribute to economic, environmental and social prosperity of New Zealand.  Lincoln University is New Zealand’s specialist land-based university. Lincoln is less than half an hour from Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. The Department of Soil and Physical Sciences resides within the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Both institutes provide excellent facilities and resources for the planned project.

 

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Tim Clough
Email: Timothy.Clough@lincoln.ac.nz
Phone: 03 423 0775
Website: http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/
More Information: Project title.pdf

Postdoc position at Scripps

POSTDOC POSITION AT SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY: 

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to advance understanding of the dynamics of boreal and arctic ecosystems in a time of rapid climate change. The study will leverage the complementary information contained in measurements of atmospheric CO2 concentration and satellite measurements of land ecosystem biological productivity.  The work is directly relevant to improving predictions of how boreal and arctic ecosystems will change over the next century, as CO2continues to rise and climate continues to warm. The project will entail close collaboration between the Prof. Ralph Keeling at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Dr. Ramakrishna Nemani of the NASA Ames Research Center, leveraging synergies between the observational capabilities of the Scripps CO2 program and the data analysis and ecosystem modeling capabilities of the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) platform at Ames.  Candidates with experience with analyzing large datasets are especially encouraged to apply.  Desired start date is as soon as possible, and preferably before Feb 1, 2015.  Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.  Interested candidates should contact Ralph Keeling (rkeeling@ucsd.edu).

Contact Information:
Name: Ralph Keeling
Email: rkeeling@ucsd.edu
Phone: 858 534 7582

Entomologist GS-0414-9/11/12

Region 2, Forest Health Protection
Rapid City, South Dakota
 
DUTIES:
The position serves as entomologist for the Rapid City Service Center, Region 2-Forest Health Protection. The position reports directly to the Rapid City Service Center Leader.
As the Entomologist, the incumbent is on a Forest Service unit where the incumbent performs a variety of professional entomology tasks. Plans, coordinates, and conducts forest health protection surveys and evaluations on Federal and Tribal lands. Provides technical assistance in forest health to federal and state agencies. Analyzes data and prepares complete and comprehensive reports. Plans, organizes, and conducts pilot projects, field tests, and demonstrations to determine the value of new or improved materials, strategies, or techniques for operational use in pest survey, evaluation, or management. Coordinates with research scientists on new findings applicable to forest health protection.
The Rapid City Service Center covers a wide range of forests, from high elevation alpine forests, to eastern hardwood forest on the plains.
 
See attachment for more details

 

Contact Information:
Website: www.usajobs.opm.gov/
More Information: ent outreach.pdf

PhD Student Opportunity with Aspen - Utah State University

We are seeking a PhD student interested in aspen (Populus tremuloides) distribution, adaptation, and restoration in the Intermountain West.   The student will be involved in research to understand the genetic, physiological, and cytological aspects of aspen distribution and adaptation at the landscape scale, with an emphasis on restoration implications.  The work will build on a variety of previous genetic studies of aspen at USU.

The dissertation topic(s) are flexible. The student will be affiliated with the USU Ecology Center and the QCNR Department of Wildland Resources, and will be advised by Dr. Karen Mock, but may draw on the expertise of several other USU faculty members, including Drs. Keith Mott, Zach Gompert, and Paul Wolf in the Biology Department and Drs. James Long, Justin DeRose, and James Lutz in the Department of Wildland Resources. Additionally, the student will work with Dr. Bryce Richardson (Research Plant Geneticist, USDA Forest Service).

We encourage applications from students with a variety of interests and skills related to the project. Applicants should:

- have a MS degree in Natural Resources, Biology, Botany, Ecology completed by May 2015, although exceptional candidates with only a BS degree will also be considered,
- have competitive GPA (>3.5 cumulative preferred) and GRE scores (>70% preferred, >40% required), and
- have evidence of success and independence in completing previous projects (e.g. publications, professional presentations)
 
See attachment for more detail.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Karen Mock
Email: karen.mock@usu.edu
More Information: PhD_UtSU.pdf

MS Opportunity with Aspen - Utah State

We are seeking a MS student interested in aspen (Populus tremuloides) distribution, adaptation, and restoration in the Intermountain West. The student will be involved in a broader research effort to understand the genetic, physiological, and cytological aspects of aspen distribution and adaptation at the landscape scale, with an emphasis on restoration implications. The MS student will have a lead role in an established project to explore the propagation and utility of aspen seedlings in reforestation efforts in southern Utah. This project will entail construction, planting, and monitoring of up to 20 small exclosures on private land near Cedar City, Utah. The student will be expected to work effectively and professionally with landowners, project collaborators, and a crew of undergraduate students. The work will build on a variety of previous on aspen research at USU. The student will be affiliated with the QCNR Department of Wildland Resources, and will be advised by Dr. Karen Mock, but may draw on the expertise of several other USU faculty members, including Drs. James Long, Justin DeRose, and James Lutz in the Department of Wildland Resources.

We encourage applications from students with a variety of interests and skills related to the project. Applicants should:
- have a BS degree in Forestry, Natural Resources, Biology, Botany, Ecology, or a related field completed by May 2015,
- have a competitive GPA (>3.5 cumulative preferred, >3.0 required) and GRE scores (>70% preferred, >40% required),
- have experience related to the project goals (e.g. fence construction & maintenance, plant growth and physiology metrics, greenhouse propagation, field data collection, statistical analysis, GIS and mapping, etc.),
- be physically able to perform fieldwork in remote locations with little supervision ( e.g. lifting, driving 4wd vehicles, digging, hiking, camping), and
- be able to oversee small crews of undergraduate students in field conditions.
- have strong verbal, written, and computational skills.
 
See attachment for more information.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Karen Mock
Email: karen.mock@usu.edu
More Information: MS_UstU.pdf

PhD Position in Niche Modeling (Climate Change and Amphibians)

We are seeking an outstanding student to pursue a PhD in Environmental and Ecological Niche Modeling in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The study will focus on environmental factors that form critical subnivium (below-snow) conditions at macroscopic scales, experimentally manipulate those conditions via the deployment of micro- greenhouses to simulate future warming conditions, and model the effects of future warming on the distribution of freeze-tolerant amphibians using mechanistic niche models. This is a NSF-funded project and support for the successful applicant is available for four years. The PhD assistantship will begin in the fall of 2015.
Applicants must have a MS degree in geography, zoology, wildlife, ecology, evolution or other related discipline. Applicants with a BS degree will only be considered if substantial relevant experience can be shown. A solid working knowledge of GIS and statistics is required. Although not a requirement, the preferred candidate will have experience in amphibian biology, especially relating to ecology and/or physiology. Applicants with strong quantitative skills will be given preference. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work and lead a research team, are essential. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue until a suitable candidate is chosen.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote
excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to
both US citizen and international candidates. Current annual stipend levels are $21,224 per year before taxes, plus tuition remission and health care benefits. A start date of September 2015 is envisioned.
Interested applicants are asked to e-mail the documents listed below to our Student Services
Coordinator Sara Rodock (rodock@wisc.edu) (in ONE PDF file please).
1) Our departmental graduate application cover sheet (http://go.wisc.edu/oxbq0b)
2) Letter outlining research interests, academic and professional backgrounds
3) Resume or CV
4) Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable at this point)
5) GRE scores
6) Names and contact addresses of three references
 
Questions should be directed to Drs. Pauli (jnpauli@iwsc.edu), Zuckerberg (bzuckerberg@wisc.edu), and Porter (wpporter@wisc.edu)


Terrestrial Biodiversity Modeling for Southern Myanmar

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship (2-years)

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to be based at the Smithsonian’s office in Yangon, Myanmar. 

Successful candidates will be expected to develop innovative and applied new research to model terrestrial biodiversity for the Tanintharyi region of southern Myanmar.  This will include working with local and international partners to compile existing information on the distribution of terrestrial species, developing new and current assessments of land cover/forest cover change for the Tanintharyi, and integrating species distribution data with land cover change information.  The postdoctoral associate will also be a point person for developing targeted training and capacity building activities to advance the state of biodiversity mapping and planning in Myanmar.

This is a full-time, 1-year initial appointment, renewable for an additional year. The position is mostly based in Yangon, Myanmar (75% of the time), with some time spent at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, VA, to coordinate research and modeling with Smithsonian senior scientists (25% of the time).

Qualifications:

The postdoctoral scientist will have extensive experience in the application of spatial analysis and satellite remote sensing to species conservation.  He/she must have a strong background in conservation and spatial ecology, with significant quantitative skills, specifically in:

  1. Using remote sensing to create land cover and land cover change data
  2. Linking environmental data from remote sensing with species location data
  3. Analyzing species distribution data
  4. Developing habitat and distribution models.

The postdoctoral scientist also needs to have advanced knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), as well as the use of R for analyzing data and programming. 

Contact Information:
Email: scbi.gis@gmail.com
More Information: Post Doc Myanmar.pdf

Sahara Conservation Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF) are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to be based at SCBI’s facilities in Front Royal, VA, with regular site visits to Chad.  Duties include:

Tracking the movements, habitat selection, and survival of reintroduced scimitar-horned oryx at the Ouadi Rimé-Ouadi Achim Game Reserve using satellite GPS collars and remote sensing. Successful candidates are expected to develop innovative research on habitat selection, movement ecology, and dispersal of newly released scimitar-horned oryx.  They will be responsible for developing satellite remote sensing and habitat mapping approaches, as well as managing all aspects of satellite tracking (selection of tracking devices, deployment, data management) and movement data processing and analysis.

This is a full-time, 1-year initial appointment beginning April 1, renewable for an additional year.

Qualifications:

The postdoctoral scientist will have extensive experience in the application of spatial analysis and satellite remote sensing to species conservation.  He/she must have a strong background in conservation and spatial ecology, with significant quantitative skills, specifically in:

  1. Using remote sensing to create land cover and land cover change data
  2. Linking environmental data from remote sensing with species location data
  3. Analyzing species movement and distribution data
  4. Developing habitat models.

The postdoctoral scientist also needs to have advanced knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), as well as the use of R for analyzing data and programming. Previous work on herbivore or ungulate ecology and fluency in French also are advantageous but not required.    

Contact Information:
Email: scbi.gis@gmail.com
More Information: Postdoc Annoucement Oryx.pdf

Post-doctoral Fellow: Modeling Vegetation Management Effects on Ecosystem Services

POST DOCTORAL FELLOW: Modeling Vegetation Management Effects on Ecosystem Services

Project Description:

Landscape change by way of woody plant proliferation is widespread in central and western North America. The effects of woody plant expansion and ‘brush management’ aimed at reducing their proliferation for improved forage production and stream flow have been widely studied, and results indicate that management expectations are often not met. Reasons for this are unclear. Furthermore, effects on other ecosystem services (ESs) are largely understudied and remain unknown. As a result, we are poorly positioned to predict or objectively evaluate trade-offs or synergies associated with contrasting management scenarios. A new project, funded by the USDA, will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of vegetation management effects on a suite of ESs (e.g., forage production, plant diversity, primary production, carbon sequestration, evapotranspiration, water/sediment yield) with the aim of improving the ability of existing simulation models to predict ESs changes in managed rangelands. We seek an individual with modeling expertise to lead an effort that will compare and contrast a portfolio of ESs on instrumented watersheds with intact and cleared woody vegetation using an integrated combination of field survey, flux tower, and high resolution remote sensing data. Dynamic simulation and decision support models will be used to evaluate how contrasting land cover, climate, and management scenarios will impact the provisioning of rangeland ESs at watershed scales. The post-doctoral fellow will work with a team that includes physiological ecologists, hydrologists, resource economists, and ecosystem and remote sensing scientists at the University of Arizona (Steve Archer, Greg Barron-Gafford, Phil Guertin), Arizona State University (Enrique Vivoni), New Mexico State University (Heather Throop), and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Southwest Watershed Research Center (Phil Heilman, Russell Scott). The successful candidate is expected to generate peer-reviewed publications in top-tier scientific journals and to serve as Co-PI on future proposals. 

Contact Information:
Name: Steve Archer
Email: sarcher@email.arizona.edu
More Information: Post-Doc Position Description.pdf

Research Assistant/Technician in arctic tundra ecosystem science

We invite applications for a seasonal Research Assistant/Technician position based at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA and Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole, MA with a summer field season on the North Slope of Alaska (Toolik Field Station). The applicant will be hired through Wilkes University, reside in the Toolik Field Station (http://toolik.alaska.edu) between June and August, and then move to MBL for the rest of the season. MBL manages the long-term ecology research (LTER) project at Toolik and is home to dozens of scientists, postdocs, and research assistants studying the Arctic system. The position is funded by NSF for 6 months/year for three years.  

The candidate will study how locally adapted populations of tussock species respond differently to changing climate and affect ecosystem function and biogeochemical cycling in the Arctic tundra in northern Alaska. The job duties include setting up warming experiments, recording plant growth and phenology, and measuring photosynthesis and respiration in reciprocal transplant gardens under warming treatments across a gradient of study sites in tundra ecosystems in northern Alaska. Activities in Woods Hole include chemistry analyses and data analyses. The candidate will work closely with a postdoc hired by this project and supervised by Drs. Jim Tang (MBL), Ned Fetcher (Wilkes University), and Michael Moody (University of Texas-El Paso).

A BA/BS in ecology, evolution, or environmental sciences is required. An MA in one of the above fields is encouraged. Strong experience in field instrumentation, particularly with infrared gas analyzers (IRGA), dataloggers, and climatic sensors, is essential. The successful candidate should be able to work independently for a long time and live in a remote setting.

Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous physical activity (e.g., working long hours in potentially harsh environmental conditions, carrying ~40 pound pack across uneven terrain) and prepared to live in an isolated research camp.  The successful candidate should be available for travel to Alaska in late May or early June and should be able to remain in Alaska through the end of August.  All travel and living expenses while in Alaska will be paid in addition to a salary.

Please send a brief cover letter indicating your interest and experience, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts and the names, addresses, phone number, and email address of three references to: Dr. Jim Tang (jtang@mbl.edu) and Dr. Ned Fetcher (ned.fetcher@wilkes.edu). Review of applications will start Feb. 1, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.


Research Fellow in Soil Biogeochemistry/plant-soil Interactions

College of Life Sciences and Medicine

This exciting post will support an on-going project that tests, in agricultural grassland, how variations in plant functional diversity influence rates of soil carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycling processes that underpin the delivery of the ecosystem services of C and N retention and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation. We require an enthusiastic Research Fellow with a track-record of conducting research on soil biogeochemistry and plant-soil interactions, and in using stable isotope tracers in ecological settings. You will join a consortium led by The University of Manchester and will be responsible for undertaking both fieldwork in the Yorkshire Dales on an established experimental platform where plant trait diversity has been manipulated, and laboratory work at Aberdeen.

As this post is funded by BBSRC it will be offered for an initial period of 19 months. This appointment will be made subject to the usual terms and conditions of employment of the University.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 scale (£31,342 - £33,242 per annum), with placement according to qualifications and experience. Consideration will be given to making an appointment at Research Assistant, Grade 5 level in the first instance (£26,274 - £29,552 per annum) for individuals in the final stages of completing their PhD.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Professor David Johnson (d.johnson@abdn.ac.uk)


PhD position at the University of Sheffield

PhD position at the University of Sheffield (fully funded for students of any nationality with no residency restriction), a collaboration between the Animal and Plant Sciences Department (Dr. D Zona), and the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering (Prof. S. Banwart), studying the impact of climate change on the C balance in the Arctic.
 
Accelerated thawing and drainage of peatlands due to climate change can represent a major positive feedback on atmosphere CO2 levels, concomitant with the loss of soil organic carbon. The goal of this project is to study the spatial patterns and the dependency on potential drivers of soil carbon budgets that can be observed from laboratory, field, and satellite data in the Arctic tundra. The student will combine existing data and collect additional data while travelling to a variety of sites in Alaska. This project has the ultimate goal of deriving new formulations that can correctly reproduce the spatial patterns of soil carbon across the Arctic.
The post would suit a motivated student interested in climate change with an enthusiasm for a mix of field, lab, and computer based work. Desirable skills include experience conducting field work in the Arctic, or in other extreme environments, experience with measuring GHG fluxes with gas analyzers (Licor or Los Gatos, etc.), and experience with remote sensing image processing.
 
Students will receive an annual stipend of £16,913 in 2015/16, rising with inflation thereafter.  Support for travel and consumables (RTSG) will also be made available at standard rate of £2,563 per annum, with an additional one-off allowance of £1,000 for a computer in the first year.
 
More information about the project and details on how to apply:

 


Master's thesis or Internship opportunity - Switzerland

Survey of alpine plants near climate stations in Switzerland

The ‘Mountain Ecosystems’ and ‘Climate Research’ teams at the Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL in Switzerland are looking for Master’s students and paid summer field assistants in the project: ‘Warmer temperatures, less snow, earlier plant development? Using a long-term meteorological network to unravel temperature and snow effects on mountain vegetation’. A field crew will visit up to 70 climate stations at high elevation (1500-3000 m asl) all over the Swiss Alps in partly remote alpine areas to record the vegetation at the stations. The field crew would consist of a postdoc, 1 or 2 Master’s students and 1 or 2 field assistants. The position should start in June 2015. The end of the season would probably be at the end of September.

Requirements are ï?·

  • Good knowledge of vascular plant species identification and the motivation to rapidly learn approx. 350 alpine plant species ï?·
  • Masters/Bachelor/basic studies in Biology, Ecology, or a similar field ï?·
  • Physical fitness and robustness (access mainly on foot and may span ≥1000 vertical meters) ï?·
  • Experience, ability and confidence to move in trackless alpine terrain ï?·
  • Motivation and patience for long working days outdoors under sometimes harsh conditions (sometimes multiple days in a row) ï?·
  • Team spirit ï?·
  • Driving licence and language skills are an advantage

Payment will depend on academic degree and position in this project. Expenses for food and lodging during field work will be covered. For more information, contact Christian Rixen (rixen@slf.ch, phone +41 (0)81 417 02 14). 

Contact Information:
Name: Christian Rixen
Email: rixen@slf.ch
Phone: +41 (0)81 417 02 14)

Research Associate and Lab Manager, Biogeochemistry Lab

The Phillips lab at Indiana University is seeking a highly-motivated individual to join our team as a full-time lab manager. Research in the lab focuses on quantifying how plant-microbe interactions influence biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem processes in forests (please visit: http://sites.bio.indiana.edu/~phillipslab/index.html). The successful applicant will spend most of their time working in the lab, and will be responsible for leading and conducting fieldwork during the growing season (April to October). Lab duties include: maintaining a clean and safe work environment, ordering supplies, overseeing lab finances, supervising lab personnel, training and mentoring undergraduate technicians, operating and maintaining scientific instruments, analyzing and organizing data, and helping to write and edit manuscripts. Field duties include collecting soil and plant tissue samples, maintaining in situ instruments, measuring dendrometer bands, downloading data from data loggers, and supervising field campaigns.

Employment duration:

The initial appointment is for one year, starting in April, 2015, with the strong possibility of an extension (depending on funds and satisfactory performance).

Qualifications:

B.S. or M.S. (preferred) in the biological sciences - with a focus in ecology, biogeochemistry, environmental science, or soil science. Experience with flow injection and combustion analyzers, field ecology methods, soil analyses, and data organization/analysis is strongly preferred.

Additional requirements:

An essential quality is willingness to conduct strenuous physical activity in the field under adverse conditions such as heat, high humidity, ticks, chiggers, steep terrain, and so forth. The successful applicant should be proficient with map, compass, and GPS and must be able to carry soil samples (up to 30 lbs.) in a backpack through rugged terrain. The successful applicant will also need to have access to a reliable vehicle for fieldwork (mileage will be reimbursed). Overall, the successful applicant must be well-organized, detail-oriented, posses strong analytical and interpersonal skills, and able to work effectively with minimal supervision as part of a research team.

Salary:

$26,000 - $30,000 (commensurate with experience). Full benefits are included (see: http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/benefits/neweeo/support-index.html for details).

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Richard P. Phillips
Email: rpp6@indiana.edu
Website: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1347
More Information: Job ad for lab manager_Phillips lab.pdf

USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

From Pore to Profile to Planet: Improving predictions of soil carbon dynamics through data-model synthesis

Short Description: This research opportunity provides the chance for an innovative early-career scientist to make significant advances in our capacity to effectively model terrestrial carbon cycle responses to climate change. We welcome proposals to meet this general goal and, while we do not want to limit the directions proposed by applicants, areas we believe are especially fruitful are: (1) integration of highly mechanistic modeling approaches to soil carbon transformations (e.g., reactive transport models) with empirical based biogeochemical models (e.g., regional, national, and global models); (2) improvement in the accessibility/utility of datasets for the development, evaluation, and testing of carbon models; and (3) scaling of models across varying complexity and temporal and/or spatial scale. To learn more about this research opportunity, please visit:

http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/opps/2015/15-29%20Lawrence.htm

Proposed Duty Station: Denver, CO (with potential for time spent in Moab, UT and Menlo Park, CA)

Areas of Ph.D.:  Biogeochemistry, Geochemistry, Numerical Modeling, Soil Science, or related disciplines (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines but with knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity will be considered).

Research Advisor(s): Corey Lawrence (clawrence@usgs.gov); Sasha Reed (USGS); Todd Hawbaker (USGS); Mark Waldrop (USGS); Crystal Ng (University of Minnesota)

Application Deadline: February 17th, 2015

To learn more about this research opportunity, please visit: http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/opps/2015/15-29%20Lawrence.htm

General information about the Mendenhall Fellowship Program and how to apply is available here:http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/

Contact Information:
Name: Corey Lawrence
Email: clawrence@usgs.gov
Website: http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/opps/2015/15-29%20Lawrence.htm

Shoshone Wilderness/Trails Position

The North Zone of Shoshone National Forest (Cody, WY) plans on hiring the following positions for the 2015 field season.

·   4 - Trails positions involving construction / maintenance of trails throughout the backcountry

·   2 – Trail inspectors Primarily inspecting contractor trail work throughout the backcountry

·   2 – Wilderness Rangers positions will be primarily involved in wilderness inventory, monitoring, and inspections

·   1 – Montana Conservation Corps. trail crew liaison. This person should have a high level of trail construction experience and be willing to give direction to a crew of 6.

**All positions will be filled through the usajobs.gov website.**   contact Crosby Davidson (ctdavidson@fs.fes.us) or Shannon Pils (srpils@fs.fed.us) for more information

What are the requirements/duties? (will vary between positions)

·      Extended trips (up to 10 days) in remote rugged wilderness areas under potentially inclement weather conditions and many overnight stays in primitive camping conditions.

·      Work is in densely populated grizzly bear habitat.

·      Extensively ride/pack horses in a backcountry setting with steep rugged terrain. Prior horse experience preferred

·      Make visitor contacts related to compliance with food storage and other forest regulations, inventory of campsites and camp inspections, and packing and installing signs and food storage facilities in the backcountry.

·      Use a variety of hand tools and crosscut saws to clear and maintain trails within the wilderness.

 

·      Possess state driver’s license

How do I apply?

·          These vacancies will be available for applications on usajobs.gov.

·          Search for temporary jobs with the USDA Forest Service at duty stations in Wyoming on the Shoshone National Forest (Cody, Lander, Dubois) or by the announcement numbers listed below.

·          You may apply for more than 1 position

·          Follow application instructions and be sure to select Cody, WY as a duty location if you want to work on the North Zone

·          There will be only one announcement for each type of temporary position on the Shoshone, be sure to apply for each and specify the locations for which you want to be considered.

Contact Information:
Name: Crosby Davidson
Email: ctdavidson@fs.fed.us
Phone: 307-578-5227
More Information: seasonalflyerbackcountry2015.pdf

Trinity College Dublin - Department of Botany

Teagasc Walsh Fellowship

Four year research studentship at 22K Euros per year

Modelling biogeochemical cycling in grazed pasture systems

Supervisors: Professor Mike Williams (Trinity College) and Dr Gary Lanigan (Teagasc)

Applicants are sort for a four year, funded Walsh Fellowship leading to a PhD. The successful student will be part of a research team modelling GHG emissions from Irish agriculture. The objectives of the four year study are:-

  • Simulate emissions from grazed pastures
  • Model field scale N abatement options
  • Incorporate these field-scale emissions into a farm systems model framework
  • Rank abatement options in terms of cost-benefit to enable informed decision framework.


Existing field data from a range of trials will be used in conjunction with PaSim and FarmSIM models to enable an accurate simulation of field and farm scale N and C cycling. This will be verified by comparing outputs to measured data. These models will allow us to simulate dairy and beef systems dynamically and assess the impacts of N abatement on reactive N losses and N offtakes at a field and whole farm scale.

Applicants will be expected to have some experience with data analysis and modelling and have a 2.1 or above degree in a related subject area.

Interested applicants should send a letter of application and CV to willimsm@tcd.ie by 6pm 16th February. Further information can be provided by contacting Prof Mike Williams at willimsm@tcd.ie too.

Successful applicants will be expected to start on the 30th of March. Grant award is on condition that the student begins their studies by April 2015.

 


3 Postdoctoral researchers on Biodiversity Theory

3 Postdoctoral researchers on “Biodiversity Theory”
(initially limited until September 30th, 2016 with possibility of extension subject to the further funding
of iDiv, full-time employment, Salary: Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L)
Topic / job description:
  • ï?· mathematical description of ecological systems
  • ï?· programming ecological models in C and R or similar languages
  • ï?· write scientific papers on the project in internationally peer-reviewed journals
  • ï?· present the research at national and international meetings
  • ï?· supervise MSc/PhD students
  • ï?· take part in teaching activities at iDiv or FSU Jena
Requirements / expected profile:
  • ï?·A PhD degree in biology, ecology, mathematics, physics or a similar discipline
  • ï?· Strong quantitative skills including mathematical, computational and ecological programming
  • ï?· Experience in ecologically-relevant theory (e.g., metabolic theory, food-web theory, ecological stoichiometry) and quantitative statistical modeling
  • ï?· Excellent knowledge of the English language in speaking and writing, evidenced by your publication record
  • ï?· Experience in training or supervising students
  • ï?· Independent mind with a clear drive to do science
The postdocs will be expected to work together on projects, utilizing their complementary skills and
collaborate with other iDiv research groups to undertake high-impact research.
 
Applications are accepted until March 3rd, 2015 and should include a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and PhD, MA/BA/Diploma certificates. Applications should be sent to application@idiv.de in a single PDF file with registration no. 11/2015 in the subject line and be addressed to Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brose. We prefer applications in electronic form. Hard copy applications can be sent to German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig; Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brose; Deutscher Platz 5e; 04103 Leipzig.
 
For queries on the application process or more information on this position please contact Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brose at ulrich.brose@idiv.de or telephone number 0341/97 33205.
 
Applying via email is questionable under data protection law. The sender assumes full responsibility.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Ulrich Brose
Email: ulrich.brose@idiv.de
Phone: 0341/97 33205
More Information: 3PostdocPositionsBiodiversityTheory_iDiv.pdf

PhD Studentship: Long-term climate change effects on soil microbial diversity and function

We are seeking a motivated PhD Student to investigate changes in soil diversity and function at the Buxton Climate Change Impacts Laboratory.
 
The studentship will be based at the Lancaster Environment Centre and CEH Wallingford.
***PhD Project with guaranteed funding:***
Long-term climate change effects on soil microbial diversity and function
 

The responses of soil microorganisms to climate change will influence a number of key ecosystem processes. Changes in precipitation and temperature can affect soil microorganisms directly by altering their activity and growth but also indirectly via changes in vegetation and plant inputs. We are only beginning to understand how the effects of climate change might modify the structure and function of soil microbial communities and it is essential that we look beyond short-term responses to determine how shifts in soil microbial communities could affect soil processes and plant growth over the longer term.

The successful applicant will work at the Buxton Climate Change Impacts Laboratory (BCCIL), one of the longest-running climate change experiments in the world. Field measurements, lab studies and greenhouse experiments will be combined with state-of-the art biogeochemical and molecular techniques to investigate how shifts in soil microbial communities relate to plant traits, decomposition processes, and nutrient dynamics. The results of the project will provide a better mechanistic understanding of the impact of climate changes on soil microorganisms and the processes they mediate.

For further details and to apply, please see the STARS website: 

http://www.starsoil.org.uk/portal/projects//002439/long-term-climate-change-effects-on-soil-microbial-diversity-and-function

 


Biological Science Technician (Plants)

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.

DUTIES:

As a Biological Science Technician (Plants), you will assist with implementation of vegetation protocols for the San Francisco Bay Area Network (SFAN) of National Parks.  Your field responsibilities will include navigating to remote locations by foot or vehicle; identifying native and non-native plant species; following detailed protocols; mapping plant populations, recording environmental parameters, and removing invasive plants. You will collect and compile data for the program, including gathering field data with paper datasheets, hand-held computers, cameras, and Global Positioning System (GPS) devices; entering data into computerized spreadsheets, databases, and Geographic Information System (GIS) programs; routinely verifying data accuracy and consistency; and performing basic data analyses. Under direct supervision, you will lead interns or volunteers, schedule field work, maintain equipment, train others in methods and equipment use, and implement a safety program for the team.  Some travel to Pinnacles National Park and John Muir National Historic Site may be required.

For more, see https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/392357700


Biotech - Dorena Genetic Resource Center

Dorena Genetic Resource Center – Cottage Grove

Biotech (Plants)  (GS-0404-4 and GS-0404-5)      1 position at each level from May 3 – Oct. 31, 2015    

Apply Feb. 4-10 to two vacancy announcements:                                                                         

15-TEMP-R6PLANTS-S4-DT-PM and 15-TEMP-R60404-5-PLNT-DT-PG

Duties include disease-resistance screening of native conifers, inoculating seedlings and assessing disease symptoms in nursery, greenhouse and field trials. Extensive travel required. Other responsibilities include breeding and seed production efforts.  Key responsibilities include data collection and management and report writing. No government housing available. Work week is typically Mon-Thurs, 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Contact is Angelia Kegley, akegley@fs.fed.us or (541) 767-5711.

Contact Information:
More Information: 2015-temps-recruiting-list-UmpquaNF-Phase2.pdf

Vacancy permafrost GHG emissions at VU Amsterdam

Job description

The Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics group of the Department of Earth Sciences and Ecology at VU University Amsterdam has a postdoc position available in studying methane emissions from tundra ecosystems and thaw lakes in the Arctic (e.g. Siberia) as affected by melting permafrost. These systems interact substantially with the atmospheric carbon pool and hence climate through decomposition of old soil carbon, lake and vegetation development, fires, and emission of methane. In this project we will use a suite of existing C-observations both from land and inland waters to determine methane and carbon budgets and develop process models to be used in Earth Systems models in quantifying the Arctic methane climate feedback. The position is funded by the Earth System Science Centre Netherlands by its recently funded Gravity program: Reading the Past to Project the Future. 
  
The candidate will assist in maintenance of an eddy covariance setup at a tundra site in the Far North east of Siberia and perform novel field observations and data analysis. He/she is expected to further develop existing and new models to predict CH4 and CO2 budgets and emissions from thaw lake and tundra ecosystems. 
 

Requirements

We offer a challenging postdoc position for a researcher: 

• With a recent PhD in biogeochemistry, earth sciences or ecology. 
• Demonstrated technical skills in data acquisition and scientific computing, 
• Preparedness to work for some time in harsh environmental conditions in remote places. 

The person qualifying for the position is expected to have: 
• Research interests in detection and modelling of GHG emissions from terrestrial surfaces, the carbon budgets of tundra ecosystems, and modelling to extrapolate current observations into recent past.  
• Some expertise isotope analyses and interpretation (13C) is desired.

For more information, see: https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/VU/vacancy/26394/lang/en/


University of Washington - Assistant/Associate Professor

THE OPPORTUNITY:

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) within the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University (WSU) is seeking a dynamic, motivated, problem-solving leader to join an extraordinary team of scientists and extension experts in non-irrigated cropping systems. As an integral part of this team, we are looking to fill a 12-month, tenure-track (assistant rank) or tenured (associate rank), extension and research position to begin August 1, 2015, or as negotiated, at the Pullman, Washington campus. The successful applicant will develop a nationally-recognized and regionally-relevant program focused on soil nutrient and residue management to enhance crop productivity while increasing profits and improving soil quality. The crop and soil science programs at WSU are centered in the heart of the geologically unique Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest, featuring some of the world’s deepest and most productive loess soils. The nationally recognized soil science faculty supports two major, overlapping research themes: sustainable agriculture and vadose zone hydrology. Within these broad themes, faculty lead collaborative research on organic, conservation and precision agriculture, biogeochemistry, contaminant transport, storm water management, nutrient cycling, microbial dynamics, climate change mitigation, proximal soil sensing, digital soil mapping, and bioenergy development.

This position is directly responsible to the CSS Department Chair.

Contact Information:
More Information: NOV Soil nutrient and residue management Final 2.2.15.pdf

Postdoc - Iowa State University Dept of Entomology

Postdoctoral Research Associate:  Iowa State University Department of Entomology seeks a postdoctoral research associate to lead a population modeling effort to support a multi-disciplinary team developing an Endangered Species Act prelisting conservation plan for the monarch butterfly in Iowa.  Milkweed species distribution, spatial arrangements, and patch features in Iowa agroecosystems will be a major feature of the conservation plan. The selected candidate will develop monarch population dynamic models for varying land management options and climatic conditions. Interested candidates should possess a strong background in spatially-structured modeling.  The modeling research is anticipated to integrate the relative contribution of landscape scale habitat characteristics, with monarch and milkweed life history parameters, in an explicit geospatial and temporal context.  Results of the modeling will inform laboratory- and field-based research priorities to reduce uncertainty in population dynamic projections.  Ultimately the modeling research will support a monarch restoration program that incorporates the spatial arrangement and characteristics of habitat requirements for larval productivity as well as nectar forage and roosting habitat to support adult viability and reproductive performance.  This position requires collaboration with University faculty, State and Federal Agency personnel, and Extension specialists.  The candidate is expected to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.   

Position is available immediately. Candidate must have a Ph.D. in entomology, ecology or related discipline with modeling expertise relevant to forecasting monarch population dynamics in a landscape dominated by agriculture production systems.  This position is initially a three year appointment, which may be extended. Competitive salary and health benefits included. The position is located at Iowa State University Department of Entomology, Ames, IA.  Applicants may submit curriculum vitae with references’ names and contact information, University transcripts, and cover letter describing their previous research experience to Dr. Sue Blodgett via email to sblodg@iastate.edu.


Post-Doc in Movement of Invasive Species

Post-Doc in Movement of Invasive Species at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

 

We are seeking a post-doctoral candidate to collaborate on a multi-institution (e.g., The Ohio State University, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, USGS) project assessing the movement of invasive Asian carp in the waters of North America.  Familiarity in population and dispersal modeling, using programs such as MARK, R, or MATLAB is required. Experience with acoustic telemetry  and capture-recapture data is desirable.  Strong computer programming and writing skills and an interest in statistical approaches are a must.  The candidate will access a growing (10+ years) multi-river movement database of locations of acoustic-tagged Asian carp and native fishes in the central and northern US. These data will be used to develop a statistically robust dispersal model for Asian carp in rivers linked to population demographics.

 

Requirement: PhD in ecology, biology, fisheries, wildlife, or related fields, with strong quantitative abilities and a proven publication record.

 

Start Date and Duration: Immediately for 2-years, with opportunity for renewal based on performance and funding.

 

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

 

To apply send e-mail application to:

 

Jim Garvey, Director and Professor

Department of Zoology

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale, IL 62901

jgarvey@siu.edu

Contact Information:
Name: Jim Garvey
Email: jgarvey@siu.edu

Fluxcourse 2015

See attachment.

Contact Information:
More Information: FluxcourseFlyer2015.pdf

Postdoc position - N2O fluxes from grazed pastures in NZ

We have a postdoctoral research position available for up to 2½ years focussed on the development and deployment of an eddy covariance system capable of measuring N2O fluxes within intensively grazed dairy farms in New Zealand.  The successful candidate will help install and maintain the equipment, collect and interpret data, and write papers in this cutting edge field of research.  You will be part of a team currently measuring CO2 and water fluxes from pastures and wetlands. Our goal is to find management practices that decrease our greenhouse gas burden on the atmosphere while maintaining production.

Further details about the team and our research can be found on www.waiber.com.

The full position description can be viewed at the University of Waikato vacancy page:  www.jobs.waikato.ac.nz (ref# 350058) where applications should also be made.

Enquiries of an academic nature should be directed to Professor Louis Schipper, email: schipper@waikato.ac.nz

Dave Campbell and Louis Schipper, www.waiber.com.

Contact Information:
Name: Louis Schipper
Email: schipper@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.jobs.waikato.ac.nz

1 Year Geology Position at Luther College

POSITION: Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology, a one-year replacement position.
 
BEGINNING DATE: Late August 2015
 
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. by September 1, 2015 preferred; applicants with significant graduate coursework will be considered. The successful candidate should demonstrate a passion for teaching excellence in a private liberal arts setting.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching duties for this 6.5/7ths appointment include Environmental Geology, upper level soils course, Introduction to GIS, and a first-year January term seminar in the candidate’s area of interest.
 
STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY: Luther College is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths or experiences that will contribute to this goal.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Laura Peterson
Email: laura.peterson@luther.edu
Phone: (563) 387-1781
Website: https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com
More Information: 1 year geology 2015.pdf

15 early stage researcher positions

15 Early-Stage Researchers (Positions within the C-CASCADES project)
EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Innovative Training Network (ITN)
European Training Network (ETN)
 
C-CASCADES is seeking to employ 15 Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) 1 to contribute to a breakthrough in the understanding of the transfer of carbon between land and ocean at the planetary scale and its consequences for atmospheric CO2 and climate. Research undertaken by the ESRs will permit the characterization of the transport, transformation and ultimate fate of carbon in rivers, lakes and coastal waters and their representation in Earth System Models. This will allow a better quantification of the fluxes of greenhouse gases exchanged with the atmosphere and their impacts on the climate system. The closely related training objective is to engage the next generation of Earth system scientists in an integrated, cutting-edge and highly relevant joint research programme. The research undertaken will capture technological innovation in sensor development; advance mechanistic understanding of the carbon transformations that occur during the lateral transfer between land and ocean; embed this understanding in enhanced catchment, regional and global-scale models; and, assess quantitatively the carbon transfer fluxes and carbon transformations along the land to ocean aquatic continuum at the global scale, from terrestrial ecosystems to the open ocean via rivers, lakes and coastal waters.

Contact Information:
Email: l.a.connect@icloud.com
Website: http://c-cascades.ulb.ac.be/
More Information: C-CASCADES_esr-advert_1302.pdf

MSc Assistantship Opportunity in Grassland Bird Responses to Adaptive Grazing Management.

An interdisciplinary team at Colorado State University (CSU) is looking for a motivated MSc candidate with strong interests in the field of avian ecology and quantitative spatial modeling to participate in a larger research project focused on understanding adaptive grazing management practices to sustain ecosystem services in rangeland ecosystems. The research team is a mix of academic faculty at CSU within the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (Dr. Cameron Aldridge), and Research Scientists at the US Geological Survey (Dr. Susan Skagen) and the US Department of Agriculture (Dr. David Augustine – Lead PI). The selected MSc Candidate will work with the larger research team to examine songbird population and community responses to grazing management practices. This research takes place on the Central Plains Experimental Range in northeastern Colorado, where we have implemented a large-scale grazing management experiment that explicitly contrasts the traditional grazing management practice used in this region with an adaptive grazing management strategy. Our overarching goal is to examine how science can be conducted in a real-world manner (i.e., at ranch-level scales with manager involvement) to evaluate the effectiveness of adaptive grazing management to support multiple ecosystem services. Details on the experiment are available at http://www.ars.usda.gov/Main/Docs.htm?docid=24218.  

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Cameron Aldridge
Email: cameron.aldridge@colostate.edu
More Information: MSc_SGSBirds_Announcement_19-Feb-2015.pdf

Three early Researchers (PhD) positions at IPSL

The Innovative Training Network C-CASCADE of the Marie Curie Program (http://ccascades.ulb.ac.be) will train a new generation of young scientists to address a grand research challenge of the global carbon cycle: the observation, analysis and modelling of the transport of carbon from land to ocean and its transformation and fate in rivers, lakes and coastal waters. This will allow a new quantification of the fluxes of greenhouse gases (primarily CO2 and CH4) exchanged with the atmosphere and their impacts on the climate system. The Institut Pierre Simon Laplace - a consortium of climate research laboratories in the Paris area and a partner of the C-CASCADE network - is looking for three highly motivated and collaborative Early Researchers (PhD) for positions. 

Early Researcher Position

The transport of dissolved organic carbon by rivers in the IPSL Earth System Model under future climate change

The thesis student will develop and apply a new version of the IPSL land surface scheme ORCHIDEE that simulates land to ocean transport of organic carbon. This will close the carbon cycle loop between land and oceans. New key mechanisms that will be represented in ORCHIDEE include emissions of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) by soils and subsequent transport through rivers to the ocean, as well as the fate of eroded particulate organic carbon (POC). The soil component will be tested against the DOC concentrations in soil profiles for the main biomes of the globe. Parameterization of DOC decomposition in the inland water network will use empirical functions calibrated from incubation experiments. The DOC export to the coasts will be validated against a global database of observed fluxes. The contribution of high rainfall events to the annual DOC export will be evaluated at regional scale against river catchment data from Scotland and Sweden. The POC exports due to soil erosion will employ the approach of the SWAT model. The effect of land-use change on DOC and POC export will be assessed in collaboration with the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Simulations of future changes in land-to-ocean carbon transfers will be performed using the ISI-MIP climate scenarios.

Contact Information:
More Information: CASCADE_ER_IPSL-JobOffer.pdf

NEON Hiring - Field Technician I, II, III - Instrumentation (Tower) Technician

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a $430 million dollar observatory project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology. For the next three decades NEON will collect a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. NEON will use cutting edge technology including an airborne observation platform that will capture images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, re-locatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who will observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. A leading edge cyber-infrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory will grow to 300+ personnel and will be the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales
 
JOB SUMMARY
The Field Technician reports to the Field Operations Manager and will be hired as a Field Technician III level depending on skills, experience, and education. Field Technician I - The Field Technician I is a biological sampling lead performing seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing. Seasonal field sampling is conducted with the assistance of temporary field crews under the guidance of the Field Technician. Field Technician II - The Field Technician II is a biological sampling lead performing seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing. The Field Technician II will be the technical lead for performing routine maintenance and inventory management on all terrestrial sampling equipment. The Field Technician II will provide guidance to temporary field crews while working in the field and laboratory. Field Technician III - The Field Technician III is the shift lead performing and supervising seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing. The Field Technician III will have primary responsibility for coordinating sampling and laboratory activities at terrestrial sampling sites. The Field Technician III will have additional roles and responsibilities assisting the Field Operations Manager with management of the Domain Support Facility, hiring and training seasonal field staff, and acting as manager in the absence of the Field Operations Manager.

Contact Information:
More Information: NEON Hiring.pdf

Ph.D Student Opportunities - McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

(1) Ph.D student – Hydrologic Modelling. The main objective of this work is to study hydrological processes at catchment or watershed scale using a hydrologic model and determine how these processes may be influenced by climate change and extreme weather events. Applicants should have a background in hydrological modelling and strong analytical and programming skills. This work is part of newly funded FloodNet Project.

(2) Ph.D student – Terrestrial Ecosystem Modelling: The main objective of this work is to study soil-vegetation-atmospheric interactions using a state-of-the-art carbon and nitrogen coupled land surface scheme, CLASS-CTEM-N+. Applicants should have a background in land schemes or terrestrial ecosystem models and strong analytical and programming skills such as knowledge of FORTRAN programming language, statistical analysis (Matlab, SPLUS etc) and Unix platforms.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Altaf Arain
Email: arainm@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 Ext. 27941
Website: http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/geo/people/faculty/arain/
More Information: McMaster.pdf

Address: McMaster University 1280 Main Street West
City: Hamilton
State: Ontario
Zip: L8S 4K1
Country: Canada

2-year postdoc position at LSCE

Position summary

The candidate will be expected to conduct model simulations with a recently developed version of the ORCHIDEE dynamic global vegetation model (ORCHIDEECAN) to evaluate the respective impacts and the uncertainties associated to different scenarios of land cover change, land management (forest management) and climate forcing (different re-analysis provided by ERACLIM2). These simulations include considering the dynamics of carbon following deforestation and conversion to new land cover types, in particular, pasturelands. Satellite remote sensing and land-use statistics (i.e., FAO) will be used within a model data assimilation and benchmarking framework. A particular attention will be given on the reconstruction and the analysis of the mapping of land-use and land management changes over the 20th century. The carbon cycle re-analysis from ORCHIDEE with the associated uncertainties will be valorized in ERACLIM2 in the context of the development of futur join carbon-climate reanalysis. In addition, the successful candidate will report the results of the research at conferences and in the peer-reviewed literature.

Contact Information:
Name: Philippe Peylin
Email: philippe.peylin@lsce.ipsl.fr
More Information: job_eraclim2.pdf

PhD Graduate Assistantship: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

A PhD research assistantship, funded by the National Science Foundation for approximately three years, is available with the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). The successful student will become part of a vibrant, interdisciplinary research team examining environmental influences of solar energy development in the Mojave Desert. The PhD research project will focus on ecological relationships among solar energy developments, vegetation, and soil properties. Additional description of the project is provided at the end of this advertisement.

This project is a good fit for students with backgrounds and interest in plant ecology, botany, soil science, and ecological restoration. This project component does not focus on wildlife, and students not interested in plants and soil should not apply.

The successful student will earn a PhD in Biological Sciences, emphasizing Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The start date for the position ideally is summer 2015, but August 2015 also is possible.

The successful applicant must meet admission requirements to the PhD program of the School of Life Sciences (http://sols.unlv.edu/). Additionally, to be considered for this position, applicants must have:

a) completed master’s degree or graduation date by May 2015.

b) performed documented, field-based ecological research as part of master’s degree research. In rare cases, other extensive fieldwork experience is substitutable if the master’s did not involve field research.

c) have one or more manuscripts or technical reports published, or in preparation, from an ecological project, ideally flowing from master’s degree research.

d) the ability to perform data collection and fieldwork on uneven terrain in a hot, desert environment.

e) driver’s license providing the ability to legally operate a motor vehicle in Nevada.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Scott R. Abella
Email: scott.abella@unlv.edu
More Information: epscor envtl PhD RA advertise.pdf