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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/

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

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.


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

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 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

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

Field technician for recreation monitoring project in Adirondack Park, NY

Impacts of Recreation Activity on Wildlife Communities in the Adirondacks

We are seeking an experienced field technician for a project led by the Adirondack Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). WCS is a global conservation organization dedicated to saving wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. The Adirondack Program, based in Saranac Lake NY, promotes healthy human communities and wildlife conservation in the Adirondacks through a science-based and cooperative approach to research, community involvement, and outreach. WCS has been working in the Park since 1994 to use applied science in addressing major conservation challenges such as climate change, residential development, and recreation. The technician will implement a pilot field study of aquatic recreation activity and potential disturbance to wildlife communities in Adirondack Park—one of the largest protected areas in the United States, which receives an estimated 7-10 million visitors per year. Current and prospective graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Job Description: The field technician will be responsible for coordinating and conducting field data collection and managing equipment and data. The purpose of this work is to develop and test participatory GPS methods for monitoring water-based and shoreline recreation activities and assess potential disturbance to littoral and upland habitats at lakes throughout Adirondack Park. The primary activity will be communicating with visitors to boat launches and eliciting their participation in the study. The field technician will also perform remotely-triggered camera surveys of recreation activity, coordinate with other citizen-science monitoring programs collecting complementary data, and organize the resulting data in geographic information system (GIS) and Microsoft Access databases. The position will require 12 weeks of full-time field work. Salary will be $450-525 per week, depending upon experience and availability; assistance with housing may be available.

Qualifications: Highly-qualified applicants will have experience conducting field research and be comfortable with relevant data collection and management methods, including GPS, camera trapping, and GIS data management. Excellent communication skills are required, including the ability to converse with a diversity of park visitors and coordinate with project collaborators. All applicants must have a strong work ethic, be organized, have the ability to work independently in remote locations, and be able to meet the physical requirements of the position (rising early, staying up late, and hiking across steep, uneven terrain). A valid driver’s license and good driving record are required. Preference will be given to applicants with at least a B.S. in wildlife ecology, recreation management, human dimensions of natural resources, or a related field. Applicants are responsible for travel to and from the study area. Use of personal vehicle for collecting data may be required, and mileage associated with data collection will be reimbursed. Potential field technicians must be available for at least 12 weeks during the summer field season (May 15-August 30, 2015).

To Apply: Please apply on-line at www.wcs.org, scroll to careers at the bottom of the page, and follow the prompts to apply on-line (you must register). Please also e-mail a copy of your application to wcsfieldcrew@gmail.com as a single, combined pdf document including: 1) a letter of interest describing your qualifications, relevant experience, career goals, and availability; 2) a resume or CV; and 3) a list of three professional references and their contact information. The name of the file should contain the first and last names of the applicant. The subject line of the email should read “ADK Recreation Technician Application.” Review of applications will begin on April 3rd and continue until May 1 or a suitable candidate is identified. 

Contact Information:
Name: Wildlife Conservation Society
Email: wcsfieldcrew@gmail.com
Website: www.wcsadirondacks.org
More Information: Field Technician - Recreation - 2015.pdf

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Microbiologist

About the Position:

The incumbent will join an interdisciplinary research team investigating the distribution and function of microorganisms in soil and other matrices.  Research includes laboratory and potentially some field assignments.  Field assignments may include remote locations.  The candidate will assist in generating data and subsequent analyses needed for model development in various soils and climates.  Research experience in next-generation sequencing and associated bioinformatics (e.g. QIIME) to sort through large data sets and expertise in statistical analysis of microbial processes are essential.  A strong interest in modeling biology is desirable.  An understanding of soil water potential and familiarity with soil chemistry and fertility concepts and techniques are also desirable. Duties include developing experiments, conducting field work, and optimizing molecular methodologies, reagents and protocols, and enzyme and protein analyses.  Strong organizational as well as oral and written communication skills should be demonstrated.  The incumbent will assist in the development of proposals for work acceptance, work execution and technology transfer through scientific report writing, peer review publications and scientific presentations.  The incumbent must have prior experience in biology in a laboratory setting, especially with soils and molecular microbiology techniques.  

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Justin Berman
Email: justin.b.berman@usace.army.mil
Phone: 603-646-4794
More Information: Job Brochures -- Microbiologist.pdf

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Math Biologist

About the Position:

The incumbent will develop mathematical modeling approaches to predict biological process dynamics in heterogeneous, dynamic systems according to weather and terrain.  Specific experience in parameterizing the biochemical component of dynamic models is essential.  Experience integrating complex environmental data and remote sensing data into models are desirable.  Through mathematical approaches, the incumbent will assess the role of spatial-temporal heterogeneity on biological processes in natural and disturbed environments.  Research responds to important Army questions that address both military Direct projects and military reimbursable projects where integration of multiple data sources would enhance prediction capabilities.  The researcher should have a PhD in Mathematical Biology or Mathematics with a focus in Biology and excellent knowledge in applied mathematics.  Strong organizational as well as oral and written communication skills should be demonstrated.  The incumbent will be expected to develop proposals for work acceptance, work execution and technology transfer through scientific report writing, peer review publications and scientific presentations.  The incumbent maintains customer relationships and responds to existing Direct program needs and future anticipated needs within SERDP, ESTCP, Department of Homeland Security, and the Army Environmental Command.  

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Justin Berman
Email: justin.b.berman@usace.army.mil
Phone: 603-646-4794
More Information: Job Brochures -- Math Biologist.pdf

Postdoc position in forest biodiversity project

A postdoctoral scientist position is available in a large Sino-Swiss-German consortium investigating effects of biodiversity in the world's largest tree biodiversity experiment “BEFChina” (http://www.bef-china.de). The advertised position is jointly hosted by the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zürich, Switzerland (group of P. Niklaus, http://www.ieu.uzh.ch/staff/leaders/niklaus.html) and the Institute of Biologie, Geobotany, University of Freiburg, Germany (group of M. Scherer-Lorenzen, http://www.geobotanik.uni-freiburg.de/Team-Ordner/mscherer).

Our groups do basic research into the mechanisms of biodiversity effects, at spatial scales ranging from microbial systems to landscape structures. A particular focus of our current research is on mechanisms underlying biodiversity effects in highly diverse subtropical forest.

The successful candidate will analyze biodiversity effects on tree growth, allocation, light competition and nutrient cycling, in the framework of optimal allocation theories. The data required for these analyses have been collected over the recent years so that no field work is required. The position will thus offer the exciting possibility to immediately dive into data analyses and to produce publications within short time, in close cooperation with other members of the project team (PhD student, senior scientists). 

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Pascal Niklaus
Email: pascal.niklaus@ieu.uzh.ch
More Information: Postdoc_Posititon_BEF-China.pdf

Post-Doctoral Fellowship on Invasion Ecology

We announce for immediate filling a postdoctoral position to develop research on ecology of biological invasions at the Graduate Program in Ecology of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil. The scholarship is offered by CAPES, which is the granting agency linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Education. The project is coordinated by Prof. Valério Pillar, Department of Ecology at UFRGS.

The project aims to assess community invasiveness and the impacts of invasion by Eragrostis plana (love-grass, or Annoni-grass in Brazil) on native grassland in southern Brazil. The proposed research involves the integration of knowledge at different levels of biological organization to understand the process of invasion and the possibilities to control it.

The post-doctoral profile is of a PhD with experience in research with community ecology, with emphasis on grassland and/or invasive species and/or functional ecology. The candidate should have completed his/her PhD less than five years ago. Command of English and relevant programs for data analysis are essential requirements. She/he should demonstrate ability to work in a team and have an interest in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students and possibly in the offering of a graduate course related to the project topic. Though proficiency in Portuguese is not a requirement, this is an opportunity to learn the language and to become acquainted with the Brazilian university system.

Contact Information:
Name: Prof. Val�©rio Pillar
Email: vpillar@ufrgs.br

Two positions at USDA-ARS-Delta Water Management Research Unit

The USDA-ARS, is seeking a Research Scientist to work at the Delta Water Management Research Unit in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  The incumbent will focus on preserving and improving the Water quantity and quality in the Lower Mississippi River Basin.  The Delta Water Management Research Unit is located on campus at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. DWMRU is housed in the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, a state-of-the art laboratory facility. DWMRU enjoys collaborative relationships with state and regional university partners, state and federal agencies, private industry and farmer organizations. As such, plot-, farm- and field-scale research opportunities exist nearby to carry out experiments. The DWMRU receives research leadership and program support from the Acting Research Leader located at the National Sedimentation Laboratory, located in Oxford, MS. One or more positions may be filled through this announcement.

The DWMRU seeks a Research Scientist that will perform research to address plot- to watershed-scale processes in one or more of the following areas: Management, measurement, and modeling of water use and water quality; Impacts of irrigated agriculture on ecosystem function; and land surface-atmosphere interactions controlling long-term balances of water, energy, and greenhouse gases on agricultural landscapes or other efforts compatible with the incumbent’s personal expertise.  The incumbent will also: communicate with a variety of individuals, including government officials, scientific and academic communities, national or international scientific organization, diverse community and non-government groups; develop and disseminate technical information pertaining to water use and water quality, both internal and external to ARS; collect, analyze, and summarize data and prepare written work products including; professional articles, publications, and technical abstracts; and manage a research program and resources, follow agency’s mission and scientific procedures, requirements and protocols

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Michele Reba
Email: michele.reba@ars.usda.gov
Phone: 870-819-2708
More Information: PAID-AD D15W-0102 Inter 3 13 15 (2)[4].pdf

Interdisciplinary Hydrologist/Soil Scientist GS-1315/0470-11/12

The incumbent serves as the Forest Watershed Program Manager for the Umpqua National Forest with an emphasis in hydrology and watershed restoration.  Major duties include providing technical advice, support, and assistance in the evaluation, implementation, and monitoring of watershed, hydrology, and soils programs and projects.  The incumbent performs work involving the gathering, analysis and interpretation of scientific data. Establishes or maintains professional contacts to exchange information, plan, coordinate, or consult on watershed management matters. The incumbent conducts environmental studies and investigations, scientific and technical analysis (watershed, hydrology, soils), coordinates, and manages budgets and programs. The incumbent promotes cooperation and partnerships in managing multi-use watershed resources and works closely with all other program areas to make sure the watershed programs are integrated in all areas of the program of work. The incumbent is also the Forest Burn Area Emergency Response Coordinator, Spill Coordinator and part of the Flood Emergency Response.  This position directly supervises one permanent employee and is the work leader for an additional employee who work with watershed, aquatic, and soils resources. The incumbent is supervised by the Ecosystem Staff Officer.

Contact Information:
Name: Kris Sexton
Email: ksexton@fs.fed.us
Phone: 541.957.3457
More Information: UmpquaWatershedPMOutreach.pdf

St. Vrain River Coalition (SVCC) Coordinator

The newly formed St. Vrain Creek Coalition (SVCC), based in Boulder County Colorado, is seeking a watershed coordinator to oversee the coalition activities. The initial term is 18 months, with the expectation that funding will be available for a second 18-month term. Following the second term, continuation of the position will be conditioned on the availability of funding. It is anticipated that the first term will commence on or about March 30, 2015. As this position is funded by a Planning Staff grant under the Colorado Resilience Planning Grant Program of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Community Development Office, using funds derived from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds, work performed must be consistent with the terms of the grant. Work will be performed with the assistance of a Program Assistant also on the staff of SVCC. The coordinator will assist the Coalition with implementation of the 2014 St. Vrain Creek Watershed Master Plan, which contains recommendations for several watershed development and restoration activities within the St. Vrain basin, including: community recovery and resiliency, flood mitigation and hazard risk reduction, stream hydrology and stability, physical and structural protection, biology and environment, and recreation. The position will work with and report to the Coalition Board of Directors and related governance in pursuing projects and grant funding aligned with the priorities established in the SVMP and future priorities as established by the board. Many projects identified in the St. Vrain Creek Watershed Master Plan place high value on preserving and enhancing environmental features. In the event additional water resource opportunities arise, the position will work with the Coalition Board of Directors to prioritize and ensure the highest priority is given to the implementation of the St. Vrain Creek Watershed Master Plan. 

Contact Information:
Name: Stacey Proctor
Email: SaintVrainCC@outlook.com
More Information: Watershed Coordinator Job Announcement.pdf

One year teaching position Colorado College

The Department of Organismal Biology and Ecology at Colorado College announces two one-year, non-tenure track Assistant Professor positions in Animal Biology and in Ecology and Biostatistics to begin in August
2015. A review of completed applicant files will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Responsibilities for the Animal Biology position includes teaching
six courses including one with oversight of student research; the courses include an introductory course in vertebrate biology, an animal physiology course, and either an upper-level or non-majors course in the candidate's area of specialty. The ability to integrate subfields of zoology, physiology, and evolutionary biology is highly desirable. Apply electronically to: http://employment.coloradocollege.edu/postings/1948

Responsibilities for the Ecology and Biostatistics position includes teaching six courses including one with oversight of student research; the courses include a field-based ecology course, a biostatistics course, and either an upper-level or non-majors course in the candidate's area of specialty. Familiarity with experimental design in ecology and with Rocky Mountain or Southwestern ecosystems is highly desirable. Apply electronically to: http://employment.coloradocollege.edu/postings/1949

Contact Information:
More Information: one-year teaching.pdf

Two Ph. D. Positions in land-Surface Fluxes at Washington State University

We are seeking two energetic and motivated Ph. D. students beginning in August 2015 to join us to conduct research in micrometeorology and land-climate interactions in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR), Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, Washington. Applicants should have strong background in atmospheric sciences, physics, hydrology, ecology, or related fields. A quantitative/programming skills and previous field experience are desired. The students will work on quantifying surface energy, water, and carbon budgets over different ecosystems by applications of eddy covariance techniques. One student will closely work a multi-disciplinary team of scientists at WSU and the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) in micrometeorology, land-climate interactions, land surface modeling, hydrology, biogeochemistry, and microbiology to understand effects of variations in the hydrologic cycle and climate change on coupled hydrologic and biogeochemical processes in the groundwater-surface water interaction zone, and  their impacts on local to regional scale land-atmosphere interactions and climate using observations and models.

The full research assistantship includes stipend, tuition, and health insurance. Prospective students should contact Dr. Heping Liu (heping.liu@wsu.edu) for additional information. Admission requirements can be found at the WSU Graduate School website:http://gradsch.wsu.edu/. For international students, TOEFL scores are required and GRE scores are optional. WSU is an EEO employer. 

 


Post-doc position at the University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, is seeking a recent Ph.D. graduate interested in applying data assimilation techniques to improve global ecosystem models. This post-doctoral associate will apply Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) techniques to optimize model parameters in the Community Land Model (CLM) so that the resulting model output more closely agrees with observational data, including ecological observations, eddy covariance data and data from greenhouse gas observing satellites—particularly total column carbon dioxide. This researcher will be an employee of the University of Oklahoma and will work closely with Sean Crowell, Yiqi Luo and Berrien Moore. The maximum term of this appointment is 24 months.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, ecology, or a related field. Ideal candidates will have the many of the following attributes:

•     experience in working with Earth System Models or other large-scale terrestrial-atmosphere models;

•     experience in working with data assimilation techniques;

•     advanced programming skills in Fortran (Python is a plus);

•     excellent verbal and written communication skills;

The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. It is hoped that the candidate could in the late summer of 2015, but other start dates can be considered. Applicants are asked to submit vitae, a statement of research experience and interests, and names and contact information of at least 3 academic references to Dr. Sean Crowell, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, 120 David L. Boren Blvd., Norman, OK, 73072. For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Sean Crowell at scrowell@ou.edu or Dr. Yiqi Luo at yluo@ou.edu.

The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Sean Crowell
Email: scrowell@ou.edu

Meteorologist (GS-1340-9/11) or Ecologist (GS-0408-9/11)

Job Description

The primary duty will be to operate, maintain, troubleshoot, summarize data and publish papers on the eddy covariance system located at the Bog Lake peatland on the Marcell Experimental Forest.  Secondary duties will include support and cooperation with Forest Service and collaborating scientists from universities and other agencies. The individual will supervise and participate in the installation and maintenance of various studies and collection of data including soil, hydrological, and geological data, gas flux and biogeochemical data, and plant data. The individual will determine ecosystem carbon fluxes using gas flux measurements, belowground measurements, climate data and eddy covariance technology. The individual will perform or supervise laboratory preparation of field samples and field data collection. They will insure the integrity of data for a variety of studies by following approved QA/QC procedures. They will summarize and analyze data using a variety of statistical techniques, including ANOVA, regression, and software, including SAS, and Sigma-Plot. The individual will assist scientists in the preparation of manuscripts, proposals, study plans and presentations. They will coordinate the work of technicians, temporary employees, and graduate students and assist with technology transfer including presentations, workshops, and demonstrations.

Contact Information:
Name: Randy Kolka
Email: rkolka@fs.fed.us
Phone: (218) 326-7115
More Information: EC Outreach Notice.pdf

Postdoctoral position in Soil Ecology

JOB PURPOSE:
To be an active member of a research team which is part of a NERC funded consortium in the Soil Security programme. The consortium includes the Universities of Manchester and Aberdeen. The post holder will assist in the development of research proposals and the planning and delivery of the research activity within the following specified areas: What makes soil able to withstand and recover from disturbance events; Modelling soil community dynamics in front of perturbations such as drought and
creating predictive models also in relation to soil functions.

Contact Information:
More Information: 15-103818 Job Details.pdf

Program Specialist

The International START[1] Secretariat located in Washington, DC USA, invites applications for a Program Specialist position.  The Program Specialist will be primarily responsible for the management of two multi-year programs on global environmental change and capacity building in Africa.  Specifically, this position will entail providing programmatic leadership in meeting START’s commitments to the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA[2]) and the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA[3]) initiative.

In carrying out these responsibilities, the Specialist will be expected to:

·       Advise on the design and implementation of adaptation research in Western and Southern Africa;

·       Co-organize and co-facilitate regional workshops and training events;

·       Closely liaise with regional partners on project matters;

·       Prepare project reports and peer-review publications; and

·       Develop proposals for additional actions that increase START’s impact on these two initiatives.

 

A successful candidate should possess the following:

·       A Master’s degree or higher in a field relevant to START’s programs and interests, PhD preferred;

·       At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in adaptation, experience in Africa preferred;

·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

·       Ability to work easily across cultures and work environments;

·       Strong initiative and work ethic, including creative problem solving;

·       Creativity and innovation in project design and implementation;

·       Impeccable organizational skills;

·       Ability to be a team player in a small office environment;

·       Fluency in English language (required); and,

·       Proficiency in French language (desired).

The Program Specialist will be based at the International START Secretariat in Washington, DC USA and will report to Dr. Jon Padgham, Deputy Director of START. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience and will be supplemented by a comprehensive benefits and retirement package. International travel for representational and/or program development matters will be required.

Questions about this Position Announcement and responsibilities related to the Program Specialist position may be directed to Clark Seipt, Director of Programs at START (cseipt@start.org).  

To apply, please send a one-page statement of interest as well as a CV, two significant writing samples and contacts of at least three references to jobs@start.org. Applications must be received no later 1 May 2015.



[1] START: the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training; www.start.org

[2] http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Programs/Agriculture_and_the_Environment/CARIAA/Pages/default.aspx

[3] http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/funded/programmes/fcfa/

 

Contact Information:
More Information: ProgramSpecialist_PositionAnnouncement_START.pdf

Postdoc: Mathematical modeling of ecological systems

Position Description: We are seeking a post-doctoral research associate to develop mathematical models of ecological systems and apply computational methods to solve conservation problems. The primary focus would be on ecological research related to the control and prevention of invasive species in the Everglades. The successful candidate would be working closely with scientists from the University of Florida and the USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center, and would have the opportunity to be involved in a number of additional high profile conservation projects (e.g., optimal decision making for marine mammal conservation, optimal reserve design under climate change, habitat management for meta-populations of birds and amphibians). The focus on optimization methods will be those suited to Markov decision processes, in which decisions are dynamic and outcomes are uncertain. The research associate may also contribute to new developments for the application of adaptive management for natural resource management. The team of collaborators would include: Dr. Christina Romagosa (UF, Assistant Professor, expertise in biological invasions), Dr. Fred Johnson (USGS, expertise in population ecology and decision science), Dr. Julien Martin (USGS, expertise in wildlife ecology and conservation), Dr. Mathieu Bonneau (UF, post-doctoral research associate, expertise in applied mathematics), Dr. Paul Fackler (NC State University, Professor, expertise in environmental and computational economics). He/she would be expected to participate in relevant workshops, present seminars at various venues, and publish their research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Some travel is anticipated. No field work is required. 

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Christina Romagosa
Email: cmromagosa@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-273-3996
More Information: Postdoc_EcolModel_UF.pdf

Graduate Study in Pine Physiology and Pathology

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University is seeking a Ph.D. candidate to study the root disease and ecophysiological conditions preceding pine decline in loblolly pine across the southeastern U.S. The research will investigate root disease thresholds and tree physiological conditions contributing to significant growth loss, and their interaction with climatic and soil variables. The student will collaborate with researchers from the USDA Forest Service and the Forest Health Cooperative membership.  The position is available May 2015. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, transcripts (photocopy is acceptable), andGraduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (photocopy is acceptable) to Dr. Lori Eckhardt.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Lori Eckhardt
Email: eckhalg@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-2720
More Information: GRADUATE STUDY IN PINE PATHOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY.pdf

Research Associate - airborne carbon cycle science

One or more research associate positions are available in the study of the fluxes and transport of greenhouse gases. The positions will focus on analyses of airborne measurements intended to quantify and reduce uncertainty in atmospheric inversions caused by atmospheric transport, and improve quantification of regional-scale CO2 and CH4 emissions. 
 
The successful candidates will analyze aircraft data with an ensemble numerical modeling system incorporating uncertainties in both atmospheric transport and greenhouse gas fluxes and boundary conditions. The work will contribute to the Atmospheric Carbon and Transport – America (ACT-America) study, a 5-year, NASAfunded Earth Venture Suborbital mission led by Profs. Kenneth Davis and Thomas Lauvaux. Research flights are scheduled to begin in the Winter of 2016. The successful candidates should have a strong background in one or more of the following areas: numerical weather modeling and data assimilation, statistics, inverse methods, carbon cycle science, boundary layer meteorology and aircraft data analyses. Strong communications skills, a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or a related field, and at least 2 years of postdoctoral research experience are required. The ability to contribute to research and data management, and to assist project graduate students and
postdoctoral fellows is beneficial.

Contact Information:
Website: https://psu.jobs/job/56743
More Information: RAssoc_PSU_ACT_Apr15.pdf

Postdoc - airborne carbon cycle science

One or more postdoctoral positions are available in the study of the fluxes and transport of greenhouse gases. The positions will focus on analyses of airborne measurements intended to quantify and reduce uncertainty in atmospheric inversions caused by atmospheric transport, and improve quantification of regional-scale CO2 and CH4 emissions. The successful candidates will analyze aircraft data with an ensemble numerical modeling system incorporating uncertainties in both atmospheric transport and greenhouse gas fluxes and boundary conditions. The work will contribute to the Atmospheric Carbon and Transport – America (ACT-America) study, a 5-year, NASAfunded Earth Venture Suborbital mission led by Profs. Kenneth Davis and Thomas Lauvaux. Research flights are scheduled to begin in the winter of 2016. 
 
The successful candidates should have a strong background in one or more of the following areas: numerical weather modeling and data assimilation, statistics, inverse methods, carbon cycle science, boundary layer meteorology and aircraft data analyses. Strong communications skills, and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or a related field are required.

Contact Information:
Website: https://psu.jobs/job/56732
More Information: PostDoc_PSU_ACT_Apr15.pdf

Research professor in the area of Microbial ecology

The assignment consists of lecturing duties, scientific research and academic service to society. During the first 10 years scientific research will be the main activity.

  • You will expand the scientific research in the area of Microbial ecology. Your research fits within the discipline of the ecology and the biodiversity of microbial organisms (bacteria, fungi, protists) in terrestrial ecosystems. Your research is e.g. focusing on decomposition and sequestration of organic matter or nutrient cycling, with microbial communities and processes at the core of your studies. As such your work leads to a better understanding of biogeochemical cycles;
  • You will acquire and manage external funding (national and international);
  • You will supervise doctoral students;
  • You will actively participate in the strengthening of the research group of Plant and Vegetation Ecology (PLECO) and the Research Centre of Excellence ECO. You have a bridging function between different disciplines within the department of Biology, as ecology, ecosystem management, plant (eco)physiology, molecular biology,…..;
  • You will offer scientific services, e.g. as part of scientific commissions within the University and as external services to the international scientific community;
  • You will be assigned limited lecturing duties in Plant Ecology (1 credit, 8 hrs.) and Environmental Stress (1 credit, 7 hrs.). You will engage to develop courses on plant-soil interactions and microbial ecological aspects in the current curriculum of Ecology & Environment, and Biodiversity: Conservation & Restoration.

Contact Information:
Name: Prof. Reinhart Ceulemans
Email: Reinhart.Ceulemans@uantwerpen.be
Phone: +32 (0)3 265 2256)
Website: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/jobs/vacancies/ap/2015zapfwetex107/

PhD position: In situ assessment of greenhouse gases

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, www.ilri.org) in cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU, http://imk-ifu.fzk.de/) is looking for a PhD student to join a project focusing on greenhouse gases (GHG) and ammonia emissions from different livestock systems in East Africa.

The candidate will conduct measurements of greenhouse gases and ammonia fluxes from various livestock systems across East Africa by means of a combination of chamber measurements, eddy covariance techniques and other micrometeorological approaches. Different management strategies will be investigated to determine the current status of GHG and ammonia emissions from livestock systems and to identify management options of mitigating the environmental footprint of livestock production.

The applicant will be based at ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya. The work will be conducted in the frame of a BMZ funded project (German Ministry of Cooperation). The position is due to start in June 2015 or shortly after.

We offer:
•  Incorporation into a multidisciplinary international research group based in Nairobi, Kenya.

•  Access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for measurement of greenhouse gases and ammonia.

•  Research stipend (ca. 1400 € net salary + partial coverage of health insurance) for up to three years.


Requirements of the candidate:
•   M.Sc degree in environmental sciences, ecology, meteorology or other environmental-related discipline.

•   High motivation for working in East Africa.

•   Proven experience with Eddy Covariance techniques, including data processing.

•   Ability to work with large data sets.

•   Excellent written and speaking English skills.

•   Programming knowledge is an asset.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Eugenio Diaz-Pines
Email: eugenio.diaz-pines@kit.edu
More Information: PhD position.pdf