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Type Area of Interest Country
Posted
Research Officer Forest Carbon and GHG Fluxes Scotland
12-28-12
Senior Scientist Earth Science USA
12-21-12
Post-Doc Carbon dynamics of agricultural landscapes within the context of global change Germany
12-21-12
Post-Doc Modeling GHG Fluxes USA
12-21-12
Post-Doc Savanna ecosystem and land surface modelling Australia
12-21-12
Scientific Programmer Earth System Modeling Sweden
12-21-12
IIASA YSSP 2013 Summer Research Fellowship
Interdisciplinary Austria
12-14-12
Research Officer Forest Carbon and GHG Fluxes Scotland
12-14-12
Research Experience for Undergraduates program (REU) Multidisciplinary Environmental Research USA
12-14-12
Faculty Position Terrestrial Ecology Scotland
12-14-12
Post-Doc Modelling impact of air quality on the carbon balance of terrestrial ecosystems Italy
12-14-12
Engineer Geosciences Germany
12-11-12
Two Post-Doc fellowships Climate forcing of sea ice Canada
12-11-12
Two Professorial/Reader positions Biological and Environmental Sciences Scotland
12-11-12
Six faculty positions Theory, Modeling, Computation USA
12-7-12
PhD Student Modeling Forest Disturbances
USA
12-7-12
Two PhD Students Land-Atmosphere Interactions Germany
12-7-12
Post-Doc Environmental impacts of biofuel production in the Imperial Valley, CA USA
12-7-12
Research Scientist Biometeorology USA
12-7-12
Post-Doc Biometeorology USA
12-7-12
Post-Doc Biochemistry/ Biophysical Modeling USA
12-7-12
Civil Service Position
Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry USA
12-3-12
PhD Ecology and Biogeochemical Cycling USA
12-3-12
2 Post-Docs Interdisciplinary Environmental Science USA
11-28-12
Faculty Position Earth System Science / Coupled Human and Natural Systems USA
11-21-12
Grad and Undergrad Programs funded by NASA and NSF USA
11-21-12

Post-Doc

Modeling the impacts of tropical fires on carbon gases in the atmosphere Amsterdam
11-21-12
Senior Scientist Experimental Biochemistry Germany
11-15-12
Director
Climate Program Office (CPO) USA
11-14-12
Post-Doc Eddy Covariance CH4 Fluxes from the Arctic USA
11-14-12
Post-Doc Agro-Ecosystem Modeling USA
11-13-12
Professor Interactions between the Forests and the Atmosphere Finland
11-7-12

Post-Doc

Assessment of historical and projected changes in carbon storage in Alaska USA
11-6-12
Faculty Position Biogeochemistry USA
11-6-12
PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology USA
11-6-12
Post-Doc Ecosystem Ecology USA
11-6-12
Two Research Faculty Positions
Atmospheric Sciences USA
10-31-12
PhD Soil Biogeochemistry and Microbiology USA
10-31-12
Student Contractor Valuation of Estuarine Ecosystem Services USA
10-31-12
Post-Doc Inter-disciplinary USA
10-31-12
Two Post-Doc Positions Ecohydrology USA
10-31-12
Researcher Methane Mitigation Research New Zealand
10-31-12
PostDoc Carbon Balance in Biofuel Cropping Systems USA
10-26-12
Research Associate Micrometeorology, Oceanography, Climatology Canada
10-26-12
Assistant Professor Climatology/Climate Change/Climate Modeling USA
10-26-12
Project Officer Methane Research UK
10-25-12
Post-Doc Terrestrial Biogeochemistry UK
10-25-12
Post-Doc Carbon Fluxes in Permafrost Environments UK
10-25-12

PhD

Soil Carbon Biogeochemistry USA
10-23-12
Research Fellowship Permafrost Carbon Dynamics UK
10-23-12
Post-Doc
Bioenergy Crops UK
10-19-12
Lecturships Geography UK
10-19-12

Research Investment Fellowship

Ecosystem Services UK
10-18-12
Research Investment Fellowship Terrestrial Ecosystem Science UK
10-18-12

Office Coordinator

Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) Switzerland
10-18-12
Lecturer Physical & Environmental Geography London
10-18-12
Executive Director Global Carbon Project Japan
10-18-12
Research Engineer
Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science Sweden
10-16-12
PhD Student Climate Change USA
10-16-12
PhD and PostDoc Ecosystem Carbon Sink ISRAEL
10-16-12

Scientific Programmer

Global Ecology, Carbon Cycle Science, and Climate Change
USA
10-12-12
Post-Doc Urban Greenhouse Gas Emissions Research USA
10-12-12
Post-Doc Ecohydrologist/Ecosystem Ecologist USA
10-12-12
Post-Doc Land-Atmosphere Carbon Exchange USA
10-11-12
Two Faculty Positions Department of Meteorology USA
10-11-12
Expert in the Eddy Covariance Site Maintenance and Data Processing Spain
10-11-12
Research Technician Innovative Urban Transitions and Arid-region Hydro-sustainability (iUTAH) USA
10-9-12
PhD Physiological Ecology USA
10-9-12
Post Doc Ecophysiology and Ecosystem Ecology USA
10-9-12
PhD position Ecosystem Ecology USA
10-5-12
Assistant Director Scientific Research Collections USA
10-5-12
Chair Department of Biology USA
10-5-12
PostDoc Reactive Transport Modeling USA
10-5-12
2-3 PhD Graduate Assistantships Terrestrial Ecosystem/Land Surface modeling and Applications USA
10-5-12
Office Coordinator Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) Switzerland
10-5-12
Scientific Programmer Carbon Cycle Science Data Assimilation USA
10-5-12
PhD Student Greenhouse Gas Emissions Germany
10-5-12
Assistant Professor Geology USA
10-5-12
2 Post-Docs C dynamics in permafrost environments UK
9-27-12
Faculty Position Energy Policy USA
9-19-12
PhD Program Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology USA
9-19-12
Post-Doc Global land surface / terrestrial carbon cycle modeling USA
9-19-12
Post-Doc Temporal Scaling of Ecosystem Processes USA
9-19-12
Graduate Assistantship Ecosystem Biogeochemistry USA
9-19-12
Student Contractor Watershed Modeling Studies USA
9-19-12
Assistant Specialist Land Change Science USA
9-14-12
Program Officer Andes-Amazon Initiative USA
9-13-12
Assistant Professor Physical Geography and Climatology USA
9-07-12
Tenure Track Faculty Ecohydrologist USA
9-07-12
Project leader Remote Sensing and Ecophysiology Luxembourg
9-07-12
Post-Doc Bio-geochemical USA
9-07-12
Post-Doc Land-Atmosphere USA
8-31-12
Department Chair Environmental Sciences USA
8-31-12
Post-Doc Climate Change Adaptation Research USA
8-31-12
Post-Doc Climate Change Scenario Planning USA
8-31-12
Technician Fellowship Physiological Ecology USA
8-31-12
Observatory Director Multi-disciplinary
USA
8-21-12
Post-Doc Stream Biogeochemistry Modelling Austria
8-21-12
PhD Student Sustainable Energy Pathway (SEP) USA
8-21-12
Post-Doc Carbon balance in biofuel cropping systems USA
8-21-12
Field Research Scientist I Eddy flux towers USA
8-21-12
Post-Doc Carbon Exchange USA
8-21-12
Senior research position Greenhouse gases New Zealand
8-21-12
Field & Research Support Technician Department of Geography London
8-21-12
5 Post-Docs and Grad Students Theoretical analysis of land carbon cycle, Data assimilation with ecosystem models, Data analysis and synthesis, Ecosystem modeling
USA
8-5-12
Post-Doc Eddy covariance flux / eddy flux meteorologist Belgium
8-5-12
2 Post-Docs Various
Netherlands
7-27-12
Post-Doc Development and testing of the CO retrieval algorithm for the TROPOMI instrument Netherlands
7-27-12
Post-Doc Scientific preparation for the SPEX instrument Netherlands
7-27-12
Post-Doc Terrestrial Ecosystem/Biogeochemistry/Land use change USA
7-23-12
Post-Doc Evolution and Organismal Biology USA
7-23-12
Post-Doc Soil Carbon Dynamics-Bioenergy USA
7-23-12
Post-Doc Boreal Ecosystem Dynamics USA
7-23-12
Post-Doc Modelling impact of air quality on the balance of terrestrial ecosystems Italy
7-23-12
Post-Doc Carbon cycle data assimilation with biomass data France
7-23-12
Operational Manager University Research Priority Programme on Global Change and Biodiversity Switzerland
7-23-12
PhD Assessing uncertainty in global change and biodiversity research using multi-scale Bayesian modelling Switzerland
7-23-12
Post-Doc Global change and biodiversity feedbacks as drivers of the carbon cycle in the plant/soil system Switzerland
7-23-12
PhD Plant evolutionary responses to biotic environmental change Switzerland
7-23-12
PhD Integration of cross-scale effects using Earth observation Switzerland
7-23-12
PhD Interactions between global change, biodiversity, and feedback mechanisms Switzerland
7-23-12
PhD Biodiversity effects on vegetation - atmosphere interactions Switzerland
7-23-12
Fellowship Global ecology and carbon dynamics USA
7-23-12
Post-Doc Carbon-Nitrogen Modeling USA
7-23-12
PhD Stipends Biogeochemical Cycles and the Earth System
USA
7-19-12
3 Post-Docs Atmosphere Europe
7-19-12
PhD Student Regional Atmospheric Models France
7-19-12
Post-Doc Terrestrial Ecosystem Processes USA
7-06-12

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Research Officer - Forest Carbon and GHG Fluxes
Posted: December 28, 2012
Location: Roslin, Scotland

Job Details
Research Officer - Forest Carbon and GHG Fluxes

Ref: 0011-29
Country: Scotland
Location: Roslin
Position Type: Full Time
Salary: 30381 - 34997 ( GBP )
Closing date for applications: 3 January 2013

This is a three year fixed term appointment with the possibility of extension or permanency but no guarantee.

Background Information:
Forest Research is the Research Agency of the Forestry Commission. Our work informs Forestry Commission and wider government policy and forestry practice, and provides advice for the whole UK forestry sector. Several research programmes contribute to understanding the impact of climate change on trees, woodlands and forests, and the role of UK forests and woodland in climate change mitigation. The research combines monitoring, experimental and modelling approaches, and much of it is in collaboration with other leading research institutes and universities. This research position is required to provide scientific input to the Managing Forest Carbon & Greenhouse Gas Balances programme and its associated externally-funded projects. The post will concentrate on determining the effects of forest management practices on greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes, carbon stocks and their components including soils.

Purpose of the Job:
The post will involve organising and conducting field and laboratory research on the impacts of forest management on carbon and GHG balances. The focus will be on the measurement of GHG fluxes by eddy covariance and chamber based methods and related work on estimating forest carbon stocks, and understanding drivers and processes affecting their changes. The post is a fixed term appointment funded for 3 years at Pay Band 4.

For more information please see http://www2.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_forestry03.asp?newms=jj&id=79443&

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Senior scientist - Earth Science
Posted: December 21 , 2012
Location: Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD

Earth Scientist position with expertise in Informatics, now open through USAJobs:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/333843900

Description (from the posting):
The Science & Exploration Directorate, Earth Sciences Division, Global Change Data Center (Code 610.2), is seeking a senior scientist to lead research projects to utilize remote sensing data in Atmospheric Science applications and develop Earth Science Informatics tools at the Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC).

As an Aerospace Technologist (AST) specializing in Earth Science data analysis and informatics, you will lead a team of scientists and software developers in: the design, planning, development, testing and evolution of on-line Earth Science data analysis and visualization tools; the investigation of science data provenance used to evaluate measurements suitability for a given science parameter and/or interpretation; and the cultivation of science partnerships and successful pursuit of winning proposals (solicited and unsolicited) for applied research.

The scope of responsibilities also includes: sensitivity analysis for global and regional assessments of aerosol, clouds and other atmospheric parameters; development of procedures (such as Giovanni see http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/giovanni/overview/index.html) that bring together and visualize datasets in various ways (e.g., merging, co-registering); outreach to the science research community to promote awareness of products and services; working with applications communities to facilitate usage of NASA remote-sensing data for societal benefits; and filling leadership roles in science data informatics working groups. In addition, the incumbent will develop strategies to address various aspects of multi-mission data analysis (e.g., inter-comparisons, data quality, data fusion) in conjunction with interested members of the science community, and reusable across other science disciplines.

A successful record of winning proposals in the Earth Science arena is required. Significant publications in prominent Earth Science peer-reviewed journals are expected.

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Post-Doc - Carbon dynamics of agricultural landscapes within the context of global change
Posted: December 21, 2012
Location: The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e.V. Müncheberg, Germany

Postdoc position
(Kennziffer 43/2012)

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to coordinate the interdisciplinary ZALF project “CarboZALF - Carbon dynamics of agricultural landscapes within the context of global change”. The objectives of the CarboZALF project are (i) to explain, quantify and model the major transformation and regulation processes of the carbon cycle of arable landscapes in the northern German lowlands using a multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approach; and, based on these results, (ii) to develop land use and landscape use systems with reduced climate impact and long-term preservation of the landscape C storage potential, particularly the storage of C within soil organic matter.

The core tasks for the successful candidate include:
• Scientific coordination of the studies and experiments currently conducted within the interdisciplinary CarboZALF project;
• Independent adaptation, parameterisation and application of existing simulation
models for terrestrial ecosystem C dynamics based on the field data and findings of the CarboZALF project;
• Publication of the project results in the form of interdisciplinary peer-reviewed scientific articles in cooperation with all project participants;
• Expansion of the international scientific cooperation, especially by integrating the ZALF funded CarboZALF project into externally funded projects.

Competitive applicants will (i) hold a Ph.D. in biology, landscape ecology, geo-ecology or agricultural sciences, (ii) have a strong interest in understanding the interrelations between land use and the landscape C cycle on different temporal and spatial scales, (iii) have solid programming and modelling skills with a particular focus on the C dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems, (iv) have previous experience regarding in coordinating interdisciplinary research groups, and (v) have excellent communication skills in German and English (spoken and written) and hold a valid driver’s licence (class B). Previous records of acquired third party funding and a strong publishing background in ISI-cited scientific journals are highly desirable.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Jürgen Augustin (phone ++49-33432 / 82-376, e-mail: jaug@zalf.de).

The full-time position is to be filled as soon as possible and is initially limited to 2 years, with an option for extension after successful peer-review subject to budgetary constraints. The salary will be paid according to the applicable German tariff TV-L 13. Physically handicapped persons will be favoured given equal qualifications. In order to increase the number of female employees, we particularly encourage interested and qualified women to apply for the position.

Please send your comprehensive application, including a detailed CV, a publication list, reprints of your three most relevant publications and the contact information of three referees, with reference to Kennziffer 43/2012 until 31 January 2013 to:

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e.V.
Leiter Personalwesen, Herr Bolick
Eberswalder Straße 84, D-15374 Müncheberg, Germany

Evaluation of the applications will begin three weeks after the announcement of the position and will be continued until the position is filled.

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Post-Doc- Modeling GHG Fluxes
Posted: December 21, 2012
Location: South Dakota State University

Department of Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences
South Dakota State University

Postdoctoral Researcher Position

A postdoctoral researcher position is available immediately at the Department of Plant Science of South Dakota State University working on a switchgrass biomass project. Project focuses on assessing influences of N management on biofuel crops (crop and biomass yields), soil properties and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Selected candidate will be responsible in collaboration with other staff in field sampling including harvesting of biofuel crops, soil sampling and monitoring of GHG fluxes, and engage with other current projects. Postdoctoral researcher will also be responsible for modeling GHG fluxes using biogeochemical models. Applicant should possess a PhD degree in Agronomy, Crop Sciences, Chemistry, Biogeochemistry, Soil Science, soil physics or any other relevant areas. Further, applicant should be strong academically, and have good experience in field and laboratory research. Skills in monitoring GHG emissions, GIS and remote sensing, process-based modeling, and computer programming will be a plus. Selected candidates will engage in writing grant proposals and peer-reviewed manuscripts and encouraged to attend (at least one per year) professional meetings to present their findings. The hired researcher will be encouraged to collaborate with a team of agronomists, ecological scientists, engineers and modelers. Salary will be based on qualifications, and previous research and field experiences. This position will be appointed on yearly basis, with the possibility of renewal based on performance and funding availability. Interested candidates should send through email the following documents in a single PDF: (i) a letter of interest, including research interests, prior field and modeling experience and professional goals, (ii) CV, (iii) copies of transcripts, (iv) at least one copy of recently accepted article related to modeling or biofuel crops, and (v) three letters of support to send directly to Vance N. Owens (Vance.Owens@sdstate.edu ) or S. Kumar (Sandeep.Kumar@sdstate.edu) through email by January 10, 2013.

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Post-Doc- Savanna ecosystem and land surface modelling
Posted: December 21, 2012
Location: Australia

We seek a postdoctoral research fellow to work in the area of Savanna ecosystem and land surface modelling. The candidate will be engaged in dynamic and multidisciplinary team to work on an ARC funded program on "Australian Savanna Landscapes: Past, Present and future". The appointee will assess how Australian savanna systems function (carbon and water cycles) in the present, how sensitive they have been to past climate variability and how they may respond to future change. This will involve identifying gaps in models used to project climate in savanna biomes and improve them to ultimately dynamically generate current, past and future savanna vegetation patterns and responses. A Ph.D. in climate science or ecosystem process or related discipline is necessary. Demonstrated research track record is required in ecosystem and land surface modelling. Experience in landscape modelling and model intercomparisons would be an advantage.

The position may be taken up at Monash University (Melbourne), University of Technology Sydney (Sydney) or Charles Darwin University (Darwin) Australia depending on the best match to skills and supervisors. More information at <http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ges/research/climate/savannafutures/>
The research team includes Prof. Jason Beringer (Monash University), Assoc. Prof. Lindsay Hutely (CDU), Prof. Qiang Yu (UTS), Dr. Stan Schymanski (ETH Zürich), Dr. Vanessa Haverd (CSIRO), Dr. Youngryel Ryu (Seoul National University), Prof. Stephen Higgins (University of Frankfurt), Dr. Ying Ping Wang (CSIRO), Prof. Matthew Williams (University of Edinburgh) , Dr Gab Abramowitz (UNSW).

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, description of research experience, interests and plans, and the names of three referees with contact details (phone, email). Applications and further inquiries should be sent by email to Emma White (emma.white@monash.edu).

Applications received up until January 31 will be given full consideration.

Benefits:
Fixed Term - 3 years (12 months probation) Research Fellow (Level A) is $75,576 (includes 17% employer superannuation). Enquiries to Professor Jason Beringer (Jason.Beringer@monash.edu)

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Scientific Programmer- Earth System Modeling
Posted: December 21, 2012
Location: Stockholm University, Sweden

Scientific Programmer with Focus on Earth System Modelling within the Department of Applied Environmental Science and the Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research.
Reference number SU 618-3622-12.

Deadline for applications: February 14, 2013.

You can find more information at:
http://www.su.se/english/about/vacancies/technical-and-administrative-personnel/scientific-programmer-with-focus-on-earth-system-modelling-1.111707

 

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IIASA YSSP 2013 Summer Research Fellowship - Interdisciplinary
Posted: December 14, 2012
Location: Austria

IIASA's YSSP Program for 2013

The application deadline is January 14, and we want to spread the word about this great opportunity as widely as possible.

Apply online at http://webarchive.iiasa.ac.at/yssp/register/

For students selected to participate, funding is available for travel and living support, principally from IIASA’s twenty National Member Organizations (NMOs), who fund primarily students from NMO countries. (Please note: Indonesia and Australia became IIASA NMO countries in 2012, so they will support YSSP students.) However, applicants from all nations are eligible to apply, and some unrestricted fellowships are available.

Please contact the Tanja Huber, IIASA’s YSSP Coordinator, with questions about the program. She can be reached at huber@iiasa.ac.at. Specific questions about eligibility for NMO funding can be directed to the NMOs; their contact information is found at http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/about/nationalmembers/Full-List-of-Members.en.html .

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Research Officer - Forest Carbon and GHG Fluxes
Posted: December 14, 2012
Location: Roslin, Scotland

We are currently recruiting for the post of Research Officer - Forest Carbon and GHG Fluxes based at Roslin, Scotland.
For more information please see http://www2.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_forestry03.asp?newms=jj&id=79443&

Please note that the closing date is the 3rd Jan 2013.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates program (REU) - Multidisciplinary Environmental Research
Posted: December 14, 2012
Location: Montclair State University (MSU, NJ

We are pleased to announce the Research Experience for Undergraduates program (REU) at Montclair State University (MSU) has begun accepting applications for the summer 2013 program. This program brings 10 selected U.S. undergraduate students to MSU's field station, New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC), for an 8-week field-immersion research experience in multidisciplinary environmental research in forest lakes and streams on the Kittatinny Mountains of Northwest New Jersey. The objective of this program is to cultivate highly motivated undergraduate students in multidisciplinary environmental research and to prepare them for careers and/or graduate education in environmental science.

During the summer, participants will be housed in cabins at NJSOC located within 30,000 acres of mature forest, mountain ridges and freshwater streams and lakes. Participating MSU faculty have a strong interest in mentoring young scientists as an integral part of their academic experience. Each student accepted into this program will be matched to one of these faculty mentors. Working with faculty mentors, participants will gain scientific research experience by focusing on and rotating among the following research areas:

1) hydrology
2) erosion and sedimentation
3) biodiversity/ecology
4) environmental chemistry

Each participant will receive a stipend of $4,000, with lodging and meals provided. The REU program will also cover travel expenses for participants to attend professional conferences to present studies. For more information and an online application form, you may access the program website at http://www.montclair.edu/csam/reu/ or contact Passaic River Institute at pri@mail.montclair.edu.

Please consider placing a link to our program in the appropriate departmental websites and to forward this information to a career services/internship office at your institution. If you are aware of undergraduates who would benefit from this REU program, please forward the program information to them.

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Faculty Position - Terrestrial Ecology
Posted: December 14, 2012
Location: University of Edinburgh, Scotland

We are recruiting new faculty, including a post at Lecturer/Sr Lecturer level (equivalent to Assistant/Associate Professor) with a focus on one of more of these areas:

-Terrestrial biogeochemistry, particularly nitrogen and phosphorus cycling
-Ecosystem modelling
-Tropical forest ecosystems
-Innovative techniques to quantify trace gas fluxes from terrestrial ecosystems

For more details see
http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/jobs/296989

Closing date is 27-January-2013.

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Post-Doc - Modelling impact of air quality on the carbon balance of terrestrial ecosystems

Posted: December 14, 2012
Location: European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy

The Institute for Environment and Sustainability (European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy) is offering the post-doctoral position:
IES301124 "Modelling impact of air quality on the carbon balance of terrestrial ecosystems "

Deadline for application: 16/12/2012

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http://recruitment.jrc.ec.europa.eu/?inst=3511

The Climate Risk Management Unit is looking for a researcher to perform assessments of the impact of air quality on the C balance of terrestrial ecosystems, in the context of the EU project ECLAIRE.
The successful candidate will:
• Contribute to the development and improvement of models that comprehensively assess the impact of nitrogen and ozone on the carbon cycles of forest and agricultural systems
• Contribute to an ensemble model application to assess the long-term impacts of various scenarios of climate change, air quality change (O3 and CO2) and change in deposition of nutrients on plant production/carbon sink strength and nutrient cycling in forests and semi-natural systems.
The ideal candidate should have a PhD in the fields of agricultural, forestry, environ­men­tal sciences, environmental statistics, ecosystem and climate modelling or related field (or a University degree and 5 years of research experience after the university degree giving access to doctoral studies).
Experience in the field of environmental modelling, ecosystem biogeochemistry or plant physiology relevant for greenhouse gas emissions is required.
Excellent programming skills (Fortran, C++) are essential. Experience with statistical packages (e.g. R) is an asset.
Good knowledge of spoken and written English is required. The knowledge of another community language would be an advantage.
Relevant publications and presentations should be highlighted.
The Joint Research Centre is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women and minority groups.
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Administrative rules:
http://ies.jrc.ec.europa.eu/uploads/fileadmin/Documentation/Reports/MSU/Grant_2008/rules_grantholders.pdf
http://ies.jrc.ec.europa.eu/uploads/fileadmin/call-for-grantholders-docs/20110909-GH_guide_An%20I_C07_EN.pdf

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Engineer - Geosciences
Posted: December 11, 2012
Location: Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany

Code: 89/G/Kli-P-tt
Division:Geosciences

The Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research (AWI) Potsdam division of ”Periglacial Science”, research group “Sensitivity of the permafrost system’s water and energy balance under changing climate” is seeking to appoint an

Engineer (f / m)

Tasks:
The job holder will be responsible for controlling and maintaining the long term automated soil, climate and eddy covariance stations at remote Arctic field sites (Siberia, Spitsbergen), as well as importing the data into Matlab, SQL and Pangea databases. This also requires testing of sensors in the laboratories at AWI prior to set up and organizing the field work.
Furthermore new and innovative environmental monitoring systems should be developed and evaluated.

Requirements:
Degree in environmental or geosciences, electrical engineering or a comparable qualification;
Programming skills (SQL, Matlab), excellent team work capabilities in a multidisciplinary team, fluency in English and German (written and spoken), field work experience, willingness to participate regularly in expeditions to Svalbard and Siberia.

Beneficial:
Experience in eddy covariance systems, experience with Campbell Scientific data loggers.

For further information, please contact Julia Boike: Julia.Boike(at)awi.de.

This position has a two-year limitation, with the option to become a permanent employment. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst des Bundes (TVöD-Bund).

The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees within the scientific staff and especially invites female scientists to apply for the position. Handicapped applicants with comparable qualifications receive preferential status. Please see the notification on our homepage underhttp://www.awi.de/en/news/open_positions/.

AWI supports balanced work-life career development via a variety of schemes.

Applications should include curriculum vitae, two letters of reference and copies of certifications. Please quote the reference number 89/G/Kli-P-tt and send applications before December 18th to:

Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research
PO Box 60 01 49
14401 Potsdam
Germany

Further information: http://www.awi.de/en, and http://www.awi.de/en/go/sparc

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Two Post-Doc fellowships - Climate forcing of sea ice
Posted: December 11, 2012
Location: University of Manitoba, Canada

The Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS), Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, at the University of Manitoba is seeking qualified candidates for two Post Doctoral fellowships focusing on climate forcing of sea ice and teleconnections between the Arctic and more temperature latitudes. These positions will become part of a collaborative team of over 100 investigators, working with Prof. David G. Barber through his Canada Research Chair (www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/chairholders-titulaires/profileeng. aspx?profileId=2464), the Canada Excellent Research Chair program of Dr. Soeren Rysgaard (www.cerc.gc.ca/chairholders-titulaires/rysgaard-eng.shtml) and ArcticNet - a Network of Centres of Excellence (www.arcticnet.ulaval.ca).

CEOS has a number of unique Arctic research facilities including $millions in capital infrastructure for sea ice, meteorological and oceanographic measurements; ocean and atmospheric observatories; access to the WestGrid supercomputing infrastructure; access to stateof- the-art remote sensing instrumentation, and field programs in Arctic Canada, Greenland and northern Europe.

We seek candidates with backgrounds in atmospheric science, physical oceanography, climatology, physical geography or related fields. The successful candidates will have a proven publication track record, completion of a PhD (in exceptional circumstances a masters level may be considered). Send a complete CV and letter of interest to David.Barber@ad.umanitoba.ca.

The University of Manitoba is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from visible minorities are encouraged and this competition is open to both Canadian and international candidates. The competition is open now and will remain open until suitable candidates are found.
More information about the University of Manitoba and CEOS are available at www.umanitoba.ca/ceos.

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Two Professorial/Reader positions - Biological and Environmental Sciences
Posted: December 11, 2012
Location: University of Stirling, Scotland

Two Chairs in Biological and Environmental Sciences, School of Natural Sciences

The School of Natural Sciences invites applications for two full time Professorial/Reader positions within Biological and Environmental Sciences (http://www.sbes.stir.ac.uk/). This interdisciplinary division operates from the molecular to the global scale to address key questions focused on the relationships between society and the environment. Our findings are used to inform policy makers and practitioners in conservation, environmental regulation, planning and management. Building on our internationally leading research in Conservation and Environmental Protection, we seek applications in the area of Environmental Change and Biological Conservation.

Candidates are expected to be outstanding, internationally renowned leaders within their field of research. Successful candidates will have proven track records of research leadership with demonstrable skills in building research groups, obtaining grant funding nationally and internationally, and a substantive record of publications in high impact journals. Strategically these appointments will augment Stirling’s reputation as the leading institution for Conservation Biology and Environmental Protection in Scotland and will further strengthen its ranking in these fields across the UK and internationally.

Chair in Environmental Change
We seek applications in the broad area of environmental change. Applicants specialising on the impacts of environmental change on natural biogeochemical cycles within terrestrial or aquatic environments are especially welcome.

Chair in Conservation Biology
Applications are invited from within the interdisciplinary fields of conservation biology, and its interactions with biology, molecular biology, evolutionary ecology, human activity and environmental policy.

For full details see: http://www.stir.ac.uk/about/jobs/list/

For informal discussion, please contact either Professor Ian Simpson (Head of School), +44 1786 467850 or email: i.a.simpson@stir.ac.uk. Alternatively contact Dr Andrew Tyler (Head of Biological and Environmental Sciences), +44 1786 467838 or email: a.n.tyler@stir.ac.uk.

The closing date for receipt of applications for these two positions is 10th January 2013. Interviews will be held on 20th February 2013.

Please apply on-line. If you are unable to make an online application please contact Emma Louden in HR: emma.louden@stir.ac.uk

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Six faculty positions - Theory, Modeling, Computation
Posted: December 7, 2012
Location: University of South Florida

Six faculty positions - theory, modeling, computation - at the University of South Florida

The University of South Florida’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has advertised for six positions in theory, computational techniques, and modeling. The official announcement is at http://sciences.cas.usf.edu/data/ComputationalAdvertisment.pdf. These positions are being searched for jointly by all the departments in the School, but those hired will have an appointment (and tenure home) in a department. The positions are broadly defined as being for candidates developing theory, computational techniques, and mathematical and/or statistical modeling. Some of the areas directly relevant to our department include mathematical biology, phylogenetic modeling, population genetics, quantitative genetics, ecosystem ecology, population ecology, biomechanics, conservation biology, evolutionary bioinformatics, spatial ecology, global change biology, invasive species, marine biology, and disease ecology/evolution; this list is not intended to be restrictive. If you would like further information, please feel free to contact Gordon Fox (gfox@usf.edu).

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PhD Student - Modeling Forest Disturbances
Posted: December 7, 2012
Location: University of Idaho

Graduate student opportunity in modeling forest disturbances at the University of Idaho.

Funding is available for a Ph.D. student to study forest responses and vulnerability to climate change and natural disturbances, with an emphasis on bark beetle outbreaks. Project goals include incorporating a model of mountain pine beetle outbreaks into an ecosystem model; assessing the influence of future climate changes on outbreaks; and quantifying the effects on forest dynamics, including carbon cycling. Research will be conducted jointly with Oregon State University using the Community Land Model (www.cgd.ucar.edu/tss/clm). Funding is available for five years at $24,000/year plus tuition/fees and health insurance. The successful candidate will have a background in geography, ecology, biogeosciences, atmospheric science, entomology, or a related field. Desirable qualifications include quantitative skills, familiarity with mechanistic ecosystem modeling and computer programming, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a research-based M.S. thesis. Students have the opportunity to receive a degree in either Geography (www.uidaho.edu/geography) or Environmental Science (www.uidaho.edu/envs). Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, GPA, GRE scores, and a personal statement that describes the candidate’s interest in the position and relevant education and experience to Dr. Jeffrey Hicke (jhicke@uidaho.edu) as well as apply to the desired degree program. Inquiries via email or phone (208-885-6240) are welcome.

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2 PhD Students - Land-Atmosphere Interactions
Posted: December 7, 2012
Location: Helmholtz - Zentrum, Potsdam, Germany

Vacancy No.72/4/11 D

Within the newly established Helmholtz Young Investigators Group TEAM focusing on land-atmosphere interactions and the exchange of CO2 and CH4 on multiple spatial scales at study sites in the circumpolar north (Alaska, Canada, Siberia) and NE Germany.

We are a young and active team within a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research environment with excellent research infrastructure and support and look for motivated, creative, and proactive candidates to join our growing lab.

Tasks:
PhD1: Collection, quality control, analysis and interpretation of tower-based eddy covariance data from wetlands and lakes in NE Germany and Siberia in terms of relevant ecosystem processes, temporal variability, model development
PhD 2: Integration of a fast CH4 analyzer into the helicopter borne measurement system "Helipod"; collection, quality control, analysis and interpretation of airborne eddy covariance data from NE German and ARctic permafrost landscapes in terms of relevant processes, spatial variability, model development
Development of scaling approaches between tower-based and airborne measurements

Qualifications:
Master/equivalent degree in atmospheric/ environmental science/engineering, physics, geology, related field
Proficiency in Matlab, R, or advanced programming languages
Experience with the eddy covariance method and time series analysis is beneficial
Fluency in English (written and spoken), excellent team working skills

Duration: 3 years, starting as soon as possible
Salary: 67-75% EG 13 TV0D-O depending on experience
Information: Dr. Torsten Sachs(tsachs@gfz-potsdam.de)

We particularly encourage applications from qualified female candidates. A kindergarden is available on campus. Handicapped applicants with equal qualification will be given preference.

Please address your applications including the code above, a detailed CV, names and e-mail addresses of two references and a short outline of your own research interests and skills to:

Deutsches GeoForshungsZentrum
-Personal- und Sozialwesen-
Telegrafenberg
14473 Potsdam

Please exclusively email applications to personal@gfz-potsdam.de and tsachs@gfz-potsdam.de

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Post-Doc - Environmental impacts of biofuel production in the Imperial Valley, CA
Posted: December 7, 2012
Location:University of California at Riverside, CA and El Centro, CA

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California at Riverside

We are seeking a highly motivated and well prepared Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct USDA,NIFA-funded research investigating the environmental impacts of biofuel production in the Imperial Valley (low desert) of California. The successful candidate will continue field measurements and analysis to support a 5-year life cycle analysis of the crop plant, Sorghum bicolor. Objectives are to identify and quantify the principal environmental and physiological drivers of fluxes and storage of water, carbon, ozone, and nitrogen. The study utilizes data-model synthetic approaches to scale these processes and impacts on water and air quality to the regional level. The position will provide opportunities for advanced training in whole ecosystem flux measurements of multiple trace gases and associated biogeochemical and ecosystem modeling. Outcomes from the research will inform physiological theory of coupled biogeochemical cycles on hourly to annual time scales and will have applications for assessing the suitability of biofuel production in southern California.

Candidates will need excellent preparation in plant physiology, biometeorology, physiological ecology, biogeochemistry, or related field, and well-developed instrumentation and quantitativeskills. The successful candidate will provide leadership to the research team including graduate students, scientists, cooperative extension personnel and industry cooperators. The primary role of this position is to conduct micrometeorological flux and plant physiological measurements of carbon and nitrogen trace gasses. Novel aspects of the research include the extreme environment and initial deployment of a new fast response N2O analyzer suitable for whole ecosystem eddy covariance measurements. Data collection activities are designed to refine parameterization of carbon flux, evapotranspiration, GHG emission, and air quality models that are appropriate for regional scaling. Candidates with experience in field trace gas measurement, plant canopy analysis, and data-model coupling techniques are particularly encouraged to apply.

Location: University of California at Riverside, CA and El Centro, CA
Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive and based on NIH standards
Duration: 1 year, renewable annually

Position requires a Ph.D. with relevant research preparation and a successful publication record, excellent scientific and nonscientific communication skills (written and oral), the ability to work outdoors in a hot desert environment (45 C), and to work aloft on instrument towers (10 m). We encourage underrepresented applicants.

Inquiries and applications may be sent in a single PDF with CV, contact information for three references, and cover letter with qualifications and research interests to both Dr. David Grantz (dagrantz@ucanr.edu) and Dr. Darrel Jenerette (darrel.jenerette@ucr.edu).
Position is available beginning 1 January 2011 and is open until filled.

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Research Scientist - Biometeorology
Posted: December 7, 2012
Location: Oregon State University

The Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society (FES) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Field Research Scientist position in Biometeorology.

The Research Scientist will work with an interdisciplinary team to quantify and understand the influence of climate and disturbance on ecosystem carbon, water and energy exchange with the atmosphere in different forests. The position is located in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research and Regional Analysis group (TERRA-PNW) of Professor Beverly Law within the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. The person will be responsible for operation of three eddy flux towers in Oregon. The candidate will maintain tower and subcanopy flux systems, automated soil chamber systems, and meteorological instruments, and preprocess data to ensure high quality data with a minimum of gaps. The person will assist an interdisciplinary team in physiological and ecological measurements to quantify sources of carbon fluxes, and carbon stocks. The candidate will conduct data analysis, data management, and participate in producing publications.

A MS degree in biometeorology, ecosystem physiology, or related field is required, along with strong technical skills in eddy covariance and meteorological instrument operation and maintenance (instrument diagnostics, calibration, data processing, and statistical analysis). Must be able to work on instruments at heights. Demonstrated ability to publish papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Contact for Information: Dr. Beverly Law (bev.law@oregonstate.edu, (ofc): 541.737.6111)

Application Procedure: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs by Dec 31, 2012. Posting #0009996
OSU is an AA/EO Employer.

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Post-Doc - Biometeorology
Posted: December 7, 2012
Location: Oregon State University

The Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society (FES) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate (Post-Doctoral) position in Biometeorology.

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will work with an interdisciplinary team to quantify and understand the influence of climate and disturbance on ecosystem carbon, water and energy exchange with the atmosphere in mesic Douglas-fir and semi-arid young and mature ponderosa pine. The position is located in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research and Regional Analysis group (TERRA-PNW) of Professor Beverly Law within the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. The person will be responsible for processing and analyzing eddy covariance data from towers, subcanopy flux systems, and automated soil chamber systems. We seek an individual who will develop methods to reduce uncertainty in the estimates of net ecosystem exchange over tall forest ecosystems. Using the long-term data record at the TERRA-PNW research sites, the person will investigate the sensitivities of forest carbon and water cycles to climate anomalies. In particular, we are interested in someone with strong skills in micrometeorology and statistics, and the ability to integrate across disciplines of micrometeorology and ecophysiology.

A PhD in biometeorology, ecosystem physiology, or related field is required, along with strong skills in eddy covariance data processing, quality control methods, statistical analysis, proficiency with MATLAB or equivalent (R, IDL, etc), and integration of EC and biological data. Must be able to work on instruments at heights. The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals, and to work well in a collaborative team environment.

Contact for Information: Dr. Beverly Law (bev.law@oregonstate.edu, (ofc): 541.737.6111)

Application Procedure: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs by Dec 31, 2012. Posting #0009998
OSU is an AA/EO Employer.

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Post-Doc - Biochemistry/ Biophysical Modeling
Posted: December 7, 2012
Location: Oregon State University

The Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society (FES) invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE) Research Associate (Post-Doctoral) positions in Biogeochemistry and Biophysical Modeling. The interdisciplinary five-year study aims to enhance existing earth system models and economic models, and couple them to elucidate the interactions and feedbacks among climate, tree mortality, and economic factors. The successful candidates will be responsible for development, testing, and spatial application of the Community Land Model (CLM4), including evaluation of proposed actions to mitigate climate and fire effects on forests. The position offers the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research and Regional Analysis group at OSU (TERRA-PNW), and co-investigators at the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), U-Idaho (mortality from mountain pine beetle), the University of Oxford, and the Met Office Hadley Centre in the UK.

A Ph.D. in earth system science, biology, chemistry, atmospheric science, civil engineering or a related discipline is required, along with knowledge of programming languages such as C, FORTRAN, R, Python, MATLAB, or IDL. Priority will be given to those with demonstrated experience in process model development, and spatial application of the Community Land Model (CLM). The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals, and to work well in a collaborative team environment. Pending successful performance, the position may be renewed annually for up to five years.

Contact for Information: Dr. Beverly Law (bev.law@oregonstate.edu, (ofc): 541.737.6111)
Application Procedure: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs by Dec 31, 2012. Posting #0009997
OSU is an AA/EO Employer.

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Civil Service Position - Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry
Posted: December 3, 2012
Location: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

The Earth Sciences Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland is seeking qualified candidates for a career civil service position in ocean ecology and biogeochemistry research as the Chief of the Ocean Ecology Laboratory.

In addition to supervisory functions, the successful candidate will serve as an expert consultant in planning, monitoring, and administering ocean ecology projects of national or international significance. Specifically, he or she will provide expertise and oversight for the development and testing of advanced ocean color sensors, e.g., the Ocean Radiometer for Carbon Assessment (ORCA) instrument; scientific expertise with respect to the Visible/Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on JPSS and ocean related areas of NASA's developing Carbon Monitoring system; serving as consultant and scientific lead for ocean color issues related to NASA's PACE mission and the ACE and GEOCAPE decadal survey missions; and providing leadership in the planning and collection of mission validation field data and associated campaigns.

Candidates having experience with NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) and Decadal Survey Satellite Missions and familiarity with related research activities at the Earth Sciences Division-Ocean Ecology Laboratory (http://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov) are highly desirable. A Ph.D. degree or equivalent training and experience in ocean biological science or a related science discipline is preferred.

This advertisement is intended to provide an opportunity for interested persons to have discussions with the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Division concerning NASA’s goals and the candidate’s interests. A subsequent job application process will be conducted using the USAJOBS application process (www.usajobs.gov <http://www.usajobs.gov> ). Interested candidates should respond by submitting their current vita including research interests via <http://atmospheres.gsfc.nasa.gov/positions/form.php> email (David.Adamec@nasa.gov) by January 11, 2013. For additional questions, please contact Dr. David Adamec, Deputy Director for Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center at the same email address.

NASA, GSFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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PhD- Ecology and Biogeochemical Cycling
Posted: December 3, 2012
Location: San Diego State University

I have several funded positions for Ph.D. students to work on various aspects of the ecology and biogeochemical cycling of Arctic, chaparral, Mangrove, coastal ocean, tropical, and desert ecosystems in our Joint Ph.D. program with UCDavis. Funding is typically for 5-6 years and typically includes resident or foreign student tuition. Further details of some of the research opportunities and activities can be found at http://gcrg.sdsu.edu/. Applications are due to by 15 December 2012, and no late applications can be considered. Students can consult http://gcrg.sdsu.edu/, http://www.bio.sdsu.edu/ecology/prog_phd.php, and contact me directly.

Walter Oechel
Distinguished Professor of Biology and
Director, Global Change Research Group
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA. USA 92182
Web page: http://gcrg.sdsu.edu/
E-mail: woechel@mail.sdsu.edu

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2 Post-Docs- Interdisciplinary Environmental Science
Posted: November 28, 2012
Location: Brown University, Rhode Island, United States

Brown University
Environmental Change Initiative
Voss Postdoctoral Research Associate 2013

Brown University’s Environmental Change Initiative seeks candidates for two distinguished postdoctoral positions in interdisciplinary environmental science. Established in 2004, Brown University’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) catalyzes collaborative research among 15 affiliated academic units and over 50 individual researchers. Particular strengths include coastal and marine ecology, biogeochemistry, Earth systems history, population studies, environmental sociology, remote sensing and spatial analysis, evolutionary genetics, ecosystem-based management, biogeography, and climate change adaptation.Emerging areas of emphasis include sustainable energy and the intersection of climate change with health and well-being. Brown University also maintains a cooperative research program with the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, including the Ecosystems Center and the Josephine Bay Paul Center in Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Requirements for the positions include a Ph.D. in an environmentally-related discipline, the ability to take initiative and work independently, and strong interest in interdisciplinary science. Each successful candidate will develop an independent research project mentored by two faculty members working in different fields at Brown University or the Marine Biological Laboratory. A list of ECI-affiliated researchers is here: http://brown.edu/Research/ECI/people/affiliates.html. Additional faculty members are eligible to mentor projects and should contact Martha Downs (martha_downs@brown.edu) for further information.

Prospective applicants must contact their proposed mentors to discuss their project ideas before applying. Positions will be two-year appointments in the Environmental Change Initiative. Associates receive a salary of $50,000, plus benefits and a discretionary fund of $5,000/year in addition to any research funds that may be directed to the project by mentors.

Required project proposal (1500 words maximum, excluding references): The proposal should describe how the project builds on the applicant’s current work and how it relates to the research interests of the proposed mentors. Proposals will be judged on scientific merit, potential for building cross-disciplinary bridges, and an achievable research plan, given time and budgetary constraints. The project proposal is an essential component of the application package and applications without proposals will not be reviewed.


To apply, please submit the following items at https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/20660.

  • Cover letter
  • Current CV
  • Project proposal (less than 1500 words)
  • Three letters of reference from advisors or colleagues who know the applicant’s work well. Letters should describe prior research experience and evidence of applicant’s interest, capability, and potential in interdisciplinary environmental research
  • Two letters of support from proposed mentors, describing the mentor’s interest in the applicant and the proposed project and evaluating the preparation of this applicant to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • For additional information, please contact Marty Downs, Associate Director of ECI (martha_downs@brown.edu). Applications received by February 3, 2013 will receive full consideration.

Brown University is an EEO/AA employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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Faculty Position - Earth System Science / Coupled Human and Natural Systems

Posted: November 21, 2012
Location: University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire seeks outstanding applicants for an open-rank tenure/tenure track position that will enhance our existing strengths in earth and environmental sciences and engineering. The successful applicant will have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas pertaining to Earth system science and the interface between human and natural systems: interactions between ecosystems and climate, human dimensions of global change, remote sensing and geospatial analysis, sustainability science, adaptation to climate change, social-ecological systems, land use/land cover dynamics, and process-based modeling of environmental change. Applicants coming from physical, ecological or social sciences and environmental engineering backgrounds are equally encouraged to apply, provided their interest is in working across traditional disciplinary boundaries to address pressing societal concerns involving human-driven environmental change. Applicants will be expected to join a state-wide team investigating "Interactions Among Climate, Land Use, Ecosystems Services and Society." It is anticipated that the network of collaborators participating in this project will provide abundant opportunity for the successful applicant to develop new initiatives in research and teaching and build a productive and rewarding career.

The position will be a joint appointment with a research program housed in UNH's Earth Systems Research Center and an academic appointment in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, Civil Engineering, or Earth Sciences (depending on the interests and strengths of the successful candidate). In addition to establishing an independent, externally funded research program the successful applicant will supervise students, and contribute to the teaching mission of the home Department.

Applications, consisting of a current curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, a teaching statement, and the names and contact information for three referees should be sent to:

Susan Higgins, Search Committee coordinator
EPSCOR program office
Greg Hall, Room 216
35 Colovos Road
Durham, NH 03824

Electronic submission of application materials (preferred) in pdf format may be sent to susan.higgins@unh.edu. Questions about this position may be addressed to the Search Committee coordinator by email (susan.higgins@unh.edu) or phone (603 862 1804). Search committee members are also available to answer questions about this position and the University of New Hampshire: Jack Dibb (chair), Kevin Gardner, Jim Malley, Bill McDowell, Scott Ollinger, and Ruth Varner (firstname.lastname@unh.edu).

Rank is open and will be consistent with qualifications. Preferred starting date is September, 2013. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

UNH is a land-grant institution and also a designated sea- and space-grant University, and is among the top-tier research institutions nationally. The University is made up of dozens of academic departments, interdisciplinary institutes, and research centers that attract students and faculty from around the world. As state-of-the-art facilities are built to support academic growth, and new residence and dining halls are built to meet the growing popularity of campus life, the University continues to rest lightly on the Durham landscape. Some 13,000 students and hundreds of faculty and staff live and work amid the rolling hills and riverbeds of one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

 

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Grad and Undergrad - Programs funded by NASA and NSF
Posted: November 21, 2012
Location:

www.pathwaystoscience.org

For Undergraduates:
Paid Summer 2013 Undergrad Research Placements (still being updated):
Over 800 programs – REU and other summer research opportunities for undergrads

For Financial Support in Graduate School Opportunities:
Bridge to the Doctorate, IGERT and NSF Grad Research Fellowship programs provide generous stipend and tuition support for students through the National Science Foundation:

For Postdoc opportunities -- http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/Postdocs_portal.asp

For NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships - https://intern.nasa.gov/

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Post-Doc - Modeling the impacts of tropical fires on carbon gases in the atmosphere
Posted: November 21, 2012
Location: University of Amsterdam (VUA)

1.5 Year Post-Doc Position on modeling the impacts of tropical fires on carbon gases in the atmosphere

The Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE) and the VU University of Amsterdam (VUA) are opening a 18-month research post-doc position to the impacts of tropical fires on carbon gases in the atmosphere, and use atmospheric measurements for improving fire emissions, funded by a French National Research Agency project called TROPFIRE.

Fires in the tropics are a key component of the carbon cycle, as well as a primary source of chemically reactive species, which affect the oxidizing capacity of the atmosphere. Emissions of CO2, CO and CH4 from tropical fires can be estimated using "bottom-up" models in which burned area observations are combined with ecosystem biomass and fuel data to generate emission maps, for example GFED (http://www.globalfiredata.org/ ).

But fire emissions can also be constrained by the "top-down" atmospheric approach, in which insitu and satellite observations of atmospheric trace gases are combined with an atmospheric tracer transport model to quantify large scale emissions and their variations.

The proposed post-doctoral subject consists in checking the consistency, and further improving the GFED fire emission maps of CO2, CO, and CH4 over tropical continents, using the 4DVAR atmospheric inversion model PYVAR developed by the LSCE. This inversion system uses in-situ surface network observations of the three species, as well as satellite column observations from MOPITT (CO), IASI (CH4, CO) and GOSAT (CH4 and CO2).

The successful candidate will 1) incorporate a pyro-convection module in the transport model to reproduce the uplift and injection of combustion products in the troposphere, 2) obtain corrected fire emission estimates for each biome by optimizing the values of unknown parameters of the bottom up GFED model used as inversion prior, such as fuel load, emission factors during flaming and smoldering phase. The optimized parameters during one period will be evaluated against independent data in another cross-validation period. Finally, estimates will be made, e.g. by Monte-Carlo simulations of GFED error correlations of CO, CO2 and CH4 emissions, and the impact of these correlations will be tested for constraining the emissions of one species, given measurement of other species.

Requirements
The candidate should have a PhD with experience / knowledge in climate or atmospheric science, modeling tools, statistics. The candidate should be comfortable with computing languages such as FORTRAN or C and the UNIX system. Applications should include a CV and a letter of motivation and if possible the names of two reference persons. They should be sent to Philippe Ciais (philippe.ciais@cea.fr), Frederic Chevallier (Frederic.chevallier@cea.fr) and Guido van der Werf (guido.van.der.werf@falw.vu.nl). Time will be spent in Paris (LSCE) and in Amsterdam (VUA) to maximize synergy between bottom-up and top-down approaches.

The position will start in February/March 2013. Applications should be sent as soon as possible

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Senior Scientist - Experimental Biochemistry
Posted: November 15, 2012
Location: Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany

Senior scientist/group leader Experimental Biogeochemistry

The Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC) in Jena conducts research to improve the understanding of global biogeochemical cycling, in particular on the interaction between the atmosphere and biosphere.

In the Department of Biogeochemical Integration, we seek a Group Leader to establish an experimental research group on biogeochemistry for five years with possible renewal thereafter. The Department of Biogeochemical Integration focuses on topics such as interacting biogeochemical cycles (carbon-water-nitrogen-phosphorus), effects of climate variability and extremes on ecosystems, ecohydrology, soil-vegetation coupling and functional biogeography, with the methodological aim to integrate process-based and data-driven modeling, observational and experimental approaches.

The methodological basis of the experimental biogeochemistry research group is expected to be eddy covariance, complemented by innovative manipulation,lysimeter/sap-flow, and/or isotope natural abundance/tracing approaches in the field or in mesocosms. A linkage to modeling or remote sensing is welcome. A strong background in at least two of the aforementioned fields is required for the position. The incumbent is expected to link with the modeling research groups of the department and is encouraged to collaborate with other experimental research groups at the institute.

The position comes with a negotiable start-up for setting up and running the planned experiments and with strong technical-scientific support from the central facilities of the Institute for Biogeochemistry, with the expectation to acquire complementary third-party funding. The salary is competitive and according to experience within the rules of the German public sector. The applicant is asked to include a five-year research proposal (incl. budget estimates) integrated in the research at the Department of Biogeochemical Integration, in addition to the standard documents and three references. Please contact markus.reichstein@bgc-jena.mpg.de for more detailed information.

The Max-Planck-Society aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women. The Max-Planck-Society is also committed to employing more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

Evaluation of applications will start on December 15, 2012, and continue until the position is filled.

Please send your application to:

Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie / Personalbüro
Kennwort: BGI-EXP group leader
Hans-Knöll-Str.10
07745 Jena, Germany,
or preferably as one PDF file to bewerbung@bgc.mpg.de and mreichstein@bgc.mpg.de

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Director - Climate Program Office (CPO)

Posted: November 14, 2012
Location: Silver Spring, MD

NOAA Research is looking for an innovative leader to serve as the Director for our Climate Program Office (CPO). Highly qualified candidates will demonstrate a combination of strong scientific credentials and experience in leading large scientific programs and in collaborating with diverse climate stakeholders. Please help us spread the word about this exciting leadership opportunity.

The CPO Director is responsible for the development of climate science, services, and information products for use by national, regional, and local users both within and external to NOAA. The Director allocates and controls annually appropriated funds in order to maintain high quality activities to meet society’s climate needs. In addition, the Director serves as a spokesperson for the NOAA Climate Program in meetings leading to the identification of significant research projects and the establishment of operational objectives, and the Director is the NOAA principal representative to the interagency U.S. Global Change Research Program.

This position, located in Silver Spring, MD, reports to the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Programs and Administration inNOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.

This position is offered through USAJOBS as either a Permanent Federal position at the Senior Executive Service level (US Citizens only) or as a two-year Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment with the possibility to extend for an additional two years (US citizens or non-citizens who are permanent US residents and actively seeking citizenship). Additional information on IPA assignments is available on the Office of Personnel Management website.

The job announcement is open through December 28, 2012. Please direct questions about this position to Tim Ash (Timothy.K.Ash@noaa.gov, 301-713-6304).

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Post-Doc - Eddy Covariance CH4 Fluxes from the Arctic
Posted: November 14, 2012
Location: Alaska (Barrow, Atqasuk, and Ivotuk)

Post-doctoral position in eddy covariance CH4 fluxes from the Arctic

We will be opening a position through the San Diego State University Research Foundation. The salary is expected to be around $43,260 (depending on experience) with an annual cost of living increase, and full benefits. This position will support collaborative research between the University of Sheffield and San Diego State University in the Alaskan Arctic.

The post-doc selected will carry out research in Alaska as part of the NSF-funded project entitled: “Methane loss from Arctic: towards an annual budget of CH4 emissions from tundra ecosystems across a latitudinal gradient”, measuring CO2 and CH4 fluxes in several eddy covariance towers in Alaska (Barrow, Atqasuk, and Ivotuk). The position, is expected to be initially available for 2 years (renewed on annual bases upon satisfactory performance), with the possibility of an additional 2 years. The post-doctoral scholar will be immersed in an international and stimulating environment, and be in contact with several research groups and large projects (such as NASA/JPL CARVE, Oechel Co-PI, that is currently collecting CH4 concentrations and remotely sensed information with aircraft over the above mentioned eddy covariance towers). The research environment is intended to help facilitate the development of the post-doc into an independent, well networked, scientist.

The responsibilities will include periods of field work in northern Alaska, measuring CO2 and CH4 fluxes with eddy covariance, processing of the eddy covariance data, guiding students and technicians. The post will also involve presentation of the research results to international meetings and the preparation of reports and of manuscripts for publication in international journals.

Applicants should have obtained (or should be very close to completing) a PhD in atmospheric, environmental science, or related fields, and should be able to demonstrate knowledge of biogeochemical cycles, eddy covariance technique, programming for data acquisition and data reductions (e.g. Campbell CR basics, etc.), eddy covariance instrument set-up and operation, and be able to work independently and effectively in remote field conditions, under challenging weather conditions.

Questions, letters of interest, and CV, and names of 3 referees and/or letters of reference can be sent to D.Zona@sheffield.ac.uk

If you have any question feel free to contact :
Dr. D. Zona, University of Sheffield D.Zona@sheffield.ac.uk and San Diego State University and
Prof. Walter Oechel, San Diego State University, woechel@mail.sdsu.edu

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Post-Doc- Agro-Ecosystem Modeling
Posted: November 13, 2012
Location: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), College Park, Maryland

Link to application: https://erecruit.pnnl.gov/psp/hrext/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=302003&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

Job
Description

The Joint Global Change Research Institute, a collaborative research center of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland, has an opening for a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Agro-Ecosystem Modeling. The successful candidate will conduct research within a group of scientists applying agricultural, hydrologic and ecosystem modeling to inform global change research. In particular, this position will contribute to multi-disciplinary, multi-institution research projects investigating the sustainability of biofuel production, cropping and dairy systems, agricultural nutrient cycling and the potential impacts of climate change on agricultural systems. This is an ideal position for a researcher with a desire to contribute science to decision making on challenges of global concern, and provides opportunities for collaboration and integration across disciplines.

Specifically, the candidate will be responsible for designing and operating agro-ecosystem modeling simulation studies at site to region scales to contribute to explore cropping system alternatives (including biofuel crops), agricultural nutrient cycling, and crop system response to climate change. The researcher will participate in designing and implementing scenario experiments that consider changes in climate and potential changes in underlying social drivers of agricultural land use. The researcher will primarily be responsible for the testing and operation of biophysical models, analysis and publication of results, and communication of biophysical model results to social scientist collaborators for use in socio-economic modeling. Depending on skills and interest, the selected candidate may also contribute to model development.

Minimum Requirements
Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years from an accredited college or university. All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Qualifications
Candidates must have a PhD in agronomy, soil science, ecology, geography or a related field. Experience in operating biophysical models and working in GIS and database environments is required. Specific experience with SWAT, EPIC, DSSAT or similar models; experience with ArcGIS; experience in Linux computing environments; and computer programming experience are desired. Demonstration of scientific publication and scientific conference participation is also desired. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively, work in a group environment and collaborate across disciplinary boundaries. A cover letter is required and should detail how your skills and experience match these requirements and your motivation to apply for this specific position. Resumes submitted without cover letter will not be considered.

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Post-Doc- Assessment of historical and projected changes in carbon storage in Alaska
Posted: November 5, 2012
Location: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Postdoctoral position in assessment of historical and projected changes in carbon storage in Alaska

Institute of Arctic Biology

Postdoctoral Research Scientist. The University of Alaska Fairbanks invites applications for postdoctoral scientists to conduct modeling studies as part of projects to assess carbon dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems in Alaska. The successful candidates will conduct studies that include the development, parameterization, testing, analysis, and application of models that simulate the vegetation and carbon dynamics of ecosystems in Alaska. Training in earth system science or biogeochemistry is required. Research experience in modeling vegetation dynamics or biogeochemistry is required, and skills in data analysis and computer programming are preferred. A Ph.D. degree (already received or awaiting receipt with all requirements fulfilled) is required. Applications for this position can be submitted at the following URL: https://www.uakjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=79096 or by going to http://www.uakjobs.com and entering posting number 0065324. Applications will be received until the position is filled, but review of applications will begin on 11/26/2012. More information on the nature of the position can be obtained by contacting Dr. A. David McGuire, 907-474-6242, admcguire@alaska.edu.

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Faculty Position- Biogeochemistry
Posted: November 5, 2012
Location:Portland State University

Faculty position in biogeochemisrty at Portland State University

The Department of Environmental Science and Management (ESM) at Portland State University (PSU) invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Management, with a focus in environmental biogeochemistry, with a preference for candidates with a background in hydrology, atmospheric science, or soil science.

The full description can be found at:
(http://www.pdx.edu/esm/sites/www.pdx.edu.esm/files/Job%20Announcement_Assistant%20Professor.pdf).

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PhD- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Posted: November 5, 2012
Location:University of Kansas, Kansas

Ph.D. student at the University of Kansas

Graduate Research Opportunities. The University of Kansas' Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has positions available for two Ph.D. students starting in fall 2013. Successful applicants will examine the effects of warming and altered precipitation regimes on soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics (see http://kbs.ku.edu/people/staff_www/billings for on-going projects). Lab work will offer opportunities to gain experience with gas chromatography, isotope ratio mass spectrometry, multiple means of quantifying soil organic matter composition, microbial community structure and function, and greenhouse gas generation and fluxes. Experience with any or all of these topics is desirable; scientific research experience is required. Applicants must be eager to contribute to the lab's capabilities and intellectual environment, and can benefit from the broad expertise of the EEB's faculty members (see www.ku.edu/~eeb). Information on the EEB graduate program and the application procedure can be found at http://www2.ku.edu/~eeb/graduate/. Interested candidates should send a c.v., brief statement of purpose demonstrating scientific interests and writing acuity, and a brief description of their educational background that includes a list of science and mathematics classes to Dr. Sharon Billings at sharonb@ku.edu<mailto:sharonb@ku.edu>.

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Post-Doc- Ecosystem Ecology
Posted: November 5, 2012
Location:University of Kansas, Kansas

Post-doc at the University of Kansas

A post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Ecosystem Ecology is available at the University of Kansas, in Dr. Sharon Billings' laboratory. The successful applicant will explore how biogeochemical processes in terrestrial ecosystems influence fluxes of key greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, using laboratory, field, and/or modeling approaches. The post-doctoral researcher will have the opportunity to build on any of several on-going projects, based on his or her skillsets. Examples of projects are displayed at http://kbs.ku.edu/people/staff_www/billings/index.html. We seek a creative individual enthused about moving the science of human-altered ecosystems and soil organic matter dynamics forward. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. at the time of appointment or soon thereafter in ecosystem ecology, Earth system science, biogeochemistry or a related field, experience measuring or modeling fluxes of CO2 or N2O, knowledge of soil organic matter dynamics and climate change, and excellent mathematical and spoken and written English language skills. Preferred qualifications include experience manipulating environments to test ideas of microbial responses to global change factors, experience with stable isotopes to address questions of global change, and experience modeling ecosystem responses to anthropogenic perturbations. Start date is early January 2013. To apply, see https://recruiting.ku.edu. Application review starts 11/16/12; applications will be accepted until a qualified pool is identified. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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Two Research Faculty Positions - Atmospheric Sciences
Posted: October 31, 2012
Location: State University of New York

Two Research Faculty Positions at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, SUNY Albany

The Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) of the University at Albany, State University of New York, seeks to hire two tenure-track Research Faculty, effective Fall 2013. These University supported 10-month appointments allow for supplementary summer salary from external research funding. These positions are part of a multi-year initiative to expand the University's capacity in the areas of climate, environment, and energy. We currently seek to fill two positions, one in each of the following two areas:

* Energy Meteorology and Climate with an emphasis on Solar Energy Applications - The ideal candidate would have expertise to carry out research in solar resource assessment, including numerical weather prediction of clouds and/or irradiance as well as environmental and climatic impact assessment.

* Ecohydrology - This candidate's research would ideally address the spatial and temporal variability of water and energy cycles and their impacts land-surface-atmosphere interaction and climatic extremes.

Outstanding candidates from other areas of atmospheric science will also be considered and are encouraged to apply. The successful candidates will be expected to strengthen ASRC and the university through (i) maintaining a strong externally funded research program; (ii) working with colleagues at ASRC and throughout the university on mutually beneficial research programs; (iii) recruit and mentor graduate students; and (iv) participating as necessary in service to the Center and the University. While not a requirement, successful candidates will have the option of making arrangements to teach in one or more University departments.

For more information about ASRC, please refer to http://asrc.albany.edu. For information on the application process, please visit http://albany.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=35230. Review of applications will begin December 1st, 2012 and positions will remain open until filled. Questions about the positions can be addressed to Qilong Min (qmin@albany.edu, 518-437-8742) or Richard Perez (rperez@albany.edu, 518-437-8751).

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PhD- Soil Biogeochemistry and Microbiology
Posted: October 31, 2012
Location: City University of New York

Ph.D. Research Opportunity in Soil Biogeochemistry and Microbiology, City University of New York

The School of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Queens College, CUNY invites applications for a research assistantship in soil biogeochemistry and microbiology starting in Fall 2013. Research will be part of a 5-yr, NSF-funded, field and lab project investigating the fundamental biological, chemical and physical controls on black carbon (BC) degradation and transport processes in a northern forest soil. The doctoral student may earn their PhD though either the Earth & Environmental Sciences or the Biology (Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior) doctoral programs at The CUNY Graduate Center depending on their area of focus. Ideally, candidates should have completed an M.S. in soil science, geosciences, environmental microbiology, or ecosystem science, but candidates with BS degrees with research experience will be considered. Prospective students should contact Dr. Jeff Bird by email (jbird@qc.cuny.edu) for further information about this opportunity and include a current resume and a statement of research interests. Deadlines for applications to the Ph.D. programs are Jan 1 for Biology and Jan 15 for Earth & Environmental Sciences at The CUNY Graduate Center (www.gc.cuny.edu/home).

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Student Contractor- Valuation of Estuarine Ecosystem Services
Posted: October 31, 2012
Location: Newport, Oregon

Student Contractor Participation in Research on Valuation of Estuarine Ecosystem Services

The Western Ecology Division of the US Environmental Protection Agency in Newport, Oregon is seeking a student contractor to assist with a study of the market and non-market values of Pacific Northwest (PNW) estuarine ecosystem services as part of EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program (SHCRP). The study will focus on estimating the marginal values of those ecosystem services; that is, estimating how the value of an ecosystem service changes in relation to incremental changes in the production of the ecosystem service. A secondary goal is to evaluate the transferability of those marginal value estimates among estuaries in the PNW and to other coastal regions of the US. The study will be conducted using existing data and models, and will include several estuarine ecosystem services such as nutrient uptake, carbon sequestration, finfish and shellfish fisheries and wildlife production, and floral and faunal biodiversity. The study will start with a literature review and gap analysis to identify those ecosystem services best suited for developing models of marginal value estimation; subsequent model development will proceed from there.

More detailed information and requirements for this solicitation can be found at the following web address:
http://www.epa.gov/oamrtpnc/q1300014/index.htm

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. ET, November 7, 2012. See the website above for full details on how to submit a package for this requirement. Proposals must contain all the required information and documentation to be considered. Include reference number RFQ-RT-13-00014 on your submission.

Student candidates: Questions regarding this services student contract should be directed to the contract specialist Jacqueline Sayles via email atsayles.jacqueline@epa.gov . Questions regarding the technical aspects of the contracted duties and responsibilities should be directed to Dr. Ted DeWitt, the EPA technical mentor for the contracted activities, at dewitt.ted@epa.gov or 541-867-4029. Be sure to check the solicitation website frequently for amendments.

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Post-Doc- Inter-disciplinary
Posted: October 31, 2012
Location: Arizona State University

PostDoctoral Fellowship Opportunity at ASU - SESE

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for the Exploration Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program provides opportunities for postdoctoral research with an emphasis on inter-disciplinary collaboration. Research areas within SESE encompass theoretical and observational astronomy, cosmology, astrobiology, earth sciences, climate science, planetary sciences, exploration systems engineering, astronomical instrumentation and science education.

Applications must include a research proposal that has been discussed with two prospective faculty mentors at ASU. Potential research topics span the full range of research interests of our faculty (http://sese.asu.edu/focus_areas).

The complete application packet should include: (1) a cover letter identifying research topics, (b) prospective postdoctoral advisors, and (c) a list of 3 references with contact information, (2) a current CV, (3) 2-3 papers exemplifying the applicant’s research, (4) letters of endorsement from the prospective postdoctoral advisors, and (5) a 5-8 page research proposal. Preference will be given to proposals that include multiple focus areas within SESE, that forge new collaborations, and that bring new research expertise to SESE consistent with likely faculty hiring strategies over the next few years.

The complete application is due by December 31, 2012 and reference letters by January 7, 2013 via email to exppd@asu.edu. A full description of the application process is available at (http://sese.asu.edu/opportunities). The fellowships are 2-year appointments, starting between July and September 2013; with full benefits and are renewable for a 3rd year contingent on performance and availability of funding. The applicant must have finished all requirements for a PhD degree before starting this position. ASU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that actively seeks diversity among applicants and promotes a diverse workforce.

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Post-Doc- Ecohydrology
Posted: October 31, 2012
Location: Northern Arizona University

Post- doctoral Scholars in Ecohydrology - #600017 and #600030
Northern Arizona University seeks two Post-Doctoral Scholars to join an interdisciplinary group working to understand the hydrological effects of proposed new large, landscape scale forest restoration projects in the forested uplands of Arizona. One Postdoctoral Scholar will be responsible for:

(1) Examining the capability of existing evapotranspiration models and algorithms to predict evapotranspiration based on comparisons with evapotranspiration measured by eddy covariance, and
(2) Writing reports and manuscripts related to the results of the study.

The other Postdoctoral Scholar will be responsible for

(1) Developing a precipitation-runoff model to accurately simulate runoff and streamflow related to forest restoration,
(2) Linking or incorporating the hydrologic process model into an integrated decision support model, and
(3) Seeking additional financial resources to complete the decision support model.

The successful candidates will work closely with the Ecological Restoration Institute, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability and School of Forestry at NAU.

Minimum Qualifications: An earned PhD in Ecohydrology or related field (hydrology, ecosystem hydrology or related fields).
Annual Salary: $45,000 (#600017) and $50,000 (#600030).
Application Deadline: November 21, 2012 at midnight (#600017) and November 27, 2012 at midnight (#600030).

Please see nau.jobs for full job descriptions and details on how to apply on-line! NAU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Researcher- Methane Mitigation Research
Posted: October 31, 2012
Location: Landcare Research, Lincoln, New Zealand

Researcher - Methane Mitigation Research

Landcare Research is leading innovation in New Zealand's management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources to protect and enhance the terrestrial environment and grow New Zealand's prosperity. We collaborate with research institutes both in New Zealand and overseas, and partner closely with key stakeholders to maximise the relevance and effectiveness of our research.

The Ecosystems & Global Change team studies the processes regulating greenhouse gas emission and uptake from New Zealand's terrestrial environment. A goal of our research is to determine how these emissions can be reduced, to develop new approaches for mitigation, and to understand how our land environments adapt to changing climates.

The applicant is expected to examine the soil and environmental processes influencing soil methanotroph populations, in order to optimize their suitability for removing methane emissions from waste management systems and housed animals on farms.

To be successful in this position you will need a postgraduate qualification soil and/or environmental science with strong background in chemistry or physics, and in biochemistry, microbial ecology or environmental engineering. Ideally, you will be familiar with nutrient transformations and greenhouse gas emissions and sinks. You will be expected to contribute to communication with stakeholders of this research through contract reports, seminars, publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals, and interactions with clients.

This role is full-time and will be based at our Palmerston North site. The term of employment is fixed- term for one year. It is possible that the term of appointment may be extended, dependent upon future funding.

To find out more about our organisation, to view the Position Description, or to apply for this position please go to our website www.landcareresearch.co.nz/jobs.

The closing date for applications is 30 November 2012.

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PostDoc- Carbon Balance in Biofuel Cropping Systems
Posted: October 26, 2012
Location: Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo

Postdoctoral Research Associate, The LEES Lab, University of Toledo, and Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) of Michigan State University

Salary: $40,000-$47,000/Year

Duration: Renewed annually for 5 years

Start date: Nov 1, 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter, position open until filled

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available at the Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Science (LEES) Lab ( http://research.eeescience.utoledo.edu/lees/) in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo. This position is a grant-funded position, renewable for up to two years, and will reside at the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS, http://www.kbs.msu.edu/) of Michigan State University. The successful applicant will join an investigation of carbon balance in biofuel cropping systems as part of the Sustainability Research Program at the Department of Energy’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC; www.glbrc.org). We will use the eddy covariance (EC) method as our primary tool in making intensive, continuous measurements of net exchange of carbon, water loss through evapotranspiration (ET), and energy balance at the six KBS-GLBRC “Scale-Up Fields”: switchgrass, restored prairie, and continuous corn fields (two replicates of each system). A doctoral degree in ecology, micrometeorology, soil, or natural science is required. We will begin review of applications on December 1, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit a cover letter (including position title and job #), resume, and the names and telephone numbers of three professional references to Dr. Jiquan Chen at Jiquan.Chen@utoledo.edu . The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

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Research Associate- Micrometeorology, Oceanography, Climatology
Posted: October 26, 2012
Location: University of Manitoba, Canada

Research Associate position available at the Centre for Earth Observation Science
Duties: (Field Instruments Research Associate)

The Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS), Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, at the University of Manitoba is seeking a qualified research associate to complement multidisciplinary research on ocean-sea ice-atmosphere (OSA) exchange of heat and climatically relevant trace gases within marine, sea ice and estuarine environments of the Arctic and sub-Arctic coastal zone. We seek candidates with backgrounds in micrometeorology, oceanography, climatology or related fields. The ideal candidate should have a good understanding of the physics of heat and mass exchanges across the OSA, basic physical oceanography and water carbonate chemistry. Background or knowledge of eddy covariance systems would be an asset, as would experience in ship-based research. The successful candidate will be expected to provide research leadership and support within a number of existing and proposed projects.

Core requirements:
-Master’s in Oceanography, Meteorology, Physical Geography, Environmental Science (Limnology), or a closely related physical science degree
-Minimum of 2 years relevant experience
-Experience working on Arctic research icebreakers and or arctic field programs preferred
-Good organization skills
-Familiarity with Microsoft office products Familiarity with web software an asset

Start Date: November 1, 2012 (or as soon as possible)
Salary range: $50,000-$60,000 per annum

Research Associates (RA) belong to the Research Academic Compensation Group and work is based on 40 hours week. RAs with appointments of one year or more shall be entitled to nineteen (19) working days of vacation entitlement in each full year of full time service. Unpaid vacation days are not paid out at termination or carried over for the following year. Vacation may be restricted during peak period of research activity.

Where RAs are full time and are for a period of twelve months or more, they are eligible for the University staff benefit plans. RAs are employment income subject to statutory deductions for Income Tax, Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance. Salary increases for RAs who were in their positions prior to April 1 of the current fiscal year are eligible for a salary increase, in accordance with the published guidelines, with effect from April 1 of that year and annually thereafter.

Direct applications/inquiries to:
David Barber, PhD, CRC
Director, Centre for Earth Observation Science CHR Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada dbarber@cc.umanitoba.ca
(204) 474-6981 (office)
(204) 510-6981 (cell) web.me.com/barber1818/D.G.Barber/Welcome.html

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Assistant Professor- Climatology/Climate Change/Climate Modeling

Posted: October 26, 2012
Location: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Global Environmental Change =96 Dartmouth College. The Department of Geography at Dartmouth College (www.dartmouth.edu/~geog) seeks an Assistant Professor with a specialty in climatology, climate change, or climate modeling. We welcome applications from candidates with an established record of excellence in teaching and research to augment and complement departmental existing strengths in physical/environmental geography. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. or be in the final stages of a Ph.D. program. Please send letter of application, email address, vitae, reprints, and names and contact information for three referees by December 15, 2012. With an even distribution of male and female students and over a third of the undergraduate student population members of minority groups, Dartmouth College is committed to diversity and encourages applications from women and minorities.

Apply: Frank Magilligan, Search Committee Chair, Department of Geography, 6017 Fairchild Hall (e-mail:geography@dartmouth.edu&lt;mailto:geography@dartmouth.edu&gt;).

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Project Officer- Methane Research
Posted: October 25, 2012
Location:Milton Keynes, UK

Project Officer (Methane Research), Faculty of Science

Temporary contract for 30 months, Based in Milton Keynes, UK

£30,012 - £35,938

Circulation date : 25/10/2012
Closing date : 22/11/2012

We are seeking a Project Officer to work on two projects conducting research into biosphere-atmosphere exchange as part of a multi-partner DEFRA funded consortium investigating lowland peatland ecosystems and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded project: “The contribution of trees to tropical wetland methane emissions”.

You should possess, or be close to completing a higher research degree in a relevant scientific field, have well developed laboratory skills and have the ability to make careful field chamber measurements of methane, CO2 and N2O emissions from a range of ecosystems. You will have well-developed self and time management skills and be able to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing. An interest in biosphere atmosphere exchange of methane would be desirable together with experience of field work.

You will spend some time working in the peat swamp forests of southeast Asia so must be able to work in challenging field conditions and operate with a high degree of independence and resourcefulness. Familiarity with use of social media and website management to disseminate scientific information would be desirable.

Closing date: 22 November 2012. Interview date is to be advised.

http://www3.open.ac.uk/employment/job-details.asp?id=6540&ref=ext

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Post-Doc- Terrestrial Biogeochemistry
Posted: October 25, 2012
Location: Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Post Doctoral Research Associate in Terrestrial Biogeochemistry; Faculty of Science

Temporary contract for 36 months, Based in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

£27,578 - £35,938

Circulation date : 25/10/2012
Closing date : 22/11/2012

We are seeking a PDRA to work on the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded project: “The contribution of trees to tropical wetland methane emissions”. The project involves collaboration with the Universities of Bristol, Leicester and Nottingham in the UK. International partners include the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

You should possess or be close to completing a higher research degree in a relevant scientific field, have the ability to make careful field measurements of methane emissions from trees, have well-developed self and time management skills and be able to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing. An interest in biosphere atmosphere exchange would be desirable together with experience of working in the tropics. You will spend extended periods of time working in the peat swamp forests of southeast Asia and will visit research sites in Panama so you must be able to work in challenging field conditions and operate with a high degree of independence and resourcefulness.

Closing date: 22nd November 2012. Interview date is to be advised.

http://www3.open.ac.uk/employment/job-details.asp?id=6541&ref=ext

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Post-Doc- Carbon Fluxes in Permafrost Environments
Posted: October 25, 2012
Location:The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Job Reference Number: UOS005461
Job Title: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Contract Type: Fixed term for 3 years
Department: Department of Geography
Salary: £28,401 - £ 31,020
Closing Date: 12th November 2012

Summary:
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in a UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)-funded project entitled "Permafrost catchments in transition: hydrological controls on carbon cycling and greenhouse gas budgets". The principal objective of this post is to quantify and understand the biotic/abiotic controls on carbon fluxes in permafrost environments, with particular emphasis on the interface between the water and carbon cycles, and on the implications for global radiative-forcing. You will become part of a world-class UK and international research team, but have specific responsibility for aspects of the work-programme dealing with plant-soil interactions, and with surface-atmosphere exchanges of carbon dioxide and methane. Overall, the team will measure the capture of carbon from the atmosphere, its distribution in plants and soils, and the biological, physical and chemical controls of carbon transport and delivery from soils to freshwaters, and ultimately to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and methane.

You should have a PhD in ecology or biogeochemistry, or another relevant area of environmental /ecological science, and have experience of designing, developing and publishing research. This is an opportunity for an outstanding researcher to join a vibrant and successful unit in one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities. The opportunity offers significant potential for professional growth and exposure in Europe and North America.

This post is fixed-term with a start date of 1 January 2013 and an end date of 31 December 2015.

Supporting documentation and information on how to apply can be found at
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs.

For informal enquiries about this job and department contact Professor Philip Wookey at
p.wookey@sheffield.ac.uk or +44 (0)114 222 7978.

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PhD- Soil Carbon Biogeochemistry
Posted: October 23, 2012
Location:University of Pennsylvania

PhD research opportunities in soil carbon biogeochemistry

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science of the University of Pennsylvania invites applicants for competitive Ph.D. fellowships. Excellent research opportunities exist in terrestrial carbon and nutrient biogeochemistry. The primary focus of our research program is on the various biological, chemical and physical processes that contribute to soil organic matter stabilization and destabilization in both temperate and tropical systems. We are also expanding in scope to include areas such as urban ecosystems and the characterization of black carbon and biochar. These positions are ideal for candidates who have completed an MSc in soil science, geosciences, environmental chemistry, ecosystem science or related fields, but outstanding BSc graduates in such programs will be considered. Good written and oral communication skills and ability to work on a team are necessary. For further information about current research and available positions please contact Dr. Alain Plante by email (aplante@sas.upenn.edu) or consult the departmental website (http://www.sas.upenn.edu/earth/graduate.htm). Applications can be submitted directly online (https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=upenn-g) before December 15.

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Research Fellowship- Permafrost Carbon Dynamics
Posted: October 23, 2012
Location:Exeter, United Kingdom

Associate Research Fellow in Permafrost Carbon Dynamics.
(Ref. P43860): Exeter, United Kingdom

College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Geography

Starting salary from £24,520 to £26,213 depending on qualifications and experience.

The College wishes to recruit an Associate Research Fellow to support the work of Dr Iain Hartley and Professor Dan Charman, in conjunction with Dr Julian Murton at the University of Sussex. The successful applicant will carry out research as part of the NERC-funded project ‘Carbon Cycling Linkages of Permafrost Systems’. The position, is available for 30 months from 1st February 2013 until 31st July 2015.

The post will include extended periods of summer field work in northern Canada, measuring methane and carbon dioxide fluxes from soils, monitoring soil physical conditions, and collecting peat and mineral soil samples for laboratory analysis. The position will also involve presenting information on research progress and outcomes, and communicating complex information orally, in writing and electronically.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of biogeochemistry, and related research methods and techniques, to work within the wider project. Applicants will be able to work effectively both in remote field locations and in the laboratory, establishing soil and permafrost monitoring sites, making chamber flux measurements, collecting gas samples for 14C analysis, and collecting soil samples for laboratory analyses, including hydrological reconstructions using testate amoebe.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please go to:
http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/personnel/jobs/P43860.pdf

For further information please contact Dr Iain Hartley, e-mail i.hartley@exeter.ac.uk or telephone (01392) 724362.

To apply online please go to the University of Exeter website www.exeter.ac.uk/jobs.

The closing date for completed applications is 9th November 2012. Interviews are expected to take place on 28th November 2012.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is ‘Positive about Disabled People’. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

HOW TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:
Please send your CV, covering letter and the details of three referees to Kath Buckell emailk.m.buckell@exeter.ac.uk quoting the reference number P43860 in any correspondence.

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Post-Doc- Bioenergy Crops
Posted: October 19, 2012
Location: The University of Southampton, UK

An exciting opportunity to join an established team measuring GHG balance of a bioenergy cropping system.

A post-doctoral research post is available for two years, funded within the Carbo-BioCrop and ELUM projects to investigate the ecosystem GHG balance of SRC (short rotation coppice) willow compared to that of grassland in southern England, UK. The ideal candidate will have experience of running an eddy flux system, currently already established over SRC and grassland, but with opportunities to further develop the research. The successful applicant will join an active group of researchers including a second post-doc and PhD student, working at the same site in projects EUROCHAR and EXPEER and will supervise a PhD student and laboratory technician.

You will be based at The University of Southampton in the Life Sciences building – a new £45 million development, with state-of-the-art facilities, in the research group of Gail Taylor (www.taylorlab.co.uk; 4 post-docs, 6 PhDs, technician). This post is available immediately, although a later start data may be negotiated. Please contact Gail Taylor g.taylor@soton.ac.uk for further details, enclosing a CV.

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Lecturships - Geography
Posted: October 19, 2012
Location: University of Exeter, UK

Lectureships in Geography (Education and Research)
University of Exeter -College of Life and Environmental Sciences

(Ref. No: P00029)

Appointments will be made within the Education and Research job family, salary range £31,948 - £39,257 per annum on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.

The University of Exeter has been named University of the Year in The Sunday Times University Guide 2013 and has now risen to 7th place in The Sunday Times league table. In the 2012 NSS we are ranked 6th out of all 'full service' universities, and have just joined the Russell Group of leading research-intensive institutions. During the course of the next 12 months we will be building on our very considerable strengths with a further round of academic appointments and as part of this campaign, the College of Life and Environmental Sciences is now seeking to make up to six new appointments at the lecturer level who will contribute to extending our research profile across existing strengths in both Physical and Human Geography at Exeter.

In Physical Geography we are especially interested in applicants who will complement existing expertise in the following areas: Ice sheet and sea level modelling and observations; Palaeoclimatic change and data analysis; Coastal processes and environmental change; Fluvial environments and dynamics; and Terrestrial and marine carbon dynamics.

In Human Geography we are looking to build on and develop research strengths in the areas of nature, materiality and bio-security, spatial responsibility, climate and society and geographies of creativity and knowledge.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD in a relevant area of Geography and have an independent, internationally-recognised research programme in an active field related to, or complementary to, existing Exeter strengths. He/she will be able to demonstrate the following qualities and characteristics; a strong record in attracting research funding, or demonstrable potential to attract such funding, teamwork skills to work in collaboration with existing group members, an active and supportive approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research that will help to foster interactions and links both within the University and externally, the attitude and ability to engage in continuous professional development, the aptitude to develop familiarity with a variety of strategies to promote and assess learning and enthusiasm for delivering undergraduate programmes.

For further information about the jobs please contact Prof Chris Perry, Director of Research (Physical Geography) 01392 723334, C.Perry@exeter.ac.uk or Prof Jo Little, Head of Geography (Human Geography) 01392 723351, j.k.little@exeter.ac.uk

The closing date for completed applications is 15 November 2012. Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 10 December 2012.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFI100/lectureships-in-geography-education-and-research/

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Research Investment Fellowship - Ecosystem Services
Posted: October 18, 2012
Location: Milton Keynes, UK

Research Investment Fellowship in Ecosystem Services
Open University -Faculty of Science
£30,122 - £44,166
Ref 8465
Temporary contract for 48 months
Based in Milton Keynes, UK

We invite applicants showing outstanding promise and potential for research leadership to apply for this independent research fellowship hosted by the Ecosystems and Biodiversity Discipline in the Open University's flagship Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR). The post is one of six Research Investment Fellowships aimed at enhancing expertise in research areas of strategic priority for the Faculty of Science.

We seek to make this appointment in areas that complement existing research expertise in biosphere-atmosphere exchange, plant-soil interactions, eco-hydrology, tropical ecosystem ecology, terrestrial biogeochemistry and in ecosystem responses to current drivers of global change. We invite applications in any of these or closely related areas although our specific area of interest is ecosystem services, where specialisms may include valuing exchanges of carbon, water or other services, their incorporation in international mechanisms such as REDD, the use of remote observation to ensure compliance in such schemes and ecosystem modelling. Exceptional candidates with other research interests that would complement group interests are encouraged to apply.

You should have a track record of research in terrestrial ecosystem science. You will have published high quality papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented the results of your research at international conferences. As part of the application you will be asked to provide a detailed research plan.

Closing date: 30 November 2012.
Interview date is to be advised.
For detailed information and how to apply go to link below, call the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01908 858110 or email science-recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number.
We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFI529/research-investment-fellowship-in-ecosystem-services/

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Research Investment Fellowship - Terrestrial Ecosystem Science
Posted: October 18, 2012
Location:Milton Keynes, UK

Research Investment Fellowship in Terrestrial Ecosystem Science
Open University -Faculty of Science
£30,122 - £44,166
Ref 8464
Temporary contract for 48 months
Based in Milton Keynes, UK

We invite applicants showing outstanding promise and potential for research leadership to apply for this independent research fellowship hosted by the Ecosystems and Biodiversity Discipline in the Open University's flagship Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR). The post is one of six Research Investment Fellowships aimed at enhancing expertise in research areas of strategic priority for the Faculty of Science.

We seek to make this appointment in areas that complement existing research expertise in biosphere-atmosphere exchange, plant-soil interactions, eco-hydrology, tropical ecosystem ecology, terrestrial biogeochemistry and in ecosystem responses to current drivers of global change. We invite applications in any of these or closely related areas although our specific area of interest is terrestrial ecosystem biogeochemistry, where we seek applicants with interests in applying novel organic geochemical techniques to questions in ecosystem science, to include novel applications of stable and radiogenic isotopes of carbon.

Exceptional candidates with other research interests that would complement group interests are encouraged to apply.
You should have a track record of research in terrestrial ecosystem science. You will have published high quality papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented the results of your research at international conferences. As part of the application you will be asked to provide a detailed research plan.

Closing date: 30 November 2012.
Interview date is to be advised.
For detailed information and how to apply go to link below, call the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01908 858110 or email science-recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number.
We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFI527/research-investment-fellowship-in-terrestrial-ecosystem-science/

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Office Coordinator - Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI)

Posted: October 18, 2012
Location:Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat, Geneva Switzerland

http://www.earthobservations.org/ag_geosec_eo.shtml

QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Masters degree or equivalent in environmental science, remote sensing, forestry or a closely related field. A PhD would be an advantage.

Experience
At least 10 years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in programme activities and management, of which at least five years in the United Nations system (or equivalent experience) coordinating complex projects and activities at the national and international levels including with developing countries. Experience using remote sensing data.

Other requirements
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Excellent knowledge of financial management and capacity building initiatives. Excellent analytical, coordination and management skills. Proven project and resource management experience and demonstrated delivery of capacity development projects and initiatives. Proven ability to draft technical reports and documentation. Maturity of judgement; sense of responsibility; ability to take initiative and to produce original ideas; capacity for planning, organizing and managing programmes. Good diplomatic and negotiation skills. Ability to work in a multicultural environment.

Languages
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of other working and/or official languages of the WMO Secretariat would be an advantage. (Note: the working languages of the WMO Secretariat are English and French. The official languages of the Organization are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)

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Lecturer - Physical & Environmental Geography
Posted: October 18, 2012
Location: Kings College, London, England UK

Job title: Lecturer in Physical & Environmental Geography
Department/division: Department of Geography
Job ref: A6/DAR/993/12-JT
Closing date: 30-Oct-2012

Summary: As part of its on-going investment strategy, the Department is seeking a lecturer to join one of the largest and most diverse academic communities in UK Geography, situated in a top 30 world institution. We will consider high calibre applicants with expertise applied in any systematic area of physical geography, but the candidate should have clear complementarity to the Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Research Group (soon to become the Earth and Environmental Dynamics Group), and potential to develop cross-disciplinary research and teaching within and beyond the Department.

Details: The post-holder must demonstrate commitment to innovation and excellence in both research and teaching. Applicants should have a PhD in Geography, a quality profile of academic publications for the forthcoming REF exercise appropriate to the level of appointment, and a desire to seek external research funding. All academic staff contribute to the teaching and learning activity of the Department at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including tutorials, supervisions, field courses and a mix of core and optional modules.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Nicholas Clifford, Head of Department, nicholas.clifford@kcl.ac.uk (0044) (0) 20 7848 1734
Salary The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, within the Grade 6 scale, currently £33,343 to £39,335, per annum, inclusive of £2,323 London Allowance, per annum.
Post duration Indefinite contract.

Contact To apply for the post, please click on the ‘Further details’ link below to open the job pack. The job pack contains detailed instructions on how to make your application. Please ensure that you follow the instructions carefully, as incomplete or incorrect applications may not be considered. All correspondence MUST clearly state the job title and reference number A6/DAR/993/12-JT.

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Executive Director - Global Carbon Project

Posted: October 18, 2012
Location: National Institute for Environmental Studies,Tsukuba, Japan

Global Carbon Project, International Project Office, Executive Director 6-7 Million Yen (US$ 75,000- 85,000) per year (before tax)
The Global Carbon Project (GCP) is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and independent person as Executive Director of International Project Office (IPO) in Tsukuba, Japan, located at the Center for Global Environmental Research of the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES). The successful candidate will work with the GCP Science Steering Committee (SSC), and other GCP offices to implement the science framework of the GCP, particularly in the area of urban carbon management.

We are seeking a person with excellent working knowledge of the policy-relevant scientific objectives of the GCP and a keen interest in devising methods to integrate social and policy sciences into the understanding of the carbon-climate system as a coupled human/natural system. The Tsukuba IPO is especially focused on fostering and coordinating research related integrating the human and natural dimensions of the global carbon cycle and global/regional/urban carbon management.

We especially welcome applicants with expertise, demonstrated international leadership, and desire to work at the intersection between urban carbon management, development policy, water and energy sustainability, regional and global assessments on urban carbon emission, and ways to include cities as major actors. Increasing attention is being paid to the roles of cities in both climate change mitigation and adaptation. The GCP’s Science Framework and research to date has positioned it to become a leader in these areas.
(http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/science/)

Post-graduate qualifications (preferably a Ph.D.) are essential. The appointee will have demonstrated high organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; experience in a research field with demonstrated ability to undertake and lead international research coordination and write their findings in professional journals.

This appointment is for 3 years, with the possibility of extension subject to funding, past performance, and evaluation by GCP and its local hosts. The successful candidate will be invited to commence the job as early as possible in 2013.

Closing date for applications: 19th Nov. 2012, Japan time

Please send your application by email, including descriptions of skills, qualifications and work achievements, and contact details of three referees, to Ms. Yukako Ojima (ojima.yukako@nies.go.jp).

Further information on the position and the GCP is available from Pep Canadell (pep.canadell@csiro.au), or local host Yoshiki Yamagata (yamagata@nies.go.jp). Other useful information on Tsukuba and the host Institution can be viewed at:
NIES: http://www.nies.go.jp/index.html; Housing: http://www.jistec.or.jp/house/; and Tsukuba city: http://www.info-tsukuba.org/english/index.html

Duty Statement
The GCP-Tsukuba office Director position will be hosted within the International Project Office in NIES, with responsibility for the office, international coordination on the planning and execution of research projects related to the Urban and Regional Carbon Management (URCM) research of GCP.
(http://www.gcp-urcm.org/)

Working under the broad direction of the Scientific Steering Committee of the GCP, duties include the following:
• Develop and implement research and syntheses projects to advance the URCM research by organizing workshops etc.
• Write scientific and policy relevant papers with the results from the research/synthesis activities.
• Attend some administrative duties for the GCP Project Office such as SSC meetings etc.
• Work in close collaboration and coordination with the various GCP offices and programs of the
Earth System Science Partnership (now evolving into the new Earth Futures).
• Report progress annually to the SSC meeting and NIES.
The position is also expected to work in close collaboration with the researchers from the local host institutions and other Japanese institutions and universities.

Selection Criteria
Essential
• Postgraduate qualifications (preferably a Ph.D. or equivalent) in urban study related fields; planning,
engineering, geography, economics, ecology, geography etc., together with relevant experience or
an equivalent combination of experience and education/training.
• Education or working experience that bridges social and natural sciences (e.g., integrated
assessment modeling; science-policy interactions; institutional dimensions; environmental
economics; urban scientists focusing on biophysical aspects are also welcome).
• Good organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
• Experience in writing papers for professional communities, including peer review journal papers.
• Strong interest in and excellent working knowledge of the main scientific issues of the GCP.
• A sound working knowledge of the English language.
• Flexibility and willingness to undertake overseas travels, organizing workshops, writing research
proposals.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with groups of scientists of diverse disciplinary,
national and cultural backgrounds.


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Research Engineer - Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Posted: October 16, 2012
Location: Lund University, Sweden

Research Engineer
(More info at http://admin.lu.se/o.o.i.s?id=22598&Dnr=495804&Type=E)

Type of employment: Until further notice
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund
Apply as probationary employment
Official Records Number: NPA 2012/543

Last Day of Applying 2012-11-15

Lund University is one of Europe's foremost universities and Sweden's strongest for research. Here, tradition combines with dynamic development and cutting edge qualifications. Our extensive activities cover education, research and innovation in the areas of technology, science, law, social sciences, economics, medicine, humanities, theology, art, music and theatre. 46 000 students study at the university, which has 6 000 employees, mainly in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. The university is an elected member of two prominent international networks, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and Universitas 21; it is one of nine higher education institutions within the Öresund University. We have agreements with over 600 partner universities in about fifty countries around the world.

At the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, essential parts of research and teaching include measurements and experiments in the field. Both permanent, long-term measurements and shorter measurement campaigns are important. Our study sites are located in various environments and regions, including Sweden and Scandinavia, but also in Africa, in Svalbard and in Greenland. Both stationary and mobile measurement systems are used. We measure particular variables related to vegetation, soil and atmosphere, and fluxes of carbon, water, energy and mass between the components of ecosystems. The aim of the field studies is to collect quantitative data to enhance our understanding of the processes that are acting and interacting within ecosystems. We handle both large, complex and stationary measurement systems and small, simple portable sensors and measurement systems. Central fields of measurements relate to meteorology, radiation, soil properties and vegetation characteristics and more specialized measurements such as experiments on trace gases.

Job assignments
We seek a research engineer who will assist with installation, maintenance, control, and purchase of different measurements devices used in the field. Examples of measurement systems are sensors for measurement of temperature and moisture in air and soil, radiation sensors, gas analyzers. The data from the sensors are collected by data loggers of different types. The work also includes the development, improvement and construction of measurement devices, performing calibration of sensors and measuring systems as well as performing tests and verifications of both measurement devices in the field and in the laboratory. Other tasks will be programming of different types of logger-systems for measuring platforms and to be responsible for the department’s overall field equipment utilities including measuring equipment for both research and teaching.

Qualifications
Technical engineering within electronics by preference in combination with IT, e.g. dealing with dataflow between instruments and computers. Alternative an education in science with focus on measurements techniques. Willingness to communicate research results and to interact within an international research environment. The candidate should have a good understanding of different measurements problems and if possible some years’ experience with more advanced measuring systems. The candidate should be willing to work independent out in the field with intensive periods up to two weeks now and then. The candidate should also be prepared to work in high towers under difficult weather conditions. Accurate, self-discipline and self-criticism are important in the work. We welcome candidates with enthusiasm for collaboration within a multidisciplinary team, as well as an aptness to pose and solve problems individually. The work involves international collaboration and with measurements at different sites so the candidate must be willing to travel. Good language skills in English are a requirement as well as driving license B or higher.

More info at http://admin.lu.se/o.o.i.s?id=22598&Dnr=495804&Type=E

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PhD Student - Climate Change
Posted: October 16, 2012
Location: UC Davis, California

The UC Davis Climate Change, Water, and Society (CCWAS) IGERT is recruiting doctoral students for Fall 2013. Doctoral students admitted to the CCWAS IGERT will receive stipends of $30,000 per year for two years, plus fee waivers.

Climate change and related water problems pose some of the most formidable challenges to science and society today.
The CCWAS IGERT at UC Davis is designed to provide a new generation of scientists with the multidisciplinary depth and breadth needed to address the effects of climate change on water resources--including unification of hydrologic and climate science, and better translation of science into action.

The CCWAS IGERT will provide students with transformative interdisciplinary training in:

hydrologic science
atmospheric science
ecology
engineering
geology
resource economics
political science
Partner Institutions include:

Colorado School of Mines
California State University, Fresno
University of Concepción, Chile
For more information, including a complete description of the CCWAS program and application materials, please see http://ccwas.ucdavis.edu .

Interested applicants should apply by mid-January. Due to NSF requirements, only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for CCWAS IGERT funding.

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PhD and PostDoc - Ecosystem Carbon Sink
Posted: October 16, 2012
Location: Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, ISRAEL

Positions Available: 1 Ph.D. student position; 1 Postdoc position available at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Energy Research (http://www.weizmann.ac.il/ESER/).

Topic: Novel approaches to probe the enhancement in ecosystem carbon sink.

Studies of processes underlying vegetation-atmosphere-climate interactions (carbon use efficiency, surface energy exchange, ecohydrology), along the climatic gradient in the Eastern Mediterranean (Israel):

1. Using a permanent and newly developed mobile flux measurement platforms (www.weizmann.ac.il/ESER/People/Yakir/YATIR/pages/Mobile_main.html).

2. Application of new methodology to measure GPP, based on carbonyl sulfide (COS) and stable isotopes.

Starting date: immediate. Search open until filled.

Contact: dan.yakir@weizmann.ac.il

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Scientific Programmer - Global Ecology, Carbon Cycle Science, and Climate Change
Posted: October 12, 2012
Location:Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Job Title: Scientific Programmer
Location: Tempe Campus
Part-time to full-time
Rate of pay: 1⁄2 RA support or equivalent hourly pay

This research group works in the arena global ecology, carbon cycle science, and climate change. We have developed a large codebase application (“Vulcan”) that requires a scientific programmer to code and maintain this codebase. The application tracks the emission of carbon dioxide at high resolution across the United States and the planet. The application ingests large amount of data, processes and writes out to various geospatial formats. It runs on a multiprocessor system and is primarily java-based. It was developed over the course of roughly 5 years and is now a high-profile, internationally recognized research computing effort. Extensive documentation is available and transition with assistance from previous programmer is available for a limited time.

Desired knowledge/qualifications:
o Should be familiar with OOAD principles, and basic knowledge of data structures o Java expertise - Hands on coding experience in Java for at least 1-2 years
o Should have experience handling enterprise level applications
o Basic working knowledge of Linux & PBS Script.
o Basic knowledge of PHP, java script and CSS.
o Hands on experience with Database, Oracle.
o Should be able to write SQL queries and familiarity with basic relational Database Management.
o Ability to communicate with the the scientific team, participate in group meetings.

If interested please send CV and the contact information for 3 references to Professor Kevin Gurney (kevin.gurney@asu.edu)

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Post-Doc - Urban Greenhouse Gas Emissions Research
Posted: October 12, 2012
Location: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Postdoctoral Researcher – urban greenhouse gas emissions research

A postdoctoral position within the Vulcan/Hestia team focused on high resolution greenhouse gas emissions modeling is available in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. The Vulcan and Hestia projects are cutting-edge efforts aimed at high resolution quantification and understanding of fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions from the global to the individual building level. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of a high resolution fossil fuel CO2 emissions data product within multiple urban settings (domestic and international). This effort will combine a wide array of knowledge and skills including GIS, energy consumption statistics, building and transportation modeling, air quality monitoring data, remote sensing, urban planning, geospatial statistics, and energy systems modeling. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the research, a highly self-directed, creative and self-motivated individual is sought. The appointment will be made initially for the period of 1/1/13 through 12/31/13 with possibility of extension for additional years. Start date, however, is flexible.

Candidates must have received a PhD in the geosciences or field related to position (eg. urban planning, urban ecology, geography, civil engineering) within the past five years from an accredited college or university.

Necessary skills: experience with GIS software and analysis, geospatial statistics, programming abilities (Java, C++, fortran). Desired skills: air emissions data/modeling, background in carbon cycle science, carbon accounting, energy accounting, remote sensing applications. The applicant will be expected to publish peer-reviewed journal articles and effectively communicate with a wide range of scientists, planners, city managers, and policymakers.

Applicants should send a cover letter describing their research experience and interests, a curriculum vita, and have three reference letters sent to (email or surface mail):

Prof. Kevin Gurney, School of Life Science, Arizona State University, PO Box 874501, Tempe, AZ, 85287-4501. kevin.gurney@asu.edu (email preferred).

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to exellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Post-Doc - Ecohydrologist/Ecosystem Ecologist
Posted: October 12, 2012
Location: Toolik Lake, Alaska

ARCTIC WATER VAPOR ISOTOPE STUDY
Postdoctoral Fellow: NSF funded-Ecohydrologist/Ecosystem Ecologist Vacancy

The Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI), University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) & the International Arctic Research Center (IARC), University of Alaska Fairbanks are seeking an Ecohydrologist/Ecosystem Ecologist for a 2-year postdoctoral fellow position with field studies at Toolik Lake, Alaska. The study will quantify ecosystem and landscape-scale ecohydrology with a focus on using water vapor isotopes as tools to understand biosphere-atmosphere interactions and as a basis to estimate the magnitudes and patterns of evaporation and transpiration.

The project will focus on measuring and monitoring ecosystem water vapor isotope characteristics using a Picarro water vapor isotope unit on a micrometerological tower in concert with periodic aircraft campaigns that will simultaneously be measuring water vapor isotope traits at the landscape-scale. The incumbent will operate and maintain a Picarro 2120i water vapor isotope unit from mid-May to mid-September 2013 &2014 at Toolik Lake. He/she will be responsible for the daily operation and will be comparing and contrasting the isotopic values (and estimated fluxes) to those periodically measured by a research aircraft with over flights in June, July and August. During the winter he/she will be based at ENRI in Anchorage.

A Ph.D. or previous postdoctoral research experience in hydrology, micrometerology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, physiological plant ecology is preferred as is prior use of Picarro liquid or water vapor isotope units. The appointment is expected to begin March 2013. Screening of applicants will begin September 1 2012 and continue until filled. To be considered please apply to the CAS/Environment and Natural Resources Institute Postdoctoral pool posting #0064406 at http://www.uakjobs.com/. If you have questions, you may contact Jeff Welker at jmwelker@uaa.alaska.edu.

ENRI (Environment and Natural Resources Institute- http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/enri) is the premiernatural sciences research institute at the University of Alaska Anchorage with over 20 Faculty and Research Scientists who oversee >$20 million in NSF,DOE, NIH, NASA funded research in Alaska, Greenland, the US and Antarctica. ENRI researche's support 8 postdoctoral scientists (several that are NSF OPP Postdoctoral Fellows), 60 graduate students (MS and PhD) and over 50 undergraduates. ENRI's office and research space is housed in the new Conoco Phillips Integrated Science Building and the Ecosystem Laboratory Building. The institute houses the Stable Isotope Laboratory (http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/enri/labs/sils/index.cfm) and a geochemical, organic and inorganic chemistry laboratory (http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/enri/labs/aset_lab/index.cfm-ASET)


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Post-Doc - Land-Atmosphere Carbon Exchange
Posted: October 11, 2012
Location: Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University seeks a Post-Doctoral Scholar to join an interdisciplinary group working to improve global estimates of land-atmosphere carbon exchange by combining the observational constraints within the NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) Flux Project with new "bottom-up" a priori surface flux estimates derived from the Multi-Scale Synthesis and Terrestrial Model Intercomparison Project (MsTMIP) (http://nacp.ornl.gov/MsTMIP.shtml).

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be responsible for:
(1) Creating land-surface input products for the CMS-Flux system using the multi-model ensemble from MsTMIP; and
(2) Evaluating the consistency of the MsTMIP land-surface models with atmospheric CO2 observations using a geostatistical framework.

The successful candidate will work closely with collaborators at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Model Synthesis and Thematic Data Center (MAST-DC) to archive and disseminate the a priori input products created as part of this effort.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists focused on improving land-atmosphere carbon flux estimates across continental and global scales, and will be a regular member of the research staff of the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Forestry, Engineering, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications
1) Experience with land-atmospheric carbon flux modeling.
2) Strong quantitative and statistical skills, including spatial and multivariate statistics, Matlab or R, and error analysis.
3) Experience with collaborative interdisciplinary research.
4) A record of publication; and
5) Availability by October 31, 2012.

If interested, please apply for this position (Job ID 559364) at:
https://www.peoplesoft.nau.edu/psp/89prta/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_HM_PRE&Action=A&SiteId=1

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Two Faculty Positions - Department of Meteorology
Posted: October 11, 2012
Location: Pennsylvania State University

Two Faculty Positions in the Department of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University

The Department of Meteorology (http://www.met.psu.edu) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applicants for two full-time, tenure-track faculty positions that will start in Fall 2013.

The first position is open rank. This search is part of a Penn State Cyberscience Cluster Hire in Computation and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (see http:///www.ics.psu.edu/hire.html). We seek exceptional faculty who develop and apply innovative data- and computation-intensive techniques to address critical problems in all areas of the atmospheric sciences. Applicants must have a keen desire to collaborate with colleagues across campuses engaged in Penn State’s CyberScience initiative and an interest in participating in the larger earth science community’s cyberscience efforts (e.g., NSF’s Earth Cube).

The second position is at the assistant professor level. We seek exceptional candidates in all areas of atmospheric sciences who will enhance and/or complement the department’s current areas of research (http://www.met.psu.edu/research).
Applicants for both positions require a Ph.D. in atmospheric science (or a closely related discipline) with demonstrated research potential. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

The Department, with 19 full-time faculty members spanning a broad range of atmospheric, oceanic, and interdisciplinary research areas, provides an outstanding environment for interaction with other researchers. The Department resides within the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and conducts research in collaboration with colleagues in the Eberly College of Science, the College of Engineering, the College of Information Science and Technology, the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Smeal College of Business, and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. Department faculty maintain close ties with the Earth System Science Center, the Center for Climate Risk Management, the Center for Advanced Carbon Cycle Research, the Applied Research Laboratory, and the Office of the Pennsylvania State Climatologist. This internationally recognized program in atmospheric and related sciences attracts a large number of high-quality undergraduate and graduate students.

Penn State University is located in the town of State College (year-round population of 90,000), approximately 150 miles east of Pittsburgh and 200 miles northwest of Philadelphia, within the ridge-and- valley region of central Pennsylvania. The physical setting permits a wide range of outdoor activities throughout the year. As a large university, Penn State attracts a remarkably diverse assortment of entertainment and cultural opportunities.

Applications completed by November 15, 2012 will be guaranteed full consideration. The positions will remain open until they are filled. Applicants should submit a statement of professional interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of four references.

Applications and questions shall be directed to:
Professor Fuqing Zhang, Faculty Search Chair The Pennsylvania State University Department of Meteorology
503 Walker Building
University Park, PA16801 Email: fzhang@psu.edu

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

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Expert in the Eddy Covariance - Site Maintenance and Data Processing
Posted: October 11, 2012
Location:Solsona, Catalonia, Spain

EXPERT IN EDDY COVARIANCE : SITE MAINTENANCE AND DATA PROCESSING

The laboratory of Functional Ecology and Global Change at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (http://ecofun.ctfc.cat) is looking for an expert in the Eddy Covariance technique to collaborate with three tower sites in the Pyrenees (http://fluxpyr.eu)

Tasks
- Diagnose of QA/AC of the stations
- Data processing
- Support to the research members in the context of the eddy covariance sites

Requirements
- Proven experience in site maintenance and data processing of eddy sites. - PhD qualification preferred
- English required, Catalan or Spanish an advantage.
- Driving License

Place of work: Solsona, Catalonia, Spain

Work time: 37,5 hours per week, flexible timetable.

Remumeration: Depending on candidate experience and degree, in accordance with the collective agreement and labour personnel of the CTFC

Duration of the contract: 3-month contract. Immediate incorporation

Interested candidates should send a CV to dep.personal@ctfc.cat with the subject Expert Eddy Covariance. Review of applications will begin November 1st and continue until position is filled.

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Research Technician - Innovative Urban Transitions and Arid-region Hydro-sustainability (iUTAH)
Posted: October 9, 2012
Location: Utah State University

Research Technician Positions in iUTAH (innovative urban transitions and arid-region hydro-sustainability)

We seek three technicians to take responsibilities for the operations of climatic and hydrologic monitoring systems in northern Utah. These technicians will have daily responsibility for all aspects of hydrological instrumentation network design, operation/maintenance, data quality assurance/control, and training. iUTAH (http://iutahepscor.org) is a statewide project funded through the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR Program. Planned research instrumentation will quantify aspects of climate, snow and vegetation dynamics, and water quantity and quality in the Logan, Red Butte, and middle Provo watersheds. Aside from these duties the iUTAH project will afford excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary experiences in hydrologic data management and interpretation. One technician will be hired to work at each of three universities: Brigham Young University, University of Utah, and Utah State University. Hiring and management reporting will be university specific (see HR links below).

Overall Responsibilities:

• Work with iUTAH researchers to choose instruments most appropriate for project goals; assemble quotations/bids; oversee instrument installation
• Assemble existing standard operating procedures for hydrological instrumentation; develop iUTAH-specific standard operating procedures for operation and maintenance of hydrological instrumentation to ensure that data quality, service, and security of data products are linked to needs of iUTAH researchers
• Test and calibrate hydrological instrumentation according to standard operating procedures; validate and analyze data as part of quality assurance and control
• Field data collection responsibilities include (a) conduct routine maintenance and calibration of climate and aquatic sensors according to standard operating procedures; (b) measure stream flow and prepare rating curve for surface water locations; (c) collect and prepare snow and water samples for biogeochemical analyses
• Participate in iUTAH project meetings and activities at home institution and state-wide
• Train iUTAH researchers how to use instrumentation

Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelors degree in science or engineering
• Experience in field work and environmental measurements
• High motivation and independence with good interpersonal and communication skills
• Ability to lift 50 lbs
• Ability to travel on a daily basis and to work in inclement weather (rain, snow, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications:

• Masters Degree with research experience/thesis in some aspect of environmental science
• Technical experience in either climate monitoring and environmental data acquisition (e.g., Campbell Scientific data loggers) or stream hydrogeography and aquatic sensors (e.g., YSI datasondes)
• Ability to drive a snowmobile or to ski in backcountry locations

Salary and benefits are competitive and specifics depend on the university hiring practices. One technician will be employed at each of three institutions. To apply for these positions, please apply through the specific HR links below:

Brigham Young University (College of Arts and Science) (Zach Aanderud <zachary_aanderud@byu.edu>)
University of Utah (Global Change and Sustainability Center) (http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/18498)
Utah State University (Ecology Center) (jobs.usu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57911)

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PhD - Physiological Ecology
Posted: October 9, 2012
Location: Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico

The Chair of Building Physics of ETHZ studies the multiple physical aspects of porous materials and their interactions with fluids. At Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division is studying the physiology of trees under changing climate, especially drought, and developing mechanistic understanding of tree mortality during drought.

We are offering a PhD position with focus on Transport of fluids in trees using advanced experimental methods for candidates with a Diploma or Masters degree in Mechanical, Civil, Agricultural or Material Engineering, Bioengineering, Material Sciences, or equivalent.

Climate change may impose severely different conditions on trees which may, or not, be able to cope by modifying their regulation of liquid flow. In a tree, the xylem and the phloem form a continuous system from the roots to the leaves where the xylem (a dead tissue) transports water up and phloem (a living tissue) transports the sugary sap down. Flow in the xylem is thought to passively respond to changes in pressure gradients whereas, in the phloem, the plant can control flow actively by osmotic means. To understand how climate affects trees and forest distributions, we need to know how trees regulate liquid flow and how the xylem and phloem tissues interact.

The project will consist of a multiscale experimental investigation of the geometry of the cellular structure, including sub-cellular features, and documentation of the liquid flow in the phloem and the xylem for trees grown under different environmental conditions. Advanced high resolution imaging techniques such as neutron tomography and synchroton X-ray nano/micro-tomography will be used.

The ideal candidate is a communicative scientist with a strong background in experimental mass transport and/or biological and physical sciences. Experience in imaging is an asset. Mastering of the English language is required.

The supervisor is Prof. Dr. Jan Carmeliet. The project includes joint affiliation with EMPA, Dübendorf and with Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Sanna Sevanto. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Prof Dr Dominique Derome, dominique.derome@empa.ch.

We are looking forward to receiving your application including a CV, letter of interest and names and addresses of references through the website.

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Post Doc - Ecophysiology and Ecosystem Ecology
Posted: October 9, 2012
Location: University of New Hampshire

Post-doctoral position in ecophysiology and ecosystem ecology

Exploring relationships among water use efficiency, canopy nitrogen and carbon cycling across North American ecosystems

A postdoctoral associate position is available on a project that will examine broad-scale relationships between water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles as a basis for understanding ecosystem responses to climate change. This project builds on pervious work that examined relationships between foliar nitrogen concentrations, carbon assimilation, and canopy spectral properties by adding components related to evapotranspiration and water cycling at leaf, plant and landscape scales. The position will be based in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis Lab at the University of New Hampshire, led by Dr. Scott Ollinger, and in close collaboration with Drs. Jingfeng Xiao and Heidi Asbjornsen. The project is funded by NASA’s Terrestrial Ecosystems program and includes integration of data from AmeriFlux, NEON and LTER research sites with long-term data sets throughout the U.S.

The postdoctoral associate will be responsible for analyzing plant samples from tree rings and leaf tissue for stable isotopes and nutrient content, relating results to climate variability, H2O and CO2 fluxes, and landscape scale remote sensing data, and integrating these data within a modeling framework. The successful candidate will be expected to submit manuscripts based on the research to peer-reviewed journals and to present results at national and international scientific meetings. Candidates will require a strong analytical skills, an ability to manage large data sets, and conduct and supervise laboratory analyses. Work will be conducted be at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH, but may require occasional travel to collaborating institutions and field sites throughout the US.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. degree in hydrology, plant ecophysiology, ecosystem ecology or a related field, with demonstrated in-depth experience in one or more of the following areas: plant stable isotope ecology, analysis of large data sets, dendrochronology, remotely sensing and ecosystem modeling. Additionally, the prospective candidate should have a high degree of motivation and strong work habits, strong communication skills, the ability to work independently as well as within a large research group, and demonstrated ability to produce publications based on individual research.

Interested candidates should contact Scott Ollinger, scott.ollinger@unh.edu. Please submit a curriculum vitae, statement of interest, and names of three references. Review of applications will begin October 30, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is January 2, 2013, although some flexibility is available. The University of New Hampshire is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action/equal access employer and especially encourages applications from minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities. The position is initially for one year, with the possibility of continuation for two additional years.

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PhD position - Ecosystem Ecology
Posted: October 5, 2012
Location: School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University, Bloomington

PhD position - Linking forest carbon exchange, water use, and disturbance dynamics in the Eastern U.S.

Applications are invited for a PhD student of ecosystem ecology in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University - Bloomington. The student will conduct research that combines direct observations and ecosystem models to characterize land-atmosphere carbon and water vapor exchange in eastern U.S. forests, and to link these fluxes to disturbance processes such as drought and insect outbreaks. The student will have an opportunity to work with scientists and data from a number of eddy covariance ecosystem flux monitoring towers,including new towers recently installed in two USDA Forest Service Experimental Forests: the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory (http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/coweeta/) and the Crossett Experimental Forest in southern Arkansas (http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/4159/CEF.html).

The position is fully funded for two years, with additional funding to come from a teaching or research assistantship. Students with previous research experience and/or a background in civil and environmental engineering are especially encouraged to apply. Potential applications should send a cover letter and C.V. to Dr. Kim Novick (knovick@indiana.edu) by December 15, 2012, and should also review the Indiana University SPEA applications and admissions information (http://www.indiana.edu/~spea/index.shtml).

SPEA is a multidisciplinary professional school and home to one of the top environmental science and policy programs in the nation. The School is committed to excellence in research, teaching and service addressing critical issues in environmental science, policy and management. State-of-the-art research facilities are available in a newly constructed multidisciplinary science building and through the extensive properties of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve
(http://www.indiana.edu/~preserve/index.shtml)

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Assistant Director - Scientific Research Collections
Posted: October 5, 2012
Location: NEON Inc., Boulder, CO

Assistant Director for Scientific Research Collections
The AD for Scientific Research Collections will be responsible for planning, implementing and overseeing the archiving of biological, physical and chemical samples, tissues, and specimens collected as part of the field-based research of the NEON Observatory. This person will actively collaborate with NEON scientists to determine, document and establish archiving requirements and spearhead outsourcing of archiving to existing facilities. This person will actively network with museums, collection and archive facilities and related science institutions for the purpose of establishing long-term relationships for archiving NEON Observatory collections, and will pursue appropriate contracting arrangements to support collections requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop, cultivate and grow a scientific research collections network
- Develop a robust communication plan and effective engagement strategy to maximize synergies between NEON and the collections community.
- Write articles and present information at meetings, workshops and conferences to promote NEON Inc., exchange ideas, and develop and expand NEON’s visibility among the collections community, partners and stakeholders.
- Responsible for establishing policies, procedures and facility requirements for NEON Observatory archives; document the breadth and scope of NEON samples to be archived
- Responsible for researching and overseeing the bid process for external sites to store and manage NEON collections

Education, Licensing and Certification:
- MS/PhD in a biological or related science

Required Experience:
- 7-10 or more years managing, developing and/or curating scientific research collections
- Experience developing high level relationships and partnerships with science, education and research communities, and related collection organizations and institutions
- Experience and high comfort level speaking publicly and persuasively about science related knowledge to diverse audiences.
- Knowledge of standard curation criteria and related information (e.g. typical associated collections metadata; loan practices; deaccessioning)

Additional Skills and Abilities:
- Candidates with developed networks in the scientific research collections community and other related organizations and institutions, highly desired and preferred.
- Ability to develop and nurture high level collaborative relationships with external and internal stakeholders in the science, education, research communities; and related organizations and institutions.
- Ability to deliver presentations and communicate persuasively to diverse audiences in order to expand Observatory collections network and educate external stakeholders about NEON Inc.

APPLY: http://www.neoninc.org/

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Chair - Department of Biology
Posted: October 5, 2012
Location: Colorado State University

Chair of the Department of Biology, Colorado State University

DESCRIPTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY: The Department of Biology at Colorado State University is one of eight departments in the College of Natural Sciences. The Department has a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as excellence in research supported by >$30 million dollars in active grants. Faculty research interests include global ecological change, organismal interactions with pathogens, evolutionary ecology, stream ecology, developmental and physiological processes, regulation of gene expression, synthetic biology, molecular evolution, and plant biotechnology. The Department is home to about 1600 undergraduate majors, 75 graduate students, 65 postdoctoral fellows and research associates, and 30 regular faculty members.

Colorado State University and the Department of Biology provide a highly collaborative and supportive environment with opportunities to interact with faculty in other colleges on campus through programs such as the Program in Molecular Plant Biology (http://plant.biology.colostate.edu/), and the Graduate Degree Programs in Ecology (www.colostate.edu/Depts/GDPE/), in Cell and Molecular Biology (http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CMB/) and in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience (http://mcin.colostate.edu/). The Department also plays a major role in entry-level instruction in the biological sciences through the Life-core set of courses—the Chair of Biology serves as one member of the Advisory Committee for this program. For more information about CSU in general and the Biology Department in particular, please visit the Biology Department website: http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/Biology/.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Department Chair serves as the chief administrative officer of the department and is appointed by the Dean of Natural Sciences. With the aid of appropriate departmental committees, the Chair institutes recommendations for appointments, promotion, contract renewal, tenure, salary increases, and dismissals; manages the department budget and teaching assignments; and is the direct liaison between the department and the university administration. The Chair is expected to provide dynamic leadership conducive to excellence in research, instruction, and outreach. As chief representative of the department, the Chair is expected to be an individual of demonstrated scholarship, actively engaged in research, who effectively represents the department to the university and the Biology community at large.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The Department Chair should have a proven record of excellence in research and teaching, and evidence of effective leadership. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in Biology or an allied field and be eligible to hold the rank of Full Professor at a Carnegie RU/VH institution.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: It is essential that the Chair have the ability to communicate effectively with members of the department, administrative officials, students, and other members of the university community. The Department Chair should be engaged in an active research program, and have interest in participating in undergraduate and/or graduate instruction and outreach.

EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS: This is a twelve-month, full-time position. Salary and other forms of support will be commensurate with qualifications.

SELECTION PROCEDURE: All completed applications will be screened and evaluated by the Search Committee, with input solicited from the faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Biology. A list of candidates that the Committee regards as best qualified for the position will be presented to the Dean, who will make the final selection.

DATES AND RECORDS: The Chair position will be available as early as July 1, 2013. For full consideration, complete applications must be received by November 15, 2012.

To apply: combine into one pdf document these four documents: a letter of intent, statement of leadership experience and skills pertaining to research, teaching, and outreach, a current curriculum vitae (CV), statement of research accomplishments and future directions, and list of professional peers who can serve as references. Submit this document via: http://cns.natsci.colostate.edu/employment/BiologyChair
Application materials, including letters of recommendation of semifinalist candidates will be made available for review by the Biology Faculty. Additional inquiries should be addressed to:
Professor P. Shing Ho, Chair
Biology Chair Search Committee
College of Natural Sciences Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1801
Email: Shing.Ho@ColoState.edu

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

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PostDoc - Reactive Transport Modeling
Posted: October 5, 2012
Location: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Reactive Transport Modeling Postdoc - 75156
Organization: ES-Earth Sciences

There is an exciting opportunity for a scientist with expertise in the development, testing and application of reactive transport models to join our interdisciplinary monitoring and modeling (M&M) team focusing on integrating microbial diversity into bottom-up biogeochemical oil reservoirs models. The work will be part of the microbially enhanced hydrocarbon recovery (MEHR) project, which seeks to improve the recovery of oil through the optimization of microbial communities and geochemical conditions. The M&M project focuses on (a) developing approaches to remotely monitor and characterize MEHR-induced biogeochemical transformations at the reservoir scale, and (b) the development of reservoir scale bioreactive transport simulators that can be used to optimize MEHR treatment design and implementation. This research is supported by the Energy Bioscience Institute (http://www.energybiosciencesinstitute.org/index.php).

The successful candidate will join a highly skilled interdisciplinary team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, the Energy Bioscience Institute, Berkeley, and the University of California, Berkeley.

The candidate will have two main foci:
1. The development and application of numerical models for multiphase flow, transport and reaction processes.
2. Greater representation of microbial diversity in reservoir models. This will be approached through the derivation and integration of microbial traits representing the growth and activity of microbes governing the rate of biogeochemical reactions.

The position is based in the Earth Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and collaborates closely with the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State University.

The work will require an application with a wide range of skills: (1) use of state-of-the-art 3D reactive transport models. (2) An interest in developing representations of microbial biogeochemical complexity in models; (3) Expertise in Fortran 90/95 (or other relevant languages) programming and large scale computational systems; (4) excellent written and oral presentation skills; and (5) ability to work in an integrated team environment. A recent Ph.D in an applicable discipline is also required. The applicants should attach a curriculum vitae that outlines past experience, research interests, and computer expertise. For additional information, contact: Li Li (lili@eme.psu.edu) or Nicholas Bouskill (njbouskill@lbl.gov). The position is available immediately and the search will remain open until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Note: The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of an additional two years dependent on progress, funding and continued operational need.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at http://bit.ly/lbl75156ESA and follow the instructions to complete the application process.

Berkeley Lab is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce.

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2-3 PhD Graduate Assistantships - Terrestrial Ecosystem/Land Surface Modeling and Applications
Posted: October 5, 2012
Location: Auburn University, Alabama

2-3 PhD Graduate Assistantships in Terrestrial ecosystem/Land surface modeling and applications

We invite highly motivated graduate students to join us at Auburn University for investigating cutting-edge research in the field of Ecosystem Dynamics and Global Ecology. We use a systems approach (a combination of ecosystem modeling and ground/satellite observations) to examine biogeochemical and hydrological cycles, GHG emissions (CO2, CH4 and N2O), land-atmosphere interactions, or terrestrial-coastal coupling at multiple scales from watershed, regional, continental to global in the context of multifactor global change. Each graduate student can work on one or two of these research areas by developing and applying terrestrial ecosystem/Land surface models (If interested, please see some sample publications by our graduate students).

Successful applicants will be supported by multiple projects funded by NASA, NSF, USDA and the University. We expect that these new graduate students will join us in Spring or Fall 2013. The applicants should possess a degree in ecology/biology, hydrology, meteorology, geography, earth system science, forestry, agronomy, or soil science. Quantitative skills and experience in terrestrial ecosystem/land surface modeling are desirable.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining their qualifications, resume, and copies of transcripts, TOFEL, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Hanqin Tian at Email: tianhan@auburn.edu

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Office Coordinator - Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI)
Posted: October 5, 2012
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

GLOBAL FOREST OBSERVATIONS INITIATIVE (GFOI) OFFICE COORDINATOR

Duties and responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Director, GEO Secretariat, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Coordinate GFOI programmatic undertakings by (i) keeping stakeholders informed of progress and >activities which may impact their interest with GFOI implementation, including regular reporting to the GFOI Lead Team, and on behalf of the GFOI Lead Team, prepare draft reports to the GEO Executive Committee and Plenary; (ii) developing criteria and pathway for participation of countries in GFOI, and for representation of participating countries in GFOI implementation; (iii) interfacing with the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Space Data Coordination Group (SDCG) for the ongoing data supply supporting the requirements of participating countries; (iv) interfacing with the science community to ensure that a GFOI Methods and Guidelines document is developed, published and updated; (v) interfacing with the science community to ensure that coordinated R&D activities are conducted and results incorporated in the Methods and Guidelines document as relevant; and (vi) coordinating specific GFOI capacity-building activities with related international capacity-building programmes;

(b) Engage in external relations with donor, intergovernmental and potential host organizations by (i) establishing interfaces and cooperation with other international forest-related initiatives and institutions, in particular with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility; (ii) facilitating dialogue with potential donor organizations to develop adequate funding for R&D and product development activities; (iii) negotiating to facilitate bulk purchases and/or supply of non-core mission satellite data; and (iv) developing institutional agreements for long-term hosting;

(c) Manage GFOI Office staff in accordance with GEO practices; develop the GFOI Office's budget and human resources requirements; manage the GFOI budget;

(d) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Details can be found on the GEO Secretariat web site:

http://www.earthobservations.org/ag_geosec_eo.shtml

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Scientific Programmer - Carbon Cycle Science Data Assimilation
Posted: October 5, 2012
Location: Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University

Scientific Programmer for Carbon Cycle Science Data Assimilation

The Carnegie Institution for Science is a private organization that conducts basic research for the benefit of humanity. Carnegie’s Department of Global Ecology (http://dge.stanford.edu) conducts research on the interactions among the earth’s ecosystems, land, atmosphere and oceans, with the goal of understanding the ways these interactions shape the behavior of the earth system, including its responses to future changes.

Carnegie is looking for a computer programmer to join an NSF-sponsored project through the Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation program. The goal of the project is the development of a real-time, large-scale, parallel carbon dioxide data assimilation system to improve understanding of the global carbon budget and its space/time variability. The successful candidate will interact with a group of researchers developing data assimilation, anomaly detection, and visualization tools for carbon dioxide data and estimates.

Key responsibilities
• Development of modular parallel software in FORTRAN and C based on algorithms developed by the research team
• Unit testing of the software, and development of scalable solutions for the numerical algorithms, including data ingestion, data assimilation, anomaly detection, and visualization tools.

Qualifications
• Extensive knowledge of programming in FORTRAN and C
• Experience in parallel programming using API’s such as OpenMp, Pthreads and Message Passing Interface (MPI)

Additional desirable skills
• Knowledge of numerical libraries such as ATLAS, BLAS, LAPACK and MKL (Math Kernel Library) and scripting languages such as MATLAB, Python and/or IDL.
• Knowledge of cache architecture and optimizing cache utilization
• Experience developing webpages using high performance graphics (OpenGl)
• Knowledge of Numerical Linear Algebra and Computational Mathematics
• Experience in scalable program abstraction
• Experience working with environmental and earth science datasets, and collaborating with scientists in a research environment

The position will be based at Carnegie’s Department of Global Ecology on the campus of Stanford University. Salary will be determined based on experience, and the position includes a competitive benefits package.

To apply, please send a single document containing a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Dr. Anna Michalak (Michalak@stanford.edu) no later than October 31, 2012; however, the position may be filled prior to this date if an appropriate candidate is identified.

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer.

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PhD Student - Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Posted: October 5, 2012
Location: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Germany

Position for a PhD student at vTI-AK
The Institute of Agricultural Climate Research, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, offers the position of a
PhD student in the joint project "Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in oil seed rape (OSR) production”
The aim of the research group, in which 8 research institutes are involved, are measurement, assessment and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from OSR production, in particular for biodiesel production. The project, which includes several coordinated field experiments to measure greenhouse gas emissions from OSR within crop rotation, includes soil science, agronomic aspects and the economic evaluation of mitigation measures.
The activities relating to the advertised position mainly include measurements of greenhouse gas fluxes from OSR, and the humus balance in the rape.

Job description:
- scientific support of eddy covariance measurements of CO2 and N2O,
- implementation of measurements for soil respiration and soil organic carbon
content,
- measurements of NPP and biomass losses with harvest,
- integration of measurement results with site-related greenhouse gas balances,
- review of previous work on estimating the humus reproductive performance of
winter rape,
- modeling of the underlying processes,
- participation in the overall integration of the project and preparation of research
reports and scientific publications.

Requirements:
- university degree (Diploma / M.Sc.) In agricultural, environmental, soil sciences, geography, biology or similar discipline with a scientific reference,
- deep knowledge of the processes of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural crops and the control of the stocks of soil organic matter,
- knowledge of pedological processes and measurement techniques,
- good mathematical skills and knowledge in the statistical data analysis,
- fluency in English.

The employment regulated by the provisions of the Collective Labour Agreement for the Civil Service in Germany (TVöD). Salary will be 65 % of the regular postdoc salary (equivalent to 25.35 weekly working time within E13) with exact placement according to qualifications and experience. Other part-time employment is possible. Besides the project tasks there is the possibility use the results obtained through project for a doctoral thesis. We aim to fill the position until 01.11.2012. It is limited to three years.

The Thünen Institute is striving to achieve a more equal gender balance among its staff and female candidates are particularly invited to apply.
Handicapped persons will be given preference when equally qualified, but minimum level of physical fitness is required for field work.

For inquiries, please contact Dr. habil. Werner Kutsch (Phone: +49 531 596 2569, Email: werner.kutsch@vti.bund.de).
Your application with the usual documents should be directed preferably by e-mail under the codeword "Rapsprojekt" until 15.10.2012 to:
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut Institut für Agrarrelevante Klimaforschung Bundesallee 50,
D-38116 Braunschweig
Telefon: +49 (0)531 596 2601 E-Mail: ak@vti.bund.de
In case of deviations the German text of the job offer is relevant. (http://literatur.vti.bund.de/stellenmarkt/12-176-AK_0.pdf)

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Assistant Professor - Geology
Posted: October 5, 2012
Location: Queens College, Flushing, NY

Job ID: 6477
FACULTY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Often referred to as “the jewel of the CUNY system,” Queens College is a place of contrasts: An urban school in a suburban setting, where a large and diverse student body receives personalized attention in a rich and vibrant atmosphere. This formula has made us one of New York’s premier educational institutions.
With a mission to prepare students to become leading citizens of an increasingly global society, we offer a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences under the guidance of a faculty dedicated to both teaching and research. Our liberal arts, science, and pre-professional programs earn us high rankings in prestigious college guides such as The Princeton Review America’s Best Value Colleges. Our students graduate with the ability to think critically, address complex problems, explore various cultures, use modern technologies and information resources, and have won prominence in nearly every field.

In support of the campus mission, strategic plans, values and goals for the college-wide Urban Ecosystem initiative, the School of Earth and Environmental Science (SEES) seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the general area of “hardrock” geology.

The SEES community includes 14 full-time faculty members, 25 Masters and PhD candidates, and approximately 150 Geology, Environmental Science, and Environmental Studies majors. For details of curricula, faculty research interests, and departmental resources, please log onto our website (http://www.qc.cuny.edu/ACADEMICS/DEGREES/DMNS/SEES/).

The Assistant Professor performs teaching, research and guidance duties in areas of expertise at curricular levels, including: introductory general education courses; required majors classes [Mineralogy, Petrology (igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic), Internal Processes (structural geology, tectonics, geophysics), and Field Geology] and graduate courses in our MA, MS, and consortial CUNY PhD programs. The Assistant Professor shares responsibility for committee and department assignments including administrative, supervisory, and other functions.

QUALIFICATIONS
Ph.D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

COMPENSATION
CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.
Assistant Professor - Geology 6477
Regular

Salary range is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

HOW TO APPLY
There are two steps to the application process:
1. Send transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate studies and arrange for your referees to send three recommendation letters directly to:

Dr. Cecilia McHugh, Chairman -- Bedrock Geologist Search Committee School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367

For other information, contact cecilia.mchugh@qc.cuny.edu

2. Apply on line via the CUNYfirst system as follows:
- Go to www.cuny.edu and click on "Employment" - Click "Search job listings"
- Click on "More options to search for CUNY jobs" - Search by Job Opening ID number (6477)
- Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.
Please note that candidates must upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and statements of teaching and research goals as ONE DOCUMENT in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format.

**Please use a simple name for the document that you upload, for example, JDoeCV. long names cannot be parsed by the application system.

Closing Date: February 1, 2013
JOB SEARCH CATEGORY
CUNY Job Posting: Faculty

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.

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2 Postdoctoral positions investigating C dynamics in permafrost environments
Posted: September 27, 2012
Location: UK

Two positions for 3 year NERC funded Postdoctoral Research Fellows:
 
Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to participate in the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)-funded project entitled “Permafrost catchments in transition: hydrological controls on carbon cycling and greenhouse gas budgets”. Both posts are available for 3 years full-time, and the PDRFs will work closely together, along with the full project team, to meet the objectives of the work-programme.
 
This project will address the key role that hydrological processes play in landscape-scale C fluxes in arctic and boreal regions. In permafrost catchments in NW Canada (including areas where permafrost is known to be thawing) we will measure the capture of C from the atmosphere, its distribution in plants and soils, and the biological, physical and chemical controls of C transport and delivery from soils to freshwaters, and ultimately to the atmosphere as CO2 and CH4. Field-based measurements of key processes in the water and C cycles, including geochemical tracer and state-of-the-art C, hydrogen and oxygen isotope approaches, will be linked by computer modelling. The project team, together with partners in Canada, the US and UK, is in a unique position to link the water and C cycles in permafrost environments, and will deliver essential scientific knowledge on the potential consequences of climate warming, and permafrost thawing, for GHG emissions from northern high latitudes.
 
1) Position I: PDRF in Catchment Science in Arctic Environments, at the University of Aberdeen
 
The Northern Rivers Institute, School of Geosciences, at the University of Aberdeen invites applications for a Research Fellow in Catchment Science.  This post is designed to provide research support in environmental tracer applications and coupled hydrological and biogeochemical modelling. The successful candidate will work at the cutting edge interface between field-based descriptions of catchment hydrological and biogeochemical processes and numerical modeling of water flow and solute transport across scales. Experience with programming in MATLAB, R or another software development tool is essential. The candidate should be exceptional in combining field experimental skills with numerical / computational skills. In addition, experience with incorporation of tracers into hydrological models would be advantageous. The post is based at the University of Aberdeen but involves travel to field sites in Canada as well. The opportunity offers significant potential for professional growth and exposure in Europe and North America.
 
The project will use “state of the art” coupled hydrological and biogeochemical models, and uses field data and advanced isotope analysis to verify appropriate process conceptualisation in the models. The modelling will thus provide a learning framework for testing hypotheses about storage, filtering and release of water and carbon to the stream networks. This will integrate information from mapping and monitoring to gain the best understanding achie­vable and will be framed in an assessment of uncertainty that will provide a defensible basis for cautious predictive modelling.
 
The successful candidate will work under the immediate direction of Professors Doerthe Tetzlaff and Pete Smith in Aberdeen and will join a team comprising another parallel Postdoctoral position (Sheffield/Durham; see Position II, below), in collaboration with Professor Philip Wookey (Sheffield), Dr Bob Baxter (Durham), Dr Jens-Arne Subke (Stirling), Drs Mike Billett and Kerry Dinsmore (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh) and seven Project Partners (from the UK, Canada and the US).
 
Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 scale (£30,122 - £35,938 per annum), with placement according to qualifications and experience.
 
For informal enquiries or further details, please contact Professor Doerthe Tetzlaff (d.tetzlaff@abdn.ac.uk) or Pete Smith (pete.smith@abdn.ac.uk)
 
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 5th October 2012
 
To apply online for this position visit www.abdn.ac.uk/jobs
Please quote reference < (GEO204R), - Ref:1278731 > on all correspondence
 
 
2) Position II: PDRF in Carbon Dynamics of Permafrost Catchments, at the University of Sheffield and at Durham University
 
The Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield, together with the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Durham University, invite applications for a Research Fellow in Carbon Dynamics of Permafrost Catchments. This post is designed to provide research support in plant-soil and plant-atmosphere interactions and the application of stable isotope and natural abundance radiocarbon approaches to quantify carbon dynamics in contrasting catchment and permafrost contexts.
 
The principal objective of this post is to quantify and understand the biotic/abiotic controls on C fluxes in permafrost environments, with particular emphasis on the interface between the water and C cycles, and on the implications for global radiative-forcing. The successful candidate will become part of a broader research team, but with specific responsibility for aspects of the work-programme dealing with plant-soil interactions, and with surface-atmosphere exchanges of CO2 and CH4. More specifically, the PDRF and team will develop and implement a range of techniques to (i) quantify catchment-scale patterns of plant community and soil (including permafrost) characteristics, (ii) quantify CO2 and CH4 fluxes between tundra and forest ecosystems and the atmosphere, and (iii) to determine, using natural-abundance radiocarbon techniques, the turnover times of soil organic matter and respired CO2 (and possibly also CH4) in contrasting permafrost regimes. Whilst the post is joint between Sheffield and Durham (65:35% weighting, respectively), the appointee will be based in Sheffield but spend significant periods carrying out fieldwork in Northwest Territories and Yukon Territory, Canada, as well as possible short periods at other collaborating institutions within the UK or abroad. The opportunity offers significant potential for professional growth and exposure in Europe and North America.
 
The successful candidate will work under the immediate direction of Professor Philip Wookey (Sheffield) and Dr Bob Baxter (Durham), and in collaboration with Dr Jens-Arne Subke (Stirling), Profs Doerthe Tetzlaff and Pete Smith (Aberdeen), and Drs Mike Billett and Kerry Dinsmore (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh). He/she will join a team comprising the above, another parallel Postdoctoral position (Aberdeen) and seven Project Partners (from the UK, Canada and the US). There is
 
Starting Salary will be at point ~7.32 on the academic scale (£31.798 per annum), with exact placement according to qualifications and experience.
 
For informal enquiries or further details, please contact Professor Philip Wookey (p.wookey@sheffield.ac.uk), Dr Bob Baxter (robert.baxter@durham.ac.uk) or Dr Jens Subke (jens-arne.subke@stir.ac.uk). The formal job advert and application procedure will be available in due course.

 

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Faculty Position – Energy Policy
Posted: September 19, 2012
Location: Ohio State University, College of Engineering

The Ohio State University
College of Engineering/John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Faculty Search in Energy Policy (open rank)

The College of Engineering and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University is conducting an open rank search (assistant, associate and full) for a tenure track faculty position in the area of energy policy. Domestic and global energy systems are facing significant opportunities and challenges.  Growing global demands for energy, declining fossil fuel reserves, and concerns over rising greenhouse gas emissions are all impacting energy technologies, economics and policies.  To address these challenges, expertise in the links between engineering and policy is being sought to analyze current and emerging technologies, resources and infrastructure, including alternative energy sources for stationary and mobile applications.  Ideal candidates will have a mix of analytical, economic and policy knowledge in areas such as energy system design, dynamic system modeling, resource economics, optimization, and life cycle analysis.

This is a joint position between the College of Engineering and the John Glenn School of Public Policy Affairs. The tenure initiating unit within the College of Engineering will be in a department based on the candidate’s preference and field of interest. These include Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Integrated Systems Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Further, applicants are expected to articulate clearly their potential intersections with existing faculty research areas, and alignment with one or more centers within the university, such as the Center for Aviation Studies, Subsurface Energy Resource Center, Center for Resilience, Center for Automotive Research, and Battelle Center for Science and Technology.    

Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in engineering or related interdisciplinary fields such as energy systems analysis, energy planning or energy economics. Desired qualifications include strong fundamentals in an engineering field coupled with expertise in public policy, planning or economics, and recognition of the importance of the interactions between energy policy, technology and engineering. Also required is a distinguished record of scholarship, exceptional potential for world class research, and a commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education. The capacity for interdisciplinary teamwork is essential.

Successful candidates will be expected to effectively teach in both the prospective engineering department’s undergraduate and graduate programs and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, and to develop a nationally recognized research program to support of the university’s energy initiative.

Columbus is the 15th largest city in the country and in a metropolitan area of 1.8 million people. Columbus offers a high quality of life, with affordable housing in vibrant neighborhoods, quality public schools, and economic prosperity. We are a region that celebrates diversity and we are consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the country for African-Americans, gays/lesbians, and families.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching and research interests, research sample, and names and contact information of three references in one pdf document to David Farrell at farrell.55@osu.edu . For additional information, see http://engineering.osu.edu/faculty-search-in-energy-policy. To build a diverse workforce, Ohio State encourages applications from minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. EEO/AA employer. Ohio State in an NSF ADVANCE Institution.

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PhD Program – Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
Posted: September 19, 2012
Location: Indiana University

Ph.D. opportunities in terrestrial ecosystem ecology at Indiana University

The Phillips lab invites applications to our Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB) Ph.D. Program. We welcome inquiries from motivated students interested in how regional and global environmental changes influence carbon and nutrient cycling across spatial and temporal scales. Our lab is a collaborative, highly interactive and dynamic group, with broad interests in plant eco-physiology, ecosystem ecology, microbial ecology and soil biogeochemistry. Incoming Ph.D. students are encouraged to develop their own research projects in these areas. For more information on research projects in the lab, please visit our website

The EEB Program at IU is one of the top-ranked programs nationally, with a high concentration of faculty working in the area of plant-soil-microbial interactions. Ph.D. students in EEB have opportunities for interdisciplinary training in atmospheric chemistry, biophysical ecology, climate-ecosystem interactions, land use and land cover change, microbial ecology and remote sensing. IU has outstanding resources for conducting ecological research, including a state of the art biogeochemistry lab, an AmeriFlux eddy covariance tower and thousands of acres of nearby forest .

Interested applicants should email Dr. Phillips as soon as possible (Contact info) as the deadline for domestic and international applications is Dec. 1, 2012. In your email, include “Ph.D. opportunity” in the subject line, and provide a brief statement of your current and/or future research interests (please be as specific as you can) and a curriculum vitae. For information on applying to the EEB Program, visit http://www.bio.indiana.edu/graduate/eeb/.

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Post-Doc – Global land surface / terrestrial carbon cycle modeling
Posted: September 19, 2012
Location: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Postdoc – Global land surface / terrestrial carbon cycle modeling
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Indiana University (IU)

We are seeking to hire a postdoctoral fellow to investigate how nutrients constrain forest ecosystem carbon cycling across spatial scales. The primary responsibility of the postdoc will be to incorporate plant carbon allocation and nutrient dynamics into an existing model framework within a global land surface model (e.g., terrestrial biosphere model; dynamic global vegetation model; terrestrial carbon cycle model). Knowledge of the processes that regulate interactions between the carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles is highly desirable. The successful applicant will be based out of UCLA and JPL, joining the terrestrial ecosystems team supervised by Dr. Joshua Fisher. While the primary focus of the postdoc is modeling, our project will also integrate the postdoc into summer field campaigns in Indiana led by project co-Investigator Dr. Rich Phillips to measure the processes that the models will simulate. The postdoc will also work with Dr. Tom Evans (IU) and Dr. Fisher on integration of remote sensing data into the models.

Qualifications:
· Ph.D. in environmental science, engineering, ecology, biogeochemistry, or related field.
· Strong computer programming skills (e.g., Fortran, Matlab).
· Experience with global land surface modeling (e.g., JULES, CLM).
· Demonstrated ability and motivation to publish high impact scientific articles.

We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible, though contact us if some delay is needed (e.g., finishing up a Ph.D.). The appointment is initially for a one-year period, renewable for an additional year based on satisfactory performance. Salary/benefits are based on UCLA’s salary/benefits structure, and are commensurate with experience. Please apply by sending to Dr. Joshua Fisher (jbfisher@jpl.nasa.gov) I) cover letter; II) cv; III) relevant published (or in press/to be submitted) papers; and, IV) contact information (email, phone, affiliation) for 3 references. Feel free to email Dr. Fisher with any questions. We will start reviewing applications on November 1, 2012.

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Post-Doc - Temporal Scaling of Ecosystem Processes
Posted: September 19, 2012
Location: Kansas State University

Postdoctoral Position in Temporal Scaling of Ecosystem Processes
A postdoctoral position is available to help coordinate a research network focused on interactions among biogeochemistry, paleoecology, and global change. The primary responsibilities associated with this position are: (1) to assist with coordination of a diverse and broad research network, and (2) to conduct independent research on the biogeochemical consequences of ecosystem change at decadal to multi-millennial timescales. The minimum qualification is a doctoral degree in a relevant ecological, Earth, or environmental science. This position is funded by a Research Coordination Network grant from the National Science Foundation to integrate paleo-and neo-ecosystem ecology, especially biogeochemical responses to disturbance (www.ksu.edu/novus). Thus, the ideal candidate would have a background in paleoecology, ecosystem ecology, or both. Experience with GIS, programming, and/or elemental analysis is also desirable. Specific duties include development of an independent research project, organization of workshops, communication with network participants, acquisition and/or analysis of data, presentation of re search findings at professional meetings, potential collaboration with faculty from a variety of institutions, and preparation of manuscripts. This position will be based at the Department of Geography at Kansas State University with several travel opportunities. The position is a term position. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications; benefits are included. To apply, applicants should send a CV, a cover letter including future research and career goals, and the names and contact information for three professional references as a single pdf to Dr. Kendra McLauchlan (mclauch@ksu.edu) with the subject line “Novus postdoctoral position.” Review of applications will begin October 15, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. The target start date is January 1, 2013. A background check is required. Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks diversity among its employees.

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Graduate Assistantship - Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Posted: September. 19, 2012
Location: University of Montana, Missoula, MT

MS/PhD Opportunity in Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, Department of Ecosystem & Conservation Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Graduate student assistantships: A graduate assistantship (M.S. or Ph.D) is now available to support a prospective student interested in studying the long-term effects of forest restoration treatments on ecosystem structure and function. Applicants should have a strong record of academic excellence, prior field and/or laboratory experience, and a demonstrated interest in microbial ecology, soils or ecosystems/biogeochemistry research. Student support will include a combination of teaching/research assistantships, a stipend (~$16,000/year for MS students; $20,000/year for PhD candidates) and a tuition waiver. Formal appointments will begin in the fall of 2013, but preference will be given to candidates who can begin field research in the spring of 2013.

To apply: For more information or to apply, please email the following materials (as a single PDF or Word document) to Dr. Cory Cleveland at cory.cleveland@umontana.edu : 1) a current resume or CV, including GPA and test scores (if available); 2) a letter of interest, including research interests, professional goals and prior experience; and 3) contact information, including Email addresses, of three potential references. Applications received by December 31, 2012 will be given preference.

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Student Contractor - Watershed Modeling Studies
Posted: September 19, 2012
Location: US Environmental Protection Agency in Corvallis, Oregon

Student Contractor Participation in Watershed Modeling Studies

The Western Ecology Division of the US Environmental Protection Agency in Corvallis, Oregon, is seeking a student contractor to assist with implementing an integrated watershed modeling and decision support framework for assessing the effects of changes in land use and climate on multiple ecosystem services, including the capacity of ecosystems to regulate water quality and quantity, greenhouse gases, carbon sequestration, sources and sinks of reactive nitrogen, and production of food and fiber. Study areas will include agricultural and forest watersheds in the Pacific Northwest in Oregon and Washington, and the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

Student responsibilities will include the following: (1) developing and managing GIS data layers describing spatial and temporal changes in land use, land cover, climate, and stream water quality for the study areas; (2) setting up model simulation scenarios and input files; and (3) analyzing model results using spreadsheet, statistical and visualization software. This research supports EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources (SSWR) research program and the Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) research program.

Pay rate is $21.19 per hour for a student who has completed a Bachelor of Science Degree. The student contractor must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited University/College or a recent graduate within the last 24 months.

Application forms, requirements and additional information can be found at this web address:http://www.epa.gov/oamrtpnc/q1200176/index.htm

Solicitation posted September 17, 2012. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. ET, October 17, 2012. See the Announcement file at the web address above for full details on how to submit a package for this requirement. Proposals must contain all the required information and documentation to be considered. Include reference number RFQ-RT-12-00176 on your submission.

Student candidates: Please contact David Murphy at the address below should you have questions about application procedures for this position. For questions about scientific aspects of this position, please contact Bob McKane (mckane.bob@epa.gov; 541-754-4631)

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Assistant Specialist - Land Change Science
Posted: September 14, 2012
Location: University of California, Berkeley

ASSISTANT SPECIALIST IN LAND CHANGE SCIENCE IN COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, at the University of California at Berkeley, seeks an Assistant Specialist (Fiscal Year) in Cooperative Extension in the area of Land Change Science, with an expected start date of March 1, 2013.

Position Description: The Land Change Science Specialist is expected to develop a strong program of applied research, outreach and education in the emerging area of Land Change Science, which embraces aspects of global environmental change, land use modeling, ecosystem sciences, resource economics, land management, planning and policy, geospatial sciences, and sustainability research. The Specialist would provide science-based solutions and bridge conflicting interests involved in land use with knowledge, targeted research, and local education regarding the relationships between expanding population and climate change, and the remaining matrix of wild landscapes, urban areas, working landscapes and agriculture. Finally, the incumbent would work to increase the scientific literacy of one of our most influential clientele groups: policy and decision makers.

Relevance to the ANR Strategic Vision: At the beginning of the 21st century, California is characterized by contrasts: large agricultural resources juxtaposed with astonishing biodiversity, a complex pattern of private and public land, and a diverse and growing population. In the next century, the parallel drivers of population growth and climate change will both increase the need for food, fiber, energy and water from our landscapes, and also increase the number and quality of demands placed on our natural, urban, agricultural and working landscapes. The tradeoffs between agriculture, population, climate, water, wildlands, and energy play out continually across our California landscapes, modifying the complex pattern of farms, forests, cities, nature preserves and ranches, and in turn altering the way in which these systems interact and function. The study of the interplay between landscapes and the ecosystem goods and services they provide falls under the recently described field of “land change science.” This interdisciplinary field of research spans the social, spatial and biophysical sciences and seeks to understand the dynamics and feedbacks between the social and environmental components of the landscape. California -- diverse, dynamic and growing -- is at the extreme end of biophysical and social complexity, and thus faces the immediate consequences of land use change. We have an urgent need for academic research and outreach excellence in this important area, to help California plan for future growth and land use change in such a way that people can reside in livable communities while maintaining connected and functioning natural and agricultural systems. These issues are at the heart of ANR’s Strategic Vision.

Extension: The Land Change Science Specialist would provide science-based solutions and bridge conflicting interests with knowledge, targeted research, and local education regarding the relationships between expanding population and climate change, and the remaining matrix of wild landscapes, urban areas, working landscapes and agriculture. The Specialist would provide outreach information to clientele in the public and private sector, including those in planning, and natural resource management; land managers of municipal and regional parks and other public lands; as well as homeowners and landowners. Information would be provided in the form of short courses, workshops, and lectures; technical and semi-technical articles published in
appropriate venues; presentations at local, regional, and national meetings; and web-based information. Meaningful engagement in UC ANR’s Strategic Initiatives and Program Teams is essential for a successful program. Please refer to: http://ucanr.org/About_ANR/Strategic_Vision/.

Research: The incumbent is expected to develop a strong program of applied research in the emerging area of Land Change Science, which embraces aspects of global environmental change, resource economics, land management, planning and policy, geospatial sciences, and sustainability research. Synergistic areas of interest and expertise for this person might be: coupled natural-human systems; empirical studies of land manager preferences and decisions, understanding drivers and consequences of landscape change; multi-scale land use and land functional modeling; earth observation and monitoring in support of land change quantification; social-ecological feedbacks in landscape change; and landscape planning. Publication outlets include ANR and UC IPM Publications; Extension publications; peer-reviewed journals including Landscape Ecology, Journal of Land Change Science, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Environmental Planning and Assessment; and other planning, geospatial, land management, and ecological journals.

ANR continuum: The Land Change Science Specialist would provide outreach information to UC CE Advisors who focus on landscape-scale processes, land management, planning and policy, and sustainability. By focusing on landscape-scale processes and land change, the new Specialist would provide a bridge between these basic and applied scientists and serve as a conduit for outreach to Advisors and clientele that is currently lacking at UC Berkeley.

Applications will be accepted beginning September 3, 2012 through October 31st, 2012. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Geography, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Sustainability, Environmental Planning or related area, with training and experience in related fields, such as of global environmental change, land use modeling, resource economics, land management, planning and policy, geospatial sciences, and sustainability research. The Ph.D. or equivalent is required by the date of hire. We seek candidates who will contribute to equal opportunity in higher education through research, outreach and service.

Interested individuals should submit the following application materials online at http://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00030:

1) a cover letter,
2) a curriculum vitae,
3) a statement of research and extension interests,
4) pdf copies of up to 3 recent publications, and
5) a list of three referees who have been asked to submit a letter of recommendation. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html.

For additional information on the Department and the campus visit http://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu, and http://berkeley.edu. The University of California is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

 

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Program Officer - Andes-Amazon Initiative

Posted: September 13, 2012
Location: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto, California

For information on the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation , please visit www.moore.org.
For information, about the Initiative, please see:
http://www.moore.org/aai-strategies.aspx

Position Title: Program Officer, Andes-Amazon Initiative
Reports to: Program Director, Andes-Amazon Initiative
Location: Palo Alto, CA

The Position

The Program Officer will:
· Lead strategy development and grant-making on policy and financial mechanisms to address drivers of deforestation in the Amazon, including agricultural commodities. The goal is to support partners in Andes-Amazon countries to develop frameworks for economic and social investments that incorporate the value of standing forests and adopt proper environmental safeguards. This will require work with the private and public sectors, including corporations, communities and governments at different scales.
· Collaborate with other program officers on strategies and grants supporting integrated land use planning in the Amazon.
· Support strategic planning for the Foundation's potential future investments focused on reducing the impact of agricultural commodities across natural habitats in South America through research, data analysis and synthesis, and working with external experts.

Key Responsibilities

The Program Officer will:
· Contribute to development of the Initiative's overall strategic framework
· Identify, develop, source and manage a portfolio of grants that advance specific Initiative strategies
· Carry out activities beyond grant making to help drive change in the Initiative's problem space (e.g., convening, facilitating, networking)
· Develop effective monitoring and evaluation plans, and oversee ongoing adaptive management of grants, activities, and strategies
· Manage external relationships with grantees and other key partners in support of Initiative goals
· Coordinate with internal staff to complete grant-making and monitoring processes
· Participate in periodic presentations on Initiative strategy and progress to the Board, senior management, and other Foundation staff
· Maintain solid knowledge of the field and key emerging trends
· Be an effective contributor on a variety of Program- and Foundation-wide issues beyond the Initiative as required

Experience and Education

The candidate will have:
· A Master's or Doctorate degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field --natural resource economics, agricultural economics, international policy or related social sciences.
· A background in sustainable development and conservation (5-7 years) in the Andes-Amazon, such as work in a non-governmental organization, corporation, government, or applied academic fields.
· Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in successfully addressing the drivers of deforestation in the Amazon region using innovative and effective approaches.
· A record of successfully promoting and working on complex partnership or multi-stakeholder projects to achieve tangible outcomes.

Competencies and Attributes

The ideal candidate also will have:

·A sophisticated understanding of the economics of commodities that originate in the Amazon and supply the global market.
·Demonstrated passion for making improvements in sustainable use in the Andes-Amazon region.
·Demonstrated strategic planning skills, with ability to identify and rigorously evaluate new opportunities
·Strong project management skills, with demonstrated ability to manage large projects and budgets, set realistic goals and objectives, and balance multiple priorities
·Demonstrated strong teamwork and interpersonal skills, with ability to develop productive relationships with colleagues, grantees, stakeholders, and other. Collegial and energetic working style.
·Demonstrated comfort with and experience in public speaking and meeting organization/facilitation.
·Demonstrated ability and openness to quickly adapt and adjust strategy and approach to changing conditions
·Strong written and oral communication skills in English, as well as Spanish and/or Portuguese.
·Strong business acumen.
·Personal motivation to support the Foundation mission and goals.
·Ability and interest in traveling to local and out-of-town grantee meetings, site visits, and national/international conferences.

Compensation and Benefits
Compensation includes a competitive base salary and an excellent package of health, retirement savings and other benefits.

Application Process
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email to: jobs@moore.org
Please include AAI Program Officer in the subject line.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All correspondence will remain confidential.

Em 12 de setembro de 2012 12:18, Jose Eli DA VEIGA (USP) <zeeli@usp.br> escreveu:

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CLIVAR Project Office for the
American and Asian-Australian Monsoon Panels
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
University of Buenos Aires
Pabellon II, Ciudad Universitaria
1428 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel +54 11 4576 3356/64
Fax +54 11 4732 2098
E-mail: carlos_ereno@yahoo.com
http://www.clivar.org/organization/vamos/index.htm
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Assistant Professor - Physical Geography and Climatology

Posted: September 7, 2012
Location: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

The University of Tennessee Department of Geography invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track position at theAssistant Professor level beginning in August 2013. We seek a new faculty member in Physical Geography and Climatology with research that complements and enhances existing departmental strengths. Specific areas of research could include (but are not limited to): climate change and variability, paleoclimatology, landscape climatology, and linkages between climate and human society. PhD in Geography or closely allied field required at time of appointment.

Candidates should have a strong commitment to research in climatology and physical geography, be capable of securing external funding, and be capable of high-quality teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will join a dynamic department characterized by strong mutual support, shared governance, careful strategic planning, many shared research interests, excellent facilities, a tradition of internal and external collaboration, and collaborative ties to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The department has a vibrant undergraduate program and strong MS and PhD programs. The Department of Geography occupies the Burchfiel Geography Building, at the heart of the campus, and additional research space in the Science and Engineering Research Facility and the Claxton Education Building. To learn more about the department, visit: http://web.utk.edu/~utkgeog/.

Applicants should send a letter of application highlighting their qualifications for the position, separate teaching and research statements, and a curriculum vitae, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent. Electronic applications are preferred and all files should be emailed to Ms. Norma Galyon (ngalyon@ utk.edu). All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, Search Committee Chair, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0925 (grissino@utk.edu). Review of applications will begin November 1, 2012, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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Tenure Track Faculty Position - Ecohydrologist

Posted: September 7, 2012
Location: Indiana University, Bloomington

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University-Bloomington (IUB) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in ecohydrology. We seek an outstanding individual at the rank of Assistant Professor who will complement existing strengths in the environmental and ecological sciences on the IUB campus. Preference will be given to individuals whose research integrates hydrology and ecosystem science in natural or human- dominated landscapes. Research related to climate change is preferred but not required. The successful applicant will establish an independent, externally funded research program and will teach effectively at undergraduate and graduate levels. Postdoctoral research experience strongly preferred.

SPEA is a multidisciplinary professional school and home to one of the top environmental science and policy programs in the nation. The School is committed to excellence in research, teaching and service addressing critical issues in environmental science, policy and management (http://www.indiana.edu/~spea/research/index.shtml). State-of-the-art research facilities are available in a newly constructed multidisciplinary science building and through the extensive properties of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve (http://www.indiana.edu/~preserve/index.shtml).

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of application with complete contact information, statements of research and teaching interests, and a curriculum vita. Additionally, applicants should have three letters of reference sent on their behalf. Applications and letters of reference should be submitted electronically to https://indiana.peopleadmin.com or in hard copy to:

David Reingold
Executive Associate Dean for the Bloomington Campus
SPEA, Room 300
1315 E. Tenth Street
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN, 47405-1701

Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Educator and Contractor, and is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and nominations of women, persons of color, applicants with disabilities and members of other underrepresented groups.

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Project leader - Remote Sensing and Ecophysiology
Posted: September 7, 2012
Location: The Centre de Recherche Public - Gabriel Lippmann, Luxembourg

The Centre de Recherche Public - Gabriel Lippmann, a fast growing public establishment for applied scientific research and technology transfer in Luxembourg, has an opening on a permanent contract basis for its internationally recognized Department ‘Environment and Agro-biotechnologies’ (EVA) for:a project leader in remote sensing and ecophysiology (m/f)
(Ref: EVA-260312-PLREMSENS)

Duties and responsibilities:

The selected candidate will lead a research team focusing on the understanding of the physiological mechanisms underlying plant mediated exchange processes. A specific emphasis is set on related scale dependency processes from leave to ecosystem levels. The selected candidate has expertise in remote sensing (especially fluorescence, hyperspectral and/or thermal techniques) as well as in gas-exchange and flux measurements to scale and quantify the spatio-temporal variations of plant mediated exchange processes. She/he will work at the interface between plant ecophysiology and remote sensing.

The selected candidate will have to develop and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized innovative and interdisciplinary research program. The research activity must be balanced between basic and applied research and must attract external funding (e.g. FP7, ESA).

The selected candidate will exploit the potential for interdisciplinary research to improve our understanding of ecosystem processes at different scales, both through in-house competencies in remote sensing, hydrology, climatology, biology, agronomy and pedology, as well as through external partner institutions.

Providing leadership to direct research and mentoring graduate students is essential.

Qualifications:

- PhD in geosciences, biological sciences, physical geography, ecology, or environmental sciences with a specialisation in remote sensing and ecophysiology.
- Knowledge in plant and canopy functioning, canopy-atmosphere exchange processes, measurement of fluxes, remote sensing of land surface processes.
- Knowledge in (hyperspectral) thermal remote sensing would be considered as an advantage.
- Experience with common digital image processing and GIS software (ESRI ArcGIS, Erdas/Imagine, IDL/ENVI) is required.
- 3-5 years of experience in a similar position in a R&D environment (public or private), with proven organizational skills and experience with fund-raising in national and/or European R&D funding.
- The candidate must have a record of publications in peer reviewed scientific journals.
- Applicants must demonstrate good skills in oral communication, an aptitude for grant writing, project management, team leadership in an interdisciplinary research group, and an interest to work on intra- and interdepartmental multidisciplinary projects.
- Good organizational skills and the ability to work productively in a team environment are essential attributes.
- International experience and interest are required.
- The candidate must be fluent in English (scientific exchange) and have a good knowledge of French (administrative language) or German.

Contact:

Candidates who are interested in that position should send their application (with the above reference) including CV, motivation letter, publications, names of two or three referees, diploma, possible work certificates and a report detailing the past and current research activities, the technologies applied, the results obtained either by e-mail to recrutement@lippmann.lu (format .doc or .pdf) or by mail to:
Centre de Recherche Public - Gabriel Lippmann Service Ressources Humaines
41, rue du Brill
L-4422 BELVAUX

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Post-Doc - Bio-geochemical
Posted: September 7, 2012
Location: Lawrence Berkeley Lab, California

The Climate Sciences Department of Lawrence Berkeley Lab has an exciting opportunity for a scientist with expertise in development, testing, and application of below- and aboveground biogeochemical models, with focus on high-latitude systems, coupled C and N cycling, and atmospheric feedbacks. The work will be part of the DOE-sponsored Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment-Arctic (NGEE-Arctic), whose ultimate goals include the development of a mechanistic high-latitude land model capable of integration with CESM and improved climate predictive capability. The position offers an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team and will require strong motivation and excellent oral and written communication skills. Lawrence Berkley Lab is a renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate-related fundamental and applied science.

The successful candidate will develop, in CLM, mechanistic representations of high-latitude soil biogeochemical processes and interactions between belowground biogeochemistry, vegetation, and hydrology. The model will be tested against extant and new NGEE observations and will require integration with fine-scale reactive transport modeling and development of spatial and temporal scaling approaches. The work will focus on several groups of important high-latitude processes, including: (1) characterization of below ground C and N cycle dynamics; (2) characterization of high-latitude vegetation dynamics; (3) interactions and competition between vegetation and soil microbial processes; (4) dynamics of mosses and organic soil layers; and (5) impacts on the surface energy and GHG budgets due to climate-relevant changes in vegetation, biogeochemistry, and hydrology.

For more information and to apply, please go to: https://lbl.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=75005

 

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Post-Doc - Land-Atmosphere Carbon Exchange

Posted: August 31, 2012
Location: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Job Description:

Northern Arizona University seeks a Postdoctoral Research Scholar to join an interdisciplinary group working to improve global estimates of land-atmosphere carbon exchange by combining the observational constraints within the NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) Flux Project with new “bottom-up” a priori surface flux estimates derived from the Multi-Scale Synthesis and Terrestrial Model Intercomparison Project (MsTMIP) (http://nacp.ornl.gov/MsTMIP.shtml). The postdoc will be responsible for:

(1) creating land-surface input products for the CMS-Flux system using the multi-model ensemble from MsTMIP; and

(2) evaluating the consistency of the MsTMIP land-surface models with atmospheric CO2 observations using a geostatistical framework.

The successful candidate will work closely with collaborators at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Model Synthesis and Thematic Data Center (MAST-DC) to archive and disseminate the a priori input products created as part of this effort.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists focused on improving land-atmosphere carbon flux extimates across continental and global scales, and will be a regular member of the research staff of the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. The appointment is for 18 months and is funded by NASA.

Applications should be sent electronically to Dr. Deborah Huntzinger no later than September 14th, 2012 and include a cover letter outlining the applicant’s scientific background and qualifications, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references. Review of the applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Minimum Qualifications:

1) Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Forestry, Engineering, or related field;
2) Strong communication skills; and
3) Ability to function as a productive member of a research team;
4) Excellent organization skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Experience with land-atmospheric carbon flux modeling;
2) Strong quantitative and statistical skills, including spatial and multivariate statistics, Matlab or R, and error analysis;
3) Experience with collaborative interdisciplinary research;
4) A strong record of publication; and
5) Availability by October 1, 2012.

General Information:

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following:
1) a criminal background investigation, and
2) an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

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Department Chair - Environmental Sciences
Posted: August 31, 2012
Location: Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY

A Chairperson for the Environmental Sciences Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory is sought.  The department has internationally competitive programs in climate, environmental science and technology with a staff of 58 and a yearly operating budget of $18M. 

The successful candidate will be committed to foster work in cross-disciplinary teams on scientific challenges appropriately addressed in a national laboratory setting.  They will be expected to provide intellectual and managerial leadership for the department staff, develop a scientific vision for the department appropriate for a leading national laboratory, and build strategic partnerships that enhance the department R&D efforts. It is preferred that they maintain their own active research program in an area associated with those within the Environmental Sciences Department: terrestrial ecosystem science, aerosol and cloud properties and their effects on climate, and/or climate model development particularly related to improving atmospheric and/or carbon cycle processes that are relevant to US Department of Energy missions in energy and environment.

The potential for a joint appointment with Stony Brook University can be explored for interested candidates. 

A full description of the department, the position and its requirements, and how to apply are given at http://www.bnl.gov/envsci/chair.php.  Interested candidates are encouraged to apply prior to 1 October 2012.  Brookhaven National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining a diverse workforce.

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Post-Doc - Climate Change Adaptation Research
Posted: August 31, 2012
Location: Colorado State University

Postdoctoral Fellowship in regional climate change adaptation and resource management decision making research for individuals with a recent Ph.D. who is pursuing interdisciplinary research in climate change in the North Central Region
Study Subject: Climate Change Adaptation Research
Employer: Colorado State University and the North Central University Consortium
Level: Postdoctoral

Position Description: We seek an individual with a recent Ph.D. received since 2007 and who has experience in working in an interdisciplinary team environment dealing with social-ecological systems. Candidates whose research spans the physical sciences, natural resources, social sciences and application to decision making of natural or/and cultural resource management issues related to aspects of climate change are preferred. Research experience with natural resource issues in the western US, climate change science, and social sciences is required. Experiences in collaborating with resource managers or decision makers or efforts in climate change assessments are desired. In addition, demonstrated experience with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change framing on vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies; US National Climate Assessment efforts; concepts dealing with managing for resilience; and experience with rural communities, including tribal communities are desired. Skills in communication and publication of reports and research publications are also valued. The position will require coordination of research efforts for the NC CSC adaptation efforts in the region in support of adaptive management practices in the region.  
Areas of interest include but are not limited to (1) fundamental understanding of climate change projections and downscaling techniques; (2) the impact and vulnerability assessment of climate change on social-ecological systems, wildlife and conservation practices; (3) decision making under uncertainty, adaptive management decision making, natural resource management; (4) climate impacts on land, water, energy resources; and (5) analysis of economic, sociological, ecological implications of climate change. Special consideration will be given to candidates who will collaborate with faculty from NC-CSC Partner institutions. Information on our NC-CSC Partners can be found at www.doi.gov/csc/northcentral. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty whom they are interested in working with.

The position will be filled based on qualifications with a salary in the range of $48,000 to $60,000 annually with benefits for one year with the possibility for renewal of a second year.
To apply and view a complete position description, please visit: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/jobs/. Applications will be considered until the position is filled; however, applicants should submit by 5:00 pm MST, on September 3, 2012, for full consideration. Availability for an in person interview is required.

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer.

Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

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Post-Doc - Climate Change Scenario Planning
Posted: August 31, 2012
Location:Colorado State University

Postdoctoral Fellowship in regional climate change scenario planning for resource management for individuals with a recent Ph.D. who is pursuing interdisciplinary research in climate change in the North Central Region
Study Subject: Climate Change Scenario Planning
Employer: Colorado State University and the North Central University Consortium
Position Description: We seek an individual with a recent Ph.D. received since 2007 and who has experience in working in an interdisciplinary team environment dealing with social-ecological systems. Candidates whose research spans the physical sciences, natural resources, social sciences and application to decision making of natural or/and cultural resource management issues related to aspects of climate change are preferred. The NC CSC is one of eight Department of Interior (DOI) regional climate science center.  Each center is a collaborative effort between the federal government and consortium of select universities, hosted and lead within the Natural Resource and Ecology Lab at Colorado State University.  The mission of the NC CSC is to contribute to the National effort by providing the best available climate science and synthesis to inform energy, land, and cultural resource management within the North Central Domain. More information about the NC CSC, its primary stakeholders, and the University Consortium can be found at www.doi.gov/csc/northcentral.
The primary research objective for this position is to make climate science more relevant to resource managers by integrating climate data into results that can meaningful influence management actions through scenario planning.  Candidates whose research spans the physical sciences, natural resources, social sciences with particular application to rigorous science for natural or/and cultural resource management issues related to aspects of climate change are preferred. Research areas of interest include but are not limited to (1) integration of climate data (historic, contemporary, and projections) with ecological/biological response models and (2) quantifiable and rigorous scenario development or simulation modeling to assist decision making under multiple sources of uncertainty and respecting the variable and non-stationary nature of past and projected climate. Special consideration will be given to candidates who will collaborate with faculty from NC-CSC Partner institutions (see list below). Information on our NC-CSC Partners can be found at http://www.doi.gov/csc/northcentral/partners.cfm. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty with whom they are interested in working.

The position will be filled based on qualifications with a salary in the range of $48,000 to $60,000 annually with benefits for one year with the possibility for renewal of a second year.

To apply and view a complete position description, please visit: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/jobs/. Applications will be considered until the position is filled; however, applicants should submit by 5:00 pm MST, on September 3, 2012, for full consideration. Availability for an in person interview is required.

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer.

Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

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Technician Fellowship - Physiological Ecology
Posted: August 31, 2012
Location: Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico
 
Summary: A technician position is available within the Earth and Environmental
Sciences Division to assist with field and laboratory work focused on understanding the
dynamics of vegetation in relation to climate change. In particular, the applicant will
work with arctic vegetation exposed to permafrost thaw and degradation, and vegetation
from numerous other ecosystems, including coniferous forests native to New Mexico.
Our main work goals for the technician are collect, process, analyze and interpret
carbohydrate concentration and isotope composition to aid in understanding water stress
and physiology under climate stressors. Additional field and laboratory work across a
number of projects is a likely perk of this position, exposing the technician to more
science questions, ecosystems, and techniques. The successful applicants will work
within an interdisciplinary team of staff members, postdocs and graduate students
focused on explaining patterns of vegetation survival and mortality in response to climate
variability and on linking their data to vegetation models. This position can become a
graduate student position (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) depending on mutual interest and funding.
 
Required skills include experience doing field work, experience doing wet chemistry in
the laboratory environment, effective written and oral communication skills, willingness
to work in a team environment, and a B.Sc. pending or received within the last five years.
 
Desired skills include knowledge of physiological or ecosystem ecology.
 
For more information or to apply please send a resume and a <1 page statement of
your future research/career goals to Nate McDowell (mcdowell@lanl.gov,
http://climateresearch.lanl.gov/).

 

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NEON Observatory Director
Posted: August 21, 2012
Location: Boulder, CO

NEON Observatory Director

Reporting to the NEON, Inc. Chief Executive Officer, the NEON Observatory Director is responsible for leading the Observatory and ensuring that the Observatory fulfills its scientific and educational mission. The Director leads a multi-disciplinary scientific, education, and technical staff to provide highly reliable data, infrastructure, and scientific resources to a diversity of stakeholders. The Director is responsible for developing and managing the annual observatory budget, work plan, and reporting to the NSF.

NEON Director Role: Lead, maintain and operate a transformative, research Observatory to fulfill its scientific and educational mission. Serve as the principal NEON, Inc. spokesperson to the scientific communities on matters related to NEON science and Observatory capabilities. Serve as Co-PI with NEON, Inc. CEO on Observatory funding awards from NSF or other Federal Agencies.

Required Experience: PhD with at least 10 years of scientific expertise in Ecology or related discipline to the NEON Science mission and an established record of achievement in these disciplines. Demonstrated strong scientific leadership, wide-ranging experience, and advanced scientific knowledge of ecological science. Proven track record in leading a large scientific program and/or the operation and management of a research facility. Supervised an organization of 20+ people. Proven track record in leading, developing, motivating, managing and retaining diverse scientific, education, and technical staff. 7+ years’ recent experience in federal, institutional and international relations. Deep and demonstrated experience in program budgeting and fiscal management.

NEON, Inc. is inviting applications for this position and is also soliciting nominations from the community-at- large. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All applications will be held in confidence. Applications must include: a curriculum vitae, information on relevant experience and accomplishments, and the names of three professional references. APPLY to: www.neoninc.org.

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Post-Doc - Stream Biogeochemistry Modelling
Posted: August 21, 2012
Location: University of Vienna, Austria

Postdoctoral Position: Stream Biogeochemistry Modelling

A postdoctoral position at the Department of Limnology, University of Vienna, is available to work on the modelling of aquatic carbon fluxes at catchment-scale. The applicant is expected to integrate ongoing research in the Battin lab on carbon fluxes in fluvial networks, together with Dr. Martyn Futter at SLU (Uppsala, Sweden). Candidates must have a PhD in biogeochemistry and strong skills in mathematical modelling, with a clear record of creativity and scientific productivity. Proficiency in in catchment hydrology and in the management of large data sets is essential.

The position will be held at the University of Vienna, Austria. A description of our lab research interests can be found atwww.univie.ac.at/deli. Funding is available for at least one year from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), starting in January 2013. Applications must be mailed as a single pdf document to limnologie@univie.ac.at. Informal enquiries can be made directly to tom.battin@univie.ac.at. Review of the applications will be from 15 September and continue until the position is filled. Applications must include a CV, a 300-word statement about suitability for the position, a 300-word statement for career progression and the name and contact of three academic referees.

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PhD Student - Sustainable Energy Pathway (SEP)
Posted: August 21, 2012
Location: LEES Lab, University of Toledo

The University of Toledo Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP) team has immediate openings for a SEP PhD fellows at the LEES Lab ( http://research.eeescience.utoledo.edu/lees/).  S/he will work on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded multidisciplinary project on development, sustainability analysis, and outreach of earth-abundant thin-film solar cells including those made from FeS2, CuxS, CuO, Zn3P2, and Cu2ZnSnS4.  The fellow will be housed in at the LEES Lab but will be part of a larger team effort involving the disciplines of engineering, physics, materials science, chemistry, economics, environmental sciences, socioeconomic science, and education. The project involves Sustainability assessment of the new technology and products.  The student will spend 20% of their time in the other thrusts of SEP project. Fellows will be funded for 4 years with a PhD stipend, tuition waiver, health benefits, and travel support to attend professional conferences. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, GRE/TOEFL scores (if applicable), CV, the names of three references, copies of their transcripts, and one publication in a single PDF file to to Dr. Jiquan Chen at Jiquan.Chen@utoledo.edu.

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Post-Doc - Carbon balance in biofuel cropping systems
Posted: August 21, 2012
Location: The LEES Lab, University of Toledo, and Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) of Michigan State University

Postdoctoral Research Associate, The LEES Lab, University of Toledo, and Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) of Michigan State University

Salary:            $40,000-$47,000/Year
Duration:        Renewed annually for 5 years
Start date:      Nov 1, 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter, position open until filled

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available at the Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Science (LEES) Lab (http://research.eeescience.utoledo.edu/lees/) in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo.  This position is a grant-funded position, renewable for up to two years, and will reside at the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS,http://www.kbs.msu.edu/) of Michigan State University.  The successful applicant will join an investigation of carbon balance in biofuel cropping systems as part of the Sustainability Research Program at the Department of Energy’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC; www.glbrc.org). We will use the eddy covariance (EC) method as our primary tool in making intensive, continuous measurements of net exchange of carbon, water loss through evapotranspiration (ET), and energy balance at the six KBS-GLBRC “Scale-Up Fields”: switchgrass, restored prairie, and continuous corn fields (two replicates of each system).  A doctoral degree in ecology, micrometeorology, soil, or natural science is required.  We will begin review of applications on December 1, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit a cover letter (including position title and job #), resume, and the names and telephone numbers of three professional references to Dr. Jiquan Chen at Jiquan.Chen@utoledo.edu .  The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

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Field Research Scientist I - Eddy flux towers
Posted: August 21, 2012
Location: University of New Mexico

The Department of Biology is seeking a highly qualified technician to be hired as Field Research Scientist I. The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of two  eddy flux towers in Central New Mexico that are being used to increase our understanding of how ecosystem structure and function are altered by widespread coniferous mortality.  The candidate will maintain tower flux systems and will work with an interdisciplinary group of faculty, postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate researchers to make additional physiological and ecological field measurements associated with this project.  In particular, this position will involve extensive measurements quantifying carbon pools, decomposition rates of various carbon pools and the primary controls over decomposition rates.  The candidate will participate in data management, data analysis, and the preparation of peer-reviewed publications of research findings. Candidates with a background in micrometeorology, ecosystem ecology, plant physiological ecology and technical expertise with eddy covariance-based flux measurement equipment are encouraged to apply. This position will be based in Albuquerque at UNM Biology and will require frequent day travel to field sites.   The position is initially available for 12 months and renewable on a year-to-year basis, based on performance, for two additional years.    Apply to posting 0816888 at UNM Jobs.  Position available immediately and open until filled.  Contact Marcy Litvak (mlitvak@unm.edu) for more information.  

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Post-Doc - Carbon Exchange
Posted: August 21, 2012
Location: University of New Mexico

We are looking for a qualified and highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to join a collaborative team conducting research on how ecosystem-atmosphere exchange of carbon, water and energy varies across 9 semi-arid ecosystems.   Focused around a well-established network of nine eddy covariance flux towers across an elevation gradient, we utilize a range of state-of-the-art technologies in flux measurements, leaf-scale ecophysiology, microbial ecology, remote sensing and modeling to understand both the biotic and abiotic controls over carbon dynamics, hydrology and energy balance in characteristic US Southwest biomes.  In addition, we have an ecosystem scale manipulation experiment investigating biogeochemical and biophysical responses to piñon pine mortality.
 
We encourage individuals with demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas to apply: (i) ecophysiological fieldwork with an emphasis on flux measurements at leaf, soil or ecosystem-scales; (ii) processing, manipulating and analyzing EC flux tower datasets from multiple sites; (iii) strong ecosystem process-based modeling skills.  In particular, we are interested in individuals with strong computational and statistical skills and the ability to integrate knowledge across disciplines.  Previous experience in using and developing land surface models, such as the Community Land Model, in a super-computing environment is highly desirable.  This position is available for one year initially, with potential to renew annually based on performance and continued funding from NASA and DOE.  This position requires a Ph.D in plant physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology, biometeorology, biogeochemistry, or related field, a successful publication record and excellent written and oral communication skills.
The University of New Mexico is an equal-opportunity employer and we encourage underrepresented applicants.  The salary is highly competitive and health care benefits are excellent. 

 Please send a cover letter with qualifications and research interests, CV, and contact information of three references by email to Dr. Marcy Litvak (mlitvak@unm.edu).  Position is available beginning August 30, 2012 and is open until filled. 
 
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Senior research position - Greenhouse gases
Posted: August 21, 2012
Location: Landcare Research, New Zealand

Landcare Research
Senior Greenhouse Gas Researcher and Portfolio Leader

Landcare Research is New Zealand's foremost environmental research organisation. Our purpose is to drive innovation in New Zealand's management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources in order to both protect and enhance the terrestrial environment and grow New Zealand's prosperity. Our research is delivered through ten Portfolios.

We are seeking a talented and motivated senior researcher to lead our research Portfolio “Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Storage”, which has a multidisciplinary team of micrometeorologists, physiologists, soil scientists and ecologists conducting process-based research into greenhouse gas emissions, soil carbon storage and forest carbon sequestration (with a staff input of 14 FTE per annum). This is a leadership role for a well- established, highly productive programme of research that is also expected to expand into newly-emerging areas of greenhouse gas research. We welcome applicants for this permanent, full-time position based at either our Lincoln or Palmerston North sites.

The position has the responsibilities of providing strategic leadership for a dedicated and skilled team of research professionals; management of research projects/programmes; and maintaining a core element of personal scientific effort. Key performance outcomes will include implementing a portfolio plan for the research area; ensuring that science objectives are delivered to budget and quality standards; securing ongoing research funding to support the portfolio’s activities; and developing relationships between the team, stakeholders of its research (primarily the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Ministry for the Environment (MfE), Department of Conservation (DOC) and DairyNZ) and collaborating organisations contributing to the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC).

To express an interest in this role, you must possess both a PhD and a strong research track record in a field relevant to greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration. Expertise in any of the three major greenhouse gases will be considered. It would also be desirable that you have an understanding of the unique livestock-dominated emissions profile of New Zealand; aptitude in developing constructive relationships with both government and primary industry stakeholders; the ability to develop, motivate and guide a team of professional staff; and experience in attracting research grants. The Portfolio includes a significant proportion of Landcare Research’s “core funding” which is secure Government funding to deliver on the objectives of: i) “MPI and MfE are using verified estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage to reduce uncertainty in national inventories” and ii) “agricultural land managers and DOC, are, where appropriate, using validated methodologies and land use practices to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon storage and adapt to likely climate change effects”.

Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua will fulfil its purpose through the provision of research and transfer of technology and knowledge in partnership with key stakeholders, including industry, government and Maori, in order to:

1) Improve measurement, management and protection of New Zealand’s terrestrial biodiversity, including in the conservation estate;

2) Achieve the sustainable use of land resources and their ecosystem services across catchments and sectors;

3) Improve measurement and mitigation of greenhouse gases from the terrestrial biosphere;

4) Increase the ability of New Zealand industries and organisations to develop within environmental limits and meet market and community requirements.

We strive to be an “employer of choice”. As an employee of Landcare Research, you will enjoy a collegial and flexible working environment, as well as generous employment benefits - including four weeks’ vacation, a contribution to superannuation/pension savings and relocation costs if required. Landcare Research is also an Accredited Employer with the New Zealand Immigration Service. Assistance with visa requirements will be provided if required.

For further information please contact David Whitehead, Chief Scientist: whiteheadd@landcareresearch.co.nz phone +64 3 321 9862, or, Peter Millard, General Manager Science and Industry: millardp@landcareresearch.co.nz phone +64 3 321 9608.

To view the position description and to apply, please visit our website
www.landcareresearch.co.nz/jobs

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Field & Research Support Technician - Department of Geography
Posted: August 21, 2012
Location: Kings College, London

We seek to appoint a field support technician to support teaching and research programmes within the Department of Geography at King's College London. The role will involve providing technical support for individuals, courses, student groups, research projects and fieldwork events within the Department.

The successful candidate will be an experienced technician, confident in working independently and with competing demands. He/she will have experience of working with a variety of equipment and machinery and will have an excellent knowledge of health and safety in a workshop laboratory setting and fieldwork environment.

The role holder will have sound communication skills and have the ability to work effectively with a wide range of people. A flexible, creative approach to problem solving and the ability to provide technical innovation to engineer solutions is also essential.
 
We wish to appoint an enthusiastic, dynamic and appropriately qualified technical expert to support the environmental research, monitoring and teaching activities of the Environmental Monitoring and Modelling (EMM) Research Group.  The post holder will collaborate with academics, researchers, other technical staff and students to design, build, deploy and maintain installations of sensors, data loggers and other instrumentation that supports work in the fields of atmospheric, ecological, geomorphological, hydrological, and remote sensing science.  Work is conducted both in laboratory and at UK and overseas field sites.  The post offers exciting opportunities for deploying state-of-the-art equipment, for contributing to innovative developments in instrument and installation design, and for involvement in world-leading scientific research. More details on the work and facilities of the EMM Research Group can be found athttp://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/geography/research/emm/themes.aspx
The role will involve working at heights and off-site as necessary.

For an informal discussion of the post please contact Rachel Groom via email at Rachel.Groom@kcl.ac.uk

Application details:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/depsta/pertra/vacancy/external/pers_detail.php?jobindex=12087

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Post-Docs and Grad Students-Theoretical analysis of land carbon cycle, Data assimilation with ecosystem models, Data analysis and synthesis, Ecosystem modeling
Posted: Aug 5, 2012
Location:University of Oklahoma

Post-doctoral fellows and Graduate students

Theoretical analysis of land carbon cycle
Data assimilation with ecosystem models
Data analysis and synthesis
Ecosystem modeling

The Ecolab of Dr. Yiqi Luo at the University of Oklahoma seeks candidates for three post-doctoral fellows and two graduate students to conduct research in the following areas:

Theoretical analysis of land carbon cycle: We are looking for candidates with strong theoretical and mathematical training to analyze land carbon cycle. The land carbon cycle can be mathematically expressed as a nonautonomous linear system using an ordinary differential matrix equation (see Luo and Weng, 2011, Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 26:96-104.) The successful candidates will interact with mathematicians and ecologists to analyze the nonautonomous linear system to understand its fundamental properties and potential applications in carbon cycle research.

Data assimilation with ecosystem models: We are looking for candidates to develop and apply data assimilation techniques to improve coupled carbon-nitrogen cycle models at ecosystem, regional, and global scales.  Data sources are from global change experiments, FLUXNET, satellites, and various networks of observations. Data assimilation is used to estimate parameters, evaluate alternative model structures, analyze uncertainty and its sources of model predictions, and quantify information content of various data sets.

Data analysis and synthesis: We are looking for candidates to carry out data analysis at FLUXNET and data synthesis at global change experiments.  Data synthesis is to integrate diverse results from numerous experiments in a wide range of ecosystems and to reveal general mechanisms of ecosystem responses to global change. Data analysis is to take advantage of a worldwide network of flux measurement to uncover fundamental mechanisms driving ecosystem dynamics.

Ecosystem modeling: We are currently collaborating with several research groups to combine data from laboratory and field studies with ecosystem models in grasslands, Tundra, and forests.  We are looking for candidates to develop and modify the Terrestrial Ecosystem (TECO) model to simulate ecosystem responses to global change in those ecosystems.  Candidates who are interested in integrating microbial genomics data into ecosystem models are particularly encouraged to apply for the position.

Salary for those positions is competitive and commensurates with qualification. Requirements for the post-doctoral positions include: (1) a PhD in ecology, statistics, mathematics, or related areas, (2) demonstrated experience with advanced statistical analysis and/or modeling techniques, (3) strong quantitative skills together with basic ecology training, and 4) high motivation and ability to interact and collaborate with other scientists. Requirements for the graduate assistantships are consistent with those for graduate admission at the University of Oklahoma plus enthusiasm for and commitment on ecological research.

To apply for a specific position, please contact: Dr. Yiqi Luo, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, email: yluo@ou.edu. More information about our group can be found at http://ecolab.ou.edu.

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Post-Doc - Eddy covariance flux / eddy flux meteorologist
Posted: Aug 5, 2012
Location: POPFULL team of the Research Center of Excellence ECO, Belgium

Background
This position for an ‘eddy covariance flux / eddy flux meteorologist’ post-doctoral researcher fits within the research team (10 pers.) of the highly ambitious POPFULL project – http://webh01.ua.ac.be/popfull – an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). In POPFULL we make up the full greenhouse gas balance, a complete energetic and economic balance, as well as a detailed life cycle assessment of an operational bio-energy culture of fast-growing poplar and willow genotypes. The POPFULL team consists of researchers examining all carbon pools and fluxes; soil carbon processes; water fluxes; growth and biomass productivity; economic analyses; energetic transfers; life cycle assessment. The team is highly motivated and the first collaborative publications have been published. We plan to replace our eddy covariance flux specialist who is leaving the team for a new position.

Objectives
POPFULL has been constantly operating an extendable eddy covariance flux tower – fully equiped with new, fast-response CO2, CH4, N2O, H2O and O3 gas analysers as well as with all environmental sensors and instruments – since early 2010. We monitor an 18 ha short-rotation bio-energy plantation during two entire rotations. Eddy covariance techniques are being used to monitor net fluxes of all greenhouse gases in combination with common assessments of biomass pools (incl. soil) and fluxes. Together with an existing modeling team the project enables to make predictions and simulations of the net reduction of fossil greenhouse gas emissions (avoided emissions) of biomass crops over different rotation cycles.

We offer
- A post-doctoral research position (full time) for 24 months, possible with a further extension (within ICOS)
- Salary according to the guidelines of the University of Antwerp (www.ua.ac.be/personeel or www.ua.ac.be/mobility) : net monthly amount between 2000 EUR and 2400 EUR – depending on years of experience – plus social security and benefits
- Integration into a top-level research group (40 pers., PLECO, see below)
- Integration into the POPFULL research team (10 pers.)
- Ample of operational budget for consumables, travel, research functioning
- A professional, highly experienced full-time technician is operating and maintaining the eddy
covariance and meteorological towers since 2010.
- The University of Antwerp supports gender equality at work. The University also covers your
costs of public transport to/from work (by bus, tram or train) or is offering a modest fee for biking to/from work.

Tasks
- To monitor, analyse and publish the fluxes of five greenhouse gases, incl. the full greenhouse gas balance after two full rotations of the bio-energy culture (incl. use of footprint models; QA-QC; gap filling; entry in database)
- To publish these and other results in close collaboration with the POPFULL colleagues
- To supervise the performance of the technical eddy flux measuring set-up

Requirements
- You have a Ph.D. in the discipline of micrometeorology, (atmospheric) physics, environmental sciences, eddy covariance flux or related fields
- You have experience with eddy covariance flux measurements as demonstrated either by your Ph.D. thesis subject, or by minimum two publications in peer-reviewed journals on greenhouse gas fluxes, or by at least three years of demonstrated field experience with eddy covariance towers
- You are fluent in spoken and written English. You are flexible and enjoy working as part of an international team.
- Ph.D. students who are completing their thesis on eddy covariance measurements and who will obtain their degree in the near future, are encouraged to apply as well.

The PLECO research group (www.ua.ac.be/pleco)
PLECO is the top research group within the Department of Biology and has received the maximum score in the recent research evaluation by an external audit commission. PLECO is also the core group of the Research Center of Excellence ECO (www.ua.ac.be/eco), one of the only five Research Centers of Excellence of the University of Antwerp. The Director of the ECO Research Center of Excellence, prof. Reinhart Ceulemans, is receiving long-term financial support from the Flemish Government. PLECO is hosting the Ecosystem Thematic Center of the ICOS ESFRI research infrastructure network www.icos-infrastructure.eu/esfri. This ICOS research infrastructure network is benefiting from a long-term financial commitment from the Flemish and European funding agencies.

Antwerp, Belgium
The city of Antwerp – where the position is located – is the home town of the painter P.P. Rubens, second city in Belgium, and receptacle of monuments, museums and churches. It is the second largest harbor in Europe, the world’s top centre for diamond processing, and a lively multi-cultural pocket-size metropolis. Only three hours away from London or Köln, and two hours from Paris or Amsterdam, Antwerp is literally located at the center of Europe and it is an attractive, inspiring, historic place.

Application
The position is immediately available. We fill the position as soon as the appropriate candidate has been identified. For application, please submit – as soon as possible and electronically –
- a detailed curriculum vitae
- an application letter (in English) stating your motivation
- the names and full contact coordinates of three reference persons

Prof.Dr. Reinhart CEULEMANS, dr.h.c., University of Antwerp, Department of Biology, Research Group of Plant & Vegetation Ecology, Universiteitsplein 1, BE-2610 Wilrijk, Belgium. Ph.: +32- 3265.2256; fax: +32-3265.2271. E-mail: Reinhart.Ceulemans@ua.ac.be

Upon electronic request the informative POPFULL leaflet and some first publications will be sent.

 

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Post-Doc - Two full time Scientists
Posted: July 27, 2012
Location: SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

Specialists from various disciplines work together at SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research to push back the frontiers of technology and with this to advance the boundaries of scientific knowledge. SRON is considered to be a global leader in the area of earth and space science, due to the space instruments it develops for the satellites of ESA, NASA and JAXA.
The EPS (Earth and Planetary Science) division has a vacancy for:

Two fulltime Scientists (PostDoc) (Vacancy number SRON 12-08)

Project description:
Carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) are the most important anthropogenic greenhouse gases in the Earth atmosphere and in order to quantify (changes in) CO2 and CH4 emission sources, satellite measurements are essential. JAXAbs Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT) is the world's first satellite mission dedicated to measure the concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane from space. The spacecraft was launched successfully on January 23, 2009, and has been operating properly since then. The on board Fourier transform spectrometer measures light reflected and emitted from the Earth's surface and the atmosphere in the shortwave infrared and thermal infrared spectral range. Retrieval of CH4 and CO2 from these measurements is an extremely challenging task because of the high accuracy that is required. Here, the different sensitivities of spectral range of GOSAT observations allow one to discriminate atmospheric abundances in the lower and upper troposphere. The aim of this project is to fully exploit GOSAT observations of both spectral ranges to provide highly accurate atmospheric abundances of CO2 and CH4. The work will be performed in the framework of 2 international projects (ESA Climate Change Initiative, EU MACC project).
For this interesting and challenging project we are looking for two PhD in (astro-) physics with strong computational skills and experience in the fields of radiative transfer modelling and inversion techniques. Experience in the field of satellite remote sensing would be a clear asset. Good knowledge of the English language is essential, and the candidate should be capable of working both independently and in a team.

Employment conditions:
Employment of these two full-time positions at SRON-Utrecht is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) and will be for a period of 2 years with an option for an extention. The salary will be in accordance with the salary scales of NWO with a maximum of b , 3804,- gross per month on a full- time basis (highly depending on the candidates education and experience).
NWO has good secondary employment conditions such as:

  • An end of year bonus of 8,33% of the gross yearly salary;
  • At least 42 days of vacation leave a year on full-time basis;
  • An excellent pension scheme;
  • Options for (additional) personal development;
  • Excellent facilities for parental leave;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross yearly salary.

For information:
For further information you can contact dr. O. Hasekamp +31 (0)88 777 5863, dr. J. Landgraf +31(0)88 777 5842 or prof.dr. I. Aben +31 (0)88 777 5879 and see: www.sron.nl.

Letter of application:
Applicants should send a CV and the name(s) and address(es) of reference(s) (incl. phone and e-mail), as well as a short outline of their knowledge and experience preferably via email to jobs@sron.nl or by regular mail to: SRON, Department of Personnel and Organization, Sorbonnelaan 2, 3584 CA Utrecht, The Netherlands. Please state the vacancy number SRON 12-08 in the subject of your mail, or on letter and envelope. Applications will be accepted until 31 August 2012.
You can help us by telling us where you initially saw the advertisement for the position you apply for. No commercial propositions please.

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Post-Doc - development and testing of the CO retrieval algorithm for the TROPOMI instrument
Posted: July 27, 2012
Location: SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

Specialists from various disciplines work together at SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research to push back the frontiers of technology and with this to advance the boundaries of scientific knowledge. SRON is considered to be a global leader in the area of earth and space science, due to the space instruments it develops for the satellites of ESA, NASA and JAXA.

The EPS (Earth and Planetary Science) division has a vacancy for a Scientist (PostDoc) (vacancy number 12-09)

Project description:
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an important trace gas in the Earth atmosphere and measurements of its global distribution are needed to improve our understanding of global atmospheric chemistry and air quality. The novel TROPOMI instrument on the ESA Sentinel-5 Precursor mission, to be launched in 2015, will provide unique global observations of this trace gas using spectral measurements of sunlight reflected by the Earth atmosphere in the shortwave infrared spectral range. Besides the involvement in hardware development and calibration of the TROPOMI instrument, SRON is also responsible to provide the algorithms for the retrieval of CO atmospheric concentrations. The algorithm will be included in the operational TROPOMI data processor. We are looking for a scientist for the development and testing of the CO retrieval algorithm for the TROPOMI instrument, but also for the interpretation of TROPOMI measurements once the mission is in space.

For this interesting and challenging project we are looking for a candidate with a PhD in (astro-) physics with strong programming skills (preferably both Fortran90 and C++) and experience in the fields of radiative transfer modeling and trace gas retrieval. Experience in the field of satellite remote sensing would be a clear asset. Good knowledge of the English language is essential, and the candidate should be capable of working both independently and in a team.

Employment conditions:
Employment as Scientist C at SRON Utrecht is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) and will be for a period of 2 years with the possibility of an extension to a maximum of 6 years. The salary will be in accordance with the salary scales of NWO with a maximum of b , 3.804,00 gross per month on a full-time basis.
NWO has good secondary employment conditions such as:
  • An end of year bonus of 8,33% of the gross yearly salary
  • At least 42 days of vacation leave a year on full-time basis
  • An excellent pension scheme
  • Options for (additional) personal development
  • Excellent facilities for parental leave
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross yearly salary


For information:
For further information you can contact dr. J. Landgraf +31(0)88 777 5842, dr. O. Hasekamp +31 (0)88 777 5863 or prof.dr. I. Aben +31 (0)88 777 5879 and see: www.sron.nl.

Letter of application
Applicants should send a CV and the name(s) and address(es) of reference(s) (incl. phone and e-mail), as well as a short outline of their knowledge and experience preferably via email to jobs@sron.nl or by regular mail to: SRON, Department of Personnel and Organization, Sorbonnelaan 2, 3584 CA Utrecht, The Netherlands. Please state the vacancy number 12-09 in the subject of your mail, or on letter and envelope. Applications will be accepted until end of August 2012.
You can help us by telling us where you initially saw the advertisement for the position you apply for. Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

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Post-Doc - scientific preparation for the SPEX instrument (vacancy number SRON 12-04)
Posted: July 27, 2012
Location: SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

Specialists from various disciplines work together at SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research to push back the frontiers of technology and with this to advance the boundaries of scientific knowledge. SRON is considered to be a global leader in the area of earth and space science, due to the space instruments it develops for the satellites of ESA, NASA and JAXA.

The EPS (Earth and Planetary Science) division has a vacancy for a Scientist (PostDoc) (vacancynr SRON 12-04)

Project description:
As indicated by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the effect of man-made aerosols represents one of the largest uncertainties in climate research. To improve our understanding of the complex role of aerosols in the climate system, global measurements are needed of aerosol optical- and microphysical properties. SRON is developing, as part of a Dutch consortium with partners from industry and scientific/technical institutes, the novel SPEX instrument. SPEX is being designed to perform highly accurate measurements of the intensity and polarization properties of light being reflected by the Earth atmosphere and surface. From these measurements aerosol properties can be derived with the detail and accuracy needed to improve our understanding of global climate change. Under SRON lead, the SPEX instrument has been proposed to perform climate relevant measurements from the International Space Station (ISS).

We have a vacancy for a postdoc to work on the scientific preparation for the SPEX instrument. The postdoc will work on algorithm development for the retrieval of aerosol properties from SPEX' intensity and polarization measurements, fully exploiting the unique capabilities of SPEX. Retrievals will be performed for synthetic datasets and data from a ground based version of the SPEX instrument. Based on this work, the instrument design of SPEX will be further optimized.

For this interesting and challenging project we are looking for a PhD in (astro-) physics with strong programming skills and experience in the fields of radiative transfer modelling and inversion techniques. Experience in the field of satellite remote sensing would be a clear asset. Good knowledge of the English language is essential, and the candidate should be capable of working both independently and in a team.

Employment conditions:
Employment as Scientist C at SRON Utrecht is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) and will initially be for a period of 2 years. The salary will be in accordance with the salary scales of NWO with a maximum of b ,3.766,- gross per month on a full-time basis, highly depending on education and experience.
NWO has good secondary employment conditions such as:

  • An end of year bonus of 8,33% of the gross yearly salary;
  • At least 42 days of vacation leave a year on full-time basis;
  • An excellent pension scheme;
  • Options for (additional) personal development;
  • Excellent facilities for parental leave;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross yearly salary.

For information:
For further information you can contact dr. O. Hasekamp +31 (0)88 777 5863, and see: www.sron.nl.

Letter of application
Applicants should send a CV and the name(s) and address(es) of reference(s) (incl. phone and e-mail), as well as a short outline of their knowledge and experience preferably via email to jobs@sron.nl. Please state the vacancy number SRON 12-04 in the subject of your mail, or on letter and envelope. Applications will be accepted until the position is fulfilled.
You can help us by telling us where you initially saw the advertisement for the position you apply for.

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Post-Doc-Terrestrial Ecosystem/Biogeochemistry/Land use change
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location:University of Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a creative and energetic postdoctoral research associate to participate in research on carbon dynamics associated with land use change and bioenergy crops. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to design independent research as part of a larger analysis of carbon, nitrogen and hydrologic cycling. Desired qualifications include a background in ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry. Research interests may include use of process-based models, (soil) biogeochemical cycling, soil microbial ecology, or interactions between carbon, nitrogen and water. The successful candidate will have the ability to integrate knowledge across disciplines, and poses strong writing and quantitative skills. As the candidate will be a part of a multidisciplinary research team, strong communication skills are desirable. The University of Illinois offers a highly collaborative and supportive work environment and research facilities are extraordinary, including a state-of-the art tools for isotopic and genomic analyses. The salary is highly competitive and health care benefits are excellent. Questions about his position should be addressed to Evan DeLucia (delucia@illinois.edu). Interested parties should send a letter of application, CV and the names of three referees via email to Melinda LaBorg (laborg@illinois.edu). Female and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed starting 31 July 2012, with a starting date soon thereafter.

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Post-Doc- Evolution and Organismal Biology
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location:Department of Ecology, Iowa State University

BIOGEOCHEMISTRY POSTDOC The successful candidate will collaborate with a team of scientists to understand the role of organic nitrogen in regulating forest ecosystem responses to elevated CO2 and temperature. Research experience with stable isotope ecology and organic chemistry is strongly desirable. The successful applicant will be joining a new climate and environmental change research project that explores the role of microbial communities in organic nitrogen cycling. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and a strong record of productivity. Work will require travel to the Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change (SPRUCE) experiment in the Marcell Experimental Forest (Minnesota). The applicant will work with project collaborators at Iowa State University, University of New Hampshire, and Argonne and Oak Ridge National Labs. To apply, please provide a CV, references, and a cover letter including a brief statement of short- and long-term goals.

JOB DETAILS

The ideal applicant will have expertise in biogeochemistry and microbial ecology. Once hired, the postdoctoral scientist will be responsible for contributing to the development of new stable isotope methods and extracellular enzyme assays. This research will investigate the consequences of microbial decomposition of organic nitrogen for ecosystem carbon cycling.

General lab management and participation in the mentorship of both graduate students and undergraduate lab assistants are also expected. The position will entail planning, execution and supervision of field and laboratory work, analysis of biological, chemical, and spatial data, literature research, supervision and training of lab personnel, and managing lab and field equipment and supplies. A valid driver's license or access to transportation will be required to get to field sites.

To apply, please provide a CV, references, and a cover letter including a brief statement of short- and long-term goals. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact Kirsten Hofmockel khof@iastate.edu. For more information please visit http://kirstenhofmockel.org.

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Post-Doc- Soil Carbon Dynamics-Bioenergy
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location:Department of Forestry, Michigan State University

Earliest Start Date: September 3, 2012

Latest Start Date: January 2, 2013

Position Description: The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position. The successful candidate will investigate soil carbon dynamics associated with conversion of marginal lands to willow and poplar biomass energy plantations in the Upper Great Lakes Region. The overall objective of the project is to understand potential environmental impacts/ benefits of converting retired agricultural lands in northern Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota to intensively cultured biomass energy plantations. A key component of this is understanding the loss and recovery of soil carbon associated with land conversion and how this changes across varying soil, climate and prior land-use conditions. The successful candidate will be expected to utilize archived soil samples and data from an ongoing study consisting of seven experimental plantations; assist with the continuing collection and analysis of soil samples from these sites; and design and implement new experiments to better understand soil carbon dynamics associated with plantation establishment, growth and development.

The position will be based in the lab of Dr. David Rothstein (biogeochemistry) at Michigan State University. The successful candidate will also work collaboratively with the labs of Dr. David Mladenoff (University of Wisconsin) and Dr. Anthony D’Amato (University of Minnesota). This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position, with reappointment dependent on satisfactory performance. Funding is available for 2 years.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Soil Science, Geochemistry, Ecosystem Ecology, or related discipline is expected, including demonstrated skill in related field and laboratory techniques. The successful candidate must be able to work independently, conduct statistical analyses, utilize library resources, and communicate results in the form of professional presentations and publications. Demonstrated ability to write peer-reviewed papers and communicate fluently in English is assumed. A candidate with demonstrated experience with advanced approaches to understanding the stability and turnover of soil C (i.e. isotopic chemistry, biomarkers, fractionation) is particularly desirable.

How to Apply: Please send cover letter, CV, pdf(s) of relevant publications and names and contact information for three references to David Rothstein (rothste2@msu.edu) Please include “Postdoctoral Research Associate” in the subject line of your email.

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Post-Docs- Boreal Ecosystem Dynamics
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location:University of Alaska Fairbanks

Postdoctoral Research Scientist. The University of Alaska Fairbanks invites applications for postdoctoral scientists to conduct modeling studies as part of projects to assess carbon dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems in Alaska. The successful candidates will conduct studies that include the development, parameterization, testing, analysis, and application of models that simulate the vegetation and carbon dynamics of ecosystems in Alaska. Training in earth system science or biogeochemistry is required. Research experience in modeling vegetation dynamics or biogeochemistry is required, and skills in data analysis and computer programming are preferred. A Ph.D. degree (already received or awaiting receipt with all requirements fulfilled) is required.

Applications for this position can be submitted at the following URL: http://www.uakjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=77803 or by going to http://www.uakjobs.com and entering posting number 0064487. Applications will be received until the position is filled, but review of applications will begin on 9/4/2012. More information on the nature of the position can be obtained by contacting Dr. A. David McGuire, 907-474-6242, admcguire@alaska.edu.

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Post-Doc - Modelling impact of air quality on the balance of terrestrial ecosystems
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location:European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy

The Climate Risk Management Unit if looking for a researcher to perform assessments of the impact of air quality on the CArbon balance of terrestrial ecosystems, in the context of the EU project ECLAIRE.

Find the call here:
http://ies.jrc.ec.europa.eu/uploads/fileadmin/call-for-grantholders-docs/IES-301124.pdf
http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/jrc/index.cfm?id=3720

Administrative rules:
http://ies.jrc.ec.europa.eu/uploads/fileadmin/Documentation/Reports/MSU/Grant_2008/rules_grantholders.pdf
http://ies.jrc.ec.europa.eu/uploads/fileadmin/call-for-grantholders-docs/20110909-GH_guide_An%20I_C07_EN.pdf

Deadline for application: 5th August 2012

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Post-Doc - carbon cycle data assimilation with biomass data
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location: Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environment (LSCE), France

2-year post-doctoral position at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environment (LSCE) in carbon cycle data assimilation with biomass data.
 
Description of responsibilities
In order to fully assess the impact of increased atmospheric greenhouse gases concentrations on the climate there is a need to better quantify and understand the sources, sinks and feedbacks of the global carbon cycle. Researchers at LSCE are developing an innovative global Carbon Cycle Data Assimilation System (CCDAS). The aim of the assimilation procedure is to constrain the parameters of the land-surface model ORCHIDEE and thereby quantify and reduce the uncertainty of modeled C and water fluxes. The candidate will join this team and will be responsible for the development of the CCDAS for assimilation of biomass data, as well as fully testing the system with site-based data from different ecosystems. They will also work with other researchers in combining different datasets within the CCDAS, including satellite reflectance data, in-situ ecological measurements, and CO2 atmospheric concentrations. The successful candidate will participate in scientific conferences and will report the results in peer-reviewed international journals.
 
Home Institution:
Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE, Gif-sur-Yvette). LSCE is a joint research unit of the Commissariat à L’Energie Atomique (CEA), the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Université de Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ). LSCE employs over 250 researchers covering 30 different nationalities. Their research mission is to contribute to a better understanding of the interactions between human activities in the Earth System, environment and climate dynamics at different time scales. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes full social and health benefits.
 
Requirements
The candidate should have a PhD in natural sciences. Priority will be given to those candidates with a background in land surface modeling and data assimilation. In addition, the candidate should be comfortable with computing tools such as FORTRAN, Python and/or IDL programming and the UNIX system. The candidate should be highly motivated with a proven ability to be dynamic, open and work collaboratively with a team of scientists.
Applications including a CV, a letter of motivation, research interests and expertise and the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of two references should be sent to Philippe Peylin (peylin@lsce.ipsl.fr) and Natasha MacBean (natasha.macbean@lsce.ipsl.fr). The deadline for the application is 3rd August, 2012, and the position is available from 1stNovember, 2012.

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Operational Manager - University Research Priority Programme on Global Change and Biodiversity (URPP-GCB-319)
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location: University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland

The University of Zurich (UZH) Research Priority Programme (URPP) on Global Change and Biodiversity (GCB) is a newly established interdisciplinary programme. Biodiversity is both, a response variable affected by global change drivers and a factor modifying ecosystem processes and services that are essential to human well-being. Improved capability to predict the consequences of changes in drivers will aid improved prediction of the state of the environment. The URPP GCB embarks on innovative avenues in this research domain by using a latitudinal gradient approach based on interactions, feedback and scale, which will yield more reliable and robust knowledge about global change processes. We therefore invite applications for a position as operational manager (‘GeschäftsführerIn’, 50%) of the University Research Priority Programme on Global Change and Biodiversity.

As operational manager, you are responsible for running the URPP GCB with all its requirements. The tasks include administration (financial, resource and position planning, supporting the hiring process, annual reports, etc.), organisation (retreat planning, seminars, field trips, meeting preparation, etc.), communication (media and news, proposal writing support, coordination with review panel and intl. advisory board, etc.) and managerial issues (coherence, strategic planning support, etc.). We expect the applicant to be engaged in some of the coordinated research within the programme.

The successful applicant will be based in Zurich and directly supporting the URPP GCB participants and its director.

Upon start, applicants must have a completed PhD degree in ecology, geography or any related science field, preferably with a certain degree of knowledge in global change and/or biodiversity. Applicants must be able to take leadership, have strong administrative, organisational, communication, and managerial skills. A good standard of written and spoken English is required. The position will start as of January 1, 2013 and is limited to 4 years. Salaries correspond to the UZH regulations of Postdoc salaries.

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent person with a passion for science management to join our team. We offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich, and an excellent supporting environment.

Please send your application (including position reference URPP-GCB-319) as one single PDF file (motivation letter, complete CV, and names of 2 references) to Rita.Ott@geo.uzh.ch, no later than September 14, 2012. For further questions, please contact Bernhard.Schmid@ieu.uzh.ch or Michael.Schaepman@geo.uzh.ch.

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PhD Position - Assessing uncertainty in global change–biodiversity research using multi-scale Bayesian modelling (URPP-GCB-317-1)
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location: University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland

The University of Zurich (UZH) Research Priority Programme (URPP) on Global Change and Biodiversity (GCB) is a newly established interdisciplinary programme. Biodiversity is both, a response variable affected by global change drivers and a factor modifying ecosystem processes and services that are essential to human well-being. Improved capability to predict the consequences of changes in drivers will aid improved prediction of the state of the environment. The URPP GCB embarks on innovative avenues in this research domain by using a latitudinal gradient approach based on interactions, feedback and scale, which will yield more reliable and robust knowledge about global change processes.
We therefore invite applications for a PhD position in the area of assessing uncertainty in global change–biodiversity research using multi-scale Bayesian modelling.

This project aims to improve ecosystem–environment models by linking sparse and local field data together with coarse (relatively) low-resolution satellite data. Explicit focus is placed on assessments of model prediction uncertainty. The statistical model to develop consists of two components. The first is a dynamical state-space downscaling model that links biodiversity and vegetation variables to feedback variables such as surface temperature. The second is an up-scaling approach of the feedback effects of vegetation of specified biodiversity on surface temperature and energy balance to larger, climate-relevant temporal scales. Addressing the uncertainty quantification will be crucial.
The successful applicant will be based in Zurich and supervised by Reinhard Furrer and Gabriela Schaepman-Strub (main supervisors) as well as Michael Schaepman and Reinhard Furrer (faculty members).

The Applied Statistics group at the Institute of Mathematics addresses relevant problems in the environmental and biological sciences that involve a quantitative analysis of large datasets. http://www.math.uzh.ch/as. The Spatial Ecology and Remote Sensing group focuses on the role of vegetation composition and structure on land surface processes and climate feedbacks http://www.ieu.uzh.ch/research/ecology/spatial.html.
Upon start, applicants must have a completed masters degree in mathematics or any related science field, preferably with a certain degree of specialization in statistics. Applicants must be able to pursue data-oriented computational research (modelling) as well as theoretical statistical modelling. Literacy in programming languages and experience with remote sensing data products are an asset. A good standard of written and spoken English is required. The position will start as of July 1, 2013 and is limited to 3+1 years. Salaries correspond to the UZH regulations of PhD salaries.

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent person with a passion for science to join our team. We offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich, and an excellent supporting environment.

Please send your application (including position reference URPP-GCB-317-1) as one single PDF file (motivation letter, complete CV, and names of 2 references) to Rita.Ott@geo.uzh.ch, no later than December 15, 2012. For further questions, please contact Reinhard.Furrer@math.uzh.ch or Michael.Schaepman@geo.uzh.ch.

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Post-Doc - Global change and biodiversity feedbacks as drivers of the carbon cycle in the plant–soil system (URPP-GCB-316-1)
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location: University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland

The University of Zurich (UZH) Research Priority Programme (URPP) on Global Change and Biodiversity (GCB) is a newly established interdisciplinary programme. Biodiversity is both, a response variable affected by global change drivers and a factor modifying ecosystem processes and services that are essential to human well-being. Improved capability to predict the consequences of changes in drivers will aid improved prediction of the state of the environment. The URPP GCB embarks on innovative avenues in this research domain by using a latitudinal gradient approach based on interactions, feedback and scale, which will yield more reliable and robust knowledge about global change processes.
We therefore invite applications for a one-year postdoc position (tbd %) in the area of global change and biodiversity feedbacks as drivers of the carbon cycle in the plant–soil system.
In this project, we will investigate the effect of climate events (like drought) on the carbon cycle in the plant–soil system. In particular, we will study the carbon allocation in plants, the plant and soil CO2 fluxes and carbon stabilisation in soils. We will investigate carbon dynamics for plants with different behaviours towards drought, both in the lab and in the field. We will take advantage of our unique lab, namely the ‘Multi-Isotopes in a Controlled Environment’ (MICE) facility (http://www.geo.uzh.ch/en/units/physical-geography-soilbio/research/research-projects/mice), to simulate different climatic conditions while tracing the fate of organic matter using different stable isotopes (13C, 15N, 2H, 18O). We will also initiate decomposition studies of labelled plants in the field (in a temperate forest ecosystem).
The successful applicant will be based in Zurich and working in the group of Samuel Abiven and Michael Schmidt.
The soil science and biogeochemistry group is focussing mainly on the dynamics of organic matter in the plants, soils and sediments. Our research is based on experimental approaches, both in the field and in the lab, including analysis of stable isotopes and using specific compounds approaches. For more information, see http://www.geo.uzh.ch/en/units/physical-geography-soilbio.
Upon start, applicants must have a completed PhD degree in soil science, plant science, biogeochemistry or any related science field, preferably with a certain degree of specialization in carbon cycle studies in the plant–soil system. Applicants must be skilled experimental workers and having experience in working on plants, soils and stable isotopes in the field and/or in a laboratory setting. An excellent publication record is an asset. A good standard of written and spoken English is required. The position will start as of January 1, 2013 and is limited to one year. Salaries correspond to the UZH regulations of Postdoc salaries.
We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent person with a passion for science to join our team. We offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich, and an excellent supporting environment.
Please send your application (including position reference URPP-GCB-316-1) as one single PDF file (motivation letter, complete CV, and names of 2 references) to Rita.Ott@geo.uzh.ch, no later than September 14, 2012. For further questions, please contact Samuel.Abiven@geo.uzh.ch or Michael.Schmidt@geo.uzh.ch.

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PhD Position - Plant evolutionary responses to biotic environmental change (URPP-GCB-315-2)
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location: University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland

The University of Zurich (UZH) Research Priority Programme (URPP) on Global Change and Biodiversity (GCB) is a newly established interdisciplinary programme. Biodiversity is both, a response variable affected by global change drivers and a factor modifying ecosystem processes and services that are essential to human well-being. Improved capability to predict the consequences of changes in drivers will aid improved prediction of the state of the environment. The URPP GCB embarks on innovative avenues in this research domain by using a latitudinal gradient approach based on interactions, feedback and scale, which will yield more reliable and robust knowledge about global change processes.
We therefore invite applications for a PhD position in the area of plant evolutionary responses to biotic environmental change.
This project analyses phenotypic adaptations of plants to biodiversity loss within plant communities. Plants selected for 10 years in a biodiversity experiment will be used to test the hypothesis of increased defence and decreased growth due to increased pest outbreaks in low-diversity mixtures and monocultures. We will quantify genetic and environmental causes of phenotypic variation in 8–12 species selected under the different biodiversity regimes. Among these species, we will select one with a small genome for genomic analysis, for example Prunella vulgaris. The results of this project will help to answer the novel question whether short-term evolutionary changes in plant phenotypes can occur in response to rapid biotic environmental change and how these changes might in turn affect ecosystem functioning in a new environment.
The successful applicant will be based in Zurich and supervised by Bernhard Schmid and Kentaro Shimizu (faculty members).
Our research groups focus on experimental studies of the relationships between species and genetic diversity and ecosystem functioning, including community assembly and stability. We are particularly interested in the role played by evolutionary processes and how they can be assessed by quantitative genetic and genomic approaches. For more information, see http://www.ieu.uzh.ch.
Upon start, applicants must have a completed a master’s degree in plant biology/ecology/genetics or a related field. Applicants must know the theoretical foundations of evolutionary ecology and be able to carry out experimental and lab work. They should have a keen interest in statistical analysis and bioinformatics. A good standard of written and spoken English is required. The position will start 1 January 2013 and is limited to 3+1 years. Salaries correspond to the UZH regulations of PhD salaries.
We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent person with a passion for science to join our team. We offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich, and an excellent supporting environment.
Please send your application (including position reference URPP-GCB-315-1) as one single PDF file (motivation letter, complete CV, and names of 2 references) to Rita.Ott@geo.uzh.ch, no later than September 14, 2012. For further questions, please contact Bernhard.Schmid@ieu.uzh.ch or Kentaro.Shimizu@ieu.uzh.ch.

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PhD Position - Integration of cross-scale effects using Earth observation (URPP-GCB-313-1)
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location: University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland

The University of Zurich (UZH) Research Priority Programme (URPP) on Global Change and Biodiversity (GCB) is a newly established interdisciplinary programme. Biodiversity is both, a response variable affected by global change drivers and a factor modifying ecosystem processes and services that are essential to human well-being. Improved capability to predict the consequences of changes in drivers will aid improved prediction of the state of the environment. The URPP GCB embarks on innovative avenues in this research domain by using a latitudinal gradient approach based on interactions, feedback and scale, which will yield more reliable and robust knowledge about global change processes.
We therefore invite applications for a PhD position in the area of integration of cross-scale effects using Earth observation.
Remote observations of biodiversity have become increasingly of interest and more widely available. This position will integrate approaches of vegetation productivity, plant optical traits, and structural measurements using combined LIDAR and spectroscopic approaches and physical modeling. Focus will be on temperate forests (methods development) while extension to other biomes (tundra, alpine grasslands, tropical forests, etc.) is envisaged. Results on diversity and productivity will be used to predict regional to large scale changes at various scales.
The successful applicant will be based in Zurich and supervised by Felix Morsdorf and Michael Schaepman (main supervisors) as well as Bernhard Schmid and Michael Schaepman (faculty members).
The Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) host several research groups working on a variety of topics related to land surface processes, including the use of SAR, LIDAR and imaging spectroscopy based approaches. For more information, see http://www.geo.uzh.ch/en/units/rsl.
Upon start, applicants must have a completed master’s degree in remote sensing, environmental sciences or computer science or any related science field, preferably with a certain degree of specialization in modelling. Applicants must be able to pursue data-oriented computational research (modelling) as well as experimental approaches and fieldwork. Literacy in programming languages is an asset. A good standard of written and spoken English is required. The position will start as of January 1, 2013 and is limited to 3+1 years. Salaries correspond to the UZH regulations of PhD salaries.
We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent person with a passion for science to join our team. We offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich, and an excellent supporting environment.
Please send your application (including position reference URPP-GCB-313-1) as one single PDF file (motivation letter, complete CV, and names of 2 references) to Rita.Ott@geo.uzh.ch, no later than September 14, 2012. For further questions, please contact Felix.Morsdorf@geo.uzh.ch or Michael.Schaepman@geo.uzh.ch.

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PhD Position - Interactions between global change, biodiversity, and feedback mechanisms (URPP-GCB-312-1)
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location: University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland

The University of Zurich (UZH) Research Priority Programme (URPP) on Global Change and Biodiversity (GCB) is a newly established interdisciplinary programme. Biodiversity is both, a response variable affected by global change drivers and a factor modifying ecosystem processes and services that are essential to human well-being. Improved capability to predict the consequences of changes in drivers will aid improved prediction of the state of the environment. The URPP GCB embarks on innovative avenues in this research domain by using a latitudinal gradient approach based on interactions, feedback and scale, which will yield more reliable and robust knowledge about global change processes.
We therefore invite applications for a PhD position in the area of interactions between global change, biodiversity, and feedback mechanisms.
The successful applicant will investigate relations between environmental drivers of biodiversity loss, such as temperature change, eutrophication, and habitat alteration, and feedback effects of biodiversity change on ecosystem functions in aquatic ecosystems. Understanding this environment – biodiversity – environment feedback loop is essential for predicting the future of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. The project will include both small-scale laboratory based experiments using aquatic microcosms and large-scale observational research (including remote sensing) of microorganisms in Lake Zurich. Mathematical models will provide a framework for integration of results across scales, as well as for prediction.
The successful applicant will be based in Zurich and supervised by Owen Petchey and Jakob Pernthaler (main supervisors, faculty members).
The groups of Petchey and Pernthaler research the causes and consequences of biological diversity, focusing on feedbacks between micro-organisms and their environment, and employing studies of Lake Zurich and other aquatic microorganisms. For further details see: http://www.ieu.uzh.ch/research/ecology/extinction.html http://www.botinst.uzh.ch/research/limnology/pernthaler.html
Upon start, applicants must have a completed master’s degree in ecology or any related science field, preferably with a certain degree of specialization in microbiology. Applicants must be able to pursue experimental studies of microbial communities, data analysis, and communication of findings. A good standard of written and spoken English is required. The position will start as of January 1, 2013 and is limited to 3+1 years. Salaries correspond to the UZH regulations of PhD salaries.
We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent person with a passion for science to join our team. We offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich, and an excellent supporting environment.
Please send your application (including position reference URPP-GCB-312-1) as one single PDF file (motivation letter, complete CV, and names of 2 references) to Rita.Ott@geo.uzh.ch, no later than September 14, 2012. For further questions, please contact Owen.Petchey@ieu.uzh.ch or Jakob.Pernthaler@limnol.uzh.ch.

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PhD Position - Biodiversity effects on vegetation - atmosphere interactions (URPP-GCB-311-1)
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location: University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland

The University of Zurich (UZH) Research Priority Programme (URPP) on Global Change and Biodiversity (GCB) is a newly established interdisciplinary programme. Biodiversity is both a response variable affected by global change drivers and a factor modifying ecosystem processes and services that are essential to human well-being. An improved capability to predict the consequences of changes in drivers will aid improved prediction of the state of the environment. The URPP GCB embarks on innovative avenues in this research domain by using a latitudinal gradient approach based on interactions, feedback and scale, which will yield more reliable and robust knowledge about global change processes.
We therefore invite applications for a PhD position investigating plant and landscape diversity- effects on vegetation–atmosphere interactions.
This project analyzes the role of plant and landscape-level diversity on vegetation-atmosphere interactions. These interactions include the water and energy budgets of atmosphere and land surface and terrestrial ecosystem structure (e.g. diversity) and functioning (e.g. plant growth, phenology). The successful candidate will study these interactions in Switzerland and Siberia. Several weeks per year of fieldwork in remote Siberia, under very basic living conditions, are an integral part of the project. Methodologically, research will include the use of a 3D radiative transfer model to explore how species diversity influences the radiation budget of ecosystems. A second component will be using remote sensing data to derive indicators of vegetation and atmospheric processes. These indicators will then be related to ground-based data to test for effects of plant species and landscape-level diversity.
The successful applicant will be based at the University of Zurich and supervised by Gabriela Schaepman-Strub and Pascal Niklaus (main supervisors) as well as Bernhard Schmid and Michael Schaepman (faculty members).
The research group on spatial ecology and remote sensing focuses on the role of vegetation composition and structure in land surface processes and climate feedbacks (http://www.ieu.uzh.ch/research/ecology/spatial.html). The research conducted in the soil ecology and global change group focuses on effects of biodiversity and environmental change on plant communities and the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and water (http://www.ieu.uzh.ch/research/ecology/soil.html).
Upon start, applicants must have a completed master’s degree in ecology, remote sensing, climatology or any related science field, preferably with experience in statistical or radiative transfer modelling. Applicants must be able to pursue data-oriented computational research as well as experimental approaches. Good numerical skills and literacy in programming is an asset. A good standard of written and spoken English is required. The position will start as of January 1, 2013 and is limited to 3+1 years. Salaries correspond to the UZH regulations of PhD salaries.
We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent person with a passion for science to join our team. We offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich, and an excellent supporting environment.
Please send your application (including position reference URPP-GCB-311-1) as one single PDF file (motivation letter, complete CV, transcript/grades of MSc and names of 2 references) to Rita.Ott@geo.uzh.ch, no later than September 14, 2012. For further questions, please contact Gabriela.Schaepman@ieu.uzh.ch or Pascal.Niklaus@ieu.uzh.ch.

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Fellowship in global ecology and carbon dynamics
Posted: Juy 23, 2012
Location: Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) at College Park, MD

This position includes development of a spatially-resolved carbon flux data product for global agricultural lands.  Research will include reviewing and developing carbon parameters, work with large numerical databases, development of carbon budgets, and spatial downscaling with remote sensing data.  Preferred technical skills include database management with “R”, ArcGIS, and meta-analysis.  The successful applicant will work with a team that has many of the aforementioned skills, so technical expertise with all skills is not essential.  Ability to communicate clearly, both oral and written, are critical. Applicant should have an interest in regional and global carbon dynamics associated with land-use change.
The position is located at the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) at College Park, MD.  The project is led by the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) at College Park, Maryland.  JGCRI is a joint institute that combines expertise from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland.  The researcher will also interface with colleagues at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  Project results will be used in the NASA Carbon Flux Pilot Study and in the Department of Energy’s Integrated Assessment Program.  Project duration is 1 year with the potential for longer-term extension.  This position is open to post-doctoral and post-masters researchers.  Please send resume to Dr. Tris West, (Email: Tristram.west@pnnl.gov; Phone: 301-314-6705).

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Post-Doc - Carbon-Nitrogen Modeling
Posted: July 23, 2012
Location: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

Summary:  A joint postdoctoral position is available between Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of California at Irvine (UCI). We expect the candidate to develop and test a mechanistic next generation nitrogen model for global vegetation modeling within the Community Land Model framework (http://www.cgd.ucar.edu/tss/clm/). The nitrogen model will be calibrated and tested against different sources of data using advanced data assimilation approaches. The successful applicant will work within an interdisciplinary team of staff scientists, postdocs and graduate students from LANL, NCAR and UCI.  The candidate will be located at Los Alamos but is expected to regularly visit NCAR and UCI to work with other project scientists, including Rosie Fisher (NCAR, www.cgd.ucar.edu/staff/rfisher/) and Jasper Vrugt (UCI, http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/jasper).
 
Required skills: A PhD in ecology, environmental science, earth systems science, hydrology, or closely related field. Proficient in computer modeling and simulation using amongst others C, Fortran, MATLAB, R or Python, and demonstrated ability to publish high quality peer-reviewed papers. Effective written and oral communication skills, and willingness to work in a team environment.
 
Desired skills:
Knowledge of physiological or ecosystem ecology, data assimilation and Fortran programming.
 
This position is for three years, pending review after the first year. Strong candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard P. Feynman or Frederick Reines Fellowships. For general information please refer to the LANL Postdoctoral Program page (http://www.lanl.gov/science/postdocs/).
 
To apply please send a resume and a short statement of your future research goals to Chonggang Xu (cxu@lanl.gov). We will begin our review by September 10, 2012. This advertisement will still be valid after September 10 ­if the position is not filled.
 
About Los Alamos: Los Alamos, New Mexico sits at 7,500' in the Southern Rocky Mountains. The town is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with more than 300 days of sunshine per year during our four distinct seasons. Only thirty miles away, Santa Fe includes a wide array of cultural activities, including a wonderful outdoor opera house, world-class museum and art galleries and a great selection of fine restaurants.


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PhD Stipends for research on biogeochemical cycles and the Earth System
Posted: July 19, 2012
Locations: Multiple

The International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles in Jena, Germany, is currently welcoming applications for PhD scholarships for research related to global biogeochemical cycles.
Details are available our website (http://www.imprs-gbgc.de).

Application deadline is August 5, 2012.

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3 Post-doctoral positions in Atmospheric Science
Posted: July 19, 2012
Location: The Air and Climate unit, Joint Research Centre, various Europe

2012-IPR-H-30-000-00405 ''Assessment of air quality and population exposure. Testing of new monitoring techniques for toxic organic pollutants''
2012-IPR-H-30-000-00406 ''Aerosol Characterization by Mass Spectrometry and Apportionment of Aerosol Sources''
2012-IPR-H-30-000-00407 ''Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution: assessing impacts on human health and ecosystems using a multi-model approach''

Dead-line for application: 05.08.2012

For more information see:
http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/jrc/index.cfm?id=3720

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PhD student position “Assessing the intra-mesh variability of regional atmospheric models from a landscape approach”
Posted: July 19, 2012
Location: Thiverval-Grignon, near Paris, France

Background
Agro-environmental issues may require the integration of processes (transfer of nitrogen pollutants in the case of the PhD position) at large spatial scales (i.e. regional and national scales). Models of air pollution or climate (e.g. CHIMERE, EMEP) operating at regional scales use spatial resolutions ranging from 5x5 km2 up to 50x50 km2. Simulations may lead to under- or over-estimates of Nr concentrations and flows since those models do not take into account spatial interactions in Nr flows and their variability within meshes. However, spatial interactions may be significant between Nr sources (animal housing, manure storage, manure spreading) and Nr sinks (e.g. semi-natural agro-ecosystems) at the landscape scale (zone around 5x5 km2). They depend on the characteristics of the Nr sources, the soil and weather conditions, management of nitrogen fertilizer and manure by farmers, landscape structure (e.g. land use, land use change, protected areas). Evaluating those complex interactions need to take into account all pathways of Nr involved in the Nr cascade. Only few projects have attempted this integration. Amongst them, the NitroScape model couples four pathways of Nr transformation and transfer within landscapes: Nr management within farms, vertical transfer of Nr through agro-ecosystems, lateral transfer of Nr by the atmospheric and hydrological pathways between agro-ecosystems.

Objectives

The applicant will develop and test a methodology to quantify biases and uncertainties of regional atmospheric models dealing with Nr flows and air pollution (CHIMERE, EMEP). The expected results are the assessment of the intra-mesh variability of regional models of atmospheric transfer from results simulated with the NitroScape model which integrates Nr processes at the landscape scale. The applicant will aim at providing tools or recommendations (e.g. simplified landscape model, initialization of regional models, determination of thresholds or formalisms for meshing regional models, quantification of uncertainties...) for the improvement and use of regional atmospheric models. He will also analyze the impact of agricultural activities, land use change within landscapes and climate change on Nr issues (e.g. Nr transfer and deposition, air quality, pollution of sensitive areas).

Requirements

Applicants should have a master level degree in environmental physics, statistics/applied mathematics or environmental science. Skills in modelling, model analysis, numerical analysis and use of programming tools will be beneficial. Good knowledge of spoken and written English as well as good knowledge of spoken and written French will be required, together with a willingness to engage in international collaborative environment.

Conditions

The duration of the position will be three years.
The project will start in November 2012 (negotiable).
The applicant will be located at the INRA/AgroParisTech Joint Research Unit “Environnement et Grandes Cultures” (EGC) at Thiverval-Grignon, near Paris, France
(https://www4.versailles-grignon.inra.fr/egc/).
The applicant will also work at the CNRS/UPEC/UPD Joint Research Laboratory “Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques” (LISA) at Créteil, near Paris, France (http://www.lisa.univ-paris12.fr/).
The project will be supervised by Dr. Jean-Louis Drouet and Dr. Pierre Cellier at EGC and Dr. Matthias Beekmann at LISA.
Research will be carried out under Work Package 8 (Assessing local and regional variation of models of air pollution) of the FP7-EU Project ECLAIRE (http://www.eclaire-fp7.eu/) and Challenge 4 (Studying the N-P-C cycles) of the INRA Environment and Agronomy Scientific Department (http://www.inra.fr/environnement_agronomie).
The salary will be according to the guidelines of the French public service.

Application

Please send your applications including a letter of interest, CV and the names and contact information of two referees to Jean-Louis Drouet, drouet@grignon.inra.fr
Deadline for application: 15 September 2012

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Post-Doc Research Associate Position - Terrestrial Ecosystem Processes
Posted: July 6, 2012
Location: Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University

The College of Forestry, the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is seeking applicants for a Post Doctoral Research Associate focused on quantifying carbon, water, and energy flux consequences of temperate forest disturbances and regrowth. The position is located in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research and Regional Analysis group (TERRA-PNW) of Prof. Beverly Law within the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. We aim to quantify and understand the influence of disturbance, land management and climate on carbon sequestration, productivity, and the exchange of carbon dioxide and water vapor between forests and the atmosphere. Full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0009206.  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs  Closes July 13.  OSU is an AA/EO Employer.