Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Workshop Series: Predicting life in the Earth system – linking the geosciences and ecology

Continuing the NSF Joint NCAR/NEON Workshop Series: Predicting life in the Earth system – linking the geosciences and ecology

The workshop will consist of a series of talks, a one hour working session, and focus on broad synergies between ecology and the atmospheric sciences. These will be working meetings - in addition to preparing for and participating in the workshops, all attendees will have the option (but are not required) to contribute to manuscript generation, as we anticipate each workshop leading to a publication. 

  1. What ecology can bring to atmospheric sciences and what atmospheric sciences bring to ecology?
  2. What tools have been developed to better understand these interactions?
  3. How does NEON advance the science? What are the NEON products that could be best used to bridge the gap between ecology and atmospheric sciences? What is NEON missing that would be helpful in meeting these goals?

For those interested, the workshop will be held virtually, Tuesday September 14, at 10 AM MDT. It will run for ~3.5 hours. 

Use this link to register: https://www.neonscience.org/get-involved/events/continuing-nsf-joint-ncarneon-workshop-series-predicting-life-earth-system

PhD opportunities in Ecohydrology at New Jersey Institute of Technology

 PhD opportunities in Ecohydrology  at New Jersey Institute of Technology

The Ecohydrology Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is seeking a PhD-level graduate student. We invite highly motivated students with interests in using process-based modeling and geospatial technologies to study questions related to ecosystem response and feedbacks to changing hydroclimate. We will provide the candidate with plenty of opportunities to work with scientists with different expertise, including ecosystem modeling, plant physiology, hydrology, and deep learning. Students with a strong quantitative background, including environmental science, earth science, remote sensing, geography, computer science, and other related fields are encouraged to apply. Proficient programming skills (e.g., Python, R, Matlab, C, Fortran, or others) are preferred.

Financial support includes tuition coverage, benefit, and a competitive stipend, through opportunities of Teaching and Research Assistantships, and additional fellowships based on qualifications. The application procedure can be found at https://www.njit.edu/admissions/how-apply-graduate-admissions. The application deadline is Dec 15th for full consideration of financial support. Prospective students are highly encouraged to contact Dr. Xiaonan Tai (xiaonan.tai@njit.edu) to discuss potential research projects and opportunities before applying. 

NJIT is classified as a Very High Research Activity institution (R1). The campus is located in the vibrant University Heights district of downtown Newark, a top spot for unique restaurants and growing arts scene with just 15 minutes from Manhattan by train. It is situated in the very academically dense New York City metro area, with universities like Columbia, NYU, CUNY, Rockefeller, and Princeton. The lab is part of the Federated Department of Biological Sciences, which spans Rutgers University–Newark and NJIT. NJIT is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer and encourages women, minorities, persons with disabilities and Vietnam era and disabled veterans to apply.

 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Assistant Research Professor Position at The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State

JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State (University Park, PA) has Assistant Research Professor vacancies available. The successful candidate will contribute to research projects focused on evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes and transport across North America. The successful candidate will analyze aircraft and tower observations and focus on integration of new observations and modeling work into estimates of greenhouse gas sources and sinks using atmospheric inversion methods. Group projects include study of biogenic and anthropogenic GHG fluxes and processes. Collaboration with students and research scientists spanning multiple universities and federal labs is expected.

To qualify as an Assistant Research Professor, the successful candidate should have strong background in one or more of the following areas: carbon cycle science, ensemble modeling and data assimilation, inverse methods, boundary layer meteorology and atmospheric data analyses and have at least 2 years of postdoctoral research experience. The ability to assist Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars with projects is beneficial.

Requires a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or a related field by the time of hire.

This is a limited term non tenure line position funded for one year from the date of hire with an excellent possibility for renewal.

The positions will be will be available as early as September 15, 2021, and will remain open until filled. Salaries will be commensurate with education and experience. To apply, please upload a current CV, a cover letter, the names and addresses of three references, and a brief statement of research interests and long-term goals. Applications received by August 30 will receive full consideration.

The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473. 

Apply here.

Postdoc Position at the University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas opens a postdoc position to synthesize and model CH4 flux datasets from rice agriculture sites, funded by the NASA Carbon Monitoring Program. 

 The Post Doctoral Fellow’s job duties will contribute to a funded research project by synthesizing and modeling CH4 flux datasets from a large number of eddy covariance measurement stations, focusing on production-scale rice agriculture. Field visits may be conducted in irrigated and non-irrigated agricultural fields in Arkansas and other states. The project will investigate the impacts of land cover and management practices on the surface energy balance, biophysical properties, carbon uptake, and greenhouse gas emissions. The Post Doctoral fellow will interface with scientists from a number of institutions and disciplines. The ultimate aim is to advance scientific understanding by modeling CH4 fluxes using remote sensing and other geospatial inputs and validate them at the field scale with the eddy covariance inputs.

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Ph.D. in disciplines such as biological, biosystems, ecological or environmental engineering, ecology, environmental science, geography, geosciences, or a closely related field

·         Demonstrated experience (research presentations, thesis, or publications) with high frequency micrometeorological datasets, remote sensing of landscape processes, or modeling of biogeochemical processes

·         Computer skills with python, R, Matlab, or a related language

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Good scientific communication skills as evidenced by publications and/or presentations at conferences

·         Willingness to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment

·         Demonstrated experience with environmental data management


Salary Information:

$48,000


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status


Recruitment Contact Information:

University of Arkansas Human Resources ADMN 222 (479) 575-5351 hr@uark.edu


All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS  

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Find the application here:

https://tinyurl.com/ArkansasCH4pd

Thursday, March 11, 2021

PhD Assistantship | Early Stage Researcher (Atmosphere and Climate Competence Center (ACCC) and Peatland and Soil Ecology Research)

 

The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,500 students and 2,700 members of staff. We operate in Joensuu and Kuopio. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the world.

The Faculty of Science and Forestry operates on the Kuopio and Joensuu campuses of the University of Eastern Finland. The mission of the faculty is to carry out internationally recognised scientific research and to offer research-education in the fields of natural sciences and forest sciences. The faculty invests in all of the strategic research areas of the university. The faculty’s environments for research and learning are international, modern and multidisciplinary. The faculty has approximately 4,400 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students and some 460 postgraduate students. The number of staff amounts to 560. http://www.uef.fi/en/lumet/etusivu

We are now inviting applications for

Early Stage Researcher, School of Forest Sciences, Joensuu Campus

We are looking for motivated Early Stage Researcher (PHD student). The position is connected to Academy of Finland funded Flagship Atmosphere and Climate Competence Center (ACCC) and to the ongoing research in Peatland and Soil Ecology Research Group in School of Forest Sciences, University of Eastern Finland and in Institute for atmospheric and Earth system research (INAR) and Environ­mental Change Research Unit ECRU, University of Helsinki on the climate feedback of boreal peatlands.

https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/group/peatland-and-soil-ecology-research-group/

https://www.acccflagship.fi/

We study if the recently found drying trend in boreal peatlands is a widespread phenomenon and also detectable in the GHG dynamics, and aim to identify underlying mechanisms behind the ongoing change. We use a long-term experimental site in Finland, and a suite of EC sites in Finland, Sweden, and Canada with the longest records of pristine boreal peatland GHG fluxes. The successful candidates will be supported by international research team from Finland, Sweden, France, Canada, and US with a strong expertise regarding plant and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, micrometeorology and modelling of biological processes.

Early-Stage Researcher will focus on microbial testate amoeba and their functional traits in the long-term experimental drainage site in Finland and in a suite of EC sites in Finland, Sweden, and Canada. Microbial communities and their traits are linked to peatland carbon dynamics. In addition to sampling and defining testate amoeba species, data analysis and scientific writing, work also includes participation on vegetation inventory and GHG exchange measurements.

We are looking for a motivated and research-oriented individual who holds a Master’s degree in relevant field, such as, biology, ecology, geology, forest sciences or natural geography. A person to be appointed as an early stage researcher shall be qualified to pursue postgraduate studies, i.e. he or she is required to have completed a suitable higher university degree or an equivalent education abroad which in the country in question would qualify the person for similar academic studies.

Experience in microscopical identification of species, and the use of R-program packages are beneficial for successful candidate. Scientific skills shown in publication record, earlier successful experience in research projects and international collaboration are beneficial for successful candidate. The applicant is expected to have good skills in written and spoken English.

The position will be filled for a fixed term from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2023 or as agreed. Positions of early stage researchers shall always be filled for a fixed term (UEF University Regulations, Section 31).

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on levels 2-4 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (2 055,66 - 2 563,09 €/month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be 6-50 % of the job requirement component.

A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

For further information on the positions, please contact: Professor Eeva-Stiina Tuittila, tel. +358 29 445 3535, e-mail eeva-stiina.tuittila@uef.fi

For further information on the application procedure, please contact: Human resources secretary Sara Keronen, tel. +358 29 445 8302, sara.keronen@uef.fi

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:

-       motivation letter

-       a résumé or CV (http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)

-       a list of publications (https://www.aka.fi/en/research-funding/apply-for-funding/how-to-apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines2/list-of-publications)

-       copies of the applicant's academic degree certificates/ diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to the applicant’s language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas

The application needs to be submitted no later than 15 March 2021 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.

Postdoctoral Researcher or Project Researcher (Atmosphere and Climate Competence Center (ACCC) and Peatland and Soil Ecology Research)

 

The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,500 students and 2,700 members of staff. We operate in Joensuu and Kuopio. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the world.

The Faculty of Science and Forestry operates on the Kuopio and Joensuu campuses of the University of Eastern Finland. The mission of the faculty is to carry out internationally recognised scientific research and to offer research-education in the fields of natural sciences and forest sciences. The faculty invests in all of the strategic research areas of the university. The faculty’s environments for research and learning are international, modern and multidisciplinary. The faculty has approximately 4,400 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students and some 460 postgraduate students. The number of staff amounts to 560. http://www.uef.fi/en/lumet/etusivu

We are now inviting applications for

Postdoctoral Researcher or Project Researcher, School of Forest Sciences, Joensuu Campus

We are looking for a Postdoctoral researcher or Project researcher to work in Academy of Finland funded Flagship Atmosphere and Climate Competence Center (ACCC) and to the ongoing research in Peatland and Soil Ecology Research Group in School of Forest Sciences, University of Eastern Finland and in Institute for atmospheric and Earth system research (INAR) University of Helsinki on the climate feedback of boreal peatlands.

https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/group/peatland-and-soil-ecology-research-group/

https://www.acccflagship.fi/

We study if the recently found drying trend in boreal peatlands is a widespread phenomenon and also detectable in the GHG dynamics, and aim to identify underlying mechanisms behind the ongoing change. We use a long-term experimental site in Finland, and a suite of EC sites in Finland, Sweden, and Canada with the longest records of pristine boreal peatland GHG fluxes. The successful candidates will be supported by international research team from Finland, Sweden, France, Canada, and US with a strong expertise regarding plant and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, micrometeorology and modelling of biological processes.

Postdoctoral researcher/Project researcher will focus on the potential change in environmental responses of GHG dynamics in the long-term experimental drainage site in Finland and in a suite of EC sites in Finland, Sweden, and Canada. The work will consist of analyzing existing data. In addition to processing and analysis of chamber and EC data and scientific writing, work also includes some student supervision.

A person to be appointed as a postdoctoral researcher/project researcher is required to have completed doctoral degree in relevant field. If the employee has been awarded his or her doctoral degree less than five years ago, the post will be one of a Postdoctoral Researcher. If the doctoral degree has been awarded more than five years ago, the post will be one of a Project Researcher. In this context, the 5 years refer to a net period of time, which does not include maternity leaves, parental leaves, or military service.

We expect demonstrated advanced skills on analyzing large data sets and writing scientific text. Scientific skills shown in publication record, earlier successful experience in responsible positions in research projects and international collaboration are beneficial for successful candidate. The applicant is expected to have good skills in written and spoken English.

The position will be filled for a fixed term from 1 May 2021 (or as agreed) to 30 April 2023. The position will be filled for a fixed term due to it pertaining to a specific project (positions of postdoctoral researcher shall always be filled for a fixed term, UEF University Regulations, Section 31).

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on levels 5 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (2 967,84 €/month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be 6-50 % of the job requirement component.

A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

For further information of the position, please contact: Professor  Eeva-Stiina Tuittila, tel. +358 29 445 3535, eeva-stiina.tuittila@uef.fi and Professor Annalea Lohila tel. +358 50 3663242, annalea.lohila@helsinki.fi

For further information on the application procedure, please contact: Human Resources secretary Sara Keronen, +358 29 445 8302, sara.keronen@uef.fi

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:

-       motivation letter

-       a résumé or CV (http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)

-       a list of publications (https://www.aka.fi/en/research-funding/apply-for-funding/how-to-apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines2/list-of-publications)

-       copies of the applicant's academic degree certificates/ diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to the applicant’s language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas

The application needs to be submitted no later than 15 March 2021 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.