Wednesday, September 07, 2022

PhD position in climate change ecology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Dryland Tree and Ecosystem Ecology Lab at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has an opening for an outstanding and highly motivated PhD student in climate change ecology. The successful candidate will conduct research on dryland mechanisms of ecosystem functioning in drier and warmer climate. The project takes up the ideas and principles outlined in a recent perspective in Nature Ecology & Evolution (doi: 10.1038/s41559-022-01779-y, online view https://rdcu.be/cSmAD) on the importance of dryland mechanisms for understanding climate change impacts in wetter biomes.

Project background and description: The project aims to assess thresholds of the activation of dryland mechanisms and their contribution to a series of ecosystem functions, such as plant growth, organic matter decomposition, carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling. These objectives will be achieved by a combination of field and lab experiments and analyses of online datasets. The candidate will join an established research group focusing on dryland and climate change ecology, and she/he will collaborate with partner labs in Europe. The successful candidate will gain experience in field measurements related to ecophysiology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and various data processing technologies, such as online data surveys and advanced statistical analyses.

Candidate profile: Interested applicants for this PhD position should have (i) a Master’s degree in a related science field (e.g., ecology, physical geography, environmental science, or similar); (ii) high proficiency in English and excellent communications skill; (iii) a strong aptitude for scientific writing; (iv) ability to independent scientific work and time management skills; (v) experience in programming languages (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB).

Conditions and starting date: The successful candidate will receive a scholarship fully covering living expenses in Israel. Starting date is targeted for 1 November 2022 and no later than 1 January 2023.

Application: Applicants should send a cover letter outlining experience and specific interests related to the study in climate change ecology, a curriculum vitae, degree and transcripts of their academic record, contact information for two academic references, and past research publications (if available).

Applications should be sent to Prof. José Grünzweig (Jose.Gruenzweig@mail.huji.ac.il).

Additional information on the lab and its activities can be found on the lab website https://gruenzweiglab.huji.ac.il/

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s premier university as well as its leading research institution. The Hebrew University is ranked internationally among the 100 leading universities in the world and first among universities in Israel.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Postdoctoral Position Available in Carbon Cycle Modeling

 Job SummaryThe Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah has a Postdoctoral Scholar position available to join our research team focused on understanding the carbon cycle of mountainous regions of the Western U.S., as part of a NASA-funded Carbon Monitoring System project. The research team includes researchers from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah, Caltech, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Key research tools include satellite-observed solar-induced fluorescence (SIF), the Community Land Model (CLM), and the Data Assimilation Research Testbed (DART). There will be opportunities to work with students and scientists across multiple universities and research institutions, as well as opportunities to engage stakeholders about the scientific results.

Interested applicants can find more details and submit their applications at:https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/135290About Salt Lake City, UtahSalt Lake City is the “crossroads of the West” with exceptional quality of life opportunities. Within an hour of the city there are 7 ski resorts, wilderness trailheads, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, and endless hiking trails. Within a five hour drive there are 7 National Parks, rafting, canyoneering, and more. Salt Lake City has a vibrant concert scene, many museums, and the state capitol is just a few miles from the University of Utah.QualificationsA Ph.D. in the geosciences or related fields (atmospheric sciences, biology, ecology, forestry, environmental sciences, chemistry, statistics, data sciences, computer sciences, engineering or other STEM field) is required at the time of hire. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability to carry out computer modeling, conduct data analyses, and communicate results in peer-reviewed literature and presentations.Responsibilities for this position include:- Analyses of satellite and ground-based observations- Data assimilation of aforementioned observations with the Community Land Model (CLM)- Critical evaluation of model output- Communicate results in peer-reviewed literature, in conference presentations, and to stakeholders.The position will be funded for one year from the date of hire with a second year of funding contingent on performance. The position will be available beginning August 1, 2022 and will remain open until filled. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.Minimum Qualifications Experience with carbon cycle or land surface modeling and computer programming in a Linux or UNIX environment (R or Python, shell scripts, Fortran) is strongly desired.Additional Information The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

Postdoc positions on Remote Sensing

The Remote Sensing Lab (https://remotesensing-mcmaster.org/) at McMaster University, ON, Canada is seeking multiple postdoctoral fellows or research associates in remote sensing of primary productivity and greenness, forest carbon budget modelling, mapping forest carbon removal by disturbance, and explainable AI. 

Salary ranges from $50000 to $80000 Canadian dollar per year depending on qualifications and experience. Experienced researchers are highly encouraged to apply as Research Associate. 

The postdoctoral fellows will have opportunity to collaborate, including research visits, with Canadian Forest Service, WWF-Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, McMaster Centre for Climate Change, and Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis. 

 

Candidates must exhibit effective written and oral communication skills, experience working in R/python or other computer languages, have demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, and have a Ph.D. pending or awarded in relevant discipline. To apply, please send a letter of interest, current CV, and names and contact information of two references to Alemu Gonsamo at gonsamoa@mcmaster.ca.  The application review will start immediately and continue until the positions are filled. The lab has access to five eddy covariance towers in southern Ontario, and access and benefits from allocated computing resources at compute Canada’s super computers.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

PhD position in crop production adaptations to climate change

Ref SLU.ua.2022.2.5.1-2508

Department of Crop Production Ecology

Department of Crop Production Ecology is a part of the Ecology Centre at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), in Uppsala, Sweden. The research conducted within the department generally aims at improving crop production and sustainability, considering the interactions with the surrounding environment. The Ecology Center offers a stimulating research environment, involving scientists with very diverse and complementary expertise. Furthermore, the location in Uppsala allows collaborations also with researchers at Stockholm University and KTH. 

Description:

Extreme weather conditions, such as the heatwaves and dry periods that are hitting many regions, are expected to become even more common in the future. These conditions threaten food security by reducing crop yields and increasing their year-to-year variability. We need to know how to grow our crops such that risks of weather-induced yield losses are reduced, in the field and the landscape. A key challenge is to identify reliable forms of cropping, given the randomness of precipitation and temperature and the complex interactions between crops and growing conditions, in particular under climatic extremes. The successful candidate will exploit a wide range of land-use and climatic data, and, with stochastic and statistical models, quantify how climatic conditions and crop and landscape diversity affect the reliability of crop yields. This knowledge is key to inform climate change adaptation of agriculture.

The PhD student will join a world leading team in the field, with researchers working in the areas of plant ecophysiology, hydrology, agronomy and ecology. As a PhD student in biology, the student will carry out supervised research leading to a PhD thesis as well as take PhD courses to the equivalent of at least 30 credits.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate, who is actively pursuing an academic career. The required qualification for the position is at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. The higher education credits can be in ecology, engineering, earth and environmental sciences, hydrology, statistics, applied mathematics, agronomy, or related fields. Written and oral proficiency in English is required, corresponding to Swedish upper secondary school English 6 or equivalent level either from previous upper secondary education in English or an internationally recognized language test (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge ESOL). Experience in collating and analyzing data and working knowledge of R, MatLab, Python, or other programming languages for data analysis and model implementation are merits.

The selection among the eligible applicants will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training, their ability to collaborate, as well as their creativity, initiative, and independence. Particular emphasis will be placed on the written motivation for applying. It should describe what makes the applicant a motivated and suitable candidate for pursuing a PhD program in general and for this position in particular. Personal merits will play a significant role in the recruitment process. Furthermore, great emphasis is put on personal and communiticative skills such as good collaboration and the ability to work independently.

Place of work:           

Uppsala, Sweden.

Form of employment:

Employment as PhD student (4 year education).

Starting date:

By agreement.

Application

We welcome your application no later than 2022-08-22. Applications are to be submitted by completing the process that is accessed through the button below. Applications received via email will not be considered.

The application must be written in English and must contain:

  1. a statement of your scientific interests and motivation for applying to this specific position (max 8000 characters including spaces);
  2. Curriculum Vitae including a complete publication list;
  3. copies of previous university degrees and transcripts of completed courses;
  4. copy of the dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree; 
  5. contact information to at least two reference persons;
  6. certification of English language knowledge equivalent to at least English B/English 6 and/or statement relative to English as language of upper secondary education (see below for details);
  7. if the applicant is a foreign citizen, copy of the passport page with personal data and photography.

Read about the PhD education at SLU at https://www.slu.se/en/education/programmes-courses/doctoral-studies/ 

Read about the English requirements, ways to fulfil them and equivalence to internationally recognized English test here: https://www.slu.se/en/education/programmes-courses/doctoral-studies/new-doctoral-students/english-language-requirements/; https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/entry-requirements/english-language-requirements/

Academic union representatives:

https://internt.slu.se/en/my-employment/employee-associations/kontaktpersoner-vid-rekrytering/


The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses.

www.slu.se

Contact person

Giulia Vico

Senior Lecturer

giulia.vico@slu.se

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

PhD Position on N2O Fluxes at University of Göttingen (Germany)

PhD Position description:

At the University of Göttingen -Public Law Foundation-, DNPW – Division Agronomy, there is a position as:

PhD position (all genders welcome)

to be filled.

The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L /65%).The position is part of the DFG-funded project “INFLUX: Improved process understanding and quantification of Nitrous oxide FLUXes in a German crop rotation” where we aim at quantifying nitrous oxide (N2O) fluxes simultaneously using eddy covariance and chamber techniques and to understand the mechanisms responsible of the fluxes combining soil analysis, metagenomic studies and isotopic techniques.Your duties:

  • Maintenance of instrumentation for eddy covariance measurements of N2O and calculations of fluxes
  • Measurement of N2O fluxes using manual chambers
  • Comparison of N2O fluxes from eddy covariance and chambers; analysis of spatial and temporal variability of the fluxes
  • Collection of soil samples, soil analysis in the lab
  • Metagenomic studies and isotopic signatures of N2O to understand the microbial communities responsible of N2O fluxes
  • Writing papers and participation in scientific conferences.

Your profile:

 We seek someone with a Masters on Agronomy, Soil Sciences, Environmental Sciences or related discipline, with experience on doing field or lab work. Previous experience in flux measurements will be considered an asset. The candidate should have good oral and written English language skills, some knowledge in statistical methods and of some programming languages (e.g. R).This post is designed to serve in fostering young researchers and scientists and give the successful applicant the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Please send your application with CV, Cover letter and certificates in electronic form as one single pdf file until 5/31/2022 to Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Department of Crop Sciences, Division Agronomy/Crop Science, anja.wrobel@agr.uni-goettingen.de.If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ana Meijide directly via e-mail: ana.meijideorive@uni-goettingen.de.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Post-Doc Position on Modeling Sahelian Ecosystems

Post-doctoral fellow in ecological modelling of agroforestry systems
Location Eco&Sols research unit, Montpellier (France)
Contract duration 24 months
Start July 1st 2022 at the latest


Following a multitude of local experiments, agroforestry (AF) has been identified as one of the
nature-based solutions to help mitigating the climate crisis. Yet, little is known on the large-
scale potential of AF to tackle climate change. The main reason for this is the gap between AF
ecosystems’ complexity and variability, and the surface homogeneity hypotheses relied upon
by Land Surface Models (LSM).


The DM-TropAFS project funded by Agropolis Foundation aims at a first evaluation of a land
surface model applied to a tropical AF system (as a proof of concept). More specifically, we
will focus on a semi-arid ecosystem in Senegalese Faidherbia parklands as a proof-of-concept
tropical AF system and evaluate the potential for LSM of accounting for vertical heterogeneity
in plant canopy energy budget.


For this, we are looking for a candidate with a background in ecological modeling and data
processing as well as a keen interest in agroforestry systems.


Work duties
The successful candidate will work with the ORCHIDEE land surface model to evaluate the
potential of recent multi-layer energy budget developments to simulate competition for light in
a semi-arid tree/crop ecosystem. The developments will be tested at site level based on carbon,
water and energy data collected at the experimental Faidherbia-flux platform before taking the
simulations up to the regional scale. In parallel, the candidate will work on developing a global
database of agroforestry system types at a level of detail usable by the global land surface model
ORCHIDEE, that is including main ecophysiological parameters, locations, and available
evaluation datasets.


The work will be conducted in close collaboration with LSCE and HORSTSYS project
partners for model development and data analysis respectively, as well as 2 PhD students
already working on complementary topics, thus providing an active research team. The
successful candidate is expected to present results at international conferences, produce high
quality scientific papers, and drive the disseminating of the results.


Requirements:

- PhD in ecology, environmental science, mathematics or other natural sciences
- Documented skills in mechanistic modelling
- Proficiency in spoken and written English
- Demonstrated skills to work in a team


Work environment
The successful candidate will be hired by CIRAD and hosted at Eco&Sols research unit with
visits to Horstsys and LSCE laboratories.


CIRAD is the French agricultural research and cooperation organization working for the
sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. CIRAD works with its
partners in southern countries to generate and pass on new knowledge to support agricultural
development. It puts its scientific and institutional expertise at the disposal of policymakers in
those countries and global debates on the main issues concerning agriculture. It also supports
French scientific diplomacy operations.


The Eco&Sol research unit focuses on understanding the functioning of agro-ecosystems in
particular with respect to soil-plant interactions.


Application
Please send in a single pdf your CV, motivation letter, one meaningful publication and contact
of a reference person who you worked with to aude.valade@cirad.fr
For more information contact aude.valade@cirad.fr