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Ecosystem Ecologist

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Ecosystem Ecologist to contribute to research on Dryland Systems, Ecosystem Services from Rangelands, and Climate Change Interactions with Rangelands. We seek an early career scientist who has strong ties to an established Centre of Excellence (university or research institute) in ecosystem ecology, especially rangeland/grassland ecology. ILRI wishes to strengthen our ties to one or more such centres through shared expertise and collaboration. The advertised position would be funded by ILRI, but shared between the centre of excellence and ILRI. ILRI can also offer one month’s salary to a senior staff member at the same centre of excellence, so as to complement the skills of the early career scientist and other ILRI staff, and strengthen the affiliation.

See the following link for more detail: http://ilrijobs.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/ilri-vacancy-ecosystem-ecologist-closing-date-10-october-2014/

Contact Information:
Website: http://ilri.simplicant.com/

Senior Director of Projects and Partnerships

WRV seeks a Senior Director of Projects and Partnerships (SDPP) who will work closely with the Executive Director. Primary responsibilities are to oversee development of partnerships, projects and funding for projects across WRV’s entire geographical range, and to supervise employees in our Fort Collins office.
 
LOCATION
WRV has offices in Boulder and Fort Collins. The SDPP will work in/with both offices, but most likely be based in our Fort Collins office, unless the optimal candidate lives closer to Boulder.
 
QUALIFICATIONS
We will consider candidates with qualifications that closely match the following. Strong candidates who lack a specific qualification will also be considered.
• Natural resource background (botany, restoration ecology, or related fields)
• Extensive experience building partnerships; a plus, if you have an established network in Colorado
• Extensive experience grant writing, donor development and non-profits
• Experience planning and leading large scale restoration projects (preferably involving volunteers)
• Experience with volunteer recruitment, management & training
• Excellent leadership and motivational skills; excellent public speaking and writing skills
• Project management skills and experience working professionally with public land managers
• Experience supervising staff
• Minimum of five years of relevant experience and Bachelor’s or Master's Degree in a related discipline
• Proficient with MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook), databases, and comfortable with technology
• Willingness to work evenings/weekends as needed; Valid driver’s license and auto for transportation
 
PERSONAL QUALITIES DESIRED:
Flexible, self-directed, highly motivated, reliable, energetic, enthusiastic, interpersonal skills, professional, responsible, results and solution oriented, able to meet deadlines, willing to work evenings and weekends as needed, committed to public land stewardship, interest in volunteerism and service, and a good sense of humor.
 
COMPENSATION: This is full-time position with a competitive benefit package. Annual salary will be
$54,000 to $61,000, commensurate with experience.
 
TO APPLY: 
Email your Application Form, cover letter, and resume to edself@wlrv.org. Applications will be reviewed 
immediately until the position is filled.
Application form at: http://www.wlrv.org/wrv_forms/WRV_SDPP_App.doc

 


Post-doc position- AMUSED project

Research Assistant or Research Associate in Land Surface Modeling and Soil Moisture Scaling
 
Summary:  A postdoctoral position is available to evaluate the performance of the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) in reproducing soil moisture dynamics and key land-atmosphere interactions in the UK at hyper-spatial resolution in combination with novel cosmic-ray soil moisture technology and remote sensing products. A PhD in meteorology/hydrology or related disciplines (e.g. environmental science) with an interest in land-atmosphere interactions, numerical modeling, remote sensing, and data assimilation is essential.
 
This 30-month appointment (with potential extension to 36 months) is part of the NERC-funded project AMUSED (A MUlti-scale Soil moisture-Evapotranspiration Dynamics study) whose ultimate goal is to identify the spatiotemporal scale-dependency of key dominant processes that control changes in soil moisture and land-atmosphere interactions. AMUSED will employ new innovative technology for soil moisture monitoring using cosmic-rays sensors in combination with land surface modeling, satellite remote sensing, and data assimilation methods. Some fieldwork will take place, especially at the initial stages of the project to deploy and install/calibrate cosmic-ray soil moisture sensors. For more information about AMUSED, please visit http://www.bris.ac.uk/cabot/news/2014/502.html.
 
Required skills include experience using land surface models (e.g., JULES, CLM, Noah, VIC) to predict soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions, some programming knowledge (e.g., Fortran or C) and experience with Linux operating system, demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, effective written and oral communication skills, willingness to work in a team, in an academic research environment, and development collaborative links.
 
Desired skills include knowledge of hydrometeorology, land-atmosphere interactions, data assimilation and/or remote sensing, and some previous experience with fieldwork activities.
 
For informal inquiries, please contact Dr Rafael Rosolem (rafael.rosolem@bristol.ac.uk)
 
To apply, please visit http://bit.ly/1sLm96i
or
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AJP006/research-assistant-or-research-associate-in-land-surface-modelling-and-soil-moisture-scaling/


Post-doc positions University of Oklahoma

Postdoctoral Positions Available at the University of Oklahoma
Multiple postdoctoral positions are available at the Institute for Environmental Genomics (IEG) and Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, the University of Oklahoma (OU) located in Norman, Oklahoma. The city of Norman is a university town with approximately 100,000 people and easy access to Oklahoma City, OK and Dallas, TX, and the University is working closely with the City on community and economic development. Norman was ranked #6 among the best places to live in 2008 by the CNN/Money Magazine on America’s best small cities (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2008/snapshots/PL4052500.html). The Institute for Environmental Genomics, led by Dr. Jizhong Zhou, has state-of-the-art facilities for the study of microbial functional genomics, microbial ecology, metagenomics, and biotechnology development to address fundamental scientific questions. Three research themes are pursued at IEG: (i) functional and comparative genomics for understanding gene function, regulation, networks and evolution, (ii) microbial ecology and community genomics for understanding the diversity, composition, structure, function and dynamics of microbial communities related to global change, bioremediation, land use, bioenergy, and agricultural practices as well as their linkages with ecosystem functioning using metagenomics approaches, such as functional gene arrays, highthroughput sequencing, and single cell genomics, and (iii) development of metagenomic and bioinformatic tools for high throughput data analysis and predictive modeling of molecular ecological networks. IEG researchers have pioneered the development and application of functional gene arrays (e.g., GeoChips), and metagenomic sequencing (e.g., MiSeq sequencing of phylogenetic and functional gene amplicons) approaches for microbial community analysis. IEG is also establishing Raman-based single cell genomics facility. The selected candidates will apply these technologies to understand the diversity, composition, structure, function, dynamics and interaction of microbial communities, and address fundamental questions related to global change,
bioremediation, land use, and agricultural operations.
 
Candidates with strong background, interests, and experience in microbiology, microbial ecology, soil science, theoretical ecology, and/or metagenomics are encouraged to apply. Additional experience is desirable but not required in bioinformatics, mathematics, computer science, and/or statistics. All individuals will work cooperatively with scientists at different institutions, such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Michigan State University, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Arizona, and Georgia Institute of Technology as well as foreign countries like China, Korea and Singapore. Interested individuals should send their curriculum vita, a description of research interests and accomplishments (e.g., publications), and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references to Dr. Jizhong Zhou (jzhou@ou.edu). Salary will be competitive, depending on experience, expertise and skills. Further information can be found on the IEG web site: http://ieg.ou.edu/. The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace.

Contact Information:
Name: Jizhong Zhou
Email: jzhou@ou.edu

Ecologist position- Soils, geomorphology, and ecosystem resilience on the Colorado Plateau

An ecologist position is available at the USGS Canyonlands Research Station located in Moab, UT. The 
successful candidate will work on a collaborative project examining how soils, geomorphology, and 
vegetation states interact to effect ecosystem resilience on the Colorado Plateau. This position offers an 
exciting opportunity to elucidate how climate change – predicted to be notably strong on the Colorado 
Plateau – will affect the plants, soils, and ecosystem function of the region. Moab, UT is a small town 
offering a variety of outdoor adventures, and more information about Moab can be found at 
www.discovermoab.com. 
This project includes analysis of existing coupled soil-vegetation data sets, collection of new data, and 
GIS analysis. The incumbent will work closely with USGS scientists and post-doc in project planning, 
data collection and analysis, and reporting results. The incumbent will have four general classes of major 
duties:
1) lead field data collection,
2) analyze historical ground photos,
3) data preparation and analysis, and
4) assist with the preparation of reports & scientific papers.
The primary field location is in Canyonlands National Park where the incumbent will spend much 6-7 month field season away from duty station (Moab, Utah) for 8 days on, 6 days off, with frequent overnight and multiday camping trips. Field work involves heavy exertion; withstanding both extreme heat and potential hypothermia conditions; climbing; walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; long hours; driving a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads. 
 
Qualifications: A Master’s Degree and background in rangeland ecology or soil science is preferred. 
Prior experience with range monitoring and assessment techniques, advanced statistical analyses, GIS 
tools and techniques, and preparation of tables and graphs for publication is highly desired. Incumbent 
also be in excellent physical condition to withstand the rigors of the environmental conditions and must 
pass a physical fitness test and a background check. A valid US driver’s license is required.
Salary and start date: Salary is $39,200/year plus full benefits. A start date of Jan-Feb 2015 is 
preferred. 
Application: Applicants MUST be U.S. citizens. If you have questions send an email to 
CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov. This job will be announced on www.usajobs.gov

Contact Information:
Email: CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov
Website: www.usajobs.gov

Postdoc position - Soils, geomorphology, and ecosystem resilience on the Colorado Plateau

A postdoctoral position is available at the USGS Canyonlands Research Station located in Moab, UT. The successful candidate will work on a collaborative project examining how soils, geomorphology, and vegetation states interact to effect ecosystem resilience on the Colorado Plateau. This project includes analysis of existing coupled soil-vegetation data sets, collection of new data, and GIS analysis. Within the framework of this NPS & USGS-funded study, this position will: 1) oversee study design and supervise technicians helping with data collection, 2) synthesize data to explore patterns of soil-mediated climate change linkages to ecosystem function, 3) effectively use statistical analyses to assess effects, and 4) communicate results in presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Moab, UT is a small town offering a variety of outdoor adventures, and more information about Moab can be found at www.discovermoab.com.
This position offers an exciting opportunity to elucidate how climate change – predicted to be notably strong on the Colorado Plateau – will affect the plants, soils, and ecosystem function of the region. Specifically, this position will focus on understanding 1) how soil-geomorphic-vegetation relations vary across the landscape, 2) the mechanisms behind observed patterns, and then 3) use information from patterns and mechanisms, along with other sources of data, to inform regional land managers how resilience to forecast climate change will vary across the landscape.
Qualifications: A Ph.D. degree and a background in field methods in soil science, ecology, and/or range management is preferred. Education and/or documented research experience in desert soils, geomorphology, and plant community dynamics is required. Incumbent also be in excellent physical condition to withstand the rigors of the environmental conditions and must pass a physical fitness test and a background check. A valid US driver’s license is required.
Salary and start date: Salary is $47,900/year plus full benefits. Preferred start date is Jan or Feb 2015. Position is expected to last 2 years. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references to crs_jobs@usgs.gov. This job will be announced on www.usajobs.gov .
Application: Applicants MUST be U.S. citizens. If you have questions send an email to CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov. This job will be announced on www.usajobs.gov .

Contact Information:
Email: CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov
Website: www.usajobs.gov

Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences UC Berkeley

The Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in quantitative environmental science, with an expected start date of July 1, 2015. ERG has a long and distinguished history of interdisciplinary research and teaching for a sustainable environment and an equitable society. Further information about ERG can be found at http://erg.berkeley.edu. A competitive startup package including lab space will be offered with this position.

 

Basic qualifications: The basic qualification for this position is the completion of all Ph.D. or equivalent degree requirements, except the dissertation, at the time of application. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree, preferably in the physical, biological, or environmental sciences, is required by the date of hire. Training in multiple areas of the natural sciences (e.g., both physical and biological) is desirable.

 

Preferred qualifications: We are especially interested in candidates with quantitative expertise and interests in: ecology and biodiversity; global change science; toxics and pollutants; the environment-society interface; or ecosystem services to society. The ideal candidate will have experience with some combination of experimental and observational field methods, techniques for analysis of large data sets, mathematical modeling, and methods in complex systems theory. ERG especially encourages applicants with a strong interest in multiple scales of analysis from local to global. ERG is an interdisciplinary graduate program, so an ability to actively engage with colleagues from other disciplines such as social science and engineering is highly desirable, as is a compelling interest and engagement in public policy.

 

Ideal candidates will have an outstanding research record with evidence of ongoing productivity. She or he will also have strong teaching and mentoring skills, or for those without an extensive background in teaching, a commitment to make this a core component of their professional portfolio. Teaching duties will include responsibility for the core ERG environmental science course, as well as development of a more specialized graduate-level seminar or small lecture course, and participation in interdisciplinary seminars with other faculty.

 

ERG is interested in candidates who will bring to their research the perspective that comes from a non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of those underrepresented in higher education. UC Berkeley is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents.

 

Applications should include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • A recent curriculum vitae
  • A statement of research interests (up to three pages)
  • A statement of teaching interests and experience (up to two pages)
  • Optional statement of contributions to equity and inclusion (Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to equity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.)
  • Copies of no more than three (article or chapter length) samples of relevant written work.
  • Three letters of recommendation

 

Each document should be submitted as a separate file. 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.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

 

For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please contact the CALcierge office atcalcierge@berkeley.edu or visit http://calcierge.berkeley.edu.

 

Follow this link to create an online application and submit the above materials no later than November 12, 2014https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00511.Please direct questions to ERG Group Manager Megan Amaral at megana@berkeley.edu.

Contact Information:
Name: Megan Amaral
Email: megana@berkeley.edu
Website: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00511

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Plant and/or Microbial Ecology - Iowa State

As part of a major interdisciplinary hiring initiative in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University (ISU), a new joint initiative by the Departments of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, and Economics, and the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication aims to expand our capabilities for fundamental research on sustainable environmental systems. Multiple new hires in the field of Sustainability Science are planned for the next 2-3 years and should expect to benefit from and contribute to the interaction and collaboration among these and other departments.

 

As part of this initiative, the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in plant and/or microbial ecology at the assistant professor level to begin in August of 2015. The selected candidate is expected to establish a successful, externally funded research program. In addition, this faculty member will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

Specifically, this person will contribute to integrated research addressing biological and physical controls on material and energy fluxes in environmental systems. The person will examine plant and/or microbial processes or interactions, and might employ a spectrum of investigative tools and technologies across multiple scales. The new faculty will have the opportunity to join a synergistic focal group in the area of Sustainability Science that will serve to facilitate team building and integrative research.

 

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. All applications must be submitted electronically at www.iastatejobs.com (search vacancy ID#:7619). Please be prepared to attach a letter of application, including concise teaching and research statements, curriculum vitae, and up to three reprints. Submission of three confidential letters of recommendation should be arranged as per instructions in the on-line application system. For additional information please email plantmicro@iastate.edu

Contact Information:
Email: plantmicro@iastate.edu

Director and Endowed Chair, Environmental Dynamic and Geoecology Institute

DIRECTOR AND ENDOWED CHAIR, ENVIRONMENTAL DYNAMICS AND GEOECOLOGY INSTITUTE

Job #JPF00236

College of Nat & Agr Sciences - CNAS Dean's Office

Recruitment Period

Open Sep 23, 2014 through Jun 30, 2015

 

Description

 

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) invites applications for a tenured senior rank position for Director of the new Environmental Dynamics and GeoEcology (EDGE) Institute. The position will occupy a newly endowed chair and will include a tenured faculty position in one of the departments of CNAS. The successful candidate will lead a diverse group of faculty working in environmental change, global change biology, paleoecology, earth sciences, and conservation biology over both deep and contemporary time scales. The successful candidate will be expected to strengthen interdisciplinary collaborations, develop new funding initiatives, and become fully engaged in the research and teaching mission of the institute and the college.

The candidate is expected to develop an independent and innovative research program exploring the impacts and mechanisms of environmental change in arid or semi-arid regions. Appropriate areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: geological/geochemical approaches to address the patterns and drivers of climatic and paleoclimatic change, arid land dynamics, desertification or the global change processes related to arid land expansion, landscape ecology, biogeography or ecosystem ecology in the context of global change.

 

Applications must include a curriculum vita, statements of research and teaching interests, a perspective on leadership for a new institute, and full contact information for three to five referees. All application materials must be submitted through AP Recruit at: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00236

 

For more information about the position, please contact Prof. Mary Droser, Chair EDGE Institute Director Search, Department of Earth Sciences, University of California, Riverside, California. 92521. E-mail contact: mary.droser@ucr.edu. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Information about EDGE and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UCR is available at http://edge.ucr.edu andhttp://cnas.ucr.edu

 

The University of California is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

Contact Information:
Name: Mary Droser
Email: mary.droser@ucr.edu
Website: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00236

Postdoctoral Researcher - Adaptive Management of Food-and-Mouth Disease

A postdoctoral position funded by the NSF-NIH-USDA-BBSRC Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) Program is available with Dr. Matthew Ferrari (http://www.cidd.psu.edu/people/mjf283) and Dr. Katriona Shea (http://www.bio.psu.edu/People/Faculty/Shea/) in the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (www.cidd.psu.edu) and the Department of Biology at the Pennsylvania State University (www.bio.psu.edu).  
 
The position involves the development and application of Adaptive Management (AM) to important diseases (including foot-and-mouth disease in livestock and measles in humans).  AM, “management with a plan for learning about the system”, combines real-time model fitting, based on dynamic surveillance data, with stochastic optimization to select the best management action to optimize management outcomes conditional on the current support for competing models.  This project will involve development and analysis of mechanistic epidemiological management models in order to assess intervention strategies using structured decision theory. 
 
A Ph.D. in Quantitative Ecology, Population Biology, Applied Mathematics, Statistics or an equivalent area is required.  Expertise in stochastic optimization, optimal control theory, statistical computing or related topics is highly desirable.  Candidates should demonstrate a track record of publication; have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills; and be able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.  This project will engage directly with agency stakeholders; thus, an ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate quantitative analysis to a non-technical audience.  This position is initially funded for one year, with possibility of a second year.  For further information, please feel free to contact Dr Ferrari (mjf283@psu.edu; +1 814- 865-6080) or Dr. Shea (k-shea@psu.edu;
 +1 814-865-7910).
 
Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page statement of research interests that explicitly describes professional qualifications for this position, and contact information for three referees.  Penn State requires all applicants to register and complete the application form at the Penn State employment websitehttps://app2.ohr.psu.edu/Jobs/External/EVMS2_External/currentap1.cfm#54001.  Review of applications will begin 1 November 2014, and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.  

Contact Information:
Name: Dr Ferrari
Email: mjf283@psu.edu
Phone: 814-865-6080
Website: https://app2.ohr.psu.edu/Jobs/External/EVMS2_External/currentap1.cfm#54001

Postdoctoral Position In Community Ecology

Faculty of Forest Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå, Sweden

 

SLU invites applications for the following 2 year post-doctoral position in Community Ecology, on the topic of Impacts of Invasive Ants in New Caledonia on Invertebrate Communities and Ecosystem Processes (Ref. Nr. 2014-3473) at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, at Umeå, Sweden. The position is fully financed, including salary and benefits. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to start on April 1 2015.

 

The position involves working within a pan-European BiodivERsA project, and while it is based in Umeå it will involve fieldwork in New Caledonia in collaboration with researchers at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). It will focus on how invasion of exotic ants in New Caledonia impacts on aboveground and belowground invertebrate communities and the ecological processes that they drive.  There is the expectation that the researcher will be actively involved in the design, fieldwork, data analysis, and write-up of this work. This position would be particularly ideal for researchers that have an interest in invertebrate ecology and/or invasion biology.

 

The required qualification for this position is a PhD in Ecology or a related subject, preferably with experience in field-based invertebrate ecology, and preferably completed in the previous three years. We would also expect the researcher to have the capacity to travel to New Caledonia for fieldwork for periods of time throughout this project.

 

Applications for this position should include a curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, a brief description of research interests and fieldwork experience, and a list of at least three references familiar with the applicant's qualifications and experience.

 

Further information is available from Professor David Wardle SLU Umeå, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, e-mail: David.Wardle@slu.se

 

Applications, marked with Ref No 2014-3473/2014, must arrive at the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, S- 750 07 Uppsala or registrator@slu.se no later than November 18 2014.

Contact Information:
Name: David Wardle
Email: David.Wardle@slu.se

Postdoctoral Position In Belowground Ecology

Faculty of Forest Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå, Sweden

 

SLU invites applications for the following 2 year post-doctoral position in Belowground Ecology, on the topic of How Plant Biodiversity Loss Affects Soil Fungi and Carbon Storage Along a Large Environmental Gradient (Ref. Nr. 2014-3472) at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, at Umeå, Sweden. The position is fully financed, including salary and benefits. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to start on April 1 2015.

 

The position involves collaboration with researchers based at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at both Umeå (David Wardle) and Uppsala (Björn Lindahl and Karina Clemmensen). It will focus on understanding how fungal communities change in response to biodiversity loss across island ecosystems differing greatly in ecosystem properties, and how this in turn may impact on soil carbon storage on these islands. There is the expectation that the researcher will be actively involved in the design, fungal community analyses (through molecular sequencing approaches), data analysis, and write-up of this work. This position would be particularly ideal for researchers that have an interest in associations between plant and microbial communities and their impact on ecosystem functioning.

 

The required qualification for this position is a PhD in Ecology or Microbial Ecology or a related subject, and preferably completed in the previous three years. Prior experience with field-based ecology, molecular analyses of microbial communities, and/or bioinformatics and analysis of microbial community data is seen as highly desirable.   

 

Applications for this position should include a curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, a brief description of research interests, and a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications and experience.

 

Further information is available from Professor David Wardle SLU Umeå, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, e-mail:David.Wardle@slu.se

 

Applications, marked with Ref No 2014-3472, must arrive at the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, S- 750 07 Uppsala or registrator@slu.se no later than November 18 2014.

Contact Information:
Name: David Wardle
Email: David.Wardle@slu.se

Kendall Fellowship: Environmental Justice and Climate Policy

Center for Science and Democracy and Climate and Energy Program
Cambridge, MA (preferred) or Washington, DC Office

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the leading science-based organization at the center of today’s most exciting and important policy debates, seeks outstanding candidates for the Kendall Science Fellows program. This up to two-year fellowship is open to candidates who will have completed their Ph.D. by spring 2015. The fellow will work with staff in both the Center for Science and Democracy and the Climate and Energy Program at UCS, and with external partners from environmental justice (EJ) organizations, to study costs and benefits of emissions reduction strategies to combat climate change.  The fellow will contribute to formulating research questions, investigating, presenting, and making policy and other recommendations to strengthen connections and bridge gaps between the mainstream environmental movement and environmental justice movement. This fellowship will also have an impact on UCS’s broader environmental justice and equity priorities.

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. Our members understand that scientific analysis—not political calculations or corporate hype—should guide our efforts to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. The Kendall Science Fellows Program was established to honor Nobel Prize winning physicist Henry Kendall who was with UCS from our beginnings and was the long-time chair of our board.  Dr. Kendall was known for his unique ability to shake up the status quo and catalyze new thinking, and UCS looks to Kendall Fellows to do the same. Priority will be given to innovative and forward-looking proposals that are primarily scientific, technical, or analytic in nature but also show interest in the application of science to policy. Fellows will benefit from the opportunity to learn from the UCS approach to science and policy, and UCS will benefit from the new approaches and expertise of the Kendall Fellows.

For more, visit: http://www.ucsusa.org/about/jobs-ucs#KendallEJ


Postdoctoral Position in Biogeochemistry at UC Berkeley

Postdoctoral Position in Biogeochemistry at UC Berkeley

We have an opening for a fulltime postdoctoral researcher on a project exploring greenhouse gas emissions and biogeochemical drivers during composting. This project will explore rates of CO2, N2O, and CH4 emissions from compost with different chemical qualities, and use experiments and field observations to determine mechanistic controls. The project is part of a larger effort to determine the potential to convert carbon and nutrients in the waste stream to soil carbon and net primary productivity in managed ecosystems. Key qualifications include expertise:

·       Soil greenhouse gas fluxes

·       Eddy covariance techniques or similar approaches

·       Environmental sensors

·       Soil carbon and nitrogen cycling

·       Stable isotope natural abundance and tracer methods

·       Mass spectroscopy

The project will include field and laboratory components; field research will be conducted in Nicasio, CA. The successful candidate will be based in the Silver lab at UC Berkeley (http://nature.berkeley.edu/silverlab/). Candidates must hold a PhD degree; salary will be commensurate with experience. The position is available immediately. To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV, and the names and email addresses of three references to Whendee Silver (wsilver@berkeley.edu)

Contact Information:
Name: Whendee Silver
Email: wsilver@berkeley.edu
Website: http://nature.berkeley.edu/silverlab/

Student Research Internship with Center for the New Energy Economy

Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) is currently seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) student research intern to join our team. The intern will work closely with our Senior Policy Advisors and our other student researchers on a variety of projects, including data collection and content development for the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker (AEL Tracker). This internship is a unique opportunity for a student interested in clean energy policy in the United States.

*Background*

Founded in February 2011, CNEE is a privately funded initiative led by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. We work directly with Governors, legislators, regulators, and other decision makers to provide technical assistance to facilitate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. More information about CNEE can be found at CNEE.colostate.edu <http://cnee.colostate.edu/>. CNEE’s AEL Tracker consolidates energy legislation proposed in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia into a one-stop, open, and non-partisan searchable database. More information about the AEL Tracker can be found at aeltracker.org <http://www.aeltracker.org/>.

 

*Responsibilities*

·         Identify state clean energy legislation and manage content on the AEL Tracker website. **

·         Work collaboratively with student researchers and CNEE Senior Policy Advisors to develop reports related to state clean energy legislation. See: aeltracker.org/p/trends-analysis <http://www.aeltracker.org/p/trends-analysis>.

·         Work with CNEE Senior Policy Advisors on other projects, as assigned.

 

*Requirements*

·         Masters or Ph.D. candidates only.

·         Excellent research and communication skills, as well as the ability to work effectively under limited direct supervision are required.

·         Candidates who have a background in or who are pursuing a degree in Political Science or Economics and with a working understanding of energy policy and state legislative procedures are preferred.

·         Candidates proficient in Microsoft Excel are preferred.

·         Successful candidate must be willing to make a time commitment of two years.

·         Successful candidate will be willing to work at least 2-3 days per month at the CNEE Denver office. Travel arrangements with other CNEE staff can be arranged.

·         Interest in aligning CNEE research with a Master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertation a plus.

 

*Applications*

Please send your resume (with cover letter), references, and one writing sample to:

Maury Dobbie, Assistant Director, Center for the New Energy Economy

Maury.Dobbie@colostate.edu <mailto:Maury.Dobbie@colostate.edu>;

970-391-3788

Applications are due on or before October 24, 2014. The top candidates will be interviewed in person the week of October 27th and the successful candidate will be contacted in the week of Nov. 10, 2014. The internship will begin in December 2014 and will continue through 2015 with possible extension into 2016. Start dates can be flexible, depending candidate's needs or schedule.

Contact Information:
Name: Maury Dobbie
Email: Maury.Dobbie@colostate.edu

PhD in structured decision making and hierarchical modeling of declining amphibians

PhD Opportunity in structured decision making and hierarchical modeling of declining amphibians in National Parks

A collaborative PhD position in the Zoology Department at Michigan State University is available to work on the optimal management of amphibians in a network of National Parks.  Along with the principle investigators and park managers, the student will participate in a structured decision making process to classify priority threats and identify potential management activities to mitigate declines of amphibian populations at both park and network levels.  The student will develop hierarchical statistical models using available monitoring data (e.g., on amphibians, forest characteristics, water resources) to characterize the relationships between identified threats and amphibian population dynamics.  The student will then use these models to link possible park-level management actions to amphibian population responses to predict optimal management strategies and identify uncertainties in the system, which will help lead to improvements in both future management as well as existing monitoring programs. 

 

The student will work with a team including researchers from Michigan State University, where the position will be based (in the lab of Elise Zipkin), the USGS (Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD - James Nichols; Turners Falls, MA - Evan Grant) and the NPS (Washington, DC – Patrick Campbell). The student is expected to spend some time in each location, collaborating with the lead PIs.

The successful candidate will start in fall (or summer) 2015 and will receive three years of a research assistantship (tuition, health care, and stipend including summer salary).  There is also funding available for conference travel and to meet with collaborators.  Funding for subsequent years will be in the form of fellowships and/or teaching assistantships.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and a strong mathematical and/or statistical background.  Knowledge of amphibian ecology, spatial modeling, and population estimation are also desirable as is experience conducting fieldwork.  Candidates with a M.S. degree will be ranked highly as will those with scientific publications.

Application:

Send a brief letter of interest, CV (including GPA and GRE scores), and writing sample (if available) with names and contact information for three references to Elise Zipkin (ezipkin@msu.edu) and Evan Grant (ehgrant@usgs.gov). Please include the subject line: “Amphibian decision PhD”.  We encourage applicants to make contact by November 15.  A formal application to MSU and the Department of Zoology (http://www.zoology.msu.edu/graduate-studies.html) is due by December 1, 2014.

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Zipkin
Email: ezipkin@msu.edu
Website: http://www.zoology.msu.edu/graduate-studies.html

Postdoc Opportunity in Geospatial Modeling of Wetland Carbon Sequestration

POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITY IN GEOSPATIAL MODELING OF WETLAND CARBON SEQUESTRATION

(review begins Oct 31, open until filled)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow to study geospatial analysis of carbon sequestration in coastal wetlands across the United States. The fellow will join a team of over 20 scientists seeking to link field measurements with remotely sensed datasets. The fellow will be an active participant in project planning, data analysis, and scientific publications and must be able to work as part of an extended research team. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in ecology or geography, peer-reviewed publications, and professional presentations. Desirable skill sets include proficiency with ArcGIS software, geospatial modeling, and database management. Ideally, the candidate also will have some understanding of process-based biogeochemical modeling and knowledge of wetland ecological principles. Skills with ArcGIS automation and R statistical software would also be helpful. The position is funded for 2 years beginning in January 2015 as part of a multi-institution, multi-investigator project supported by the NASA Carbon Monitoring System program. The applicant will be advised jointly by scientists at SERC and the U. S. Geological Survey. Stipend $47,500 plus health insurance per year. For best consideration, send letter of application, resume, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and names of three references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) to Dr. J. Patrick Megonigal (megonigalp@si.edu), SERC, P.O. Box 28, Edgewater, MD 21037-0028. Review of applications will begin on 31 Oct and continue until the position is filled. For more information on SERC visit http://www.serc.si.edu. EOE.

 

Contact Information:
Name: Patrick Megonigal
Email: megonigalp@si.edu
Website: http://www.serc.si.edu

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