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Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Post doc positions and fellowships

PhD position, quantitative plant conservation

Organization: Monash University School of Biological Sciences

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Type of opportunity: 3-year PhD opportunity


Duties: Two PhD positions available in the area of quantitative plant ecology and conservation. The research group is focused on using quantitative methods, ecological models and decision analysis to better understand and manage plant communities and populations. We use a combination of field based experiments, observations and modelling address fundamental questions in plant community ecology as well as developing methods and applications that can be directly implemented by managers. Current projects include grassland response to eutrophication, restoration of native grasslands on the urban fringe, management of invasive willows in alpine Victoria, decision frameworks for targeting invasive species, developing and testing optimal surveillance methods for invasive plants and examining the role of gardening as a pathway for plant invasions.

Desired qualifications: Enthusiastic and motivated students with good quantitative skills that are interested in using ecological models to better understand the ecology and management of plant communities and populations. The PhD project will be developed in collaboration with the student based on their research interests and strengths.

Start and end dates: Start any time in 2014 and continue for three years

Salary/pay: Stipends are available for international students and include all course fees plus a living allowance of approximately $25,000 AUD per annum tax-free.

Link to more information: View flyer.

How to apply: Email a short cover letter outlining research interests and motivation, together with a CV and academic transcript to

Post-doc, Eddy Covariance Flux and Carbon Balance Modeling

Organization: INRA Kourou (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)

Location: French Guiana

Type of opportunity: 3-year research scientist position

Contact: Damien Bonal, +(33) 3 83 39 73 43,

Duties: The Guyaflux site has been permanently recording eddy covariance data since 2003 over an undisturbed tropical rainforest site in French Guiana, South America. Furthermore, in 2010, two other flux towers were set up in managed grasslands in French Guiana in order to calculate carbon balance over these ecosystems. The objectives of this post-doctoral position are to (i) analyze inter- and intra-annual, climate driven, variations in net ecosystem exchange in CO2 and H2O, (ii) quantify seasonal and annual ecosystem carbon balance, (iii) combine eddy covariance and biomass data from permanent forest plots to analyze net productivity, for both the forest and grassland ecosystems. Furthermore, in collaboration with the local, active modeling team, the researcher will invest in modeling of carbon fluxes in order to simulate the influence of climatic changes on the carbon balance of these ecosystems. He will also take part to the management of the flux tower sites, in collaboration with two highly experienced full-time technicians operating and maintaining the eddy covariance and meteorological towers.

Desired qualifications: Candidates should have a PhD in the discipline of micrometeorology, or of environmental sciences, or of eddy covariance flux, or of tree or ecosystem-level modelling. They should have excellent written skills as illustrated by their publication record. They should be able to communicate in English but are aware that French Guiana is a French speaking country.

Time period: Position is for 36 months, with a possible further extension of 36 more months.

Salary/pay: Adjusted for research work experience, starting from around 2600 €/month

Link to more information: View flyer.

How to apply: Email CV, list of publications, and motivation letter to Damien Bonal (, Bruno Hérault (, and Eric Marcon (

Application deadline: September 30, 2014.

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