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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.

The Environmental Dispute Resolution Program (EDRP) Associate Director

Organization: The University of Utah
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Type of opportunity: Full time
Contact: Michele Straube, Director,
Duties: The Environmental Dispute Resolution Program (EDRP) Associate Director will be responsible for working with the EDRP Director to support existing and develop new program activities. The EDR
Program was established in 2012 as part of the Wallace Stegner Center at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. EDRP promotes collaboration, mediation, and other dispute resolution
processes as a means to address contemporary environmental and natural resource (ENR) conflicts, with particular focus on Utah and the Mountain West. The program encompasses four general categories
of activity: (1) academic instruction; (2) public education; (3) research and analysis; and (4) process design, facilitation and mediation services.
Desired qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration, a related area, or equivalency required; plus six years of progressively more responsible management experience; and
demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communication skills also required. Master’s degree in Business Administration or related area preferred. This position is not responsible for
providing patient care. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
Link to more information:
How to apply: Follow the link to “Apply to this Job at
Application deadline: Open Until Filled

Land Protection and Stewardship Fellow

Organization: Colorado Open Lands (COL)
Location: Lakewood, CO
Contact: Jordan Vana, Director of Programs, at
Duties:The Fellow will assist with and, where appropriate, take a leadership role in: Land conservation projects, including landowner relations, due diligence (title review, appraisal review, environmental assessment review, mineral report review, baseline report review, and water
rights review), conservation easement drafting, project funding (grant writing, tax compliance) and other duties as necessary. Stewardship activities, including landowner relations, annual monitoring visits, monitoring report preparation, recordkeeping, conserved property management plan updates, resource enhancement
projects, conservation easement amendments, reserved right requests and other duties as necessary. Development and community engagement activities, including public presentations, event planning and execution, donor relations and other duties as necessary. Board relations, including presentations, meeting preparation and follow up, and other duties as necessary.
In addition, the Fellow will research and present on various topics that advance COL’s mission and strategic goals, as well as attend various conferences and meetings with other industry groups and
professionals related to COL’s conservation work.

Desired qualifications: Bachelor’s degree.  Emphasis in natural or environmental sciences, land use and planning, geography, business or related field is preferred.Excellent written and oral communication skills.Strong organizational, time management, research and problem-solving skills.Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability and willingness to travel. Valid driver’s license. Competent with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint). Entry-level skills using ESRI’s ArcGIS computer mapping software. A commitment to COL’s mission and the conservation of Colorado’s natural landscapes.
Start and end dates:Target start date is November 1, 2014.
Salary/pay: Salary depends on experience and history.  Health insurance, paid vacation and generous professional development stipend provided.
Link to more information: View the flyer
How to apply: email a cover letter, resume and three (3) relevant references to Jordan Vana, Director of Programs, at
Application deadline: Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, October 3, 2014.  No phone calls, please.

Postdoc position in Land Surface Modeling and Soil Moisture Scaling

Organization: University of Bristol
Location: Bristol, UK
Type of opportunity: 30 month postdoctoral position
Contact: Rafael Rosolem,    
Duties: 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.
Desired qualifications: 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, knowledge of hydrometeorology, land-atmosphere interactions, data assimilation and/or remote sensing, and some previous experience with fieldwork
Salary/pay: £31342-£35256 (Assistant Grade I) £35256-£39685 (Associate Grade J)
Link to more information: View the flyer
How to apply: Visit
Application deadline: Oct 12, 2014 

Ph.D. Position on Mangrove Greenhouse Gas Exchange

Organization: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Type of opportunity: 3 Year Fellowship
Contact: Prof. Derrick Lai
Duties: The successful candidate is expected to assist in the operation and maintenance of the eddy covariance system in collaboration with our full-time technicians, conduct ancillary measurements of environmental parameters in the field, as well as process and analyze the collected data. Desired qualifications:Applicants should have a solid background in physical geography, atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences, or other related disciplines. Experience in working on ecosystem trace gas exchange, especially using an eddy covariance system, will be a valuable asset. Applicants should also demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.
Salary/pay: HK 14,500 (
Link to more information:
How to apply: Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and covering letter outlining their
research experience and interests to Prof. Derrick Lai ( before making
a formal application.
Application deadline:Final Fellowship application is due December 1, 2024

Postdoc Opportunity in the Biogeochemistry of Sustainable Food Production Systems

Organization: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Location: Urbana-Champaign
Type of opportunity: Postdoctoral Position
Contact: Dr. Yang (
Duties: Support research for objective 2 by conducting field surveys of established woody polyculture farms to quantify ecosystem services compared with conventional agriculture farms. These ecosystem
services include soil carbon sequestration, nitrogen pollution mitigation, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and biodiversity conservation. The postdoc will also support the overall project by
coordinating data entry across the overall project, integrating research activities and results across objectives, and writing grant proposals and manuscripts. Contingent upon securing additional
funding, there is the opportunity for the postdoc to develop additional studies based at the newly established Multifunctional Woody Polyculture research site located in Urbana, IL near the UIUC
Desired qualifications: A Ph.D. or the equivalent in ecology, biogeochemistry, soil science, or related field. Experience with laboratory and field work. Strong English writing and oral communication
skills. Strong organizational skills. Ability to work in a collaborative environment. Driver’s license
Start and end dates: Start date is flexible but preference is for no later than January 2015
Link to more information: View the flyer
How to apply: Candidates should send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a 1-2 page statement of research interests and career goals to Ms. Amy Rosenbery
Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled.

Multiple MSc and PhD Opportunities in Permafrost Research

Organization: University of Alberta, Edmonton
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Type of opportunity: MSc or PhD to work on complementary projects on the interaction between wildfire and permafrost on peatland hydrology, soil thermal regimes and biogeochemistry.  
Contact: David Olefeldt,
Duties: Work will focus on soil respiration, with work done both in field and lab experiments, and potentially linked to isotope work. The central question is whether wildfire triggers the
mineralization and release of carbon previously stored inert in frozen peat layers. Field work would be located in recently burned peatlands in southern Northwest Territories.
Desired qualifications: This opportunity is for three separate projects. Desired qualifications for each are as follows. For Effects of fire on permafrost stability in peatlands – a chronosequence
approach: BSc or MSc in physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations. Driver’s license. GIS experience an advantage. For Carbon cycling in permafrost peatlands after
fire: BSc or MSc in biology, physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations. For Export and fate of terrestrial DOC in peatland catchments: BSc or MSc in biology,
physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations.  Start and end dates:
Salary/pay: Funding is available through a combination of stipends and TAships, and there is funding for research and conference travel.
Link to more information:
How to apply: Please send a letter of interest to Include resume describing your skills end education, transcripts and names of three referees.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environment & Society

Organization:   Brown University
Location: Providence, RI
Type of opportunity: One or more postdoctoral positions in interdisciplinary environmental science.
Contact:Horta, Bonnie, bernadette_horta@BROWN.EDU
Duties: The postdoctoral fellowship program continues and builds on the Voss Postdoctoral Fellows program previously managed by the Environmental Change Initiative at Brown. ISES organizes its
research activities into four themes: Natural Systems, Food and Water, Human Health and Well-Being, and Equity and Governance. Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to work within one or more of
these themes, and to be mentored by two Brown University Faculty, at least one of whom is an ISES Faculty Fellow
Desired qualifications:Requirements for the positions include a Ph.D. in an environmentally-related discipline, the intellectual flexibility to reach across fields, ability to take initiative and
work independently, and demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary environmental research. To apply, each candidate must contact two faculty members working in different fields to serve as mentors,
work with mentors to develop an independent research project that advances the research interests of both mentors and candidates, and secure a letter of support from both mentors. At least one mentor
must be a Faculty Fellow of ISES ( and the other must be a regular faculty member of Brown University.
Start and end dates: an expected term of two years starting in July 2015 or soon thereafter.
Salary/pay: 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.
How to apply: Submit the following items at : Cover letter describing your interest in the position and how this position relates to your career goals; Current CV;
Required project proposal (1500 words maximum, excluding references):  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. Format is not
prescribed, but proposals should include a title and brief abstract as well as addressing the following points: Project background and importance: What is known and what is new about this question?
Why does it matter? How does this project fit with your own previous work and your proposed mentors'? Project plan: What will you actually do? Include a timeline or workplan if appropriate. If
additional resources will be needed to complete the work, do you have options for funding them? Potential outcomes: What do you see resulting from this project? References (not included in 1500 word
limit): What is the basis in the literature for this work? 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. Referees should submit letters directly through Interfolio, which will supply a direct
link when contact information is entered.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 and complete the proposed work.
Application deadline: November 1, 2014

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