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Canada 150 Research Chair in Water, Environment and Sustainability
Duration: Canada 150 Research Chair
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Company Name: Peter Leavitt
Application deadline: 31 July 2017
University of Regina: Canada 150 Research Chair in WATER, ENVIRONMENT, AND SUSTAINABILITY The Faculty of Science at the University of Regina invites applications for a faculty position in the Department of Biology for nomination to a Canada 150 Research Chair in Water, Environment and Sustainability. The Canada 150 Research Chair Program (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca) has been established by the Government of Canada to foster research excellence in Canada. These chairs are eligible to internationally-based top-tier researchers and are valued at $350,000 per year. Each chair has a nonrenewable term of seven years, after which the chairholder will hold a regular faculty appointment. The Canada 150 Research Chair in Water, Environment and Sustainability will use a combination of process-based experimentation, modeling, retrospective (fossil), and/or multi-decadal environmental monitoring analyses to investigate factors that regulate the structure and function of lakes and improve strategies for their protection. The candidate will be a global leader in climate change, human-environmental interactions, and adaptive management strategies for surface waters. Areas of research strength at Regina include nutrient pollution and water quality, climate and lakes, paleoecology, and ecosystem sustainability and management. The successful candidate will demonstrate the excellence in interdisciplinary collaboration and possess the visionary leadership necessary to replace the current director of Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS) after a period of co-direction. The University of Regina's Strategic Plan 2015-2020 emphasizes ‘Water, Environment and Clean Energy’ as a strategic priority and the U of R is a global leader in environment and sustainability, particularly in the area of aquatic resources. The Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS; www.IECS-uregina.ca) is home to the national Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution (www.CIEE.ca) and the Qu’Appelle Valley Long-Term Ecological Research Program (QU-LTER), one of Canada’s longest-running nongovernmental freshwater research programs. IECS is supported by three PhD-level research staff and 13 million dollars of infrastructure. The Faculty of Science has a long history of collaboration with research agencies in regional, national and international arenas. For additional information about the position and the research environment in support of the position, see: https://www.uregina.ca/science/C150RC-WaterEnvironmentSustainability-ResearchEnvironment.html To apply online: https://www.uregina.ca/hr/careers/opportunities.html (under Academic Positions) Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a summary of research achievements to date, a brief outline of the proposed research, and the names and contact information of three referees. Review of applications will commence on July 20, 2017. The University of Regina is committed to development of a representative and inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the community that we serve. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University's employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation.Open
PhD
Duration: PhD scholarship within Algae Ecology
Location: Ås Norway
Company Name: Gunnhild Riise
Research project: Gonyostomum semen is an alga that virtually overruns entire lake ecosystems and that threatens human interests. Data suggest that G. semen has become more successful in Europe after 1970. Most researchers therefore assume that G. semen is an invasive species that currently spreads through Europe. An alternative hypothesis suggests that the current success of G. semen is due to a revitalization of existing populations exposed to unfavorable environmental conditions in 1940-1970. The project will test both hypotheses by reconstructing environmental conditions and G. semen abundance in 10 Norwegian lakes for the period 1900-today. The project will give a better understanding of the autecology of G. semen and its ability to overtake aquatic ecosystems. Key methods include sediment core analysis (pigments, fossilized DNA, fractions of organic matter) and modeling of lake color and thermal stratification patterns. The project’s working group includes researchers from NMBU, the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) and the University of Uppsala (Sweden). Local water authorities are included as well. You can read more and apply at: https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/137700/phd-scholarship-within-environmental-sciences-refno-17-01749Open
EU-funded PhD in Estonia and Spain
Duration: PhD position
Location: Tartu (Estonia), Barcelona (Spain)
Company Name: Fabien Cremona
Application deadline: 1 August 2017
Sensitivity of lake types and their phytoplankton to environmental disturbance THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED Based in: Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia A hydro-meteorological disturbance is a temporary change in environmental conditions that causes a pronounced change in an ecosystem. In lakes such disturbances can be caused by, for example, sudden changes in wind (both storms and longer calm periods), air temperature (affecting the ice regime and stratification) or precipitation (causing flushing effects, changing water levels, and driving nutrient loads from the catchment). The aims of this project are to: 1. establish an index or a set of indices for quantifying potential environmental disturbance based on day-to-day changes in meteorological and hydrological forcing and map the index levels retrospectively at a regional/European scale; 2. identify how sensitive lake metabolism and the equilibrium state of phytoplankton are to potential environmental disturbance depending on (a) lake type parameters and (b) lake status parameters; and 3. assess the influence of phytoplankton dominant taxa on lake metabolism. To accomplish this, the doctoral student will (a) develop a conceptual framework for selecting hydro-meteorological disturbance factors for lakes and create an algorithm for combining them into an index or set of indices; (b) estimate lake metabolism based on high frequency dissolved oxygen measurements and analyse the dominance structure of phytoplankton in a number of lakes of different types (c) run enclosure experiments measuring metabolism of phytoplankton communities dominated by different taxa, (d) apply statistical analysis and use modelling tools for identifying episodic events, testing relationships between disturbance levels and episodic events, and between phytoplankton community structure and metabolism. This student will be primarily based in Estonian University of Life Science, supervised by Prof. Peeter Nõges and Dr Fabien Cremona, and co-supervised by and spend study time with Dr Biel Obrador, University of Barcelona, Spain. The PhD will receive a double award given by Estonian University of Life Sciences (EE) and University of Barcelona (ES). Specific requirements (keywords): MSc, Limnology, Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Modelling, Lake Physics We are looking for a highly motivated early stage researcher with interest in climate change, phytoplankton ecology and limnology. The student should be equally able to work with a team as well as independently. The student will use state of the art numerical techniques to determine the sensitivity of phytoplankton to environmental disturbance depending on lake type and status and the influence of phytoplankton community metrics (abundance, biomass) and taxonomic composition on lake metabolism. SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Academic qualifications: Candidates must have an MSc in Limnology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Chemistry, or related field. Candidates must have successfully completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits (total of their bachelor's and master's degree studies). Technical Skills required: Excellent numerical, data analysis and modelling skills, with experience in statistics and handling large datasets. Good programming skills in typical scientific programming languages (e.g., Matlab, Python, R, etc.). Knowledge of taxonomy and ecology of phytoplankton and capability of microscopic analysis of its community composition are an asset. The candidate will have at his/her disposal exhaustive limnological database spanning six decades, modern laboratory infrastructure, as well as modelling software and material English language: Certified English language proficiency (at least IELTS 5.0 or equivalent). Contact for more information: Peeter Nõges Peeter.Noges@emu.ee https://www.dkit.ie/mantel/mantel-recruitment-click-here-information/phd-project-3 Open
PhD: Sensitivity of lake types and their phytoplankton to environmental disturbance
Duration: PhD student
Location: Estonia, Spain
Company Name: Peeter Nõges
Application deadline: 30 April 2017
Based in: Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia A hydro-meteorological disturbance is a temporary change in environmental conditions that causes a pronounced change in an ecosystem. In lakes such disturbances can be caused by, for example, sudden changes in wind (both storms and longer calm periods), air temperature (affecting the ice regime and stratification) or precipitation (causing flushing effects, changing water levels, and driving nutrient loads from the catchment). The aims of this project are to: 1. establish an index or a set of indices for quantifying potential environmental disturbance based on day-to-day changes in meteorological and hydrological forcing and map the index levels retrospectively at a regional/European scale; 2. identify how sensitive lake metabolism and the equilibrium state of phytoplankton are to potential environmental disturbance depending on (a) lake type parameters and (b) lake status parameters; and 3. assess the influence of phytoplankton dominant taxa on lake metabolism. To accomplish this, the doctoral student will (a) develop a conceptual framework for selecting hydro-meteorological disturbance factors for lakes and create an algorithm for combining them into an index or set of indices; (b) estimate lake metabolism based on high frequency dissolved oxygen measurements and analyse the dominance structure of phytoplankton in a number of lakes of different types (c) run enclosure experiments measuring metabolism of phytoplankton communities dominated by different taxa, (d) apply statistical analysis and use modelling tools for identifying episodic events, testing relationships between disturbance levels and episodic events, and between phytoplankton community structure and metabolism. This student will be primarily based in Estonian University of Life Science, supervised by Prof. Peeter Nõges and Dr Fabien Cremona, and co-supervised by and spend study time with Dr Biel Obrador, University of Barcelona, Spain. The PhD will receive a double award given by Estonian University of Life Sciences (EE) and University of Barcelona (ES). Contact: peeter.noges@emu.ee Link: https://www.dkit.ie/mantel/mantel-recruitment-click-here-information/phd-project-3 Open
Assistant Professor in Surface Water Quality
Duration: tenure-track faculty
Location: Houghton Michigan
Company Name: Noel Urban
Application deadline: 1 May 2017
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan Tech, is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position in surface water quality at the Assistant Professor level to begin Fall 2017. The successful candidate will develop and maintain an externally-funded research program that complements existing departmental strengths, to teach undergraduate courses in the environmental engineering curriculum, to develop a graduate course in her/his area of specialization, to supervise and mentor graduate students, and to be involved in department, university, and professional service. A PhD in environmental engineering or sciences, broadly considered (e.g., aquatic ecology, lake and river remediation and restoration, limnology, water quality modeling) is required. The environmental engineering program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering graduates about 50 B.S. students and about 30 M.S. and Ph.D. students each year. Currently, faculty are involved in research in environmental transport and fate of pollutants, lake biogeochemistry, atmosphere/water interactions, water resource management, physical-chemical-biological treatment processes, groundwater remediation, and climate change using approaches ranging from modeling to observations to experimentation. The department’s Water Resources group bridges the environmental and civil engineering programs and conducts research on water management, hydrology, river scour, and climate change. Considerable collaboration occurs across campus with faculty in Biology, Chemistry, Forestry & Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, Geology and other disciplines. A variety of interdisciplinary centers on campus facilitate such collaboration (e.g., Great Lakes Research Center, Ecosystem Sciences Center, the Sustainable Futures Institute, Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Center). The Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC), located on the campus waterfront, offers faculty access to research vessels, tethered and autonomous subsurface vehicles, and a suite of shared-use laboratories and instrumentation. Several department faculty maintain offices and laboratories in the GLRC. The Center for Science and Environmental Outreach (CSEO), located in the GLRC and administered through the CEE department, hosts 10,000-15,000 K-12 and community guests annually, and offers faculty the opportunity for collaboration in designing outreach programs in environmentally-oriented STEM topics. Applicants must submit a letter of interest, a complete curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and three professional references. The research statement must indicate how the candidate will bring intellectual diversity to the Department, develop an active research program, and promote diversity in graduate education; the teaching statement should address which departmental courses the applicant might teach, courses the applicant would propose to develop (particularly at the graduate level), and ways that the applicant’s teaching covers a breadth of perspectives or ways of knowing and learning. Screening will begin in January and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted online to: http://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/5047. Located in Houghton, in the heart of Upper Michigan’s scenic Keweenaw Peninsula, the university is just a few miles from Lake Superior, and the surrounding area is well suited for seasonal outdoor activities. Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE Institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM. Michigan Tech acknowledges the importance of supporting dual career partners in attracting and retaining a quality workforce. See www.dual.mtu.edu for additional information. Open
15 PhD POSITIONS - RESILIENCE OF LAKE ECOSYSTEMS TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Duration: Three-year structured program
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Company Name: University of Konstanz
Application deadline: 2017-01-09
The scientific goal of this Research Training Group (RTG) is to study the mechanism resulting in the resilience of lake ecosystems to environmental change. Our approach is to study the response of a model system – Lake Constance – with a multitude of different approaches and from different viewpoints, i.e., combining classical and novel methods such as population genomics and metagenomics approaches, metabolic profiling, compound-specific stable-isotope analyses, comparative multi-species experiments, paleo-limnological and resurrection ecology approaches, time-series analyses, and numerical simulation models. The RTG will use these methods to study lake responses in three tightly linked research areas: 1) response, resilience and reversibility of ecosystem structure, 2) response, resilience and reversibility of biotic interactions, and 3) response, resilience and reversibility of carbon and nutrient flows. We offer a structured doctoral qualification programme combining a mentoring program, specific lectures on research and applied questions in ecology and limnology, a seminar and visiting program among students, flexible one-week courses, transferable skills courses, visits by guest researchers, and annual retreats. Furthermore you can expect a highly stimulating research environment. Further information about the Doctoral positions, and the scientists involved can be found at: http://www.rtg-resilience.uni-konstanz.de. The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 / 88 – 4016 und 88 - 2834). The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer that tries to increase the number of wom-en in research and teaching. The University of Konstanz has been certified as a family-friendly institution by the Hertie Foundation and is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life. The University of Konstanz offers a „Dual Career Couples Program“. Information can be obtained from: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/dcc. REQUIREMENTS: Excellent Master (or equivalent) in ecology, biology, physics, biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, mathematics depending on RTG project. We expect strong motivation, good communication skills and the ability for teamwork. For application, please submit: 1) motivation letter, including interests, motivation to become part of the RTG, ranking of three preferred projects, specific qualifications for chosen projects, 2) curriculum vitae including degree certificates, 3) abstract of master thesis, and 4) two letters of recommendation. Interested candidates should submit their application containing the above mentioned documents including reference number 2016 / 254 in one PDF file to the speaker of the RTG, Prof. Dr. Frank Peeters, RTG_resilience_joboffers@uni-konstanz.de. Review of the applications will begin on 9 January 2017 and will continue until the positions have been filled. Selection of invited applicants will be done at a two-day workshop in the 2nd half of February 2017 at the University of Konstanz.Open
JUNIOR PROFESSORSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL GENOMICS IN AQUATIC SYSTEMS
Duration: Ongoing
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Company Name: University of Konstanz
Application deadline: 2017-01-08
Applicants should be internationally recognized in the field of Environmental Genomics in Aquatic Systems. The ideal candidate is supposed to perform research on the response of aquatic communities to environmental change involving the characterization of environmental DNA of eukaryotes in water and sediment samples, and should have excellent bio-informatics skills. The Junior Professor is expected to contribute to the Research Training Group “R3 – Responses to biotic and abiotic changes, Resilience and Reversibility of lake ecosystems”. The Junior Professor will be offered to participate in several projects of this RTG and to become a member of the corresponding PhD advisory committees thus receiving immediate support by doctoral researchers. In parallel, we expect the candidate to develop her/his own research ideas in an environment of interdisciplinary research with excellent opportunities of cooperation. Teaching duties include participation in the local BSc and MSc programs of the Department of Biology. The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 (0) 7531 / 88 – 4016 und 88 - 2834). The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer that tries to increase the number of women in research and teaching. The University of Konstanz has been certified as a family-friendly institution by the Hertie Foundation and is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life. The University of Konstanz maintains a „Dual Career Program“. Information can be obtained at: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/dcc. All application materials (curriculum vitae, publication list, a list of grants and awards, details of teaching experience, as well as statements of current research topics, future research directions and interests) should be sent including reference number 2016/251 as one pdf file and in English to Prof-2016-251@uni-konstanz.de until 8 January 2017. Further information is available on the homepage of the University (http://www.uni-konstanz.de/stellen) or by contacting Prof. Frank Peeters. (Frank.Peeters@uni-konstanz.de).Open
PROFESSOR-RESEARCHER AQUATIC BIOGEOCHEMISTRY
Duration: tenure track
Location: Quebec City, Canada
Company Name: Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
Application deadline: 2017-01-30