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Aquatic Ecologist
Position type: Tenure-track Assistant Professor
Location: Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA
Contact Name: Andrea Sequeira
Application deadline: 21 September 2018
The Department of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of ASSISTANT PROFESSOR to start in Fall 2019. We seek a broadly trained aquatic ecologist with a field-based research program who is strongly committed to excellence in both teaching and research in an undergraduate liberal arts college environment. The position is open to any area of aquatic ecology, however, we are particularly interested in candidates with strong quantitative skills, natural history expertise, and a field component to their research. A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience are strongly preferred, ABD considered. We welcome candidates with familiarity and/or experience with innovative STEM pedagogy and who will develop an active research program that involves undergraduates. A competitive start-up package will be provided. A special strength of Wellesley is our diverse student body, and we are dedicated to building a similarly diverse faculty community. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. In addition to teaching introductory organismal biology and an aquatic ecology or marine biology course, successful candidates would be expected to offer an advanced course in their specialty and to contribute to new pedagogy in data science. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vita, statements of teaching and research interests, and 3 letters of recommendation (the online application will request name and email address in order for recommenders or dossier services to submit letters directly). Materials should be submitted by visiting our application website. https://career.wellesley.edu/postings/2317 Questions about the application process may be directed to working@wellesley.edu. Wellesley College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.Open
Physical limnology research position
Position type: Researcher
Location: Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research (IOLR)
Contact Name: Lea Teitelbaum
Application deadline: 2018-07-30
A full-time research position for a physical limnologist is now open at the Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research (IOLR).
Scientific field: Physical Limnology.
Job Description: A highly motivated independent researcher in the field of physical limnology. The successful candidate is expected to conduct his/her investigations in both the field and the laboratory. The position requires knowledge in operating and analyzing modern physical limnology observational methodologies and hydrodynamic modeling of aquatic systems.
The successful candidate is expected to assume responsibility for the physical limnological component of the Lake Kinneret monitoring program and develop independent research in this field. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will cooperate with ongoing research projects at the Kinneret Limnological Laboratory, IOLR and actively seek research grants from national and international funding agencies in order to help support his/her research.
Requirements: The applicant should hold a Ph.D. degree in natural or exact sciences with strong modeling, analytical capabilities, and experience in field work. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in hydrodynamic or hydrological modeling supported by publications in peer-reviewed literature. Advantages: post-doc, experience in planning and conducting independent research, management of R&D at national and international level.
The successful candidate will be positioned at the Kinneret Limnological Laboratory, IOLR.
Applications should be submitted with a CV, list of publications, degree certificates and the contact information of at least 2 referees. Send your application by e-mail to Lea Teitelbaum (lea@ocean.org.il) by July 30, 2018. More information about IOLR can be found at www.ocean.org.il.Open
Various Post Doctoral Researchers
Position type: Researcher
Location: Reno, NV
Contact Name: Sudeep Chandra Chandra
Application deadline: Open until filled (May 1 2018)
The University of Nevada’s Global Water Center: Solutions for Sustainability (www.unr.edu/water) seeks dedicated and talented researchers to engage in projects that are collaborative and muti-institutional in nature. To apply please send a) a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) of interest for each position request below and b) a full CV. Cover letters should explicitly state your qualifications for each position including papers accepted or in review. Applicants must have clearly demonstrated the ability to publish data in peer-reviewed journals. Postdoctoral researcher positions require the completion of a PhD by the start date for the position. The salary rate for postdoctoral research positions is $47,500 per year. Positions are for 2 years (unless noted below) with the annual renewal of contracts based on availability of funds and productivity of the researcher. Material should be sent to Dr. Sudeep Chandra, sudeep@unr.edu by April 15, 2018 or soon after. Position are open until filled. Please indicate the position you are interested in applying to (e.g. Position 1, Positions 2, etc.) based on the information below. Position #1 Ecological Flows in Shasta River. Location: Reno, NV and Mt. Shasta, CA.   Job Summary Research quantifying the relationship between flow dynamics, habitat extent and condition, and drift invertebrate production in the Upper Shasta River, CA. Background Surface water diversions can impact the natural flow regime of rivers, which can, in turn, disrupt the ecology of entire riverine systems. Given the increasing demand on water for human use and increased frequency of drought, the need to optimize streamflow allocation that maximizes the benefit for both human and environmental resources is critical. Balancing water use and ecosystem needs, however, necessitates a means of relating flows to environmental outcomes and setting measurable environmental objectives, so that flow regimes can be crafted to maximize progress against both environmental objectives and water use. The Center is teaming with researchers from Trout Unlimited and McBain Associates and working with landowners along the Shasta River to quantify the relationship between water management, habitat, and ecosystem productivity. Position The researcher will be principally focused on investigating the relationship between flow, habitat extent and quality, and invertebrate production on the Shasta River. As a component of this, the Postdoctoral Fellow would lead the application and refinement of existing bioenergetics models to explore linkages in modeled fish growth potential with flow mediated patters in invertebrate production. Based on this, the Postdoctoral Fellow would additionally lead the development of recommendations for flow and habitat management that optimize ecosystem conditions. Flow scenarios and restoration actions would then become the basis for an adaptive management plan for environmental flows in the face of increasing constraints on water resources by both humans and climate change. In addition to research oversight, a component of the Postdoctoral Fellow responsibilities would include development and implementation of a logical and physical data management structure to house and support the ongoing storage and service of Shasta River data over the long-term.   Principal Responsibilities • Conduct research, including literature reviews, interviews with other issue experts and stakeholders, field based data collection, laboratory and computer based data synthesis and analysis, statistical analysis, spatial analysis, modelling, etc. • Author science-based written documents related to research, planning, restoration, and monitoring efforts for a range of forums including grant reports and peer reviewed scientific journals. • Represent the Center on collaborative project science team including engagement on the overall research program. • Prepare and give oral presentations. • Participate in outreach to landowners, decision makers, funders, and the general public. • Supervise field and lab staff • Develop a logical and physical data management structure to house and serve project data over the long-term Qualifications We seek an experienced, organized individual with a background in aquatic ecology, aquatic invertebrate ecology, salmonid ecology, aquatic food-web dynamics, and/ or related areas of specialization, as well as the ability to work collegially with a diverse suite of partners. Competitive candidates will have specific qualifications including: • Experience developing, funding, and advancing on-the-ground scientific research projects and/or science-based restoration projects. • Strong analytical skills and the ability to develop and apply conceptual frameworks to large and diverse datasets. • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. • Strong public speaking and writing skills. • Initiative and self-management. • Creative and strategic thinking skills. • Willingness to travel frequently from Reno, NV to Siskiyou County, CA. and to work remotely as necessitated by travel. • Background in and familiarity with data management a plus • Background and familiarity with fish bioenergetics models a plus • Background and familiarity with stream hydrology a plus • Familiarity with the regulatory structure surrounding rivers and fish a plus. • Interest in working in a team setting to draft additional proposals and ideas for research.   Postdoctoral Position #2 Lake Tahoe: Aquatic Plant Invasion Ecology. Location: Reno, NV and Lake Tahoe (CA-NV) Job Summary Research quantifying the efficacy of treatment methods for controlling invasive curly leaf pondweed and understanding the key life-history attributes of pondweed ecology and changes to the nearshore ecosystem in Lake Tahoe. Background There are a number of invasive species established in the nearshore of Lake Tahoe. A recent invader, Curly Leaf Pondweed (Potamogeton crispus), has the potential to augment ecosystem changes and facilitate the expansion of invasive bass species in the nearshore habitat. The Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Implementation Plan specifically highlights the need for developing control strategies and answering critical gaps in knowledge for management for curly leaf pondweed. Position The researcher will quantify curly leaf pondweed life history traits and the impacts of pondweed to local nearshore ecosystem and biodiversity. Evaluations will occur from field measurements. In addition, the researcher will quantify the efficacy of plant control strategies on different parts of the plants life history. Plant control strategies include those currently utilized by the local management agencies (e.g. diver deployed mats, hand pulling, dredging) along with novel and emerging techniques (e.g. using large scale ultra violet light deployments) through laboratory experiments. Based on the field observations of life history responses of pondweed and an understanding of the efficacy of control methods, an implementation strategy will be developed for the lake to guide best management practices of control.   Principal Responsibilities • Conduct research, including literature reviews, field based data collection, laboratory and computer based data synthesis and analysis, statistical analysis. • Author science-based written documents related to research, planning, and monitoring efforts for peer reviewed scientific journals. • Represent the Center on committees involving scientists and managers that seek to restore the nearshore of Lake Tahoe and prevent the future establishment of biological invasions. • Prepare and give oral presentations. • Participate in outreach to landowners, decision makers, funders, and the general public. • Supervise field and laboratory undergraduate assistants. Qualifications We seek an experienced, organized individual with a background in aquatic ecology, invasion biology with an interest in restoration ecology and engaging with management agencies. Competitive candidates will have specific qualifications including: • Experience developing, funding, and advancing on-the-ground scientific research projects and/or science-based restoration projects. • Strong analytical skills. • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. • Strong public speaking and writing skills. • Initiative and self-management. • Creative and strategic thinking skills. • Willingness to work independently. • Background in and familiarity with data management a plus   Postdoctoral Position #3 Climate and mountain lake ecological interactions. Location: Reno, NV and Mt. Shasta, CA Duration: 1 year with subsequent years dependent on funding   Job Summary Research quantifying the relationship between alterations in climate and mountain lake ecological interactions. Background Climate change in the Western United States results in increasing stressors to mountain lake ecosystems. Stressors from climate may include disturbances from atmospheric rivers or increased drought resulting in mortality of forest structure, alterations in run off characteristics, and changes to lake hydrologic budgets. There has been very little research in the smaller lakes of the Western United States on the interactions of climate, climate related stressors to lake ecological function. We want to understand the role of climate change and subsequent alterations to the terrestrial environment and within lake habitats (littoral benthic and pelagic environments). The researcher can utilize a long term (>58 year) data set where measurements have been collected from Castle Lake. Measurements include physical, chemical and biological attributes in the lake. In addition, opportunities are available to conduct micro- and mesocosm experiments at the site and utilize measurements that can be collected from watersheds and lakes around Castle Lake station. The Castle station is situated at 1646 m above sea level, in a pristine but accessible area of Northern California’s Siskiyou Mountains. More information about the current monitoring and research program can be found here, http://aquaticecosystemslab.org/projects/castlelake/ Position The researcher will quantify the influence of climate to the terrestrial and/ or lake ecological dynamics. Specific research questions will be developed with the faculty advisors. Principal Responsibilities • Conduct research, including literature reviews, field based data collection, laboratory and computer based data synthesis and analysis, statistical analysis. • Author science-based written documents related to research, planning, and monitoring efforts for peer reviewed scientific journals. • Lead and participating in ongoing monitoring activities at Castle Lake station. • Prepare and give oral presentations. • Supervise field and laboratory graduate students and undergraduate assistants. • Willingness to work in a remote, field setting for extended periods (3-4 months). Qualifications We seek an experienced, organized individual with a background in limnology, aquatic ecology, or ecosystem ecology. Competitive candidates will have specific qualifications including: • Experience in developing and advancing on-the-ground scientific research projects. • Strong analytical skills. • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. • Strong public speaking and writing skills. • Initiative and self-management. • Creative and strategic thinking skills. • Willingness to work independently. • Background in and familiarity with data management a plus.   Open
University Professor of Aquatic Biogeochemistry
Position type: Full Professor
Location: University of Innsbruck
Contact Name: Ruben Sommaruga
Application deadline: 2018-04-25
The University of Innsbruck invites applications for the position of Full Professor for Aquatic Biogeochemistry based at the Institute of Ecology, Faculty of Biology, Innsbruck, Austria.
The Faculty of Biology of the University of Innsbruck seeks an outstanding scientist in the field of freshwater biogeochemistry. The position will be based on a permanent full-time civil-law employment contract with the University.
Closing date for application is Wednesday 25 April 2018.
For more information, please click here.Open
Postdoctoral Lake Research position at APHYS, ENAC-EPFL
Position type: Post-doctoral fellow
Location: Lausanne
Contact Name: Alfred Johny Wuest
The Laboratory of Physics of Aquatic Systems (APHYS) at the Institute of Environmental Engineering ENAC / EPFL Lausanne (Switzerland) has an opening for an early-career science postdoctoral position on modelling primary production (PP) in stratified lakes. In collaboration with the Limnology Center at EPFL (http://limnc.epfl.ch) and partner institutions in and around Switzerland we have started an interdisciplinary project to estimate PP with new in-situ methods. To strengthen the team, we look for a postdoc with competence and experience in PP modelling. We expect a strong background in system analysis / model formulation, practical experience in working with large data sets from natural waters and the readiness and willingness to collaborate with related researchers in aquatic sciences, such as biology, biogeochemistry, remote sensing and hydrodynamics. As part of the interdisciplinary collaborative workstyle, we expect also participation in data collection on the to-be-built Research Platform on Lake Geneva (LéXPLORE) for high frequency interdisciplinary measurements and from boats. For more information see the Aquatic Physics website (http://aphys.epfl.ch/). This position is meant for at least two years, with the potential of prolongation, for a candidate who looks for a career in aquatic sciences. Your profile: - PhD in aquatic sciences, environmental engineering, system analysis or modelling -Research interest and background in aquatic physics, modelling, large data sets and interdisciplinary aquatic sciences projects - Excellent communication skills (presentations, facilitating meetings, communicative relation to aquatic scientists in different disciplines) - Demonstrated interest in a scientific career including quality publications - Excellent knowledge of English (French is of additional advantage). Your tasks: - Build-up of PP modelling competences - Collaboration on existing and newly-acquired data sets; joint publications with partner scientists; field measurements (turbulence / microstructure); organization of workshops in interdisciplinary environment - Supervision of Masters / PhD students within projects. Starting date: immediately, on the basis of competitive application (position is open until filled; first interviews will be on 24 November 2017). Contract duration: minimum 2 years (further extension on mutual agreement). Contact: Applications should include (i) the CV, (ii) a motivation letter along with a research outline and (iii) three contacts for reference letters. Please, send your application by e-mail to alfred.wueest@epfl.ch.Open
Graduate Student Opportunity
Position type: M.Sc. or Ph.D.
Location: Montreal
Contact Name: Yves Prairie
Application deadline: 31 October 2017
A graduate assistantship is available to carry out either a Master’s or Ph.D. thesis in the Aquatic Ecology Group of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). The project will be associated to the NSERC-funded L-CARE (Landscape Carbon Accumulation Through Reductions in Emissions) Project, to the UNESCO Chair in Global Environmental Change (www.ceeg.uqam.ca), and to the Industrial Research Chair in Carbon Biogeochemistry in Boreal Aquatic Systems (CarBBAS, http://www.carbbas.uqam.ca/). The research project will focus on linking lake greenhouse gas emissions, organic C dynamics and ecosystem metabolism to watershed features, and to determine the role of lakes ecosystems in the regional carbon budgets across the boreal regions of Northern Ontario and Québec. The project will involve the combination of approaches, including in situ point and continuous gas, chemical and physical measurements, optical, isotopic and chemical characterization of organic matter, a wide range of process measurements, GIS and landscape modeling measurements. Applicants interested in limnology, aquatic C biogeochemistry, and ecosystem and landscape ecology are encouraged to apply. Our students are part of a highly dynamic, diverse and multidisciplinary aquatic group in the Département des sciences biologiques of the UQÀM, with expertise ranging from nutrient and C biogeochemistry, modeling, to plankton and fish ecology. The UQÀM is a francophone university, but graduate students have a choice of courses and can submit their theses in English. Interested students should send a letter of introduction, academic resume, and the names of two references, to Yves Prairie (prairie.yves@uqam.ca) or Paul del Giorgio (del_giorgio.paul@uqam.ca). E-mail enquiries and applications are welcome. Starting date: Winter – Spring 2018. Open
PhD Position in Austria
Position type: 3y PhD
Location: Austria
Contact Name: Thomas Hein
Application deadline: 30 September 2017
Position for PhD Candidates - Effects of small water retention measures on ecosystem functions and ecosystem services in an Austrian river basin Start: autumn / winter 2017 Open
Canada 150 Research Chair in Water, Environment and Sustainability
Position type: Canada 150 Research Chair
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Contact 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
Position type: PhD scholarship within Algae Ecology
Location: Ås Norway
Contact 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
Position type: PhD position
Location: Tartu (Estonia), Barcelona (Spain)
Contact 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
Position type: PhD student
Location: Estonia, Spain
Contact 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
Position type: tenure-track faculty
Location: Houghton Michigan
Contact 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
Position type: Three-year structured program
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Contact 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
Position type: Ongoing
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Contact 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
Position type: tenure track
Location: Quebec City, Canada
Contact Name: Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
Application deadline: 2017-01-30