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Postdoctoral researcher
Position type: Postdoc position
Location: Memorial University (Canada)
We are seeking to fill a two-year fully funded post-doctoral research position in the biogeochemistry of terrestrial-aquatic and river-marine interfaces. Working at both these interfaces the successful candidate will investigate organo-metal interactions and the cycling and composition of carbon and nitrogen and within watersheds of the northwest Atlantic region of eastern Canada. Shifts in river water chemistry and discharge dynamics from high latitude rivers over the past few decades suggest climate-induced alterations of these landscapes with repercussions for downstream aquatic and coastal ecosystems. These alterations include changes to: (1) the composition and fate of terrestrial organic matter; (2) productivity of downstream riverine and coastal ecosystems; and (3) trophodynamics impacting important species to local and indigenous people (e.g. arctic char and salmon). The watersheds accessible within boreal and sub-arctic zones, such as those in Newfoundland and Labrador, provide excellent sentinels for ongoing climate change, enabling critical research to predict future impacts.

Supported through collaborative supervision and laboratory facilities overseen by Drs. Karl Kaiser (Texas A&M University), Rachel Sipler (Memorial University) and Sue Ziegler (Memorial University), this position will provide training in laboratory and field based research techniques including cutting edge biomarker, microbial ecology, nuclear magnetic resonance and stable isotope techniques, and will allow short research stays at Texas A&M University (Galveston Campus). Interactions with collaborators within the Canadian Forest Service, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Nunatsiavut Government and with other international collaborators will enable further development of contacts and research experience.

Those with a recent Ph.D. in environmental or aquatic chemistry, marine or environmental science, aquatic biogeochemistry, and biological or chemical oceanography are encouraged to apply. Assets include: experience with analytical methods for metals and natural organic matter, strong written and oral communication skills with significant motivation to publish in the peer reviewed literature; strong interest in team-based interdisciplinary science, with the willingness and ability to work independently when required; demonstrated ability to handle and analyze diverse types of datasets using R, MATLAB, and/or Python.

To apply please send a CV, list of at least three references, and a letter describing your background, interest and suitability for this research program to Susan Ziegler ( Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. This position will be available as early as November 2019. Memorial University is located in beautiful, historic St. John’s, Newfoundland ( in eastern Canada, and has a student population of ~18,000.Open
ECHO – PhD position to investigate the dynamics of flowing stream networks
Position type: PhD position
Location: ’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale - EPFL, Lausanne / Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape research - WSL, Zurich (Switzerland)
Application deadline: 2019-11-01
The networks of headwater streams dynamically expand in response to rainfall events or snowmelt, and they contract during extended dry periods. Understanding these stream network dynamics can help us to gain important insights into water storage variations and streamflow generating processes. This PhD project aims to identify physiographic and hydro-climatic factors that control stream network expansion and contraction in headwater catchments. The project will combine traditional hydrological field work with cutting-edge technologies such as wireless sensor networks for real-time hydrological monitoring and on-site water sample analysis for high-frequency water quality monitoring. A coherent theoretical framework will be developed which translates spatial information about the flowing stream network into hydrologic process understanding.

Your Responsibilities
• Extensive fieldwork and lab work during the snow-free seasons of the first two years of the project
• Perform statistical analyses of GPS, hydrologic and hydrochemical data
• Use environmental tracers (stable water isotopes, solutes) to quantify flow pathways and source contributions to the flowing stream network
• Report regularly to the collaborators and present research results at scientific meetings
•Publish in international peer-reviewed journals

Your qualifications
• A Masters’ degree in a topic related to Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Earth System Science, Environmental Engineering, Geography, Environmental Physics or related relevant disciplines
• Experience with field and lab work, good sense of direction
• Programming skills (using e.g., Matlab, Python, Fortran or R)
• Ability to demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills in English; knowledge of German or French is an advantage
• Ability to work both independently and in a team, keep to deadlines and engage in interdisciplinary work
•A driver’s license is required

For further information, please click here.Open
Research Associate in Climate-Water Balance Modelling
Position type: Research Associate
Location: University of Bristol (UK)
Application deadline: 2019-11-11
We invite applications for a 2-year Research Associate position on Climate-Water Balance Modelling. The main role will be to work on modelling the impacts of climate and climate change on the water balance in East African drylands. The Research Associate will be working within the DRIER (Drought Resilience In East African dryland Regions) project, funded by the Royal Society. The aim of the project is to create a new, widely accessible tool for monitoring regional, societally relevant water storage in drylands, and to use this tool for communicating and enhancing social adaptation to short-term climate shocks and long-term changes to regional hydrology in drylands of East Africa (Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia). The successful candidate will be expected to work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and social scientists in the UK (Bristol, Cardiff and UEA), Kenya (University of Nairobi), Somalia and Ethiopia (University of Addis Ababa), and collaborate with the Research Associate and team on a related project funded by the UKRI GCRF (Mobile App Development for Drought Adaptation in Drylands – MAD DAD). This post presents an exciting opportunity to work on a global challenge with an energetic interdisciplinary team and potential for impact. The post includes travel to Kenya for meetings. The Research Associate will be based in the School of Geographical Sciences and can be a member of the Dryland Research Group, the Hydrology Group, and BRIDGE.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or be near completion) in climate or hydrology, have experience with numerical modelling (preferably in hydrology), climate data analysis, good grasp of Matlab or Python and competency in handling large datasets. The primary tasks associated with this position will be to: a) assemble and analyse climate data for East Africa; b) produce rainfall scenarios using a stochastic model, c) set up and run the team’s regional water balance model for East Africa; d) analyse model outputs for key changes in future water stores; e) lead the writing of journal articles based on the findings. The successful candidate is also expected to collaborate with another Bristol-based Research Associate on a linked project, to communicate and interact with team members in the UK, Kenya and Ethiopia, to take part in team meetings, and to travel to Kenya and/or Ethiopia for project meetings. The start date is negotiable but preferably November 2019.

For further information please contact Dr Katerina Michaelides or click here).

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.Open
Ph.D. Position Available in Population and Community Ecology at Virginia Tech
Position type: PhD position
Location: Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech (USA)
Application deadline: 2019-12-15
The Mims Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech is recruiting a Ph.D. student to begin in 2020. We seek a highly motivated, enthusiastic candidate with exceptional communication skills and a strong interest in collaborative, team-based work in population and community ecology in temporary lentic systems. Candidates with interests and experience in population genetics/genomics, community ecology, remotely sensed data, and/or freshwater ecology are encouraged to apply.

The Ph.D. student will develop a project building upon ongoing research on the seasonality, predictability, and connectivity of temporary ponds in an arid landscape. Specifically, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to leverage ongoing research efforts in the San Rafael Valley, Arizona, to develop their own focal research area(s). Options for focal areas include: population genetics/genomics and phenology of the Arizona treefrog; characterizing hydroperiod regimes of a pond network; linking environmental stability with population and community stability through space and time; among others.

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Assistant Professor of Aquatic Microbial Ecology
Position type: Assistant Professor
Location: Baylor University, Waco, TX (USA)
Application deadline: 2019-10-15
The Department of Biology in the College of Arts & Sciences ( seeks applications for an assistant professor (tenure-track) faculty position in Microbial Ecology with an emphasis on freshwater ecosystems.
We are seeking applicants who use molecular techniques to study microorganisms and their relationship to the human health and/or environment. We are particularly interested in candidates who apply metagenomics or other ‘omics’ approaches, microbiome analyses, or eDNA methods to quantify ecological interactions among microorganisms, their hosts, other biological communities, and/or their aquatic environment. The Department of Biology keenly values diversity amongst its faculty and students and believes it is essential to achieving excellence.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by 10/15/2019.

For further information, please click here.Open
PhD Opportunity - Aquatic Ecology
Position type: PhD position
Location: Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya (Spain)
We are looking for PhD candidates to work on different projects of our Group of Aquatic Ecology (

• SizeEcoFun: Size-based approaches to understand impacts on river ecosystem functioning.
• Ecosystem dynamics of Lake Myvatn, Iceland. High-amplitude fluctuations of the whole community.
• Fate of microplastics in freshwater waterbodies. Impacts and interactions with the planktonic community.

Candidates should apply for funding in the calls and therefore it is required:
• Degree in Biology or Environmental Sciences and master related.
• Motivation and interest to develop a doctoral thesis within the framework of the projects described.
• Good academic record.

Please send curriculum vitae to: and mireia.bartrons@uvic.caOpen
PhD (m/f/d) on the topic "Using isotopes to assess effects of land use change on ecohydrological fluxes"
Position type: PhD position
Location: Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries - IGB (Germany)
Application deadline: 2019-11-08
We seek well qualified, motivated applicants for a PhD (m/f/d) on the topic “Using isotopes to assess effects of land use change on ecohydrological fluxes”.

This project will investigate how new techniques in isotope hydrology can be used to inform the ways in which vegetation can be best managed to protect water supplies. The project aims to better quantify the influence of distinct land-use types on water partitioning and storage dynamics across spatio-temporal scales. You will apply high-resolution isotopic monitoring techniques in soil-plant system to reveal ecohydrological interactions by quantifying the heterogeneity in spatio-temporal patterns of “green” (evaporation and transpiration) and “blue” (groundwater recharge and runoff) water fluxes in mixed land use landscapes.

Importantly, the project will use stable isotopes as fingerprints of water to understand sources, pathways and ages of waters involved in water partitioning. The research programme will involve specific stable isotope tracer methodologies for field testing and appropriate experiments to investigate the ecohydrology of landscapes. The successful candidate will undertake practical field work in test catchments over a minimum of a full hydrological year combining in-situ techniques with synoptic sampling. The project will generate data appropriate for integration within modelling frameworks, data analysis and application of tracer-aided hydrology models.

The studentship will provide strong interdisciplinary training that will integrate ecohydrological field monitoring, tracer sampling and multi-scale modelling studies. The student will also receive training in other aspects of scientific working such as scientific result dissemination, writing journal articles for publication and conference presentations.

We seek dynamic and motivated applicants with a first class degree (Master, Diplom or equivalent) in hydrology, ecohydrology, environmental sciences, soil sciences, environmental engineering, or a related field. Fluency in English is a requirement. Experience in statistical and/or numerical analyses, GIS analyses, and/ or environmental tracer applications would be advantageous. Potential students should give an indication of their research interests and will be required to submit a CV with their application.

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PhD at Aarhus University
Position type: PhD position
Location: Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University (Denmark)
Application deadline: 2019-11-01
Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Bioscience programme. The position is available from 1 February 2020 or later.

Exploring patterns and processes in shallow lakes greenhouse gas dynamics in response to eutrophication and climate change

Research area and project description:
Small shallow lakes are the most abundant freshwater body on the planet and increasingly recognised as disproportionately important but inadequately studied sources of Greenhouse gases. The successful applicant will join a new DFF funded project (GreenLakes) which aims to establish how greenhouse gas (GHG) dynamics in shallow lakes and the underlying processes driving them are altered by the combination of climate warming and nutrient enrichment. The project will rely on innovations in gas sensors to measure the fluxes of methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) at high spatial and temporal resolution. Such high frequency measurement is required to accurately characterise emissions, in particular CH4 ebullition (bubble release) from the sediment. Specifically, the selected candidate will determine how eutrophication interacts with warming to alter the production and consumption of CH4 and nitrous oxide (N2O) in different lake habitats (sediment, plant surfaces and water column) and determine the structure, abundance and activity of the underlying microbial communities. To do this, the study will use a globally unique, climate change mesocosm facility in combination with high-resolution studies on lakes of contrasting ecological status.

Qualifications and specific competences:
Applicants to the PhD position must have a relevant Master’s degree in Ecology, Biology or related field, with experience in either freshwater ecology, biogeochemistry, or other relevant disciplines. The student will be expected to work with sensor systems assembled in house and with the large amounts of data generated by high frequency measurements. Therefore, an interest in learning basic electronics and data management will be beneficial. The project will involve significant amounts of field and lab work, so proven abilities in this area are beneficial.

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Associate Professor / Professor - Water Sciences
Position type: Associate Professor/Professor
Location: Universidad de Las América Puebla, San Andres Cholula (Mexico)
Application deadline: 2019-12-31
Full-time professor
Water Resources Management, Hydrology, Civil Engineering

The applicant will teach, conduct research and advise in his/her area(s) of expertise. Essential responsibilities include:
∙ To teach at undergraduate and graduate levels and lead instructional activities specified in the approved curriculum and in the faculty bylaws. These activities include lecturing, leading seminars, individual and group tutoring, writing and correcting exams, correcting papers and reports and conducting and supervising evaluation activities;
∙ To participate in departmental and school activities, including meetings, committees, course and program evaluation, curriculum development, and grant preparation;
∙ To participate actively in the activities of the UNESCO Chair on Hydrometeorological Risks hosted by the university (;
∙ To provide academic support and advising to students; To undertake cutting-edge research in order to contribute to the intellectual mission of the university and to the consolidation of the Doctoral program in Water Sciences and the corresponding research line in hydrological modeling;
∙ To participate in calls for research proposals;
∙ To participate in inter-institutional and/or interdisciplinary research projects linked to regional and national companies and/or to internationally recognized institutions;
∙ To participate in the National System of Researchers (SNI - Sistema Nacional de Investigadores);
∙ To publish research achievements.

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Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Waterloo, Canada
Position type: Post-Doc position
Location: University of Waterloo, Canada
A Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) position is available to participate in a research project to evaluate the impact of winter warming mitigation in controlling carbon losses from pan-Canadian wetland and permafrost ecosystems. The goal of this project is to advance the fundamental, process-based understanding of the function of soil biogeochemical processes in cold region environments during the fall-winter and winter-spring transitions and during the non-growing season (NGS) by creating the foundation for the predictive modelling of winter carbon losses in cold region wetland and permafrost ecosystems under current and future climates. The main tasks of the PDF will be developing reactive transport and bioenergetic models to simulate the biogeochemical transformations of carbon and nutrients under winter warming scenarios to quantify future northern wetland and permafrost ecosystems carbon balances during the period of NGS respiration and incorporate into Canada’s Carbon Budget Model.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant natural science or engineering field, and have a track record of research productivity, including peer-reviewed publications. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated skills and experience in numerical mathematical modeling, programming and numerical analysis in soil biogeochemistry and reactive transport modeling. The PDF will work within a multidisciplinary team with significant strengths in ecohydrology, environmental-(bio)geochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, hydrogeology and high-performance computing. Funding for the positions is available for up to two years. For further information regarding this position, or to submit an application, please contact Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad (

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2 PhD Positions at University of Waterloo, Canada
Position type: PhD position
Location: University of Waterloo, Canada
We invite applications for two PhD positions at the University of Waterloo and Laurentian Unviersity to participate in a research project to evaluate the impact of winter warming mitigation in controlling carbon losses from pan-Canadian wetland and permafrost ecosystems. The goal of this project is to advance the fundamental, process-based understanding of the function of soil biogeochemical processes in cold region environments during the fall-winter and winter-spring transitions and during the non-growing season (NGS) by creating the foundation for the predictive modelling of winter carbon losses in cold region wetland and permafrost ecosystems under current and future climates. The main tasks of the PhD students will be conducting field and laboratory experiments and modeling analyses. We are looking for 2 PhD students for this project.

PhD Positions (2): PhD 1 will focus on establishing the temperature-dependencies of carbon and nutrient mineralization rates in relation to soil hydrophysical parameters such as unfrozen water content, and the associated effects on winter microbial soil communities. This PhD student will also be involved in developing a bioenergetic model for simulating microbial reaction systems under variable geochemical winter conditions and project NGS emissions under current and future climate scenarios to quantify future northern wetland and permafrost ecosystems carbon balances.

PhD 2 will focus on assessing the rates and mechanisms of wetland and permafrost soil biogeochemical processes under variable winter conditions and examine the drivers of NGS emissions to determine the effects on carbon and nutrient cycling under variable snow cover and flowpaths during the winter conditions. This PhD student will also be involved in developing a reactive transport model to simulate the biogeochemical transformations of carbon and nutrients under winter warming scenarios and estimate the carbon budgets for the wetland and permafrost ecosystems during the period of NGS respiration and incorporate into Canada’s Carbon Budget Model.

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PhD Student (m/w/d) in Aquatic Microbial Ecology
Position type: PhD position
Location: Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin (DE)
Application deadline: 2019-11-01
In the frame of the Priority Programme of the German Science Foundation (DFG) entitled “Antarktis-forschung mit vergleichenden Untersuchungen in arktischen Eisgebieten” (SPP 1158) we offer: PhD Student (m/w/d) in Aquatic Microbial Ecology.

The position is available for three years. Salary is paid according to the German Public Service (TVöD Bund, 65 % position).

The PhD student will work in the subproject Polar Parasites on molecular investigations of occurrence and diversity of fungal parasites of benthic diatoms in polar coastal regions in Antarctica and Arctic. Parasitic fungi are important drivers of pelagic phytoplankton dynamics, but yet it remains unclear whether they also affect benthic diatoms which form the base of polar coastal food webs. In this project we want to investigate biodiversity and ecological role of fungal parasites on food web structure and function, in particular taking current and future climate warming into account. This project will include field studies as well as cultivation of both host and fungal parasites for further experimental studies on the potential effects of global warming on host-parasite interactions in these temperature sensitive areas. The project is in close collaboration with the working group of Prof. Ulf Karsten at the University of Rostock who is an expert in diatom physiology and with Dr. Jonas Zimmermann at FU-Berlin who is an expert in diatom taxonomy. The advertised PhD position is therefore closely linked to both working groups within this project, aiming for a mutual stimulation between phytoplankton and fungal researchers.

• M.Sc. in microbiology or ecology/(bio-) mathematics or related disciplines
• Knowledge in cultivation of alga and parasitic fungi
• Expertise in microscopy and molecular tools, such as PCR, FISH, sequencing methods
• Expertise in bioinformatics is beneficial
• Background in experimental approaches in aquatic ecology is beneficial

We are seeking to recruit outstanding scientists to establish an innovative research program with high international visibility. The position will be based at the department “Experimental Limnology” in Neuglobsow, Germany, but requires several research visits in the partner lab of Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten at the University of Rostock.

In keeping with IGB's policy on gender equality, women are particularly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

For further information, contact Hans-Peter Grossart (

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Assistant or early Associate Professor of Limnology / Freshwater Biology
Position type: Tenure Track, Assistant or early Associate Professor
Location: Cornell University (USA)
Contact Name: Alex Flecker
POSITION DESCRIPTION: We invite applications for a tenure-track position in Limnology / Freshwater Biology, at the level of Assistant or early Associate Professor. We are searching broadly for an individual who will establish an innovative, high-profile research program that addresses key concepts and questions in ecology and/or evolution. Research should focus on freshwater systems, but can address any level of biological organization (organism/population/community/ecosystem/ landscape/biosphere) and can include empirical and/or theoretical approaches. The appointed faculty member will be expected to establish an independent, externally-funded, and internationally recognized research program at the cutting edge of freshwater science. We are especially interested in candidates who will interact widely and embrace a culture of collaboration within and across departments. Contributions to both undergraduate and graduate teaching in ecology and/or evolution are expected, with the use of modern active learning techniques, which are supported by Cornell’s Center for Teaching Innovation and Active Learning Initiative. The successful candidate will contribute to a century-long Cornell tradition of classroom and field teaching in Limnology / Freshwater Biology. Cornell is situated in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, an area known for its rich abundance of lakes and streams. Notable resources include access to an extensive experimental ponds facility; the Cornell Biological Field Station at Shackelton Point on Oneida Lake; the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates with worldwide collections of fishes; and the opportunity to join our campus-wide community of sustainability scholars affiliated with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. Applicants should have demonstrated excellence in research in freshwater systems, strong interest in collaboration, and a dedication to teaching. Postdoctoral experience is highly desirable.

START DATE: July 2020 or as negotiated

SALARY/BENEFITS: Competitive salary and start-up funding will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. An attractive fringe benefit package is included.

APPLICATIONS: Candidates should submit via the website
a cover letter briefly summarizing your background, vision, and qualifications; curriculum vitae; contact information for three references; a research statement; a teaching statement outlining experience, philosophy, and interests; a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and up to three representative publications. Inquiries can be directed to Search Committee Chair, Alex Flecker, at Review of applications will begin October 20, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

ABOUT CORNELL: Cornell is an innovative Land-Grant and Ivy League university. Situated on Cornell’s main campus at Ithaca, NY, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to the university’s second largest grouping of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities, and genders. Diversity and Inclusion are central to Cornell University’s heritage and identity. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area. Cornell and Ithaca are family-friendly communities: Cornell has a comprehensive set of policies, services and benefits to help you, your partner and your children to feel welcome here, to support your well-being, and to help with child care, elder care and those with disabilities. For more details, see: Open
Associate Environmental Health Specialist
Position type: Associate
Location: University of Wisconsin – Madison (USA)
Application deadline: 2019-10-18
This position is located in the Environmental Health Division of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) which serves as the public, environmental, and occupational health laboratory for the State of Wisconsin.
The person hired for this position will work in the Environmental Toxicology unit to analyze freshwater diatom samples collected from rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands to identify and enumerate specimens; document taxa with digital images; perform QA/QC analyses; and prepare reports. Additional responsibilities include analyzing samples for aquatic invasive species, conducting toxicity tests on water and sediment samples, maintaining records, making entries of quality assurance activities, and participating on a toxicological research team.
The employee in this position is expected to use the tools and principles of quality management in performing their daily work including the following: demonstrate exceptional customer service by establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships with other colleagues, supervisors, and all customers and partners; provide constructive feedback for the purpose of continuous improvement in a manner that is supportive of the State Laboratory of Hygiene and its mission; use effective team skills to contribute to the efficient operation of the work unit; present ideas, carry out assignments, and provide information as required; participate in continuous learning through professional development activities.

Applications close:
SEP 27 2019 11:55 PM

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Assistant Professor, Watershed and Water Quality Management Department of Watershed Sciences
Position type: Assistant Professor
Location: Utah State University (USA)
Application deadline: 2019-10-07
The Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor (Extension watershed/water quality specialist). This tenure-track, full-time (twelve-month) position is based at the USU main campus in Logan, Utah. Relative emphasis for the position is 60% extension, 35% research, and 5% service. We seek an individual who will develop and promote innovative statewide extension programs in watershed and water quality management and conduct applied research in support of their extension program. Examples of extension and research topics include but are not limited to: identification and management of nonpoint sources of water pollution; watershed monitoring and modeling; remediation of water quality issues including eutrophication and harmful algal blooms; or use of wetlands and riparian zones for water quality improvement in urban, rural or wildland watersheds. The position will start August 2020.

Application review will begin October 7, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants for the position must have:
•Earned doctorate in water quality research with a degree in environmental science, ecology, civil/environmental engineering, watershed sciences, physical geography, geology, or related discipline.
•Strong background in the hydrologic, ecologic, and/or biogeochemical sciences supporting water quality research and application to planning, management, restoration, and/or environmental protection.
•Record of peer-reviewed publication appropriate to career stage.
•Evidence of extending environmental research to address applied management problems in water quality and strong potential to demonstrate excellence in planning, conducing, and evaluating extension programs.
•Ability to communicate with diverse audiences and stakeholders in a way that effectively informs management and policy.
•Ability to collaborate in an interdisciplinary setting within a watershed context.

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Assistant Professor - Hydrology - Cluster Hire
Position type: Assistant Professor
Location: University of Wisconsin – Madison (USA)
We specifically seek candidates with expertise in the transport, transformation, and fate of solutes and materials carried by groundwater and/or surface water, as well as in the solute exchange and processing that occurs within or at the interface between these two domains. This position is part of a campus-wide cluster hiring initiative that aims to further build the vibrant community of water scholars at UW-Madison ( Further information regarding the cluster initiative program can be found at: Further information about this Freshwater Sustainability Cluster can be found here: The three recruitments within the Cluster are as follows: 1) PVL 100386, Hydrology (this position); 2) PVL 100251, Aquatic Ecology/Limnology (recruitment led by Dept of Integrative Biology); and 3) PVL 98889, Water Resources Economics (recruitment led by Dept of Ag & Applied Economics). Tenure home will be determined at time of hire.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the research, teaching, and service mission of their tenure department. They will develop a vibrant, internationally recognized and externally funded research program. They will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as mentor students. They will be expected to participate in professional, public and university service as appropriate. We are also interested in candidates who can contribute to an inclusive environment, and who can bring new perspectives on mentoring and educating students from diverse backgrounds.
In addition, the person hired will actively contribute to the cluster through research, teaching, and interaction with the Water@UW community.

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

Open until filled.

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Assistant Professor of Limnology - Cluster Hire
Position type: Assistant Professor
Location: University of Wisconsin – Madison (USA)
We seek a candidate to develop an internationally-recognized research program in limnology and/or aquatic ecosystem ecology. Potential areas of expertise include water quality, aquatic biogeochemistry, quantitative methods, ecosystem modeling, and global environmental change. We are particularly interested in candidates who can work collaboratively to address complex problems involving freshwater systems, including studies spanning disciplinary boundaries and involving social-ecological dynamics. Our goal is to hire an outstanding and collaborative individual with broad research interests and promise for intellectual growth.

This position is part of a campus-wide cluster hiring initiative that aims to further build the vibrant community of water scholars at UW-Madison ( Further information regarding the cluster initiative program can be found at: Further information about this Freshwater Sustainability Cluster can be found here: The three recruitments within the Cluster are as follows: 1) PVL 100251, Aquatic Ecology/Limnology (this position); 2) PVL 100386, Hydrology (recruitment led by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies); and 3) PVL 98889, Water Resources Economics (recruitment led by Dept of Ag & Applied Economics). Given the nature of this faculty position, the Center for Limnology and the Department of Integrative Biology are strong possibilities for an academic home, though the ultimate tenure home for the position will be agreed upon by the University and candidate based on scholarly fit. There is also the option of co-appointment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The Nelson Institute is an interdisciplinary division of the University with faculty from across campus involved in interdisciplinary educational research, teaching, and outreach. The Nelson Institute administers the interdisciplinary M.S. in Water Resources Management, among numerous other programs.

Expectations of the successful candidate include excellence in research and graduate training, engagement in interdisciplinary and collaborative research, establishment of an extramurally funded research program, University and professional service, public outreach, and skilled teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

Open until filled.

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Principal Scientists - Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand)
Position type: Principal Scientists
Location: Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand)
Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand)
The Ministry's purpose - he whenua mana kura mō te tangata - is to make New Zealand the most liveable place in the world – for our kids, their children and grandchildren. This means we act as stewards for the environment, so that New Zealand and New Zealanders continue to prosper.
We tackle the hottest issues that impact on the environment, supporting New Zealand's prosperity – economic, social and cultural, without compromising our environment for future generations.
The Ministry's goal to make New Zealand the most liveable place in the world is a considerable responsibility and one we take seriously

The Principal Scientist cohort is the nexus of a growing internal senior science network. A collective resource that assist in advancing and delivering on the Ministry's overall science strategy led by our Departmental Chief Science Advisor/Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua.
Our Principal Scientist cohort will play a key role in driving science impact, with responsibility for strengthening our understanding of the environment, enhancing our capability to draw on information across knowledge systems and sciences, and translating information to enhance the quality of the Ministry's work. We all work as ‘One MfE'. The cohort of Principal Scientists are therefore lateral thinkers that enjoy taking part in conversations within and outside their respective area(s) of specialisation and will engage across the Ministry's portfolio of work.

The position (s)
As a Principal Scientist, you will be a lead advisor in your area of specialisation as well as contribute across the Ministry's work bringing a long-term whole-of-Ministry perspective. You will bring a science-based perspective and input, champion the use of evidence and systems thinking in the development of strategy and policy, be well connected across the science system, and provide guidance on the generation and commissioning of relevant science and science advice. You will be instrumental in enhancing the scientific capability, capacity, and reputation of the Ministry.
We are particularly looking to increase the Ministry's expertise and depth in the following areas of specialisation:
• Land and soil,
• Climate,
• Freshwater, and
• Mātauranga Māori.
The role is challenging and the scope for making a difference is huge.

We would love to hear from you if you have:
• A post-graduate qualification in science, preferably at doctoral level.
• Strong and credible reputation as a senior and respected scientist, with a nationally and/or internationally distinguished record in an area of research relevant to the Ministry.
• High level of knowledge of research methodology, including emerging and innovative approaches, and extensive experience in working with a range of methods.
• Curiosity and willingness to work in cross-disciplinary environments.
• Sound judgement and awareness of how to translate data and evidence into insights that will inform strategy and policy advice.
• Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions.
• An understanding of the machinery of government processes, systems and tools.
• Experience in, or knowledge of, the landscape within which the Ministry operates.
• Ability to mentor people within the organisation and lead the development of scientific capability.
• Highly developed communication skills both oral and written that enables the person to explain complex issues clearly to a range of audiences, including non-technical experts.
• Ability to build strong relationships with others.
• An understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga Māori and the Vision Mātauranga Policy.
• Broad networks across the research innovation system.
• Track record of research innovation funding application success.

The Principal Scientist range is from $134,477 to $181,940
If you require further information about this position please contact Camilla Lundbak (
Ecological impacts of microplastic pollution in freshwater habitats
Position type: PhD position
Location: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK)
There is now so much plastic on our planet that microscopic plastic particles (‘microplastics’) are the most abundant form of solid waste on Earth. Global plastic production is ever increasing, having grown from 1.5 (in 1950) to 322 million tonnes in 2015 and, each year, at least 10% of this plastic ends up as litter in aquatic environments. The majority of the plastic found in the world’s oceans originates from land, transported to marine systems along river networks. Despite the fact that many freshwater environments, including rivers, lakes and canals, are heavily contaminated by plastic waste, research on plastic pollution in freshwaters is still in its infancy. Freshwater habitats such as wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes provide vital benefits and services such as drinking water, water for food production and habitats for aquatic life and birds. Understanding and reducing the risk that microplastics pose to freshwater ecosystems is, therefore, an urgent research priority.

This PhD project will:
1. Quantify the distribution, abundance and type of microplastics in urban and rural freshwater habitats. Via collaborations with the Department of Biomedical and Forensic Sciences a Fourier Transform Infrared Microscope will be used to determine polymer types of the microplastics
2. Assess the potential impacts of microplastics on biodiversity, foodweb structure and ecosystem functioning in freshwater habitats The results of this project will generate essential novel data on the presence and effects of microplastic litter in freshwater habitats.
Recommendations on monitoring/mitigation will be established to provide managers with important information for policy-making decisions.

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Aquatic Field Technician
Position type: Field Technician
Location: Champaign, Illinois (USA)
Job description
We are seeking a field technician to assist with fish and mussel field sampling for the summer and fall of 2019. Duties include: collecting fish by minnow seining, back-pack, barge and boat electrofishing, and trawling; collecting mussels by hand sampling, snorkeling, and excavation of quadrats; lab and museum work, including data entry, processing specimens for curation, museum maintenance; equipment cleaning and maintenance; and other duties as needed. Travel and long hours in the field should be expected.

Course work in biology, entomology, fisheries, environmental science, or related field is recommended. The candidate must be able to swim, hike to remote sites, travel overnight, work outside under adverse field conditions (biting insects, leeches, poison ivy, heat, cold, humidity, etc), lift 40 pounds, and be comfortable on boats and personal watercraft. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in freshwater systems.

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Post-Docs in Freshwater Ecology
Position type: Post-Doc positions
Location: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY (USA)
The Jefferson Project is hiring two post-docs to conduct research in freshwater ecology. Research topics include invasive species, salinization, eutrophication, algal blooms, and global warming. The post-docs will conduct basic and applied experiments across multiple venues including the lab, land-based mesocosms, and in-lake mesocosms. They will also analyze high-frequency data from our highly advanced network of weather, stream, and lake sensors.

The Jefferson Project is an unprecedented research endeavor devised to study stream, wetland, and lake ecosystems by using Smart-Sensor technologies, leading-edge experiments, and advanced, coupled computer models of the weather, runoff, lake circulation, and food webs. It is a collaboration between Rensselaer, IBM, and the FUND for Lake George. The Jefferson Project is serving as a global model for understanding and protecting freshwater ecosystems.

The post-docs will collaborate with Rensselaer researchers, including experts in Ecology, Evolution, Limnology, Engineering, Big Data, Computer Science, Cognitive Science (AI), and the Arts. They will also collaborate with researchers from the FUND for Lake George and IBM Research, including experts in Meteorology, Hydrology, Cyber-infrastructure, and Data Visualization. Collectively, The Jefferson Project team of researchers focuses on moving from science to solutions, as we build the future of freshwater protection.

Applicants should send (in pdf format) a cover letter, CV, research statement, and a list of 3 references to Rick Relyea ( Applications will be reviewed as they arrive. The desired start date is August or September 2019.

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Quantifying climate impacts on inland and coastal eutrophication
Position type: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Location: Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford (CA)
Contact Name: Anna Michalak
The Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science (CIS) is seeking Postdoctoral Research Associates to contribute to research that aims to quantify climate change impacts on freshwater and coastal water quality via influences on nutrient delivery to, and on conditions within, water bodies. Our approach is highly data-driven, with a common methodological thread being the development and application of statistical approaches for optimizing the use of limited in situ and remote sensing environmental data.

• Ph.D. in hydrology, limnology, remote sensing, earth science, or related field;
• Experience working with water quantity or quality observations at regional, continental and/or global scales;
• Experience with quantitative data analysis and modeling approaches;
• Experience exploring questions about climate and/or water quality;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Informal inquiries about these positions can be made by emailing Anna Michalak at

The review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until it is filled. Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with work experience and skills.

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