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Call to join the 4th FreshProject "PhytoPlastic"
Position type: Collaborative Project
Application deadline: 2022-07-15
Call to join the 4th European FreshProject "PhytoPlastic"
"Life in plastic, it’s fantastic: unravelling the microalgal community of plastisphere across European lentic systems"


Principal investigators: Veronica Nava (Postdoctoral researcher - University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy) & Julia Gostynska (Ph.D. student - Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland)

Background
Plastics constitute suitable substrates for the colonization by microalgae and represent a new habitat for rafting organisms to the point that the term “plastisphere” was coined to define the diverse community growing on the surface of plastic debris. However, further research is needed to explore the microalge-plastic interactions and several questions remain to be addressed.

Aims
The present project is aimed at studying the temporal establishment and development of phytobenthos on different plastic polymers over a wide geographical scale to better characterize the interaction of plastics with key organisms of aquatic ecosystems, i.e. microalgae.
The overreaching goals are to:
- understand whether plastic debris can represent a new niche for the microalgal community in freshwater systems
- determine whether substrate-specific properties or environmental factors prevail in shaping microalgal assemblages on plastic debris.

What is required to join?
To be able to participate, it is necessary to:
- be a Bachelor student, Master student, PhD student, or early Post‐Doc (PhD completion later than 31st December 2019)
- be already a member/or join one of the limnological societies federated within EFFS (for a list see both pages here)
- have enough time to perform the sampling activities (4 days for 4 sampling seasons) and any other project activity (data analysis, writing, meetings, etc)
- have access to basic limnological equipment (multiparametric probe)
- actively participate in the project

What do you gain from the participation?
- You will be part of a network of young freshwater scientists
- You will increase your knowledge about relevant topics in limnological research (microalgae and microplastics)
- You will enhance your soft-skills
- You will contribute to an international project
- Co-authorship in scientific publications

How to participate?
To participate in the project, please read and fill in the online questionnaire (here) by 15 July 2022.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us: Veronica Nava (veronica.nava@unimib.it); Julia Gostynska (julia.gostynska@amu.edu.pl)
For further information, visit the project website: https://phytoplastic.wixsite.com/my-site. Open
Postdoctoral Researcher - Ecology of Harmful Algal Blooms
Position type: Postdoctoral position
Location: Auburn University (USA)
The School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences at Auburn University is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work both independently and collaboratively with members of our research team to develop research projects that further our understanding of the ecology of freshwater harmful algal blooms. The incumbent will join an active lab (http://wilsonlab.com/) whose recent research activities integrate large-scale, whole pond and mesocosm experiments, lake surveys, remote sensing, statistical modelling, and meta-analysis to understand the importance of abiotic and biotic factors that affect the promotion or control of algal blooms in aquaculture ponds and drinking water and recreational reservoirs. The incumbent will have ample opportunities to participate in existing NSF, USDA, and USGS supported lab projects, develop new research directions, and support the writing of research proposals and manuscripts. This is a benefit eligible, non-tenure track position. The appointment is for an initial period of one year with a possibility of continuance up to a maximum of four years depending on performance and funding availability. In addition to professional development opportunities available in our lab, Auburn University offers many resources for our postdoc community - http://graduate.auburn.edu/postdoc/

I am motivated to maintain a productive, diverse, and inclusive lab and encourage candidates from under-represented groups to consider joining us. Moreover, lab members have numerous opportunities to engage students from institutions with limited research opportunities, students with disabilities, and students in financial need in their projects through current NSF projects (REU, INCLUDES, S-STEM).

Available infrastructure: Our lab is fully equipped for field and lab-based research. The incumbent will have access to trucks, boats, sampling gear, microscopes, and analytical chemistry and molecular tools. In addition, the School of Fisheries manages a spectacular field station with more than 300 ponds that vary in size, shape, depth, and productivity that the incumbent will be encouraged to use as part of their research efforts. We also collaborate with diverse stakeholders throughout the US, such as aquaculture farmers, water utilities, non-profits, natural resource managers, and academics, that could be leveraged as part of this position.

Qualifications: The minimum qualification is an earned Ph.D. in Biology, Aquaculture, Microbiology, Ecology, Limnology, Analytical Chemistry, Molecular Ecology, or closely related field at the time employment begins. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to conduct research related to the ecology of harmful algal blooms. Selected candidates must have knowledge/experience with harmful algal blooms, experience with analyzing experimental and monitoring data sets, and significant experience with manuscript preparation and publication. Although we welcome all candidates with prior experience related to harmful algal blooms, areas that we are particular interested in growing in the lab include biogeochemistry, ecotoxicology, and molecular approaches to study interactions between cyanobacteria and associated organisms. Given that we serve diverse stakeholders, strong communication skills are also required. The individual selected for the position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States by the start date and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

How to apply: Applicants must complete an on-line application process at the following link: https://www.auemployment.com/postings/25446 and attach the following: 1) cover letter stating research interests and career goals, 2) current curriculum vita, and 3) copies of all academic transcripts. When prompted, please provide names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Only complete application materials will be considered. Active review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

For questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Alan Wilson at wilson@auburn.edu or visit http://wilsonlab.com/ to learn more about our lab.

The University: Auburn University is an R1 land-grant institution organized into twelve academic colleges and schools and ranked 40th among public universities in the U.S. News and World 2021 Report. For 2020, 24,505 undergraduates as well as 6,232 graduate and professional students were enrolled. The University is nationally recognized for its academic excellence, commitments to community engagement, positive work environment, flourishing student life programs, and beautiful campus. To learn more about the University, please visit: http://www.auburn.edu/

The Community: Auburn is recognized as one of America’s best small towns with a moderate climate and easy access to major cities, beaches, and mountains. The city is situated along the rapidly developing I-85 Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, corridor. The combined Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a growing population of over >60,000. The City of Auburn grew 43% in the past decade and is known for an excellent public school system and a local medical center acknowledged as among the best in the region. The City of Auburn website has information on the community and services that can be accessed at: https://www.auburnalabama.org/

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability employerOpen
Grants for stays for researchers of Ukrainian nationality within the research structures of the University of Valencia
Position type: Grant
Location: University of Valencia (Spain)
Application deadline: 2022-06-17
Awarding of grants to finance the incurred expenses for temporary stays for researchers who have been forced to leave Ukraine following the Russian invasion, within the research structures of the University of Valencia.

PURPOSE
The purpose of this call is the awarding of grants to finance the incurred expenses for temporary stays for researchers who have been forced to leave Ukraine following the Russian invasion, within the research structures of the University of Valencia.

REQUIREMENTS • Applicant: The directors of any departments, institutes or interdisciplinary research structures of the University of Valencia who are interested in hosting Ukrainian research staff during the year 2022 may apply for these grants.
• Person responsible for the stay: The invited researcher must be recommended by the director of a registered research group or a group that has applied for registration in the Registry of Research Structures of the University of Valencia. Likewise, he must have updated his CV for the last five years in the GREC CURRICUL @ application and participated in the research report for the last three years with a minimum of eighteen points. This person responsible for the stay must have his research assigned to the department, institute or interdepartmental research group carrying out the application.
• Recipients: Invited research staff must be Ukrainian nationals and have had to interrupt their activities at a Ukrainian university or research centre because of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

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Lake Ecological Modeller
Position type: Researcher - full time permanent position
Location: NIWA (New Zealand)
NIWA is a dynamic research organisation whose purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand's aquatic resources and environments, to provide understanding of climate and the atmosphere and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders. NIWA is New Zealand's largest and pre-eminent provider of climate, freshwater and marine science.

We are seeking a Lake Ecological Modeller to contribute to and lead research and consulting projects in lake and catchment science and management in New Zealand. These projects will include: 1) developing and applying process-based and statistical models to predict lake ecosystem responses to land use, climate change, biological invasions and other environmental drivers; 2) developing integrated modelling systems that link aquatic ecosystems to catchments; and 3) empirical studies that require advanced data analysis skills.

The Lake Ecological Modeller will work with a wide range of scientists from NIWA and other science providers, and will develop and maintain professional relationships with clients, government agencies, stakeholders in water and land management, and indigenous Māori partners.

The position requires:
- A PhD in an environmental science field (environmental modelling, ecosystems ecology, limnology or similar).
- Extensive experience in ecological modelling and limnology.
- At least 3 years post-PhD in a research or consulting position.
- Experience with one or more widely used process-based ecosystem and water quality modelling packages (e.g., AEM3D, Delwaq, PCLake, CAEDYM, GLM, SWAT, INCA).
- Experience in statistical modelling and GIS, and in managing and processing environmental data.
- High proficiency in writing technical reports, proposals and science publications.
- Experience in providing applied research and/or consulting work on behalf of stakeholders in water management (e.g., government agencies, industry groups) is preferred

NIWA offers competitive remuneration and benefits and the opportunity to be part of a nationwide team of world class freshwater science specialists. Are you passionate about applying innovative solutions to support decision-making? Do you thrive on the challenge of working across different problems and with different people? If so, then this is the position for you.

We don't expect perfection in our candidates - if you think you have what it takes, but don't meet every point referenced in the position description, please still get in touch!

NIWA offers flexible working options (e.g., part-time, flexible start and finish times). We are happy to discuss potential flexible options for this position at the interview stage.

NIWA promotes the importance and value of an inclusive and diverse workforce, including the Rainbow Community, and pride ourselves on being a family-friendly and supportive workplace.

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Research Fellow Grade 1 Freshwater Ecology and Conservation
Position type: Postdoctoral position
Location: Griffith University (Australia)
Application deadline: 2022-04-14
About the opportunity
We are currently looking for a Research Fellow (Grade 1) Freshwater Ecology and Conservation, to support Professor Fran Sheldon on existing and new projects relating to the ecology and conservation of freshwater species and ecosystems, and whose research explores the relationships between hydrology, physical geomorphology and ecology in river systems, particularly large dryland rivers.
This role includes leading field surveys of aquatic biota and their habitats in rivers and wetlands, including curating large biophysical and spatial datasets and undertaking statistical and geospatial modelling and analysis using R and/or GIS applications.
This is a fixed term (contingent up to 3 years), full-time position based at the Australian Rivers Institute on Nathan campus and it is expected that the successful candidate will be available to attend campus in person as a normal requirement of the role. Further, you may be required to work on either a temporary or an indefinite basis at any premises, which the University currently has or may subsequently acquire or at any premises at which it may from time to time provide services.

About you
To be successful within this role, you will hold a PhD in a relevant field with research experience in quantitative ecology and field surveys of aquatic biota and their habitats.
You have a developing publication record in high impact, international, esteemed peer-reviewed journals and success seeking competitive funding.
In addition, you have assisted in mentoring and co-supervising higher degree research candidates.

Salary range
Base Salary $78,437 - $91,879 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation, $91,771 - $107,498.

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Research Fellow Grade 1 Freshwater Ecology and Conservation
Position type: Postdoctoral position
Location: Griffith University (Australia)
Application deadline: 2022-04-14
About the opportunity
We are currently looking for a Research Fellow (Grade 1) Freshwater Ecology and Conservation, to support Professor Mark Kennard on existing and new projects relating to the ecology and conservation of freshwater species and ecosystems, and whose particularly expertise is in hydro-ecology and environmental flow management, biomonitoring and ecosystem health assessment, freshwater biodiversity assessment and conservation planning, and freshwater fish ecology and biogeography.
This role includes leading field surveys of aquatic biota and their habitats in rivers and wetlands, including curating large biophysical and spatial datasets and undertaking statistical and geospatial modelling and analysis using R and/or GIS applications.
This is a fixed term (contingent up to 2 years), full-time position based at the Australian Rivers Institute on Nathan campus and it is expected that the successful candidate will be available to attend campus in person as a normal requirement of the role. Further, you may be required to work on either a temporary or an indefinite basis at any premises, which the University currently has or may subsequently acquire or at any premises at which it may from time to time provide services.

About you
To be successful within this role, you will hold a PhD in a relevant field with research experience in quantitative ecology and field surveys of aquatic biota and their habitats.
You have a developing publication record in high impact, international, esteemed peer-reviewed journals and success seeking competitive funding.
In addition, you have assisted in mentoring and co-supervising higher degree research candidates.

Salary range
Base Salary $78,437 - $91,879 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation, $91,771 - $107,498.

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Research Fellow Grade 1 Freshwater Ecology and Modelling
Position type: Postdoctoral position
Location: Griffith University (Australia)
Application deadline: 2022-04-14
About the opportunity
We are currently looking for a Research Fellow (Grade 1) Freshwater Ecology and Modelling, to undertake research into statistical and numerical methods of identifying change in freshwater quality in response to restoration actions.
This role will review contemporary sensor methods to improve monitoring to detect change, and research outcomes will be presented to a wide range of external stakeholders and researchers involved in freshwater monitoring and restoration at catchment, sub-catchment and site scale.
Supporting Professor David Hamilton, the Research Fellow will design environmental monitoring programmes for the purpose of assessing responses to land and water management actions, and apply models to assess hydrological and water quality responses of surface waters to environmental change.
This is a fixed term (contingent up to 2 years), full-time position based at the Australian Rivers Institute on Nathan campus and it is expected that the successful candidate will be available to attend campus in person as a normal requirement of the role. Further, you may be required to work on either a temporary or an indefinite basis at any premises, which the University currently has or may subsequently acquire or at any premises at which it may from time to time provide services.

About you
To be successful within this role, you will hold a PhD in a relevant field with research experience in quantitative ecology, ecological modelling, and field surveys of aquatic biota and their habitats.
You have a developing publication record in high impact, international, esteemed peer-reviewed journals and success seeking competitive funding.
In addition, you have assisted in mentoring and co-supervising higher degree research candidates.

Salary range
Base Salary $78,437 - $91,879 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation, $91,771 - $107,498.

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PhD position: Effects of morphological degradation and droughts on microbial processes driving internal eutrophication
Position type: PhD position
Location: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany)
Your tasks:
Microbial activity in benthic biofilms (i.e. organic matter mineralization, enzymatic hydrolysis) promote substantial phosphorus (P) diffusive flux from sediments increasing the risk of internal eutrophication. In the actual climatic context of increasing droughts, we expect P release from benthic sediments to gain importance. However, droughts are not occurring alone - they interact with other stressors such as morphological degradation. Aim of the PhD project is to understand how the coupled action of morphological degradation and droughts modify microbial activity, benthic P release, and the risk of internal eutrophication in rivers and floodplain lakes.

Your tasks will be:
• Field-sampling in river sites and floodplain lakes and sediment laboratory incubations
• Laboratory analysis of microbial biofilm-related variables (extracellular enzyme activities, microbial respiration, community-level physiological profiles, bacteria cell density, extracellular polymeric substances -EPS-) and sediments
• Statistical data analysis (multivariate, two-way ANOVA...)
• Presentation of the results in international conferences
• Transfer the results into scientific papers
• Write a PhD dissertation (i.e. doctoral thesis)

Your profile:
• Master's degree in environmental science, biology, environmental engineering, water science, geo-ecology or similar
• Experience in laboratory work
• Knowledge in statistics (e.g., using R)
• Experience in freshwater ecosystems (rivers and/or ponds), microbial biofilms or sediments is beneficial
• Knowledge in water quality is recommended
• Driving license B1 is recommended
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
• Dedication to work in an interdisciplinary team and willingness to collaborate with international partners and with other doctoral students from the cohort

Application should include a motivation letter with an outline of your research interests, a CV, Master diploma and transcript with grades of all courses you took, and two recommendation letters with contact information of referees. Interviews are planned for early May 2022.

We offer:
• Top-level interdisciplinary work at a research center in Germany within multinational teams
• Excellent technical facilities, e.g., UFZ’s mobile mesocosm platform MOBICOS, UFZ’s mobile laboratory MOBILAB
• Integration into an interacting team of PhDs
• Support and optimal training courses by our graduate school (HIGRADE) and through the TRACER network
• Family-friendly working conditions
• Remuneration by the German TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 (65%), including public-sector health and social security benefits for three years

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PhD position: Parsimonious modelling of algal regime dynamics across river networks to mitigate eutrophication
Position type: PhD position
Location: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany)
Your tasks:
Across river networks where benthic or pelagic algae can excessively grow, eutrophication regimes can be defined as four types: pelagic or benthic, pelagic and benthic, non-eutrophication. The regimes can be shifted in a catchment over space and time, based on the coupled effects of geomorphological features, hydrological conditions, nutrient loading, and abiotic factors. But the differentiated regimes for the two algal communities have been poorly understood. The gap of knowledge will be filled through the expected tasks:
• Advance a generic model system for algal dynamics coupled with essential environmental descriptors in parsimonious representation
• Develop a river-network-scale framework to delineate temporally varying safe operating spaces for algal regime dynamics under hydroclimatic, geomorphologic and nutrient stressors
•Perform scenario analyses to pinpoint the effects of climate-induced extreme hydrologic conditions, river connectivity, river network structures, and nutrient reduction targets on algal dynamics

Your profile:
• Master's degree in hydrology, aquatic ecological/environmental/water science, environmental engineering or related disciplines
• Experience in the development and application of analytical and numerical models using programming skills (e.g., Python, Matlab, R) are highly beneficial
• Experience with handling large databases of environmental variables is highly beneficial
• Experience with process-based system modelling is beneficial
• Knowledge in river water quantity, quality, and/or aquatic ecosystems is recommended
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
• Enjoying problem solving and working with computer, models and data
• Being interested in interdisciplinary research within multicultural teams and having willingness to collaborate with international partners

Application should include a motivation letter with an outline of your research interests, a CV, Master diploma and transcript with grades of all courses you took, and two recommendation letters with contact information of referees. Interviews are planned for early May 2022.

We offer:
• Top-level interdisciplinary work at a research center in Germany within multinational teams
• Integration into an interacting team of PhDs
• Support and optimal training courses by our graduate school (HIGRADE) and through the TRACER network
• Integration into an interacting team of PhDs
• Family-friendly working conditions
• Remuneration by the German TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 (65%), including public-sector health and social security benefits for three years

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PhD Offer in Ecology
Position type: PhD position
Location: Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Canada)
Application deadline: 2022-01-23
Project description: The objective of this project is to evaluate the effect of different ecological restoration methods on the aquatic food webs and ecological functions of Lake Osisko. The project will be carried out in several axes: (i) Assess the environmental degradation of the lake and the level of heavy metal contamination of aquatic species (invertebrates to fish); (ii) Test the effects of different restoration methods on the environmental quality of Lake Osisko.

Profile required:
- Education: Master's degree in ecology, biology or environmental sciences with a particular interest in aquatic environments and/or ecotoxicology.
- Requirement: Be motivated and determined to contribute to the improvement of the health of degraded ecosystems. Enjoy working outdoors in natural environments, on the water and in a multi-sectoral team. Driver's license required, boat license is a bonus.
- Skills: Leadership, autonomy, dynamism, organizational skills, determination, curiosity, ability to communicate - Assets: Statistics courses, ability to swim, first aid training.
- Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: We encourage applications from people from under-represented groups in science (Indigenous people, women, visible and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+).

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PhD project in aquatic ecology
Position type: PhD position
Location: Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Canada)
Application deadline: 2022-01-23
Project description: The objective of this project is to better understand the invasion dynamics of the spiny water flea in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Quebec, Canada), to limit its spread. Axis 1 will aim to evaluate the lake vulnerability in AbitibiTémiscamingue to the spiny water flea invasion and to identify the main variables involved in the spread of the spiny water flea. Axis 2 will aim to evaluate the impacts of this invasion on boreal aquatic food webs using sampling of numerous lakes in Quebec and Ontario.

Profile needed:
- Education: Hold a Master’s degree in ecology, biology or environmental sciences with a particular interest in aquatic environments and/or invasive alien species;
- Requirement: Be motivated and determined to contribute to the improvement of ecosystem management and preservation. Enjoy working outdoors in a natural environment, on the water and as part of a team. Driver’s license required, boat license is a bonus;
- Skills: Leadership, autonomy, dynamism, organizational skills, determination, curiosity, ability to communicate;
- Assets: Statistics courses, swimming skills, first aid training;
- Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: We encourage applications from underrepresented groups in science (Indigenous peoples, women, visible and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+).

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Associate Professor of Aquatic Ecology and Associate Director of PEREC (Tenure-Track)
Position type: Associate Professor
Location: George Mason University (USA)
The George Mason University Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) and its Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) are seeking an energetic and experienced individual for a full time, 9-month, tenure track position to serve as Associate Professor and Associate Director of PEREC beginning in August 2022. It is anticipated that this hire will also qualify as the Associate Director of PEREC, and be in line for the Directorship within 2-3 years of joining Mason.

Responsibilities/Duties
- Participate in leading PEREC’s program and funding initiatives,
- Contribute to PEREC’s administrative management,
- Lead interdisciplinary research teams to obtain substantial external funding,
- Participate in PEREC’s long-term ecological studies of Gunston Cove and Hunting Creek on the tidal freshwater Potomac,
- Conduct normal academic duties of teaching, research, and service,
- Maintain an extramural research program.

Required Qualifications
- Successful completion of a Ph.D. in environmental science, biology, botany, aquatic ecology, or related field prior to the first day of the appointment,
- Demonstrated research experience in algal ecology, plankton ecology, and/or aquatic macrophyte ecology,
- The ability to share the department’s commitment to interdisciplinary education and research,
- An established record of scholarly activity demonstrated by publication record in peer-reviewed journals,
- Demonstrated experience in establishing independent extramurally funded research program, student mentoring, and strong academic leadership,
- Commitment and interest in teaching lecture and laboratory courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, Effective interpersonal communication skills; and
-The ability to collaborate with other natural scientists and social scientists in research, teaching and outreach.

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Senior University Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology
Position type: Senior Lecturer
Location: Lund University (Sweden)
Application deadline: 2022-01-31
Job description
The principal duties of the position consist mainly of research and education at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Education is expected to amount to up to about 30% of full-time work at the senior lecturer level and to about 20% for candidates that have reached full professor’s level. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to supervise master’s and PhD students, to actively engage in departmental duties, and to interact with authorities and society at large. The exact contents of the position, as well as the proportion between research and teaching, may change over time.
The successful candidate is expected to develop an active research programme in areas related to the research that is presently performed at the Aquatic Ecology unit and thereby to strengthen present research, by broadening or deepening. It is an advantage if the connection to present research can be combined with the development of new research directions. The successful candidate is expected to work actively with attracting external research funding.
A PhD student and a starting grant will be connected to the position.

Eligibility
Qualifications for appointment as a Senior University Lecturer includes demonstrated teaching expertise, a completed PhD or the corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the position and the duties that it will involve (according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 4, section 4). For this position, the qualified applicant must have a PhD from the field of aquatic ecology or from a related field that is deemed relevant for the position.
It is a requirement to have completed at least five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or acquired equivalent knowledge by other means. In certain cases, exceptions can be made from this requirement.
A general qualification requirement for academic staff at Lund University is to be suited for and to have the general ability required to fulfil the duties of the position.

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Assistant Professor of Physical Limnology in the Institute of Environmental Engineering (IIE)
Position type: Assistant Professor
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Application deadline: 2022-01-01
The EPFL School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Physical Limnology in the Institute of Environmental Engineering (IIE). The new professor will be a member of the Limnology Center (LIMNC) and the Center for Climate Impact and Action (CLIMACT), and will have access to the multi-institutional experimental platform for limnological research LéXPLORE, located on Lake Geneva near EPFL.

We seek applicants with acknowledged research expertise on physical processes in inland surface waters and their response to natural and anthropogenic impacts. Particularly welcome are candidates with research interests that include the impacts of climate change on aquatic environments. We also encourage applications from candidates whose research vision encompasses the quantitative interdisciplinary connections between physical, chemical and biological processes that contribute to ecosystem services provided by lakes and other inland water bodies.

The appointee is expected to lead an internationally recognized research program in physical limnology that leverages the opportunities offered by EPFL. The professor will be committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate level teaching, and will contribute to the Environmental Engineering program, which emphasizes basic and translational research as the foundation for environmental adaptation and engineering design.

EPFL, with its main campus located in Lausanne, on the shores of Lake Geneva, is a dynamically growing and well- funded institution fostering excellence and diversity. It is well equipped with experimental and computational infrastructure, and offers a fertile environment for research collaboration between various disciplines. The EPFL environment is multilingual and multicultural, with English serving as a common interface. EPFL offers internationally competitive start-up resources, salaries and benefits.

The following documents are requested in PDF format: cover letter including a statement of motivation, curriculum vitae, publication list, concise statements of research and teaching interests (up to 5 pages for each) as well as the names and contact information of three referees who are ready to supply a letter upon request. Applications should be uploaded to the EPFL recruitment web site:
https://facultyrecruiting.epfl.ch/position/34865161
Formal evaluation of the applications will begin on January 1, 2022.

Further enquiries should be made to:
Prof. Fernando Porté-Agel
Chair of the Search Committee
e-mail: SearchLimnology@epfl.ch

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Predoctoral Researcher Position at University of Vic, Barcelona (Spain): Latitudinal changes in ponds biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, with special focus on carbon fluxes and storage
Position type: Predoctoral Researcher
Location: University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic – UCC)
The University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic – UCC) is a young and very dynamic university in Central Catalonia, with a special commitment to quality education, innovative research and internationalization. The Aquatic Ecology Group of UVic-UCC is formed by a young team of researchers and has recently been granted a Horizon 2020 grant to lead the project PONDERFUL: Pond ecosystems for resilient future landscapes in a changing climate. The consortium is composed by 18 partners from nine European states and from Turkey and Uruguay.

PONDERFUL aims are to increase understanding of the ways in which ponds, as a naturebased solution, can help society to mitigate and adapt to climate change, protect biodiversity and deliver ecosystem services. PONDERFUL project starts in December 2020 and lasts for 4 years.

We are looking to hire a full-time pre-doctoral researcher for 3 years, which will be connected to PONDERFUL research project. The PhD will be supervised by Drs. Sandra Brucet and Mireia Bartron

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Postdoctoral position - Understanding and Predicting Cyanobacteria Genetics and Toxin Production
Position type: Postdoctoral Position
Location: Rensselaer Polytechnic institute - Troy, NY (USA)
A postdoctoral scientist position is available associated with the Jefferson Project at Lake George to address the biotic and abiotic stressors in freshwater bodies of water that drive harmful algal blooms (HABs). HABs involve the proliferation of cyanobacteria (i.e., blue-green algae) to the point where they dominate freshwater lakes, with several species producing harmful toxins (e.g., liver toxins, nerve toxins, and skin irritants) that impact ecosystems, humans, livestock, and pets. While HABs can occur naturally, their occurrence and magnitude have dramatically increased throughout the world. Despite decades of research, there is a major knowledge gap regarding the conditions that trigger cyanobacteria to produce toxins. To address the science and solutions of HABs, we have assembled a multidisciplinary team to examine the triggers of HAB formation and toxin production in cyanobacteria in multiple lakes.

The postdoctoral scientist will work with biologists, chemists, and biochemical engineers to perform lab and field experiments to understand the role of genetics, gene regulation, and the environmental factors that cause cyanobacteria to bloom and produce toxins. This work will entail characterizing the microbiome associated with HAB cyanobacteria, identifying microbial species that affect HABs and toxin production, characterizing the genomes of globally relevant HAB cyanobacteria, and further identifying the genes and biochemical pathways responsible for toxin production.

The starting salary is $51,000 with excellent health benefits. The post-doc will be based on Main Campus in Troy, NY, which has a thriving downtown that includes excellent restaurants, coffee shops, and a farmers market. Main Campus is also in close proximity to the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains and their associated lakes, with many fun recreational opportunities.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in the biological sciences with experience in transcriptomic and metagenomic analysis or related areas. Interested individuals should provide a cover letter, CV, research statement, and a list of 3 references to Prof. Rick Relyea (relyer@rpi.edu) as a single pdf. Open
Master Students Auburn University, Alabama (USA)
Position type: Master Students
Location: Auburn University, Alabama (USA)
Job Descriptions:
Two master research assistantships starting in Fall 2021 are available in Dr. Dengjun Wang’s lab (https://wangdengjun.weebly.com) in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences (https://sfaas.auburn.edu/) at Auburn University (https://www.auburn.edu/). Research areas in Dr. Wang’s lab include: (1) transport/cotransport of colloids, nanoparticles, and emerging contaminants (PFAS and plastics) in porous media; (2) identifying sources and biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus (P) in watershed; (3) innovative technology for soil and groundwater remediation including PFAS remediation; and (4) nanotechnology for sustainable agriculture, fisheries, and aquaculture (e.g., nanopesticides, nanofertilizers, and nanosensors).

Minimum Qualifications:
• An earned bachelor’s degree in fisheries and aquatic science, environmental science, soil science, or closely related fields is required
• Experience or coursework in aquatic chemistry, analytical chemistry, or soil physics
• Good communication skills, team spirits, and dedication to academic excellence

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in analytic techniques such as ICP-MS, GC-MS, and HPLC-MS
• Basic knowledge or skills of ORIGIN, MATLAB, R, and Python software

Interested candidates are encouraged to send email to Dr. Wang (dzw0065@auburn.edu) with a single PDF file including: (1) an application letter describing your relevant experiences; (2) CV; (3) copies of transcripts; (4) GRE, TOFEL, and IELTS scores; and (5) contact information of three references. Review of candidates will start immediately, and decision will be made once the ideal candidate is identified.

More information on the application at Auburn University can be found at: Graduate School: http://bulletin.auburn.edu/thegraduateschool/admissions/

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Doctoral researcher - Regime shift in the plankton community of Lake Konstanz
Position type: PhD scholarship 4 years (DAAD stipend)
Location: Limnological Institute at the University of Konstanz
Call for applications for a PhD scholarship (4 Years) integrated in the Research Training Group R3 at the University of Konstanz.

A PhD scholarship funded by the DAAD is available for the following research topic:
Understanding of the regime shift in the phytoplankton community in Lake Constance: Seasonal and inter-annual changes in the traits of the plankton community

Project Description: Trophic change has caused a regime shift in the annual phytoplankton biomass in Lake Constance. During eutrophication between the 1960s and the 1980s and during re-oligotrophication from the 1990s onwards the annual phytoplankton biomass has been rather resilient to changes in nutrient concentrations except for a comparatively short time period of transition between the two alternative states. The project aims at a better understanding of the mechanism responsible for the resilience and the regime shift of the phytoplankton in Lake Constance. We plan to use data analysis, and possibly also numerical modelling, of the phytoplankton community to investigate the consequences of changes in bottom up and top-down effects on the seasonal course of plankton development during eutrophication and re-oligotrophication. The project is integrated in the Research Training Highly motivated candidates with a MSc degree in biology, mathematics, oceanography, physics or engineering are welcome to apply. Applicants should have a background in numerical modelling and data analysis, ideally experiences with environmental systems and plankton, and show an enthusiasm for basic research. The successful candidate should be able to communicate effectively with individuals from a wide range of disciplines. Group R3 (www.rtg-resilience.uni-konstanz.de).

Application: Highly motivated candidates with a MSc degree in biology, mathematics, oceanography, physics or engineering are welcome to apply. Applicants should have a background in numerical modelling and data analysis, ideally experiences with environmental systems and plankton, and show an enthusiasm for basic research. The successful candidate should be able to communicate effectively with individuals from a wide range of disciplines.

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Two Early Stage Researcher positions of the MSCA-ITN PRORISK in Girona (Spain)
Position type: PhD position
Location: University of Girona, Spanish National Research Council (Spain)
The IEA at the UdG, the IFE group at the CEAB-CSIC, and the Marie Skłodowska -Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN) project “Best chemical risk assessment professionals for maximum Ecosystem Services benefit (PRORISK)” OFFER two Early Stage Researcher (PhD Student) positions: “ESR7 - Linking physiological, individual and population level effects: AOP on the fish performance biomarkers” hosted at IEA-UdG and “ESR12 - Translating community change to ecosystem services provision” hosted at CEAB-CSIC.

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Ph.D. Student in Freshwater Ecology
Position type: PhD position
Location: University of Toledo, Ohio (USA)
The Hintz Lab at the University of Toledo is seeking a highly motivated student to pursue a Ph.D. in freshwater ecology. The incumbent will focus on the ecological and evolutionary impacts of multiple stressors in fresh waters, with a concentration on freshwater salinization. The University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center will serve as home for the student’s research operations. The Lake Erie Center offers access to a large experimental facility and resources for field studies. Ideally the student would begin summer or fall 2020.

Qualifications: M.S. in ecology, limnology, environmental science, or a closely related field. Strong candidates with a B.S. will be considered.

Application deadline: Open until the position is filled. Interested candidates should email a copy of their unofficial transcripts, curriculum vitae, a letter describing their research experience and interests, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. William Hintz (William.Hintz@utoledo.edu). Please see our website for more information about the lab (www.hintzlab.com), the Department of Environmental Sciences (https://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/envsciences/grad/), and the Lake Erie Center (https://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/lec/). Please reach out with any questions you may have.

The University of Toledo is an equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, dual-career professionals, and covered veterans.Open
Postdoctoral Fellow position available in invasion ecology
Position type: Postdoctoral Fellow
Location: Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor (Canada)
Postdoctoral Fellow position available in invasion ecology with Drs. Hugh MacIsaac and Sarah Bailey.
We seek candidates for a position to address risk assessment associated with colonization pressure in aquatic invasion ecology. The successful applicant will review pertinent literature, assess risk associated with mock zooplankton communities in experimental mesocosms, and model relative risk associated with colonization pressure and propagule pressure in ballast water communities. Appointment is initially available for one year, with renewal contingent on funding.

Applicants must possess a PhD in plankton ecology and/or invasion ecology, a strong publication record, and strong quantitative and verbal skills. Experience working with large data sets, and on collaborative projects with multiple stakeholders is beneficial.

The position is based primarily at GLIER with Hugh MacIsaac, though some work and analyses will occur with Sarah Bailey at Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Burlington, Ontario.

Applications should include a cover letter, c.v., statement of research interests, and the names of two references. Application materials should be directed to Dr. Hugh MacIsaac at aquaticexplorer@yahoo.com.

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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 (http://mon.uvic.cat/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: sandra.brucet@uvic.cat and mireia.bartrons@uvic.caOpen
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 (https://water.wisc.edu/). Further information regarding the cluster initiative program can be found at: https://facstaff.provost.wisc.edu/cluster-hiring-initiative/. Further information about this Freshwater Sustainability Cluster can be found here: https://water.wisc.edu/cluster-hire/. 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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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.

Requirements:
• 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 michalak@carnegiescience.edu.

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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