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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

Background
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 (Camilla.lundbak@mfe.govt.nz)Open
PhD Scholarship – Modelling of the aquatic carbon cycle of northern lakes
Position type: PhD position
Location: Laval University, Québec City (Canada)
We invite applications for a 3 year, fully funded PhD position focussing on the feedback between current environmental changes and carbon dynamics in lakes and thaw ponds of the northern landscape.

Lakes and ponds in northern Canada store large amounts of carbon in their sediments. These carbon sinks are vast but extremely vulnerable to human and climatic perturbation. Over the large areas of the subarctic and low Arctic that are rapidly warming, degrading permafrost and increased drought frequency affect carbon pathways. The program “Changing Carbon Sinks in Arctic Canada”, CCSAC, seeks to improve the quantitative understanding of carbon dynamics in Canadian subarctic freshwaters, with a focus on protecting natural carbon sinks and processes that govern the balance between carbon sinks and carbon sources to the atmosphere. The program couples hydrology and biogeochemistry with modelling and remote-sensing to contribute to science-based decision making and the effective delivery of climate change actions.

The PhD project, with an expected starting date in early 2020, will focus on the modelling of biogeochemical process impacting carbon dynamics and on the interpretation of datasets from field campaigns, high-frequency sensors and remote sensing products. The project will build on existing multi-component reactive-transport and lake models coded in Matlab and Python, to improve our understanding of the transformation and fluxes of aquatic carbon.

The successful applicant will be hosted by the Sentinel North Research Chair in Aquatic Geochemistry, held by Prof. Raoul-Marie Couture at Laval University in Québec City, and the CNRS Joint International Laboratory Takuvik. Sentinel North and Takuvik provide a host of opportunities for graduate students, including PhD scholarships with competitive salaries, summer schools with a focus on remote field locations, financial support for international internships and world-class laboratories and computing facilities.

The applicant will also be collaborating with the CCSAC team, led by Prof. Sherry Schiff at the University of Waterloo. The team further comprises of researchers from Laurier University, University of Winnipeg, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, University of Washington and NASA. We expect that this will provide an extremely stimulating scientific environment and the opportunity to develop a portfolio of experience in both modelling and field work.

For further information, please click here.Open
Scientific assistant: Modelling river water temperatures
Position type: Scientific assistant
Location: Eawag, Department of Surface Waters – Research and Management (SURF), Kastanienbaum (Switzerland)
Application deadline: 2019-09-15
The Department of Surface Waters – Research and Management (SURF) located in Kastanienbaum (Lucerne) has a vacancy for a Scientific assistant: Modelling river water temperatures.
The focus of the position is on the numerical simulation of the spatio-temporal variability of temperature in rivers downstream of hydropower plants. An existing numerical model will be applied to case studies where river temperatures are significantly affected by hydro- and thermopeaking. Stream temperature data are available via an ongoing collaboration with ZHAW Wädenswil by means of remote sensing. The effects of different hydropower management options should be simulated and assessed, also in combination with future climate scenarios.

Applicants should have an earned MSc degree in a relevant field of physics, environmental science or engineering, a strong background in numerical modelling, and a strong interest in river ecology and collaborative applied research.

The contract duration is 12 months, starting indicatively in November 2019. The position will be in the Surface Waters Department (http://www.eawag.ch/forschung/surf/index_EN). Good communication skills in English and skills in team work are essential.

Applications must be submitted by 15 September 2019 and should include an application letter describing your interests and their relevance to this position, a CV and list of publications, and the names and contact information of three referees.

Eawag offers a unique research and working environment and is committed to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work (http://www.eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/employment/). For further information, please contact Dr. Martin Schmid (martin.schmid@eawag.ch; +41 58 765 21 93) or Dr. Davide Vanzo (davide.vanzo@eawag.ch+41 58 765 2124).

For further information, please click here.Open
Senior scientist (m/f/x)
Position type: Senior scientist
Location: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Magdeburg (Germany)
Application deadline: 2019-08-29
The Department River Ecology is looking for a Senior scientist (m/f/x)

Subject: Exploratory data analyses and modelling of ecological processes in running waters

Working time: 100 (39 hours per week), limited to 36 months, prolongation and tenure track option possible according to the UFZ tenure track guidelines

Your tasks:
The Department River Ecology investigates ecological processes and matter fluxes and their control in running waters. To complement our empirical and experimental research, we are looking for a scientist (m/f/x) for statistical data-driven analyses and modelling of ecological and biogeochemical processes in streams and rivers. A first task linked to the Helmholtz Climate Initiative is the analysis of nutrient and eutrophication dynamics in large rivers across Germany and Europe under extreme climate events (hydrological and temperature extremes). On this basis, the successful candidate should establish her/his own research group in this field. Your profile:
• Master or related degree and PhD in environmental science
• Own research in aquatic ecology, preferentially for running waters and with a link to biogeochemistry
• Experience in the statistical and model-driven analyses of environmental big data sets including time series demonstrated by own high-ranked publications
• Profound experience in the application of statistical and modelling software
• Motivation and experience to work in collaborative research consortia

We offer:
• Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
• The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and close to being ready for application
• Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams and excellent links with national and international research networks
• A vibrant region with a high quality of life and a wide cultural offering for a balance between family and professional life
• Interesting career opportunities and an extensive range of training and further education courses
• Remuneration up to TVöD public-sector pay grade 14 including attractive public-sector social security benefits

For further information, please click here.Open
Phycologist/phytoplankton ecologist
Position type: Full time research position
Location: Kinneret Limnological Laboratory
Contact Name: Gideon Gal
Application deadline: 2019-09-10
We seek a highly motivated independent researcher in the field of phytoplankton ecology and taxonomy, with emphasis on cyanobacteria.
The successful candidate is expected to conduct his/her investigations in the field and the laboratory, using both classical and molecular tools. The successful candidate is expected to assume responsibility for components of the Lake Kinneret monitoring program such as the monitoring of phytoplankton species composition and abundance, chlorophyll and primary production, cooperate with ongoing research projects at the Kinneret Limnological Laboratory, IOLR, and to actively seek research grants from national and international funding agencies to help support his/her research.

Requirements: The applicant should hold a Ph.D. degree in natural sciences with a strong background and research experience in phytoplankton ecology and taxonomy, and publications in peer-reviewed literature.
Advantages: post-doc, experience in planning and conducting independent research, management of R&D at national and international level, experience in microalgae culturing and barcoding.

The candidate must currently be eligible to work in Israel.

The successful candidate will be positioned at the Kinneret Limnological Laboratory, IOLR.

Applications should be submitted with a CV, list of publications, degree certificates and the contact information of at least 2 referees. Send your application by e-mail to Ms. Lea Teitelbaum: lea@ocean.org.il.

More information about IOLR can be found at www.ocean.org.il.Open
Freshwater ecology
Position type: Full time research position
Location: Kinneret Limnological Laboratory
Contact Name: Gideon Gal
Application deadline: 2019-09-10
We seek a highly motivated independent researcher in the field of freshwater ecology. The successful candidate is expected to conduct his/her investigations in both the field and the laboratory.
The successful candidate is expected to assume responsibility for components of the Lake Kinneret monitoring program such as monitoring littoral macroinvertebrates, cooperate with ongoing research projects at the Kinneret Limnological Laboratory, IOLR, and to actively seek research grants from national and international funding agencies to help support his/her research.

Requirements: The applicant should hold a Ph.D. degree in natural or exact sciences with a strong background and research experience in aquatic ecology and publications in peer-reviewed literature.
Advantages: post-doc, experience in planning and conducting independent research, management of R&D at national and international level. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in littoral zone ecology and/or stream ecology.

The candidate must currently be eligible to work in Israel.

The successful candidate will be positioned at the Kinneret Limnological Laboratory, IOLR.

Applications should be submitted with a CV, list of publications, degree certificates and the contact information of at least 2 referees. Send your application by e-mail to Lea Teitelbaum: lea@ocean.org.il.

More information about IOLR can be found at www.ocean.org.il.Open
Research assistant - Modeling Cyanobacteria ecology in lakes
Position type: Research Assistant
Location: Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin (Germany)
Application deadline: 2019-08-09
Working field: The project is part of the DFG Research Training Group “Urban Water Interfaces (UWI)” (www.uwi.tuberlin.de) which is carried out in close collaboration between the TU Berlin (TUB) and the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries (IGB). The research area is the ecology of cyanobacteria in lakes, with a focus on pelagic – littoral interactions and feedbacks (e.g. the synergistic association between cyanobacteria and macrophytes). The overall aim is to develop a predictive understanding and model of lake cyanobacteria ecology. Two of Berlin’s lakes (Tegeler See and Müggelsee) will serve as testbeds. Observations will be obtained using in situ sensors and sampling and analysis (cell counts, toxins). Modeling will build on past models (IAM, PCLake, Salmo) and include relevant mechanisms (physical, chemical, synergism with macrophytes, passive transport with macrophytes), and consider pelagic – littoral feedbacks. There will be a close collaboration with other UWI projects studying invasive mussels (F1), sediment bed – water interaction (F3) and greenhouse gas emission (F4) in urban lakes, and projects that focus on remote sensing (W3) and bank filtration (H1) in urban areas.

Supervisors: Prof. Ferdi Hellweger (TUB) and Dr. Sabine Hilt (IGB). Host organization: Technische Universität Berlin.
Please address enquiries to Prof. Ferdi Hellweger (ferdi.hellweger@tu-berlin.de).

Requirements: The successful candidate holds a university degree (Master, Diplom or equivalent) in Environmental Sciences or Engineering with a focus on water quality or a related field and is enthused about the prospect of working in an interdisciplinary collaborative team of environmental engineer scientists. The candidate should be experienced in the development and application of models (e.g. programming skills, numerical methods). Good english skills are desired.

For further information, please click here.Open
Contributing to the circular economy: biological coagulant recovery in water and wastewater treatment
Position type: PhD position
Location: Cranfield University, Bedford (UK)
Application deadline: 2019-08-31
Sponsored by EPSRC, Cranfield University, Severn Trent Water, Thames Water, United Utilities and Scottish Water, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £18,500 (tax free) plus fees* for three years.

This PhD position offers an exciting opportunity to do pioneering research on the recovery of nutrients and metals from water treatment sludge in close collaboration with industry. The Water Industry is rapidly embracing the circular economy, actively trying to transform materials typically considered waste into resources. This project will develop a biological reactor for the extraction of iron and phosphorus from water waste for in-house reuse. The work combines microbiology, chemical engineering, and wastewater treatment principles to develop a proof of concept reactor. Working in collaboration with Scottish Water, Severn Trent, United Utilities and Thames Water, the student will benefit from a stimulating research environment with key input from the end user.

Entry requirements: Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline. This project would suit microbiologists, engineers from chemical, environmental or ecologial backgrounds, and environmental scientists.

For further information, please click here. Open
Research Assistant/Research Associate-Aquatic Ecology
Position type: Research Assistant/Associate
Location: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (USA)
Application deadline: 2019-07-31
Duties: Duties include field work, including sampling of streams and lakes and maintenance of automated water samplers and sensors; day-to-day laboratory management; processing of samples for analyses of nutrients, zooplankton and fish; data management; training and supervising undergraduate and graduate students; and assisting with publications. The position is for one year and renewable for up to five years, pending satisfactory performance.

Minimum qualifications:
(Research Assistant): Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, chemistry, or other natural science; at least 1 year of experience in aquatic ecology or related field, including field work; leadership skills;
(Research Associate): Master’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, chemistry, or other natural science; at least 3 years of experience in aquatic ecology or related field, including field work; leadership skills. Experience with, or willingness to learn, these skills: field sampling, including trailering and operation of motor boats and sampling for water quality, plankton and fish; laboratory skills, especially those related to water quality analyses and identification of fish and zooplankton; personnel management, including supervision of students and the ability to be a team player; data management. Position is not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

For further information, please click here.Open
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Coastal Arctic Hydrology
Position type: Postdoc position
Location: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee (USA)
Purpose: The Climate Change Science Institute within the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks a postdoctoral researcher with experience in permafrost hydrology and/or computational hydrology to support a newly funded project aimed at understanding how coastal Arctic watersheds are changing in a warming climate, how they interact with the Arctic ocean and ice, and what these changes mean for multisector dynamics including infrastructure, transportation, energy, and national security.

Qualifications Required: A Ph.D. in hydrology, geomorphology, geophysics, applied mathematics, or a related field is required. Prior knowledge and demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas are required: 1) watershed hydrology, 2) permafrost processes including cold region hydrology, geomorphology, and/or soil science, 3) land surface/Earth system modeling, 4) computational methods for mechanistic surface/subsurface modeling. Experience designing, executing, and publishing papers on hypothesis-driven numerical experiments is required. A proven publication record, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team are required. Experience using models is required; experience developing them is a plus. Experience in programming languages including C++ and Fortran (for model development) and python and R (for model evaluation and workflow) is advantageous. Experience processing and leveraging large, complex datasets of observations is advantageous. Experience working on or in Alaska’s North Slope and/or other Arctic tundra environments is advantageous.

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

For further information, please click here.Open
Associate Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences with a specialization in Hydrogeochemistry
Position type: Associate Senior Lecturer
Location: University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
Application deadline: 2019-09-13
The successful applicant will complement existing research fields with competence in Hydrogeochemistry and will support the Department’s teaching tasks in the Earth Sciences program. Teaching will foremost cover our courses in hydrogeology and secondly other courses where hydrogeochemistry is relevant, such as hydrology, environmental geology, basic earth sciences, geochemistry and biogeochemistry.

The research focus of the successful applicant has to be in one of the following fields: groundwater and soil contamination and remediation, hydrogeochemical system characterization looking at the interaction of water with rock and soil; groundwater age dating and residence time estimation using isotopic methods and other tracers; and, hydrogeochemical modeling. Coverage of more than one of the listed fields is regarded as advantageous.

For further information, please click here.Open
PhD scholarship - Impact of Bacterial Organophosphorus Degradation on the Planktonic Food Web of Lake Constance
Position type: PhD Position
Location: University of Konstanz
Contact Name: Dr. Tina Romer
Application deadline: 2019-08-09
DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Program

Call for applications for a Doctoral Scholarship integrated in the DFG Research Training Group R3
The Research Training Group R3 - Resilience of Lake Ecosystems at the University of Konstanz studies the response of aquatic ecosystems, and their resilience and reversibility to changing abiotic and biotic conditions, using Lake Constance as model system. Lake Constance, one of the best- studied lakes in the world, is perfectly suited for this, as the lake has been affected by a multitude of environmental stressors (e.g. eutrophication, climate change, neobiota) within the last century. Eutrophication, the stressor of main concern during the 1960s to 1980s, has been removed successfully, but its immediate and long-term consequences for the ecosystem, as well as the mechanisms inducing changes, are not well understood. Within the Research Training Group R3, a diverse group of doctoral researchers is investigating the response of community structure, biological interactions and carbon and nutrient flows to changing conditions in Lake Constance.
More information can be found at https://www.rtg-resilience.uni-konstanz.de.

We invite international applicants to join the Research Training Group R3. A doctoral scholarship funded by the DAAD is available for the following research topic:
Impact of Bacterial Organophosphorus Degradation on the Planktonic Food Web of Lake Constance
Project Description: Phytoplankton growth in oligotrophic Lake Constance is mainly limited by the availability of phosphorus. In addition to inorganic phosphate, organophosphate esters (OPE) and organophosphonates (OP) can be nutritional sources of P to microorganisms. Typical OPE substrates are nucleic acids and phospholipids, and typical natural OP substrates are methylphosphonate and aminoethylphosphonate; xenobiotic OPs include pesticides such as glyphosate. The impact of OPE- and OP-degradation by bacteria in sustaining microbial growth and that of higher trophic levels under strong P-limitation, has not been well-characterized. This project aims at understanding bacterial OPE- and particularly OP-degradation and how this additional P is entering the planktonic food web. The research will include isolation of OP-degrading Lake Constance bacteria and experiments involving these bacteria in combination with bacteriovorous flagellates and algae. The project is integrated in the doctoral program of University of Konstanz and the Research Training Group R3 (www.rtg-resilience.uni-konstanz.de), and is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD.
Application: We search for a highly motivated doctoral researcher with a MSc degree in Microbiology, Limnology or a related discipline. Applicants should be experienced in working with microbial systems and have a background in biodegradation, plankton ecology and/or sequence-based community analysis. The candidate should be able to communicate effectively in English with individuals from a wide range of disciplines.

For more information on this project contact PD Dr. David Schleheck (david.schleheck@uni-konstanz.de), Microbial Ecology (https://www.biologie.uni-konstanz.de/schleheck/).

For the first step of the application process, please send the following documents as single PDF file to Dr. Tina Romer, applicationRTGR3@uni-konstanz.de, coordinator of the Research Training Group R3 until 9th August 19.
• Motivation letter detailing why you think you will contribute successfully to the research project and how you will fit into the Research Training Group R3 (one page).
• An exposé with your ideas on experimental strategies and methods for addressing the research question (one page).
• Curriculum vitae.
• List of publications (if applicable).
• Certificates of education.
• Two letters of recommendation from faculty members of your home university (using the forms found under: https://www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/recommendation.pdf or https://www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/recommendation.doc)

Details on the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme, the application procedure and eligibility criteria:
https://www.daad.de/go/en/stipa57034100
https://www.daad.de/hochschulen/programme-weltweit/promotionsprogramme/gssp/en/23570-graduate-school-scholarship-programme/
https://www.daad.de/medien/hochschulen/ww/pprogramme/gssp/gssp_2019_guideline_applicants.pdf Open
PhD scholarship - Trait-based analysis of the regime shift in Upper Lake Constance: Data analysis and numerical modelling
Position type: PhD Position
Location: University of Konstanz
Contact Name: Dr. Tina Romer
Application deadline: 2019-08-09
DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme

Call for applications for a PhD scholarship integrated in the Research Training Group R3
The Research Training Group R3 - Resilience of Lake Ecosystems at the University of Konstanz studies the response of aquatic ecosystems, and their resilience and reversibility to changing abiotic and biotic conditions, using Lake Constance as model system. Lake Constance, one of the best- studied lakes in the world, is perfectly suited for this, as the lake has been affected by a multitude of environmental stressors (e.g. eutrophication, climate change, neobiota) within the last century. Eutrophication, the stressor of main concern during the 1960s to 1980s, has been removed successfully, but its immediate and long-term consequences for the ecosystem, as well as the mechanisms inducing changes, are not well understood. Within the Research Training Group R3, a diverse group of doctoral researchers is investigating the response of community structure, biological interactions and carbon and nutrient flows to changing conditions in Lake Constance.
More information can be found at https://www.rtg-resilience.uni-konstanz.de.

We invite international applicants to join the Research Training Group R3.
A PhD scholarship funded by the DAAD is available for the following research topic:
Trait-based analysis of the regime shift in Upper Lake Constance: Data analysis and numerical modelling
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 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 Group R3 (www.rtg-resilience.uni-konstanz.de) and funded by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD.
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.
For more information on this project contact Prof. Dr. Frank Peeters, Professor for environmental physics ( https://www.limnologie.uni-konstanz.de/en/peeters/ )

For the first step of the application process, please send the following documents as single PDF file to Dr. Tina Romer, applicationRTGR3@uni-konstanz.de, coordinator of the Research Training Group R3 until 9th August 19.
- a one-page exposé of a potential PhD project fitting one of the two research topics.
- a curriculum vitae
- a motivation letter detailing how you will fit into the Research Training Group R3
- list of publications, if applicable
- certificates of education
- two letters of recommendation from faculty members of your home university (using the forms found under: https://www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/recommendation.pdf or https://www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/recommendation.doc)

Details on the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme, the application procedure and eligibility criteria:
https://www.daad.de/go/en/stipa57034100 https://www.daad.de/hochschulen/programme-weltweit/promotionsprogramme/gssp/en/23570-graduate-school-scholarship-programme/ and https://www.daad.de/medien/hochschulen/ww/pprogramme/gssp/gssp_2019_guideline_applicants.pdf. Open
PhD scholarship-Eco-evolutionary dynamics of viruses, their hosts and competitors
Position type: PhD Position
Location: University of Konstanz
Contact Name: Dr. Tina Romer
Application deadline: 2019-08-31
DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme

Call for applications for a PhD scholarship integrated in the Research Training Group R3
The Research Training Group R3 - Resilience of Lake Ecosystems at the University of Konstanz studies the response of aquatic ecosystems, and their resilience and reversibility to changing abiotic and biotic conditions, using Lake Constance as model system. Lake Constance, one of the best- studied lakes in the world, is perfectly suited for this, as the lake has been affected by a multitude of environmental stressors (e.g. eutrophication, climate change, neobiota) within the last century. Eutrophication, the stressor of main concern during the 1960s to 1980s, has been removed successfully, but its immediate and long-term consequences for the ecosystem, as well as the mechanisms inducing changes, are not well understood. Within the Research Training Group R3, a diverse group of doctoral researchers is investigating the response of community structure, biological interactions and carbon and nutrient flows to changing conditions in Lake Constance.
More information can be found at https://www.rtg-resilience.uni-konstanz.de.

We invite international applicants to join the Research Training Group R3.
A PhD scholarship funded by the DAAD is available for the following research topic:
Eco-evolutionary dynamics of viruses, their hosts and competitors
This project will test the relative role of aquatic viruses and zooplankton for controlling phytoplankton changes under different nutrient regimes and whether and how evolutionary changes modify coexistence and responses to shifts in environmental conditions. Using microcosm experiments combined with modelling, we aim to study the importance of rapid evolutionary changes and eco-evolutionary dynamics for the resilience of consumer-resource systems to eutrophication as well as the consequences for the reversibility of the system during re-oligotrophication.

For more information on this project contact Prof. Dr. Lutz Becks, lutz.becks@uni-konstanz.de, Professor for Limnology - Aquatic Ecology and Evolution

For the first step of the application process, please send the following documents as single PDF file to Dr. Tina Romer, applicationRTGR3@uni-konstanz.de, coordinator of the Research Training Group R3 until 31.8.2019:
- a one-page exposé of a potential PhD project fitting one of the two research topics.
- a curriculum vitae
- a motivation letter detailing how you will fit into the Research Training Group R3
- list of publications, if applicable
- certificates of education
- two letters of recommendation from faculty members of your home university (using the forms found under: https://www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/recommendation.pdf or https://www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/recommendation.doc)

Details on the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme, the application procedure and eligibility criteria:
https://www.daad.de/hochschulen/programme-weltweit/promotionsprogramme/gssp/en/23570-graduate-school-scholarship-programme/

https://www.daad.de/medien/hochschulen/ww/pprogramme/gssp/gssp_2019_guideline_applicants.pdf. Open
Biogeochemistry focused MS or PhD position
Position type: MS or PhD position
Location: University of Maryland, Maryland (USA)
Linking Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Funded M.S. or PhD student position available at the University of Maryland

Drs. Margaret Palmer (Univ of Maryland) and Nate Jones (Univ Alabama) seek a student to join a dynamic team focused on understanding the relationship between wetlandscape hydrology and carbon dynamics. While the fellow will have freedom to develop their own research questions, topics of current interest include the study of methane fluxes, dynamics of DOM, soil-wetland dynamics and C storage, and catchment scale hydrology (field based and modeling). Students matriculate through the University of Maryland, College Park.

Interested individuals should send their C.V., transcript, and GRE scores to mpalmer@umd.edu and put “graduate positions” in the subject title along with your last name.

For further information, please click here.Open
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)
Application deadline: 2019-07-07
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.

Qualifications
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 (relyer@rpi.edu). Applications will be reviewed as they arrive. The desired start date is August or September 2019.

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Aquatic Ecologist
Position type: RS-Scientist
Location: National Great Rivers Research and Education Center - NGRREC, USA
Posting Number: 20110431
Job Title: Aquatic Ecologist
Grade: RS-Scientist
Classification: Management Staff
FLSA: Exempt
Rate of Pay: $88,001.00/Commensurate with experience
Type of Position: Full-Time
Organizational Unit: NGRREC
Position Reports To: Executive Director

Purpose of Position:
Develop a comprehensive research program focused on some aspects of the ecology of large rivers, with a particular focus in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Work with partners and affiliates of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) in the development of research and allied education programs. Serve as an NGRREC lead in the development of research proposals related to the ecology of large rivers.

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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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