Job Announcements

Job Announcements

To upload a new job announcement please click on ‘Members log-in’ at the top of this page or write to

PhD Candidate for the Project “CLAIMES”
Position type: PhD position
Location: Eurac Research (Italy) - University of Innsbruck (Austria)
Application deadline: 2019-04-30
Eurac Research invites applications for a PhD position in Ecological/Environmental Economics or Biology, for a period of 3 years. The PhD candidate will be based at Eurac Research (Bozen/Bolzano – Italy) and enrolled in the PhD program of the University of Innsbruck (leading project partner) or another opportune University.

We are looking for a communicative, curious and creative PhD candidate for a project with the title „Climate response of alpine lakes: resistance variability and management consequences for ecosystem services“ ( The overall project aim is to study how ongoing climate change affects the function of alpine lakes and in consequence the provision of ecosystem services (ES).
The project will be based on a participatory approach and its final objective is to develop policy advice to support future interventions to guarantee sustainable provision of ES of alpine lakes. The PhD candidate will work within an interdisciplinary team and be in strong collaboration with another PhD candidate and our project partners University of Innsbruck, ZAMG, BOKU and others.

For further information, please click here.Open
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Water, Environment and Sustainability
Position type: Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC)
Location: University of Regina (Canada)
Application deadline: 2019-05-06
The Faculty of Science at the University of Regina invites applicants for nomination as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Water, Environment and Sustainability in the Department of Biology.

The candidate will be a global leader in climate change, human-environmental interactions, and/or adaptive management strategies for surface waters. Areas of research strength at Regina include nutrient pollution and water quality, climate and lakes, paleoecology, major element biogeochemistry, ecosystem sustainability and lake management. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in interdisciplinary collaboration and possess the visionary leadership necessary to replace the current director of the Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS) after a period of co-direction.

Qualifications, responsibilities, and expectations of the successful candidate include, but are not limited to:
• commitment to preparing a CRC application that articulates an original, innovative, and high quality research program;
• an exceptional track record of peer-reviewed publications in freshwater (surface water) science;
• demonstrated leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration skills.

For additional information about the position, please contact and links below.

More information about the Department of Biology is available at:

More information about the Faculty of Science, and a more detailed ad is available at:

To Apply:
Applicants must submit an application online at:

Review of applications begins May 6, 2019

As an employer committed to employment equity, we are seeking applications from women scientists for this position. In order to alleviate the under-representation of women in Tier I CRC and senior faculty positions, this position has been targeted to women. Candidates are strongly encouraged to self-declare as part of the application process. Open
PhD student
Position type: PhD position
Location: Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin (DE)
Application deadline: 2019-05-10
IGB in the research group by Dr. Markus Venohr invites applications for a PhD student (m/f/d) in analysing spatio-temporal distributions of recreation activities, as part of a collaborative project AQUATAG addressing "Recreation activities in inland waters: Dynamics, ecological impacts, social significance and sustainable management" applied for at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
AQUATAG constitutes a social-ecological project that studies the interactions between diverse recreational uses of freshwaters from ecological, economic and social perspectives. The broad research approach involves data analysis of social media, on-site and off-site surveys, ecological field surveys, spatial modelling and the development of integrated management concepts (for project concept, see Venohr et al. (2018), doi: 10.1139/er-2017-0024).

The objective of the PhD project is to analyse spatial patterns and temporal dynamics of recreational activities using various social and ecological data sources, such as social media data, surveys and weather conditions. In this context site characteristics (e.g. naturalness, water quality parameters, accessibility) will be linked with the preferences of users to identify usage-type (e.g. angling, canoeing, swimming) specific spatial distributions and frequencies across Germany.

We are seeking to recruit a dedicated PhD student with background in landscape ecology, geography, ecosystem services, social-ecological systems or related research fields. The successful candidate should be interested in combining interdisciplinary scientific approaches and related datasets and should have first experiences and keen interest in spatial analysis (GIS) and statistics (R). Expertise in programming and working with large data sets would be advantageous.

The position is available as soon as possible and is limited to 3 years. Salary is paid according to the TVöD (66 % position). In keeping with the IGB's policy regarding gender equality, female applicants are particularly encouraged. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude are given preferential consideration.

For further information, please click here.Open
Postdoctoral researcher - Arctic/boreal hydrology and biogeochemistry
Position type: Postdoc position
Location: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA)
Application deadline: 2019-04-26
Position Summary:
We seek a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in Arctic/boreal hydrology and biogeochemistry for a NASA-funded project aiming to understand the links between patterns of inundation, vegetation,and carbon flux in Arctic and boreal environments. The position will involve substantial analysis of remotely sensed imagery, including data from radar and hyperspectral sensors. It will also involve some fieldwork in boreal environments in Alaska and/or Canada focused on collecting data on inundation and vegetation extent. The position is for one year with the possibility of reappointment for a second year, and it will involve developing, implementing, and validating novel algorithms for detecting inundation; writing scientific papers; and presenting research at national and international meetings. If the successful applicant is interested, the position may also involve experience in co-mentorship of undergraduate and/or graduate students. Diversity and inclusiveness are essential to our campus success, and UNC-CH seeks candidates who share our commitment.

Must have Ph.D. in hydrology, geology, geography, physics, or a related discipline by July 2019.

For further information, please click here.Open
Freshwater Ecologist - 10263
Position type: Freshwater Ecologist
Location: Environment Agency, Leeds , York (UK)
Application deadline: 2019-04-21
We are looking to recruit a freshwater ecologist to join the Analysis and Reporting Teams based at either Leeds or York to help deliver our ecological monitoring programmes, in terms of both sampling and analysis.

The work of the teams include freshwater macroinvertebrate sampling and analysis, macrophyte surveys, lake surveys, fish population surveys, river habitat surveys and the collection of continuous water quality data. The various data collected will be used to assess and monitor changes in the environment to meet the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and other drivers.

Desirable for this role would include experience of:
• ecological fieldwork
• analysing and reporting ecological data, including the use of WFD classification tools
• pollution incident investigation
• relevant database systems (data entry/extraction)
• full UK driving license
Other key requirements for this post include excellent time management, team working and computer skills as well as good attention to detail and the ability to deliver against deadlines.

For further information, please click here.Open
Early Stage Researchers in Aquatic Ecology
Position type: First Stage Researcher (R1)
Location: Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland) / NIOO-KNAW (Netherlands)
Application deadline: 2019-04-26
Applications are invited for fixed term contracts for two Early Stage Researchers in aquatic ecology on the Marie Skłodowska ­Curie Action European Joint Doctorate ITN MANTEL (Management of Climatic Extreme Events in Lakes & Reservoirs for the Protection of Ecosystem Services: The recruited researcher in Position 1 will be based at Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland) will be given a contract of employment for 18 months. Position 2 is based at NIOO-KNAW in the Netherlands and will offer a contract of employment for 33 months. Recruitment is based on a transparent and merit-based recruitment process in accordance with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers. Note that strict eligibility criteria apply for these positions.

For more information, please click here.Open
Research Assistant, lake sediment DNA metabarcoding
Position type: Research Assistant
Location: University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Application deadline: 2019-04-07
The Section for Evolutionary Genomics is looking for a skilled research assistant to fill a 2.5 year position from 15.06.2019, as part of a recently funded project that will investigate the ecological history of East Africa’s Lake Victoria. This project is a collaboration with Professor Ole Seehausen (University of Bern and EAWAG, Lucerne) and is funded by the Swiss National Research Foundation. The overall aim of the grant is to reconstruct the past 15,000 year history of the Lake (its complete history as a lake) and how it has driven the radiation of the famous Lake Victoria cichlid lineages. This research assistant position will be contributing to the ecological reconstruction dataset, in particular through extraction of DNA, then PCR based metabarcoding of sediment core samples that have already been obtained from the lake.
Thus, we are looking to hire a research assistant who will be principally tasked with extracting the DNA from the samples, undertaking metabarcoding PCRs, but also undertake other roles that may include sampling of sediments from the cores and generating reference DNA barcode databases for these samples. The position would be cosupervised by Prof Tom Gilbert (Section for Evolutionary Genomics) and Asst Professor Mikkel Winther Pedersen (Section for GeoGenetics).

For further information, please click here.Open
Postdoctoral Position in Stream Ecology at the University of Oklahoma
Position type: Post doc position
Location: University of Oklahoma (USA)
Application deadline: 2019-05-31
The Allen Lab at the University of Oklahoma is recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow to work on StreamCLIMES, a new NSF-funded collaborative Macrosystems Biology project studying how drying affects stream ecosystems across the southern half of the US. Up to 5 years of funding is available. The work includes a significant field-based component that integrates NEON stream research site to study the biodiversity, food web structure, and genetic connectivity of stream benthic invertebrate communities at perennial (continuously flowing) and intermittent (non-continuously flowing) stream sites. Other parts of the project include hydrological modeling to predict stream drying patterns under different climate scenarios, spatial ecological models that will integrate field-collected data and hydrological model outputs, the development of a smartphone app designed for researchers and citizen scientists to map wet and dry reaches of streams and rivers. Collaborators on this project include Michael Bogan at the University of Arizona, Katie Costigan at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, Meryl Mims at Virginia Tech, Ben Ruddell and Abe Springer at Northern Arizona University, Albert Ruhi at the University of California Berkeley, Robert Pastel at Michigan Tech University, and Tom Neeson and Yang Hong at the University of Oklahoma.

The postdoc will also have the opportunity to work with the Dry Rivers Research Coordination Network. The Dry Rivers RCN is an NSF-funded research project which will bring hydrologists and ecologists together in expert workgroups to synthesize current knowledge on the hydrology and ecology of intermittent streams and rivers. The Dry Rivers RCN will form three workgroups between 2019-2021 that the postdoc will have the opportunity to participate in.

Required qualifications: PhD in ecology or a related field by the time of employment and experience successfully leading field research projects in streams. Previous experience sampling and identifying stream benthic macroinvertebrates.

Desired qualifications:Track record of quality publications in scientific journals, as appropriate for the career stage of the applicant. Experience with stable isotopes or metabarcoding. Previous experience mentoring students.

To apply: Send a CV, letter of interest with potential start dates (a starting date during Summer 2019 is desired), and contact information for 3 professional references to Additionally, up to 3 representative publications may be sent as separate pdf files at the discretion of the applicant. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2019, applications submitted afterwards will be reviewed until the position is filled. Candidates from groups underrepresented in STEM are encouraged to apply.Open
University Assistant - Postdoc
Position type: University Assistant - Postdoc
Location: University of Innsbruck (Austria)
Application deadline: 2019-04-13
University Assistant - Postdoc
Code BIO-10465
40 hours per week at University of Innsbruck, Research Department for Limnology, Mondsee, Austria, starting on 2nd June 2019, duration 3 years.

Main tasks:
Research as PI in the field of Aquatic Evolutionary Ecology, with focus on freshwater microzooplankton (rotifers)
Teaching in Evolutionary Ecology
Supervision of technical assistants and graduate students
Acquisition of extramural funds and research management

PhD in aquatic ecology, international research experience beyond the PhD level in Evolutionary Ecology, experimental Population Ecology and microevolution of microzooplankton (rotifers)
Teaching experience (Zoology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology) including supervision of graduate students
Publications in high-ranking journals, acquisition of third-party funds
Foreign country experience
Social and integrative abilities in team-leading and team-playing and flexibility are essential.

Travel costs cannot be reimbursed. The legally binding text is available at the Career Opportunities website of the University of Innsbruck:

Please use this link to send your application online with reference to the code number given above. Deadline for applications: 13th April 2019. Open
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.

For further information, please click here.Open
Associate Professor, Fluvial Geomorphology
Position type: Associate Professor
Location: Griffith University (Australia)
Application deadline: 2019-04-22
We are seeking an experienced fluvial geomorphologist to develop and lead a programme of research on river and/or catchment physical processes as an Associate Professor (Level D) within the Australian Rivers Institute. Following an initial three-year research intensive appointment, the incumbent will transition to a balanced academic role with teaching responsibilities in the School of Environment and Science.

This is a continuing, full time position based at the University's Nathan campus.

About you
To be successful within this role, you will have relevant tertiary qualifications and significant research experience in river and/or catchment physical processes with, ideally, an interest in catchment and river restoration. You will have an outstanding track record in publications and grant success, together with the skills and leadership in teaching and curriculum development at the tertiary education level. You will be able to demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills and the commitment to work in a collegial manner to build your career within the Australian Rivers Institute and School of Environment and Science.

Salary range
Associate Professor (Level D): $139,183 - $153,337. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $162,845 - $179,405 per annum.

For further information, please click here.Open
Postdoctoral Position in Molecular Community Ecotoxicology
Position type: Post-Doc position
Location: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Eawag (CH)
Application deadline: 2019-04-14
The Department of Environmental Toxicology (Utox) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Position in Molecular Community Ecotoxicology.

The position is part of our research on aquatic biofilms. Phototrophic biofilms (i.e. periphyton) play a fundamental role in stream functioning. Microorganisms forming biofilms are targets for chemicals, which can lead to the alterations of their intra- and interspecific interactions. Yet, most of the available ecotoxicological data are descriptive thus far, focusing on integrative endpoints that basically consider the community as a black box. In order to comprehend and in the future be able to predict impacts of chemicals on periphyton communities, there is a need to identify by which molecular mechanisms chemicals impact the microorganisms within the community and how the community responds.

The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in investigating cellular processes in periphyton at the transcriptome level (i.e. regulation of gene expression), upon exposure to model herbicides, and whether such responses can be linked to community functional and structural alterations. This will allow identifying toxicity and adaptive pathways that are activated to maintain homeostasis and resistance to toxic stress and linking a molecular initiating event to an outcome on functions of the community.

For further information, please click here. Open
Post Doc Freshwater Food Webs Modeling
Position type: Post-Doc position
Location: University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
Application deadline: 2019-04-05
Institute of Hydrobiology (, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic, is seeking to appoint an outstanding postdoctoral researcher in the field of aquatic and food web ecology.

The successful candidate will work in an experienced and dynamic team of aquatic ecologists at the Institute. She/he will be directly involved in an ongoing large-scale ecosystem manipulation of fish communities in several freshwater reservoirs. She/he will also construct and parameterize food web models with the aim of predicting the ecosystem changes under the climatic forcing and extensive experimental biomanipulations. The models of community dynamics will include seasonal changes of all main functional groups (bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton, fish) and take into account the pervasive size structure of the communities and longitudinal gradients of the reservoirs.

The project will be linked to internationally funded, multi-group research projects (ClimeFish, MacFish) and utilize extensive, multi-level data currently available at the Institute of Hydrobiology. Close collaboration with Prof. David Boukal, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice ( and Dr. Pavel Kratina, Queen Mary University of London ( is expected.

Applicants should email the following documents to Prof. Jan Kubečka ( by 5 April 2019.
1) Cover letter outlining main research interests
2) CV including full publication list
3) Copy of PhD (postdoc position) or MSc (PhD position) diploma
4) Copies of 2–3 relevant publications (optional for PhD position)
5) Contact details for 3 (postdoc position) references.

For further information, please click here. Open
Hydrodynamic/Wave Modeler
Position type: Hydrodynamic Modeler
Location: Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR), Ann Arbor, Michigan (USA)
The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is seeking a candidate to join a team of hydrodynamic modelers working on development, testing, and deployment of hydrodynamic and wave models of the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River basin to support development of a real-time hydrodynamics and flood forecast modeling system. Objectives of the project include calibration and verification of an FVCOM-based hydrodynamic lake model and wind-wave model based on the WAVEWATCH III model. Lake model forcings are based on the output of operational atmospheric High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model (HRRR) and of Weather Research and Forecasting-Hydrologic distributed model (WRF-Hydro). The ideal candidates will have strong technical skills related to hydrodynamic/wave model development and high performance computing.

Required Qualifications:
• A bachelor or master degree in the natural sciences or engineering, with 1-3 years of related experience in hydrodynamic modeling in research project and/or professional activities.
• Experience running hydrodynamic models in a high-performance computing environment.
• Previous experience in processing large datasets in a variety of different data formats (ASCII, GRIB, or NetCDF).

This job will remain posted until filled.

For further information, please click here.Open
Conservation Scientist (2 positions)
Position type: Assistant scientist
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago (USA)
Contact Name: Kayri Havens
Application deadline: 2019-04-05
Position Overview: We seek to hire two conservation scientists at the assistant scientist rank in our Plant Biology and Conservation Department ( We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in one or more of the following: Landscape Ecology, Restoration Ecology, and Ecophysiology, but other conservation disciplines will be considered. Candidates who focus on wetland or aquatic systems, or seed-based questions are especially encouraged to apply. In addition to conducting research, both positions will serve as faculty in our joint Plant Biology and Conservation graduate program with Northwestern University, and undertake outreach and service activities. These are full time, career-track positions. The successful candidates will join a group of enthusiastic scientists focused on addressing key conservation challenges. Start dates are flexible.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in ecology, botany, biology, or equivalent with appropriate experience. Strong quantitative skills; meta-analysis skills desired. Excellent communication skills. Commitment to seeing research results applied to conservation and restoration. Commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. Teaching, mentoring, and project/grant management experience. Candidate’s research program should allow them to be in Chicago for most of the summer to mentor students.

To Apply: Please go to to apply. In addition to the Garden application materials, please submit a cover letter; cv; separate 1-2 page statements on research interests and their conservation or restoration implications, mentoring philosophy, and diversity and inclusion (e.g. a statement about your past contributions to diversity and anticipated contribution to our program); as well as contact information for three references. Review of applications begins April 5, 2019 and will continue until suitable candidates are hired. Contact Kayri Havens at with any questions.

For further information, please click here. Open
Campus Living Laboratory Manager
Position type: Staff in Miller Worley Center for the Environment
Location: Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, USA
Contact Name: Human Resources
Position start date is August 1, 2019

Mount Holyoke College invites applications for an exciting position managing our Campus Living

Laboratory and providing curricular support to the Department of Environmental Studies.

A cornerstone of the Mount Holyoke College Sustainability Initiative, the Campus Living Lab (CLL) provides numerous opportunities for MHC students, faculty, and staff from across disciplines to engage in place and project-based learning and scholarly work that uses the College’s exceptional natural and built campus landscape. The Mount Holyoke campus includes miles of trails, 15 water sampling stations, five weather stations, a botanic garden, the Restoration Ecology Program’s Project Stream, our Maker and Innovation Lab, a site for innovation at the crossroads of arts and science, and all of the College’s sustainability infrastructure where students can monitor the college’s energy use, local food purchasing, waste production, and water use. It is a nexus for interdisciplinary exploration, connecting the natural sciences with the arts, humanities and social sciences. Decades of environmental data are stored on the College’s Institutional Data Archive and made publicly accessible, effectively making the campus a long-term ecological research station that scholars from all disciplines can use to pursue projects addressing change over time.

Position Description: Under the supervision of the Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and the Chair of Environmental Studies, and in coordination with Facilities Management, Dining, and other offices, the CLL Manager will sustain, strengthen, and support the Sustainability initiative as the College moves forward with it as a top priority. The CLL Manager will be a full-time, 12-month position, shared by the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and the Department of Environmental Studies ES with approximately ⅔ time managing the Mount Holyoke Campus Living Lab and ⅓ time providing ES departmental curricular and lab support.

Review of applications will begin January 31, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Position start date is August 1, 2019.

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

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

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

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

For further information please click here. Open