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PhD position in Earth Science – Impact of climate and forestry on greenhouse gas emission from streams
Position type: PhD position
Location: Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University (Sweden)
Application deadline: 2019-03-18
The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (Umeå University, Sweden) invites applicants for a PhD position on climate and forestry impacts on greenhouse gas emission from running waters. The expected starting date for the PhD position is May 01, 2019 but this can be negotiated. Application deadline is March 18, 2019.

Project description
Forestry play an important role for fulfilling commitments to mitigate release of greenhouse gases (GHG) to the atmosphere. Yet, the current understanding of the role of forestry for offsetting emissions is incomplete because GHG emissions from streams are not considered. The aim of the project is to assess the effect of forestry on the GHG emissions from boreal streams. We will test the hypothesis that forestry has major impacts on stream GHG emissions over the full forest rotation cycle but also that the effects vary depending on forest management practices and variability in climatic conditions. The project will be based on (1) a detailed study of streams before and after logging and (2) large scale comparative studies of streams with differences in harvested catchment areas, riparian buffer zones, and climatic conditions.

The position is financed by the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS) and Umeå University. Jan Karlsson will be principal supervisor and Ryan Sponseller will be co-supervisor.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Jan Karlsson,

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PostDoc in ecological modelling
Position type: Post-Doc opportunity
Location: Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin (DE)
Application deadline: 2019-02-25
The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) invites applications for a highly motivated PostDoc in ecological modelling (m/f/d) as part of the French-German ANR-DFG collaborative project CLIMSHIFT addressing "Regime shifts in freshwater ecosystems exposed to multiple stressors by increasing temperature, fertilizers and pesticides". CLIMSHIFT aims for a mechanistic understanding of combined effects of climate change and agricultural run-off (pesticides, metals and fertilizers) on shallow aquatic systems and the identification of critical thresholds of stressor interactions to better define “safe operating spaces” for sustainable agriculture and management of shallow aquatic systems ( The research approach is broad, involving data analysis, upscaling of microcosms experiments at laboratory scale to larger, outdoor mesocosms. We will use different modelling approaches to explore the consequences of changing environmental conditions for system-relevant response variables and to compare model predictions with the results from mesocosms experiments.

We are seeking to recruit a dedicated postdoc with demonstrated expertise in ecological modelling, ideally in aquatic ecosystems. The ideal candidate has a strong mathematical and programming background and a solid understanding of ecological concepts, combining experience in integrative dynamical modelling with an interest in confronting ecological theory and models with experimental data. Research experience in experiments using mesocosms and in the general ecology of aquatic ecosystems is particularly useful, although not a strict requirement. Expertise in developing empirical-conceptual model approaches would be advantageous.

The position is available as soon as possible and latest from 01/05/2019 and limited to 2 years. Salary is paid according to the TVöD Bund (100 % 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.

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
Position type: Tenure-track position
Location: Texas Tech University, Lubbock (Texas)
Application deadline: 2019-03-01
The Department Natural Resources Management invites qualified candidates to apply for a 9-month, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant/Associate Professor in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences. The anticipated start date is September 2019.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a strong commitment to research and teaching in the area of fisheries and aquatic sciences. A Ph.D. in fisheries, aquatic sciences, or closely related field is required. Preference will be given to field-oriented scientists with research expertise in fish population ecology, conservation genetics, native or endangered species, aquatic habitats, limnology, stream ecology, estuaries, reservoirs, urban fisheries, and/or human dimensions. Candidates should have a strong record of scholarship supported by extramural funding and a proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to the university. Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate courses in fisheries conservation and management, freshwater ecology, and freshwater bioassessment, as well as one or more graduate classes in an area of expertise and interest. Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable. Service to the department, college, and university is also expected.

Salary: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The individual will be eligible for a generous benefit package made available to all faculty members at Texas Tech University.

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PhD position on the project 'Effects of microplastics on freshwater foodwebs in the anthropocene'
Position type: PhD position
Location: The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen (NL)
Application deadline: 2019-03-01
The Department of Aquatic Ecology offers a PhD position on the project Effects of microplastics on freshwater foodwebs in the anthropocene

Vacancy number PhD-AqE-019002

Freshwater ecosystems are under multiple pressures, including eutrophication, climate change and chemical pollution. Microplastics have received increasing attention over the last decade. However, not much is known about the interaction between the presence of these microplastics in the aquatic environment and other anthropogenic pressures on ecosystem functioning. Especially, indirect effects (non-lethal) have been understudied.

Project description
Aim of this project is to determine the effects of microplastics on the functioning of freshwater ecosystems under multiple anthropogenic pressures. We hypothesise that exposure to microplastics in combination with other stressors will cause significant changes in food web composition and functioning. The PhD candidate will demonstrate effects of microplastics on trophic interactions, and scale up to food web effects in large outdoor mesocosms. Bioassays will be developed with the aim to predict the ecosystem impact of multiple stressors.
The PhD candidate will follow a new, integrative and stepwise, multidisciplinary approach to advance from understanding to prediction. The PhD will be part of a large-scale collaboration, consisting of the research team of the microplastic research group ( e.g., led by Prof. Dr. A.A. Koelmans.
The PhD student will be primarily based in Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) supervised by Dr. Lisette de Senerpont Domis, and Prof. Dr. Ellen van Donk of the NIOO-KNAW, and Prof. Dr. Bart Koelmans of the Wageningen University.

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Aquatic Biogeochemistry
Position type: Postdoctoral Fellow
Location: University of Regina, Regina (CAN)
Application deadline: 2019-03-03
We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow to conduct a multi-gas study (CO2 , CH4 , N2O) to quantify the importance of man-made ponds (dugouts) as hotspots of greenhouse gas exchange and evaluate their role as a tool to help farming become carbon neutral.
The successful candidate will examine how natural environmental characteristics interact with land-use practices by conducting spatial and temporal surveys across existing dugouts in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Together, this information will be used to develop recommendations to help make farming carbon neutral and to help the Government of Saskatchewan meet forthcoming carbon emissions regulations.

The successful PDF will have extensive knowledge of aquatic biogeochemistry of greenhouse gases, and have strong quantitative skills in multivariate analyses and modeling, preferably using R. Experience in application of GIS techniques to upscaling exercises is an asset.
This position will be held in the Institute for Environmental Change and Society (IECS) at the University of Regina, with Dr. Kerri Finlay as PI. Drs. Peter Leavitt (U. Regina), Gavin Simpson (U. Regina) and Helen Baulch (U. Saskatchewan) are co-PIs and will contribute to the project. IECS provides world-class infrastructure and research expertise in environmental sciences to advance the provincial, national and international research agendas (see IECS houses advanced instrumentation for greenhouse gas measurements and water quality analyses, and is dedicated to fostering provincial, national and international research initiatives.

The successful applicants will be expected to publish their research in leading journals and present at conferences. Funding is $45,000/yr for one year for the PDF, with a possibility of renewal for a second year. Travel for field work and conferences will be covered. Interested individuals should provide transcripts, CVs, a letter outlining relevant background and interest, and contact information for at least two references to Kerri Finlay (
Review of applications will begin Mar 3, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
The ideal start date is May 2019.Open
PhD Student Position in Plankton Community Ecology
Position type: Phd position
Location: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology - EAWAG, Dübendorf (CH)
Application deadline: 2019-03-03
Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.
The Department of Aquatic Ecology is offering a PhD Student Position in Plankton Community Ecology.

The goal of the PhD project is to study the relative effects of interacting biotic and abiotic drivers on phytoplankton community change, within taxonomic and size-based categories, using automated high frequency data from Swiss lakes. We aim at studying and modelling plankton food-web changes — including the emergence of cyanobacterial blooms — by applying new methods for in situ monitoring (e.g. underwater imaging, see the Aquascope website), and by analysing the data using a machine learning approach.

The duration of the PhD position will be 4 years. The PhD degree will be awarded by the University of Zürich. The candidate will be based in the group of Phytoplankton Ecology at Eawag in Dübendorf, supervised by Dr Francesco Pomati.

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PhD student, development eDNA approaches for fish monitoring
Position type: PhD position
Location: Department of Aquatic resources (SLU Aqua), Stockholm (S)
Application deadline: 2019-03-01
Do you want to work in an inspiring environment and contribute to the sustainable use of our oceans, lakes and watercourses? We at the Department of Aquatic resources (SLU Aqua) are passionate about our vision "Viable fish stocks in healthy waters ".
We're expanding, searching for employees who want to develop themselves and make a difference together with us.

eDNA is a rapidly developing tool for science-based management of aquatic environments. However, methodological issues remain before quantitative eDNA can be used practically.
The northern pike is one of the most important recreational fish species in Sweden, as well as a keystone predator important for ecosystem health and functioning. Despite its ecological and socioeconomic importance, pike has been neglected in monitoring. One reason being the low catchability of pike using traditional monitoring methods.
This PhD project will focus on developing and evaluating the performance of eDNA-based methods for monitoring northern pike.
The position entails planning and executing a combination of controlled laboratory and outdoor experiments in fish tanks and ponds, fieldwork (including electrofishing and rod-fishing) and modern molecular genetic techniques to develop and systematically evaluate the usability of an eDNA approach to provide non-invasive quantitative estimates of northern pike abundance.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic person with an interest in molecular ecology, ecological genomics, fish monitoring and aquatic biology. Preferably, the applicant’s university degree focuses on genetics, molecular biology, ecology or fish biology. The applicant is expected to be fluent in English, both in speech and writing. Emphasis will be placed on personal skills, such as the ability to work independently as well as in a group, attention to detail and an ability to prioritize and multitask. Documented experience of practical work with molecular methods or in experimental ecology is an advantage.

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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.

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Postdoc in biotechnological neurotoxin detection systems
Position type: Postdoc Position
Location: Centre CEA Saclay, Gif sur Yvette (F)
Application deadline: 2019-03-31
Because of their lethality, environmental neurotoxins may be used as chemical weapons. That is the case of saxitoxin that is listed in Schedule 1 of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), alongside with mustard gases, sarin, ricin and the like. Saxitoxin is accumulated by shellfish that filter feed on toxic dinoflagellates of the genus Alexandrium, constituting a serious risk for Public Health. In freshwater environment saxitoxin produced by filamentous cyanobacteria is a threat for drink water reservoirs.
The lab is looking for a motivated post-doc or research engineer to develop multilevel detection systems for neurotoxins acting on key components of the human Nervous System (channels, receptors and enzymes).
We seek to develop interfaces to couple the developed bioassays with mass spectrometry to identify neurotoxins for civil and military purposes. Successful candidates will help to design and execute an applied research program aiming to shorten the time between neurotoxins detection/discovery and their identification.

We are looking for a candidate who wants to perform applied research in the interface of neurotoxin detection (ELISA, LFT), membrane protein biochemistry, microfluidics and mass spectrometry, meeting the following criteria:
- Ph.D. or research engineer in molecular biotechnology, protein biochemistry, biomolecular analysis and mass spectrometry, biotechnology, toxicology.
- Experience in at least two of the following areas: method development, toxin-receptor interactions, microfluidics, mass spectrometry, biotechnology.
- Enthusiasm, ambition, and happy to work in a team.
Please send a brief letter of interest describing your research experience, skills and your goals concerning this proposal, with a C.V., contact information and two referees to Romulo Araoz (,

The position is initially for 1 year with possibilities to be extended for a 1 year more. The candidate is also expected to apply for alternative funding sources.
Both, French and international candidates are welcome.

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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.

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

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

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

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Three Post doctoral positions
Position type: Researcher
Location: Reno, NV
Contact Name: Sudeep Chandra
The University of Nevada’s Global Water Center: Solutions for Sustainability ( seeks dedicated and talented early career, postdoctoral researchers to engage in projects that are collaborative and multi-institutional in nature.

To apply, please send the following:
1) a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) articulating your qualifications for each position, a copy of peer-reviewed papers that are drafted, accepted or in review, and contact information for references;
2) a CV

Applicants that have demonstrated the ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals and work in a collaborative setting will receive beneficial consideration.
Postdoctoral researcher positions require the completion of a PhD by the start date for the position. Applicants with more than 5 years from the date of receiving your PhD are not eligible to apply and will not be considered.

The salary rate for postdoctoral research positions is $47,500 per year.

Material should be sent to Sudeep Chandra ( Positions are open until filled.

Postdoctoral Position #1: Invasion Ecology and Ecosystem Change in Lake Tahoe
Location: Reno, NV and Lake Tahoe (CA-NV)
Start Date: April 1, 2019 or open until filled.
Duration: 2.5 years

Postdoctoral Position #2: Direct and indirect effects of climate on mountain lakes
Location: Reno, NV and Mt. Shasta, CA
Start Date: April 1, 2019 or open until filled.
Duration: 1.5 year with subsequent years dependent on funding.

Position #3: Community Ecology and Natural Resource Assessment
Location: Reno, NV.
Start Date: February 1, 2019 or open until filled.
Duration: 1 year with subsequent years dependent on funding.

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Two PhD or M.Sc. Positions in Carbon Biogeochemistry in Freshwater Systems
Position type: PhD or MSc position
Location: Université du Québec à Montréal - UQAM (Canada)
Contact Name: Yves Prairie
Two funded graduate positions (M.Sc. or PhD) in carbon biogeochemistry of freshwater ecosystems are open to join our laboratory at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada.
The first project will focus on the coupling between physical, chemical and biological processes in determining lake ecosystem metabolism. It will rely in part on the analysis of high-frequency data from our experimental autonomous buoy.
The second project will focus on the effects of climate change on lake metabolism, in particular through the alteration of the lake carbon cycle.

Applicants are encouraged to send their CV, a letter of motivation as well s the names of two references to Yves Prairie or at the address below:
Yves Prairie (
UNESCO Chair in Global Environmental Change
Department of Biological Sciences
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Box 8888, Station Centre-Ville, Montréal, QC H3C 3P8, Canada

More information on our recent work can be found at Open
Graduate Student Opportunity
Position type: M.S.
Location: California State University, Bakersfield
Contact Name: Rae McNeish
Application deadline: 2019-03-15
The McNeish lab at California State University Bakersfield Department of Biology is seeking a motivated student to join the lab as a M.S. student in Fall 2019.
Research will focus on connections between land-use and microplastic presence in aquatic food webs. The student will conduct field and laboratory work to understand how anthropogenic activities and change in land-use are linked with microplastic in freshwater habitats, fish, and macroinvertebrates. Research will involve traveling to field sites throughout California, field collections of fish and aquatic macroinvertebrates, quantification of microplastic particles, and data management and analysis. The successful applicant will also be expected to partake in manuscript preparation and submission, working with a team of undergraduate students, attending scientific conferences, and communicating with regional agencies.

Interested students should contact Dr. Rae McNeish ( directly before applying to the program.

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