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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PhD Opportunity - Aquatic Ecology
Position type: PhD position
Location: Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya (Spain)
We are looking for PhD candidates to work on different projects of our Group of Aquatic Ecology (http://mon.uvic.cat/aquatic-ecology/):

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

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

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

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

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

Open until filled.

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

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

Informal inquiries about these positions can be made by emailing Anna Michalak at michalak@carnegiescience.edu.

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

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