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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 (prairie.yves@uqam.ca)
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 http://www.ceeg.uqam.ca. Open
Research Scientist - Quantitative systems ecologist
Position type: Research Scientist
Location: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Burlington (Ontario)
Contact Name: Véronica Baril, Human Resources Advisor
Application deadline: 2018-12-24
We are seeking one (1) research scientist with the expertise and experience to develop and lead a research program in the field of Quantitative Systems Ecology.
The programs will include the application of advanced statistical, mathematical, and geospatial tools to better understand and address issues in freshwater systems as well as the development and advancement of statistics and experimental design. One position will focus on the transport, transformation and effects of contaminants on aquatic systems, while another will focus on aquatic nutrient cycling and lower trophic community dynamics.
The successful candidate will provide scientific advice and transfer knowledge to assist decision makers in maintaining and restoring aquatic ecosystems. They will work closely with multidisciplinary groups of scientists, including limnologists, modellers, and biogeochemists within ECCC as well as from other governmental organizations and academia.

The position will work within the Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division (WHERD) at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, ON.

For further information, please click here.Open
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Wetland Biogeochemistry and Conservation
Position type: Tenure Track
Location: Radboud University, Nijmegen (NL)
Contact Name: Prof. Leon Lamers, head of department
Application deadline: 2019-01-06
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Wetland Biogeochemistry and Conservation (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)
Faculty of Science
Maximum salary: € 4,852 gross/month
Vacancy number: 62.93.18
Application deadline: 6 January 2019

Responsibilities
As a tenure-track assistant professor, you are able to define and carry out innovative experimental research that links biogeochemistry to conservation biology and restoration ecology, in collaboration with other members of our department and institute. You know how to scale up micro-level experiments to community, ecosystem and landscape scales, and you share our strong affinity with the application of fundamental knowledge to solve societal issues. As an enthusiastic teacher, you will actively contribute to field, experimental and theoretical ecology courses in the undergraduate and graduate Biology programs.
All research activities of our department fall into one or more of the following research themes:
1. Biogeochemistry, conservation and management of wetlands;
2. Greenhouse gas emissions from wetlands;
3. Microbial ecology of wetlands;
4. Green solutions: paludiculture and water treatment.
Your main focus will be on theme 1.

What we expect from you
You are a talented and enthusiastic wetland/aquatic/marine ecologist with a broad background in applied biogeochemistry and conservation ecology.
You have completed a PhD thesis related to wetland ecology and biogeochemistry, and have expertise in linking biogeochemistry, applied ecology, and wetland management in order to address issues such as increased eutrophication, drought, salinization and biodiversity loss.
You show a natural affinity with research at different spatial scales, and with interdisciplinary research. You have a number of years of postdoctoral experience relevant in this field and look forward to advising PhD candidates and teaching and advising students. Your publication record is excellent and you have affinity with acquiring external funding.

For more information about this vacancy, please click here or contact:

Prof. Leon Lamers, head of department
Telephone: +31 24 3652902
E-mail: l.lamers@science.ru.nl

Dr. Sarian Kosten
Telephone: +31 24 3652472
E-mail: s.kosten@science.ru.nl

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Postdoctoral fellow to work on the evolution of competitive ability in phytoplankton
Position type: Postdoctoral fellow
Location: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Eawag (CH)
Application deadline: 2018-12-12
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).
The Department of Aquatic Ecology (Eco) invites applications for a Postdoctoral fellow to work on the evolution of competitive ability in phytoplankton.
This postdoctoral position is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Competition has been acknowledged as one of the major forces structuring ecological communities, and in particular, communities of freshwater phytoplankton. Studies of competition in phytoplankton show that competitive traits of various species measured in isolation can be used to predict outcomes of competition. However, little is known about how these traits evolve in response to changes in the biotic and abiotic environment. This project will investigate the evolution of competitive traits of freshwater phytoplankton using both lab-based and in-lake competition experiments. We will investigate to what degree the evolution of competitive traits alters the outcome of competition both in terms community structure and in terms of species’ relative contributions to ecosystem functioning.
This project approaches questions of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning by considering the possibility of eco-evolutionary dynamics of competition and coexistence among phytoplankton. The successful candidate has ideally completed a PhD in related topics of community or evolutionary ecology.

We are looking for a qualified scientist holding a PhD, with up to 2 years of work experience post-PhD. The applicant should have: (i) a background in competition and coexistence theory, ii) quantitative data analysis skills including familiarity with statistical and modelling techniques using R, Python or similar platforms, iii) experience with modern molecular methods including DNA/RNA extraction, qPCR and library preparation for next generation sequencing, and iv) some basic bioinformatics experience. Knowledge of standard methods in aquatic ecology and algal culturing is an asset. Excellent written and spoken English with a track record of publishing in international journals is required.

The period of appointment is 2 years, with a preferred start date of January 2019 (negotiable).

For further information, please click here.Open
PhD researcher within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks project ECORISK2050
Position type: PhD position
Location: Fundación IMDEA Agua, Madrid (ES)
Application deadline: 2018-12-11
This call is to recruit a PhD researcher within the European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks project ECORISK2050 (number: 813124). The ECORISK2050 project consists of 8 beneficiaries and 12 PhD projects across Europe and Israel. The ECORISK2050 project aims at creating a training platform for young researchers that provides the understanding needed to determine how chemical risks will be influenced by global change under future conditions in Europe and how to manage these risks.

The duration of the PhD contract is 3 years. The selected candidate will be offered a full-time temporal employment contract (37.5 hours/week).

The annual gross salary will be 32.400 euros, which may be supplemented with a family allowance (if relevant). The expected recruitment date is February 1, 2019.

The successful candidate will develop research into the impacts of global change on the vulnerability of aquatic ecosystems to chemical stress. The candidate will investigate how the vulnerability of aquatic communities is affected by alterations in their structural and functional composition and by climate-related stressors (e.g. raise of temperatures, hydrological variation). The research will be grounded on a combination of experimental research and modelling. Experiments will be carried out using micro- and mesocosms with invertebrates and primary producers under Mediterranean conditions. The modelling work will be based on the combination of hydrological and climatological models, species vulnerability models (based on toxicity data, phylogeny trees and species traits) and GIS to generate risk scenarios and maps.

The PhD will be developed within the Aquatic Ecotoxicology group of the IMDEA Water Institute and supervised by Dr Andreu Rico and Prof Marco Vighi, and Prof Paul van den Brink (Wageningen University).

For further information, please click here.Open
PhD opportunity - Diagnosing the reasons for biodiversity decline in rural rivers
Position type: PhD position
Location: Cardiff University (UK)
Contact Name: Ian Vaughan
Application deadline: 2018-12-17
What you should know about this project
Biodiversity is declining in many rural rivers, but the extent of this decline and the underlying drivers are poorly known. Combining big data sets and fieldwork, this project aims to fill the gap. The supervisory team brings together the necessary research expertise (e.g. freshwater ecology, environmental modelling), with direct beneficiaries of the research - the statutory monitoring agencies for England and Wales - ensuring maximum impact on river management.

What expertise you will develop
The PhD will train the student in the skills needed for modern environmental research, including:
• Data analysis and modelling of community and water quality data in R software
• GIS and analysis of remote sensing data
• Freshwater fieldwork, including sampling techniques and taxonomy
• The broader policy context around the conservation and management of rivers
• Transferable skills (e.g. oral presentation, science communication)

Why this project is novel
Previous research has focused on the recovery of urban rivers or studied rural rivers within limited geographic areas. For the first time, this project will cover the diverse range of rural rivers across England and Wales, taking in a near 30-year timespan, to assess status and diagnose causes of change. Globally, there are few opportunities to study ecological systems at such spatial resolution and temporal extent.

For further information, please click here. Open
Graduate Studentships at University of Essex
Position type: Graduate Studentships
Location: University of Essex (UK)
Application deadline: 2019-01-08
Multiple graduate studentships are available at University of Essex:

- Fate, transformation and effect of microplastics on microbial communities in the environment. CASE award with Anglian Water (WHITBY_E19ARIES)

- Shellfish responses to global environmental change – implications for aquaculture and marine conservation CASE award with Colchester Oyster Fishery (STEINKE_E19ARIES)

- Fresh Blue Carbon: The control of freshwater carbon emissions by pelagic food webs (CAMERON_E19ARIES)

For further information, please click here.Open
Postdoc Position - Lake biodiversity and ecosystem resilience in time and space under pressures from climate change
Position type: Postdoc Position
Location: Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries - IGB, Berlin (DE)
Contact Name: Rita Adrian
Application deadline: 2018-12-20
The PostDoc position is part of the LimnoScenES project: Developing improved social-ecological scenarios for biodiversity and ecosystem service changes in north temperate freshwater ecosystems over the next half century. LimnoScenES is a project funded by the Belmont Forum - BiodivERsA International joint call on "Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services". The project seeks to identify critical feedbacks between ecological and social dynamics using an iterative process, whereby insights from biophysical models feed into participatory scenario analysis, and vice versa. It is an international project with partners from Canada, Germany, and Sweden, and co-operation between limnologists and socio-ecologists.

The successful candidate will focus on the topic of how short- and long-term disturbances overlap to affect multiple dimensions of biodiversity and trophic state in lakes along with the subsequent short and long-term resilience of lake ecosystems under past and future climate scenarios. The successful candidate will combine theory and empirical data in time (hours to decades) and space (northern hemisphere) to develop scenarios of climate change impacts on biodiversity and lake vulnerability/functioning in general. The studies will be based on in situ- empirical decadal data of lakes (Müggelsee, GLEON, Geisha-lakes) and remote sensing data in the northern hemisphere. The position is available for 36 months starting early 2019 and is based at the Department of Ecosystem Research at the IGB in Berlin, Germany.

For more details about the project please contact Rita Adrian (Adrian@igb-berlin.de)

Requirements: We are seeking to recruit a computational ecologist.
Applicants shall hold a
- PhD in geosciences, physics, limnology, biology, or a related discipline.
- The PostDoc position requires excellent skills in statistical and deterministic modelling and programming.
- Knowledge in lake ecology and ecological theory is desirable.
- Excellent skills in the English language in writing and talking are essential.

For further information, please click here.Open
PhD opportunity - Diatom metabarcoding: developing new tools for bioassessment of aquatic ecosystems
Position type: PhD position
Location: University Rovira i Virgili - IRTA (Spain)
Contact Name: Rosa Trobajo, Javier Sigró
Application deadline: 2018-11-28
PhD student position in the application of high-throughput sequencing DNA tools (metabarcoding) in aquatic ecology, announced jointly by the Centre for Climate Change (C3) at the University Rovira i Virgili (URV) and the Marine and Continental Waters Program of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Research Technology (IRTA) in Sant Carles de la Ràpita (Spain).

Project description:
Aquatic ecosystems are essential to planetary function and to humans and hence their protection and restoration are of vital importance. The Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive were adopted by the EU more than 10 years ago to ensure good functioning of water bodies in terms of biological communities and hydrological and chemical characteristics. Diatoms and plankton are among the principal biological indicators used to monitor waters for these directives and, until now, they have been assessed through microscope-based assessments of communities. This thesis project aims to develop innovative alternatives to microscope-based assessments, using high-throughput sequencing (HTS) and DNA metabarcoding. Initially, the focus will be on diatom biomonitoring of Catalan rivers, but the project may extend into coastal habitats and include the opportunity to develop new methods of detecting pathogenic or toxic species and to analyse the ‘hidden’ diversity of previously unrecognized or unidentifiable organisms.

Requirements:
The candidate must have a degree in biology or related disciplines. Preference will be given to candidates familiar with bioinformatics tools for the analysis of DNA sequence data or practical experience in molecular techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR and DNA sequencing. Good analytical skills will be an advantage, and some knowledge of algae, including diatoms, would be helpful though not essential. Knowledge of R would also be an asset. Good communication skills in written and spoken English are necessary. Applicants should note that the research activities will take place at the IRTA centre in Sant Carles de la Ràpita (under the supervision of Dr. Rosa Trobajo and Dr. David G. Mann) but that the PhD student will work in close collaboration with other labs working on similar projects, both in Spain and internationally.

For further information, please click here.Open
PhD opportunity - Linking impacts of climate change on snow and water resources
Position type: PhD position
Location: University of Birmingham (UK)
Contact Name: Joshua Larsen
Application deadline: 2019-01-21
The impact of rising temperatures on water resources that depend on snow is complex since temperature affects the amount of water stored temporally (from months to decades) at the earth surface in the form of snow and ice, and also the timing and rate of melt. However, the implications of this temperature impact on snowmelt for changes in water resources are poorly understood. This project will provide an important step forward for understanding the impacts of climate change on water resources, by fingerprinting the component of this impact that is due to changing snow dynamics in selected river basins around the world. The improved understanding of the impact of snow on water resources in these basins will then be used to examine a key question, namely are certain basins likely to be more resilient or sensitive than others to the effects of climate change on snow resources? This will be critical information for future planning and adaptation measures.

This project will provide close national and international collaboration, in addition to the interaction with the large and interdisciplinary water research group at the University of Birmingham. The student will be co-supervised by researchers at the University of Bristol (Dr Ross Woods) and the University of Lausanne in Switzerland (Prof Bettina Schaefli). This will provide an excellent opportunity to interact and learn from both the large water research group at Bristol, and the hydrology research group in Lausanne.

CENTA studentships are for 3.5 years and are funded by NERC.
In addition to the full payment of their tuition fees, successful candidates will receive the following financial support:
Annual stipend, set at £14,777 for 2018/19
Research training support grant (RTSG) of £8,000

For any further questions, please click here or contact: Dr Joshua Larsen - j.larsen@bham.ac.uk
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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 (rmcneish@csub.edu) directly before applying to the program.

More information can be found here.Open
Research Scientist - Stream and Watershed Biogeochemistry
Position type: Research Scientist
Location: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Burlington (Ontario)
Contact Name: Véronica Baril, Human Resources Advisor
Application deadline: 2018-11-23
We are seeking a research scientist with expertise and experience to develop and lead a research program in the field of stream biogeochemistry. The program will address transport, retention, and transformation of nutrients in lotic ecosystems to respond to ECCC priorities. In particular, studies examining nutrient transport, spiralling, and associated coupled biogeochemical processing in rivers and their watersheds will be critical in supporting decision making related to water quality restoration in large freshwater ecosystem watersheds (e.g., Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg). The successful candidate will provide scientific advice and transfer knowledge to assist decision makers in maintaining and restoring aquatic ecosystems. They will work closely with multidisciplinary groups of scientists within ECCC as well as other governmental organizations and academia.

The position will be staffed at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW) in Burlington, ON and will work within the Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division (WHERD) of the Water Science and Technology Directorate.

For further information, please click here. Open
Research Scientist - Field of Limnology
Position type: Research Scientist
Location: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Burlington (Ontario)
Contact Name: Véronica Baril, Human Resources Advisor
Application deadline: 2018-11-23
We are seeking a research scientist with expertise and experience to develop and lead a research program in the field of limnology. The program will focus on nutrient, carbon and lower trophic dynamics in freshwater ecosystems to respond to ECCC priorities. In particular, studies examining carbon and nutrient dynamics and interaction with lower trophic levels and the potential effects of anthropogenic stressors will be critical in supporting decision-making related to impacts on freshwater ecosystems. The successful candidate will provide scientific advice and transfer knowledge to assist decision makers in maintaining and restoring aquatic ecosystems. They will work closely with multidisciplinary groups of researchers within ECCC as well as other governmental organizations and academia.

The position will be staffed at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW) in Burlington, ON and will work within the Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division (WHERD) of the Water Science and Technology Directorate.

For further information, please click here.Open
PhD opportunity - Using environmental DNA to understand the role of connectivity in pond ecosystems
Position type: PhD position
Location: Center for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Wallingford (UK)
Contact Name: Daniel Read
Application deadline: 2018-12-17
PhD opportunity: Using environmental DNA to understand the role of connectivity in pond ecosystems

Project Description
The first year of the project will involve intensive sampling at Freshwater Habitats Trust (FHT) Pinkhill Meadows Flagship Ponds site to calibrate and test the molecular approaches across a small landscape of hydrologically interconnected ponds. Year two will focus on a network of small water bodies of varying connectivity, landscape permeability and environmental character (e.g. one of the FHTs Flagship Pond sites such as the Norfolk Pingos, New Forest Ponds, or Welsh Upland Ponds) with locations to be decided by the student in consultation with the supervisory team. Molecular work, bioinformatics and analysis will be carried out at the state-of-the-art molecular ecology facility at CEH Wallingford, with secondments to Cardiff University to spend time with the co-supervisor (Steve Ormerod) to develop analysis and interpretation skills in freshwater ecology, and with the project partner Jeremy Biggs at the Freshwater Habitats Trust who has extensive experience of sampling and understanding the ecology of pond ecosystems. The FHT work to conserve freshwater ecosystems, and the data generated in this project will be used by the project partner to better understand the value of Flagship Pond sites and how best to conserve them in light of the multiple pressures they are experiencing.

How to Apply:
To apply, please go to the FRESH CDT website

Funding Notes
This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. The funding is only available to UK citizens or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more. Non-UK Students: In most cases if you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application to work with this supervisor will be considered.

For more information, click here

Please email Dr Daniel Read dasr@ceh.ac.uk for further information regarding the project

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Position for a PhD researcher – Project WinTherface
Position type: Researcher
Location: Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa
Contact Name: Ana Margarida Ricardo, Rui M.L. Ferreira
Application deadline: 2018-12-20
Position for a PhD researcher – Project WinTherface

Description: one position for a researcher with a PhD in the scientific area(s) of Hydrology, Hydraulics, Fluid Mechanics (including multi-phase flows) or CFD in the scope of project WinTherface. The work is aimed at the development of a HPC compliant numerical model, the planning and supervision of laboratory experiments. WinTherface addresses the study of mass exchange driven by wind and temperature in lake-wetland interfaces and its impacts on the water quality, through a multidisciplinary approach integrating field, laboratory and numerical work.

Deadline: 20th December 2018

Salary: monthly remuneration corresponding to level 33 of the single remuneration table of Portuguese public service workers (TRU).

Place of work: Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa

Info: Ana Margarida Ricardo (ana.ricardo@tecnico.ulisboa.pt) or Rui M.L. Ferreira (ruimferreira@tecnico.ulisboa.pt) Open
Research Scientist-Aquatic microbial ecology or aquatic microbial ecotoxicology
Position type: Research Scientist
Location: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Saskatoon (Canada)
Contact Name: Véronica Baril, Human Resources Advisor
Application deadline: 2018-11-23
We are seeking a research scientist with expertise and experience to develop and lead a research program in the field of “Aquatic microbial ecology or aquatic microbial ecotoxicology”. The program will address nutrients and chemicals in aquatic ecosystems, genomics and other Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) priorities. The program will support multiple priorities and engage researchers internally and externally to ECCC. In particular, studies looking at “interactions between microorganisms and nutrients, carbon, products of nanotechnology, antimicrobials and plastics” will be critical in supporting decision making related to the “the effects of contaminants and other stressors on aquatic microbial dynamics ”. The successful candidate will provide scientific advice and transfer knowledge to assist decision makers in maintaining and restoring aquatic ecosystems. They will work closely with multidisciplinary groups of scientists, including “chemists, biologists and hydrologists”.

Work environment
The position will be staffed at the National Hydrological Research Centre (NHRC) in Saskatoon, SK and will work within the Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division (WHERD) of the Water Science and Technology Directorate. The NHRC accommodates Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) scientific, technical and administrative staff from the Air and Water Science and Technology Directorates and the Meteorological Service of Canada.
Water science and technology research and technical staff at NHRC undertake laboratory and field activities which generate scientific data, related information and tools aimed to assist in sustaining Canada’s freshwater ecosystems. Hydrological and ecological information gathered from studies in rivers and lakes in the Canadian Prairies and North enable scientists to better understand and predict the impacts of climate variability and anthropogenic disturbances on sensitive aquatic systems. Studies focused on aquatic microbial ecology/microbial ecotoxicology and the effects of emerging contaminants on food webs in lakes and streams inform the development of adaptation strategies to protect key/vulnerable water resources and aquatic ecosystems.
The centre houses a wide range of specialized laboratories with well-equipped microbiology laboratories and offers multiple collaborative opportunities with academic partners in University of Saskatchewan including access to the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon. The researchers also have access to a large research support group (electronics and engineering) and the ISO certified National Laboratory for Environmental Testing. ECCC scientists work nationally and internationally on aquatic research and development to find ways of sustaining our freshwater ecosystems. Through ecosystem-based research, ECCC uses its scientific knowledge to develop government policies and programs, for public decision-making, and to aid in identifying environmental problems. ECCC Scientists provide peer-reviewed advice and support to government decision making on a broad range of aquatic ecosystem issues, including climate change, hydrology, nutrient loadings, harmful algal blooms, water availability and emerging issues such as antimicrobial resistance and micro and nanoplastics in the environment.
The Public Service of Canada has the reputation of being one of the best public service organizations in the world. As public servants, we are responsible for upholding the public trust and serving Canadians, their communities, and the public interest under the direction of the elected government and in accordance with the law. For more information about ECCC and what it means to be a public servant, we invite you to review the Ministerial Briefing Book for the department and the latest Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada by the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet as well as the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector.
We strongly believe that our reputation is founded on our Public Service values and ethics. At ECCC, we are committed to bring to life the Public Service values and ethics in all our practices and interactions with one another. Respect and integrity are of great importance to us!

Intent of the process
The immediate need is to staff an indeterminate position in Saskatoon, (SK).
A pool of qualified candidates may be established from this process which may be used to staff similar positions within Environment and Climate Change with various tenures (e.g. indeterminate, specified period, deployment, assignment), with various language requirements and profiles and conditions of employment.

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Research Scientist-Biogeochemical modelling of aquatic systems
Position type: Research Scientist
Location: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Saskatoon (Canada)
Contact Name: Véronica Baril, Human Resources Advisor
Application deadline: 2018-11-23
We are seeking a research scientist with expertise and experience to develop and lead a research program in the field of “Biogeochemical modelling of aquatic systems”. The program will address the impacts of climate change on biogeochemistry of northern Rivers and Lakes and other ECCC priorities. The program will support multiple priorities and engage researchers internally and externally to ECCC. In particular, studies looking at “the interaction of freshwater biogeochemistry and ecology with physical environment models at local and regional scales under past, present and future climate conditions” will be critical in supporting decision making related to “climate change adaptation”. The successful candidate will provide scientific advice and transfer knowledge to assist decision makers in maintaining and restoring aquatic ecosystems. They will work closely with multidisciplinary groups of scientists, including “climate modellers, hydrologists and biologists”.

Work Environment
The position will be staffed at the National Hydrological Research Centre (NHRC) in Saskatoon, SK and will work within the Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division (WHERD) of the Water Science and Technology Directorate. The NHRC accommodates Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) scientific, technical and administrative staff from the Air and Water Science and Technology Directorates and the Meteorological Service of Canada.
Water science and technology research and technical staff at NHRC undertake laboratory and field activities which generate scientific data, related information and tools aimed to assist in sustaining Canada’s freshwater ecosystems. Hydrological and ecological information gathered from studies in rivers and lakes in the Canadian Prairies and North enable scientists to better understand and predict the impacts of climate variability and anthropogenic disturbances on sensitive aquatic systems. Studies focused on aquatic microbial ecology/microbial ecotoxicology and the effects of emerging contaminants on food webs in lakes and streams inform the development of adaptation strategies to protect key/vulnerable water resources and aquatic ecosystems.
The centre houses a wide range of specialized laboratories with well-equipped microbiology laboratories and offers multiple collaborative opportunities with academic partners in University of Saskatchewan including access to the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon. The researchers also have access to a large research support group (electronics and engineering) and the ISO certified National Laboratory for Environmental Testing. ECCC scientists work nationally and internationally on aquatic research and development to find ways of sustaining our freshwater ecosystems. Through ecosystem-based research, ECCC uses its scientific knowledge to develop government policies and programs, for public decision-making, and to aid in identifying environmental problems. ECCC Scientists provide peer-reviewed advice and support to government decision making on a broad range of aquatic ecosystem issues, including climate change, hydrology, nutrient loadings, harmful algal blooms, water availability and emerging issues such as antimicrobial resistance and micro and nanoplastics in the environment.
The Public Service of Canada has the reputation of being one of the best public service organizations in the world. As public servants, we are responsible for upholding the public trust and serving Canadians, their communities, and the public interest under the direction of the elected government and in accordance with the law. For more information about ECCC and what it means to be a public servant, we invite you to review the Ministerial Briefing Book for the department and the latest Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada by the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet as well as the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector.
We strongly believe that our reputation is founded on our Public Service values and ethics. At ECCC, we are committed to bring to life the Public Service values and ethics in all our practices and interactions with one another. Respect and integrity are of great importance to us!

Intent of the process
The immediate need is to staff an indeterminate position in Saskatoon, (SK).
A pool of qualified candidates may be established from this process which may be used to staff similar positions within Environment and Climate Change with various tenures (e.g. indeterminate, specified period, deployment, assignment), with various language requirements and profiles and conditions of employment.

For further information, please click here. Open
Environmental/Hydrodynamic Modeling Faculty Position
Position type: Assistant Professor
Location: University of Vermont, USA
Contact Name: Dr. Arne Bomblies
Application deadline: 2018-12-01
Faculty in Environmental and Hydrodynamic Modeling: Assistant Professor

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Vermont (UVM) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in environmental modeling for Fall 2019. The position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in engineering or a related field and be able to model fluid flow and mass transport in surface-water systems. Research areas of interest can include but are not limited to process-based modeling of coupled physical, biogeochemical and ecological dynamics in lakes, rivers, hydraulic structures, estuaries and coastal regions. The faculty member will be expected to maintain an active program of externally-funded research and contribute to two separate ABET-accredited undergraduate education programs (Civil Engineering; Environmental Engineering) as well as be active in our M.S. and Ph.D. graduate program. The ability to acquire professional licensure is desired.

The candidate is also expected to significantly contribute to the Vermont EPSCoR Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) project by leading the effort to develop a fully coupled physical/biogeochemical model of Lake Champlain. Vermont EPSCoR ( www.uvm.edu/EPSCoR ) is funded by the National Science Foundation with a $20M interdisciplinary award to study and promote resiliency in the Lake Champlain Basin. Research will inform public policy and support economic and workforce development. The selected individual will interact substantially with the highly interdisciplinary project team.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.

The University of Vermont, established in 1791, is a comprehensive research university with a current enrollment of 12,000+ undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. The scientific and academic environments in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), and throughout the UVM community are dynamic, highly collaborative, and multi-disciplinary. Significant campus resources for research collaboration include: Advanced Genome Technologies Core, Complex Systems Center, Larner College of Medicine, Gund Institute for Environment, Vermont Genetics Network, Transportation Research Center, Vermont EPSCoR, Vermont Space Grant Consortium, and the Vermont Advanced Computing Core.

The University is located in Burlington, Vermont, about 90 miles south of Montreal. Burlington is often rated as the best small city in America for quality of living, and features year-round outdoor recreation and cultural events. Greater Burlington has a population of approximately 150,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on Lake Champlain, bordered by the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

Application materials (5 documents) that must be submitted online at http://www.uvmjobs.com , posting number F1160PO are:
(1) cover letter with names and contact information for at least three references, at least one of which can comment on teaching;
(2) current curriculum vitae identifying specific areas of expertise;
(3) a detailed statement of research interests;
(4) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests; and
(5) a diversity impact statement.

Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Arne Bomblies, Search Committee Chairperson, at abomblie@uvm.edu. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Open
Two PhD scholarships in aquatic sciences
Position type: PhD scholarship
Location: University of Konstanz
Contact Name: Tina Romer
Application deadline: 2018-11-30
DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme
Call for applications for PhD scholarships 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.
PhD scholarships funded by the DAAD are available for the following two research topics:
1) Spatiotemporal patterns of resilience and reversibility in relation to functional, taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity in plankton populations
This study will investigate changes in functional, taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity in relation to trophic changes through time and at different sites, using environmental DNA extracted from sediment cores spanning the last century. DNA will be extracted from sediment cores, amplified with specific assays and amplicons sequenced using high-throughput technology. By targeting highly variable markers, different species or genotypes of key plankton species can be tracked and their response to abiotic changes, as well as community turnovers, can be analyzed.
For more information on this project contact Prof. Dr. Laura Epp, Junior Professor for Environmental Genomics in Aquatic Systems
2) Relative role of viruses for phytoplankton control
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 the nutrient level. Using microcosm experiments in combination 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, 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, tina.romer@uni-konstanz.de, coordinator of the Research Training Group R3 until 30 November 2018:
- 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/ and https://www.daad.de/medien/hochschulen/ww/pprogramme/gssp/gssp_2019_guideline_applicants.pdf Open
Assistant or Associate Professor of Aquatic Ecology
Position type: Assistant or Associate Professor
Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Contact Name: Jake Vander Zanden
Application deadline: 2018-11-11
Assistant or Associate Professor of Aquatic Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Department of Integrative Biology and the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are accepting applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Aquatic Ecology (tenure-track) position beginning August 2019.
We seek a candidate to develop an internationally recognized research program focused on freshwater ecosystems. Applications will be particularly encouraged from candidates with a background in fish and fisheries ecology, and those who consider fish in a broader ecosystem context. Other potential areas of interest include quantitative ecology, aquatic conservation, community and ecosystem ecology, food web interactions, limnology, and global environmental change.
PhD in aquatic biology, fish/fisheries ecology, limnology, or related field required prior to start of appointment. Applicants must demonstrate excellence and productivity in research, as well as a commitment to teaching. Appointments at the Associate level must possess experience and scholarship credentials for appointment with tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Expectations include excellence in research and graduate training, engagement in interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship, ability to maintain a vigorous extramurally funded research program, and skilled teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Diverse water-related activities at UW-Madison ( http://www.water.wisc.edu ) offer numerous collaborative opportunities, including involvement with the North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research program.

Interested candidates can find the position announcement at http://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/cw/en-us/job/499237/ (PVL96027), click on "Apply Now" and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 3 sample publications (upload these as 1 document), research and teaching statements (upload as 1 doc; max 2 pages each), and full contact information for three references. To ensure consideration, applications must be received by November 11, 2018; however, position will remain open until filled.

Additional information regarding the Department of Integrative Biology and the Center for Limnology are available at http://integrativebiology.wisc.edu and http://limnology.wisc.edu .
Questions regarding the position can be directed to Professor Jake Vander Zanden at mjvanderzand@wisc.edu.

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. UW-Madison aims to fulfill its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background. Candidates from under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Open
Senior Research and Teaching Assistant / Advanced Postdoc
Position type: Senior Research and Teaching Assistant
Location: University of Geneva, Switzerland
Contact Name: Bas Ibelings
Application deadline: 2018-11-15
Senior Research and Teaching Assistant / Advanced Postdoc – six years

Aquatic Ecology and Limnology

Early 2019 a position for Senior Research and Teaching Assistant / Maître-Assistant / Oberassistent, in the field of Aquatic Ecology / Limnology will become available. Positioned in the research group of Prof Bas Ibelings at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Maître-Assistant in the Swiss system is an important step towards a lifetime career in science that follows upon postdoc level.

The successful candidate will get the opportunity to seek research funding through grant applications, with the Swiss National Science Foundation ( http://www.snf.ch/en ) or the EU. PhD students are co-supervised with Bas Ibelings, who carries the formal responsibility for the doctorate. There will be freedom in developing a scientific direction, but broadly speaking the candidate is requested to take the co-lead in developing research in the framework of the LéXPLORE project.

LéXPLORE ( www.lexplore.ch ) is a collaboration between EPFL (Prof Johny Wuest), EAWAG (Prof Damien Bouffard), University of Lausanne (Prof Marie Perga) and University of Geneva (Prof Bas Ibelings). The LéXPLORE platform - construction finished early 2019 – is a 100 m2 floating research station in Lake Geneva with many instruments for automated, high frequency data acquisition on the lake's physics, biogeochemistry and plankton ecology. In situ data, remote sensing and modeling are integrated in studying the response of this large and deep Alpine lake to environmental change. The successful candidate is expected to have advanced skills in handling large datasets. Strong collaboration with GLEON ( www.gleon.org ) is foreseen.

For about 20% of the time the candidate is expected to support Bas Ibelings with his teaching, various classes in Ecology and Evolution are taught at the Bachelor and Master level, in the classroom, lab and field. For teaching, having a good level in French is a real bonus, however, teaching could possibly be arranged so that the candidate can solely teach in English.

We offer an attractive position, in a lively research group ( https://www.unige.ch/forel/en/ecologie-microbienne ), with strong national and international collaboration and state of the art infrastructure. The University of Geneva is a leading research University – currently 59th in the Shanghai ARWU ranking, and the city of Geneva consistently ranks among the 10 best cities to live worldwide. Salary is > 100.000 USD per year with tax rates in the order of 20%.

Preferred starting date 01 April 2019 . Please send your applications consisting of CV and short motivation letter, including your research interests before 15 November 2018 to bastiaan.ibelings@unige.ch. Happy to provide more information (+41223790313).

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Head of Department Aquatic Ecology
Position type: Head of Department
Location: Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) - Wageningen
Application deadline: 2018-11-28
The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is a top research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). NIOO-KNAW focuses on fundamental and strategic research on individual organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems. The mission is to carry out excellent research in ecology. In 2018, NIOO has received the rate “excellent” in a peer review by an international review committee.
The NIOO offers the position for Head of Department Aquatic Ecology (Vacancy number AqE-18004)
The department of Aquatic Ecology (AqE) aims to elucidate how ecological mechanisms, eco-evolutionary processes and abiotic factors govern the dynamics and structure of aquatic food webs. The approach includes both curiosity-driven research and science for society, and ranges from within-species variation to entire ecosystems, in connection with nature conservation and ecosystem restoration. The department is composed of five research groups (department head and four senior researchers and five technicians with permanent contracts, plus Phd’s and postdocs) and two special units: Aquatic Knowledge centre Wageningen (AKWA) and Centre for Microalgae Eco-Technological Solutions, each led by a project leader.
Job description: as the new head you will continue your internationally strong research line while also managing the Aquatic Ecology department. You will be responsible for a strongly positioned department, both nationally and internationally that combines fundamental and more strategic research, acquiring funding for your own research, as well as for broad theme-wise organized research programs within NIOO and with external (inter) national partners. You will also encourage and help young talented scientists to flourish and obtain their own personal research funding. You are capable of developing a strong and coherent, openly operating team with the senior and junior scientists and technicians and you are strong at networking, outreach and dissemination. You will also be part of the NIOO Management team, which requires a broad view on all aspects of NIOO’s strategy.
Requirements: The head of department must be an excellent internationally acknowledged scientist in the field of aquatic ecology with proven leadership and management skills. Candidates are expected to have a broad overview of the research that is going on in the department and beyond, a clear vision on the future of this field of research, and demonstrated affinity with end users and stakeholders. You are expected to lead by inspiration, motivate, facilitate, and stimulate complementarity in the department, think out of the box with a good eye for complex ecological issues that require a long-term research approach. Your research strengthens the research program of the Department.
There should be clear affinity with both classic aquatic ecology and the newest tools, approaches, and concepts of ecology in general. You have strong capacity of conceptual thinking, and excellent collaborative skills with enthusiasm for bringing basic knowledge to use by end users and stakeholders. Your excellent network should comprise national, European, and global dimensions with demonstrated capacity to acquire research funding from a diversity of sources.
We offer a salary depending on work experience, plus 8% holiday pay and a year-end bonus and an extensive package of fringe benefits. The contract is a contract for an indefinite period with a probation of two months.
Start date preferably November 2019
Location: The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) in Wageningen.
Information: For more information please contact Professor dr. Louise E.M. Vet l.vet@nioo.knaw.nl or T +31(0)6 22 10 21 07
Applications Please send your application including a letter of interest, addressing the selection criteria, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact details of three referees, to vacature@nioo.knaw.nl (stating the vacancy number in subject field). The closing date for application is November 28, 2018, while interviews are scheduled for 17-19 December 2018.
For more information, please click here. Open
Aquatic Ecologist Tenure-Track Position
Position type: Tenure-track Assistant Professor
Location: Department of Biology - University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Contact Name: Gideon Wasserberg
The Department of Biology of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Biology. We seek an outstanding individual with research interests in Aquatic Ecology. The successful applicant will be expected to develop a productive, externally funded research program and contribute to student instruction of the department at all levels. Full participation is expected in our Biology undergraduate curriculum and Master program, as well as our broadly defined doctoral program in Environmental Health Science, which is directed at understanding environmental problems that directly, or indirectly, affect human health and well-being from the molecular to global levels. The successful applicant will also be expected to play a major role in teaching our core undergraduate course in Ecology, and specialized upper division courses related to aquatic ecology.

Potential synergies with faculty in our and other departments are desirable. Postdoctoral experience is preferred, and candidates must hold, or anticipate, a Ph.D. in Biology, or a related discipline, when starting the position on August 1, 2019. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Gideon Wasserberg (g_wasser@uncg.edu), Search Committee Chair. Evaluations of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Greensboro is located at the headwaters of the Cape Fear River Basin, the largest of the 17 major river basins in North Carolina and is relatively close to the Appalachian continental divide and coastal estuarine systems. UNCG is proud to be designated a Minority Serving Institution with 44% ethnic minority students ( http://admissions.uncg.edu/discover-about.php ). We seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool and women and members of underrepresented STEM groups are particularly encouraged to apply. UNCG is an EEO/AA employer with a strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity. EOE AA/M/F/D/V.

For information about our department, see http://biology.uncg.edu . To find details on application requirements and to apply, visit https://jobsearch.uncg.edu and click on “Faculty” (position #1611).Open