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Post-doctoral researcher in aquatic ecology (m/f/d)
Position type: Post-doc position
Location: Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries - IGB (Germany)
Application deadline: 2020-01-15
The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher in aquatic ecology (m/f/d)

The position is available from 1 April 2020 and limited to 2 years. An extension for another year is principally possible.

Duties and responsibilities:
• Multi-species size spectrum modelling
• Development of length-based indices to characterize freshwater fish communities
• Multivariate statistical analyses of the European dataset of fishes in lakes

• PhD in ecology, limnology, fisheries biology or in a related field
• MSc and scientific education in natural sciences
• Knowledge and experience with coding and programming
• Good command of univariate and multivariate statistical approaches
• Experience with spatially explicit datasets and respective analytical tools

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.

Enquiries or questions should be directed to Dr. Thomas Mehner (0049-30-64181-613, mehner@igb‐

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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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Tenure-Track Position in Freshwater Ecology
Position type: Tenure-track position
Location: Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières - UQTR (Canada)
Application deadline: 2020-01-17
The Department of Environmental Sciences at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) welcomes applications from qualified individuals for a tenure-track position in Freshwater Ecology, subject to approval by the relevant authorities.

Starting date: June 1, 2020, or as agreed upon with the University.

Hold a doctorate (PhD) in Biology or a related discipline with a specialization in Fish Ecology.

Freshwater ecology is central to both the B.Sc. in Biology and Ecology and the M.Sc./PhD in Environmental Science programs at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). Several courses offered as part of the B.Sc. program are based on our current knowledge of the biology and ecology of fish: Freshwater Ecology, Vertebrate Zoology, Lake and Fluvial Ecology Field Course, Population Dynamics of Exploited Populations, and Fish Biology. To respond to important socio-economical concerns at both regional and national levels, several upcoming graduate research projects will require an expertise in freshwater ecology and, more specifically, in fish ecology.
Freshwater ecology research has a long tradition at UQTR that was strengthened by the creation of a research center, the Centre de recherche sur les interactions bassins versants-écosystèmes aquatiques (RIVE). The future professor of Freshwater Ecology will be expected to develop collaborations with RIVE members. The research center currently includes more than 50 students from the aforementioned undergraduate and graduate programs, 11 full members and 5 associate members both from the Department of Environmental Sciences. The RIVE manages the utilization of three major teaching and research infrastructures: high technology wet laboratories; a research vessel, the Lampsilis as well as an analyses laboratory for aquatic ecology and sediments. The future professor in Freshwater Ecology will be expected to support and promote these strategic infrastructures for the institution.
The professor of Freshwater Ecology, with an expertise in fish ecology, will be expected to lead a research program that is supported by external funding. With more than a million lakes, countless rivers and one of the world’s largest waterways, Québec’s vast freshwater resources are integral to its socio-economic development of Quebec. UQTR is thus strategically positioned, in Canada as well as internationally, as a center for teaching and research in freshwater ecology.

• Knowledge of French is required for this position.

The chosen candidate will be engaged in teaching, research, and service to the community, and will provide pedagogical guidance.

Other information/How to apply:
For a full job description (in French) and application details, please visit our website at

Closing date: Only applications received by 5 p.m., January 17, 2020, will be considered.Open
Postdoc Position: Modeling microbial ecology of surface water systems
Position type: Post-Doc position
Location: Technische Universität Berlin (Germany)
Application deadline: 2020-01-06
Research Assistant (PostDoc) - salary grade E13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen
Modeling microbial ecology of surface water systems
part-time employment may be possible

Faculty III - Institute of Environmental Technology / Water Quality Engineering
Reference number: III-843/19 (starting at the earliest possible / until 31 august 2021; an extension up to a total of 33 months is envisaged under the reserve that funds are granted / closing date for applications 06/01/20)

Working field: This position is part of two research projects in the area of modeling microbes in surface water systems. The first project focuses on Microcystis growth and toxin production in Lake Erie (USA). The aim is to implement an existing lab-scale, gene-level agent-based model (ABM) at the field scale, compare to field observations (e.g. gene transcript levels, microcystin concentrations) and then develop predictions. The second project focuses on phytoplankton and heterotrophic bacteria interaction (cross-feeding) at Bermuda (Atlantic Ocean). The aim is to apply an existing model inference tool (mechanistic microbial ecosystem model inference, MMEMI) to time series data to explore the interaction of specific phytoplankton and bacteria, via specific dissolved organic matter (DOM) molecules (i.e. who produces what and who eats what). Both projects are part of larger international, multi-disciplinary collaborations that include laboratory and field work to support the model development. Duties include setting up existing in-house modeling software programs, modifying/extending as needed, applying to the specific systems and questions, and disseminating the results (oral and poster presentations, journal papers). The project location is Berlin, incl. expected participation at project meetings in the USA.

Requirements: Successfully completed university degree (Diplom, Master or equivalent) and doctoral/PhD degree in Environmental Sciences or Engineering with a focus on microbial surface water quality, mathematical modeling or a related field, experience in the development and/or application of water quality and/or other environmental models. Desired qualifications: Quantitative ability, programming skills, academic aptitude, scientific interest. Good command of German and/or English required; the willingness to learn either English or German is expected. Please address enquiries to Prof. Ferdi Hellweger (

Please send your written application with the reference number and the usual documents (in particular letter of motivation, CV/Resume, course work transcripts (BS, MS, PhD), 2 sample publications (eg articles, thesis), 2 references, 1 letter of recommendation (preferably from a professor)) to Technische Universität Berlin - Der Präsident - Fakultät III, Institut für Technischen Umweltschutz, Prof. Dr. Hellweger, Sekr. KF 4, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin or by e-mail to

Deadline: Jan. 6, 2020

To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. The TU Berlin values the diversity of its members and is committed to the goals of equal opportunities. Please send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.

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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 ( Please see our website for more information about the lab (, the Department of Environmental Sciences (, and the Lake Erie Center ( 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
PhD Position in Lake Modelling
Position type: PhD position
Location: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Magdeburg (Germany)
Contact Name: Tom Shatwell
Application deadline: 2019-12-15
The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) is offering four PhD positions in the PhD cohort DYNAMO to investigate how hydrological and climatic events influence the movement and turnover of pollutants in catchments. This is part of an ongoing effort to improve our ability to predict and manage water quality in the face of global change. To this end, the UFZ is seeking to employ a PhD student on the following topic.

PhD position DYNAMO (m/f/x):
Subject: 4: The role of lakes and reservoirs in modulating solute export signals from catchments
Project start: 1st March 2020. Working time 65% (25.35 hours per week), limited to 3 years.

Your tasks:
Lakes and reservoirs receive water and matter from their catchment, including nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. Some of this matter is processed; some matter is temporarily or permanently retained in the water body.
Your task will be to investigate how hydrological and climatic events at different time scales and intensities influence the retention of nutrients in lakes and reservoirs. You will develop and apply a coupled catchment-lake model to simulate nutrient transport, storage and processing under different scenarios of hydrology, land use and lake characteristics. You will also analyse and interpret high quality measured data from catchment-reservoir systems in Germany that the UFZ continually monitors. Ultimately, together with the other PhD students in the PhD cohort, your work will help to improve our models’ ability to predict nutrient processing and retention in water supply reservoirs at catchment scale.
The position will be based in the Department of Lake Research at the UFZ’s campus in Magdeburg, but there will be regular exchange with other UFZ departments in Leipzig and Halle as well as with our international partners.

Your profile:
- Master’s degree in limnology, biology, hydrology, environmental science or a related field.
- Knowledge of aquatic ecosystems, biogeochemistry and hydrology.
- Strong analytical skills and knowledge of scripting languages like R, Python, or Matlab or other programming languages.
- Experience in statistical modelling and time-series analysis is an advantage.
- Proficiency in English.
- Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and willingness to collaborate with international partners.

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Research Officer – Environmental River Enhancement Programme EREP
Position type: Research Officer
Location: Inland Fisheries Ireland (Ireland)
Application deadline: 2019-11-27
This is a front-line leadership role and the successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in networking and communication skills as well as excellence in planning and execution of applied scientific studies in field situations. The successful candidate will have academic and practical experience of fluvial geomorphology and aquatic ecology.

Responsabilities of the post
The Research Officer will:
• Day to day delivery of the Project under the supervision of the Senior Research Officer
• Liaise closely with the Senior Research Officer and supervise staff allocated to the project
• Work independently in the field and with the support of IFI staff and of other project staff when required
• Contribute to and oversee development of all core elements of the programme (admin, desk, field)
• Work with Senior Research officer to develop comprehensive programme of field surveys in line with available resources and In context of EU Directives (Habitats and Water Framework)
• Support prioritisation of habitats and scenarios where OPW works may facilitate improvement of Ecological Quality Ratios (EQRs) for fish and habitat
• Contribute to development of appropriate mitigation strategies for implementation in OPW’ maintenance work
• Support production of guidance documents on mitigation options and best practise for channel maintenance/biodiversity
• Contribute to applied studies supporting proposed works to be undertaken during 5-year programme period, examining hydromorphology options to facilitate improvement of channel EQR scores to ‘good’ status.
• Publication of scientific and management outputs
• Oversee database storage of fisheries and habitat material (archival and new) for the purpose of interrogation and prioritising fisheries and habitat management
• Identification of appropriate monitoring strategies to assess water body status for Water Framework Directive (WFD) quality elements, primarily for fish and hydromorphology
• Implementation of monitoring programme to assess level of success of various instream and riparian measures implemented, to include pre- and post- works assessments

Applications, (a cover letter and up to date Curriculum Vitae) should be sent to: by 5pm Wednesday 27th November 2019.
The term EREP19 should appear in your application email subject line.
All enquiries to
Late applications will not be processed.
Short listing will be based on information provided in the Cover Letter and CV.

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Assistant Professor - Freshwater Ecology at University of California
Position type: Assistant professor
Location: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Application deadline: 2019-12-06
The Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology (EEMB) at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. The Department is looking for individuals with particular emphasis in the area of Freshwater Ecology. We envision recruiting a faculty member who blends experimental, observational, theoretical and/or synthetic approaches to integrate across scales of biological organization to understand the structure and functioning of freshwater aquatic systems. We are searching for a highly creative and interactive scholar to join our multidisciplinary department.

Responsibilities of faculty members include the development of an actively funded research program of the highest quality, teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, recruitment, supervision, and mentorship of graduate students, and participation in university service and professional activities. Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) in biology, ecology, or a related field by the time of application. A demonstrated record of excellence in research, and a record of (or potential for) outstanding teaching are desired. Successful candidates will have a record of collaborative research, and will be able to leverage synergies within EEMB and the UCSB campus. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Statement of research (2 pages; please summarize major contributions to the field, and describe your vision for future research)
• Statement of teaching (1 page preferred)
• 3 sample publications
• Applicants will need to arrange for 3-4 references to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf via the recruitment website

We strongly encourage all applicants to submit an optional (1 page) statement of contributions to diversity, which would include current or potential formal and informal activities to promote diversity and inclusion in STEM fields.

Applications received by December 6, 2019 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit

The University of California 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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.Open
5 PhD positions
Position type: PhD positions
Location: Middle East Technical University - METU (Turkey)
5 PhD positions on the study of structure, biodiversity, ecosystem function and modelling of saline lake ecosystems at METU, Turkey.

We are seeking highly motivated Turkish or international PhD students to join our large research project funded by TÜBİTAK 2232 programme for outstanding researchers – focusing on structure, functioning and modelling of saline lakes ecosystems. The researchers will be principally working with Professor Erik Jeppesen, Professor Meryem Beklioğlu, Assit. Professor Korhan Özkan and Professor Zuhal Akyürek as well as collaborating with researchers across a wide international network. The project will be conducted at the Middle East Technical University (METU) Ankara and Mersin Campuses and the PhD Students may enrol graduate programmes of the Institute of Natural and Applied Sciences of METU Ankara Campus at the Biological Sciences and Civil Engineering Departments, Geodetic and Geographic information technologies programme, and the Institute of Marine Sciences at METU Mersin Campus.

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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

3 Phd Students and 1 Postdoc
Position type: Biogeochemistry/microbial ecology
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Contact Name: Lars Tranvik
Application deadline: 2019-12-02
Three PhD student positions and one post-doctoral position in biogeochemistry/microbial ecology

Three PhD student positions and one post-doctoral position are available in the field of biogeochemistry/microbial ecology in the Limnology program of the Department of Ecology and Genetics at Uppsala University (

We offer an international and collaborative research environment at the program of limnology which has a strong position in biogeochemistry, microbial ecology and community and population ecology. This project aims to understand how the stability of organic matter is controlled by environmental factors, microbial functional diversity, and the chemical diversity of organic matter across a wide range of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

We are looking for highly motivated and talented candidates with a background in biogeochemistry and/or microbial ecology, and experience in one or several of the following fields: analytical chemistry, geochemistry, microbial ecology, limnology and marine ecology, soil science, ecosystem science. See also and

For information, contact Lars Tranvik ( or Dolly Kothawala ( Application deadline is December 2, 2019, starting date is February 2020 or as otherwise agreed. For further information and detailed instructions on how to apply, please see (postdoc) or (PhD students). Open
Postdoctoral researcher
Position type: Postdoc position
Location: Memorial University (Canada)
We are seeking to fill a two-year fully funded post-doctoral research position in the biogeochemistry of terrestrial-aquatic and river-marine interfaces. Working at both these interfaces the successful candidate will investigate organo-metal interactions and the cycling and composition of carbon and nitrogen and within watersheds of the northwest Atlantic region of eastern Canada. Shifts in river water chemistry and discharge dynamics from high latitude rivers over the past few decades suggest climate-induced alterations of these landscapes with repercussions for downstream aquatic and coastal ecosystems. These alterations include changes to: (1) the composition and fate of terrestrial organic matter; (2) productivity of downstream riverine and coastal ecosystems; and (3) trophodynamics impacting important species to local and indigenous people (e.g. arctic char and salmon). The watersheds accessible within boreal and sub-arctic zones, such as those in Newfoundland and Labrador, provide excellent sentinels for ongoing climate change, enabling critical research to predict future impacts.
Supported through collaborative supervision and laboratory facilities overseen by Drs. Karl Kaiser (Texas A&M University), Rachel Sipler (Memorial University) and Sue Ziegler (Memorial University), this position will provide training in laboratory and field based research techniques including cutting edge biomarker, microbial ecology, nuclear magnetic resonance and stable isotope techniques, and will allow short research stays at Texas A&M University (Galveston Campus). Interactions with collaborators within the Canadian Forest Service, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Nunatsiavut Government and with other international collaborators will enable further development of contacts and research experience.
Those with a recent Ph.D. in environmental or aquatic chemistry, marine or environmental science, aquatic biogeochemistry, and biological or chemical oceanography are encouraged to apply. Assets include: experience with analytical methods for metals and natural organic matter, strong written and oral communication skills with significant motivation to publish in the peer reviewed literature; strong interest in team-based interdisciplinary science, with the willingness and ability to work independently when required; demonstrated ability to handle and analyze diverse types of datasets using R, MATLAB, and/or Python.

To apply please send a CV, list of at least three references, and a letter describing your background, interest and suitability for this research program to Susan Ziegler ( Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. This position will be available as early as November 2019. Memorial University is located in beautiful, historic St. John’s, Newfoundland ( in eastern Canada, and has a student population of ~18,000.Open
Ph.D. Position Available in Population and Community Ecology at Virginia Tech
Position type: PhD position
Location: Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech (USA)
Application deadline: 2019-12-15
The Mims Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech is recruiting a Ph.D. student to begin in 2020. We seek a highly motivated, enthusiastic candidate with exceptional communication skills and a strong interest in collaborative, team-based work in population and community ecology in temporary lentic systems. Candidates with interests and experience in population genetics/genomics, community ecology, remotely sensed data, and/or freshwater ecology are encouraged to apply.

The Ph.D. student will develop a project building upon ongoing research on the seasonality, predictability, and connectivity of temporary ponds in an arid landscape. Specifically, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to leverage ongoing research efforts in the San Rafael Valley, Arizona, to develop their own focal research area(s). Options for focal areas include: population genetics/genomics and phenology of the Arizona treefrog; characterizing hydroperiod regimes of a pond network; linking environmental stability with population and community stability through space and time; among others.

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Assistant Professor of Aquatic Microbial Ecology
Position type: Assistant Professor
Location: Baylor University, Waco, TX (USA)
Application deadline: 2019-10-15
The Department of Biology in the College of Arts & Sciences ( seeks applications for an assistant professor (tenure-track) faculty position in Microbial Ecology with an emphasis on freshwater ecosystems.
We are seeking applicants who use molecular techniques to study microorganisms and their relationship to the human health and/or environment. We are particularly interested in candidates who apply metagenomics or other ‘omics’ approaches, microbiome analyses, or eDNA methods to quantify ecological interactions among microorganisms, their hosts, other biological communities, and/or their aquatic environment. The Department of Biology keenly values diversity amongst its faculty and students and believes it is essential to achieving excellence.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by 10/15/2019.

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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 (

• 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: and mireia.bartrons@uvic.caOpen
Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Waterloo, Canada
Position type: Post-Doc position
Location: University of Waterloo, Canada
A Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) position is available to participate in a research project to evaluate the impact of winter warming mitigation in controlling carbon losses from pan-Canadian wetland and permafrost ecosystems. The goal of this project is to advance the fundamental, process-based understanding of the function of soil biogeochemical processes in cold region environments during the fall-winter and winter-spring transitions and during the non-growing season (NGS) by creating the foundation for the predictive modelling of winter carbon losses in cold region wetland and permafrost ecosystems under current and future climates. The main tasks of the PDF will be developing reactive transport and bioenergetic models to simulate the biogeochemical transformations of carbon and nutrients under winter warming scenarios to quantify future northern wetland and permafrost ecosystems carbon balances during the period of NGS respiration and incorporate into Canada’s Carbon Budget Model.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant natural science or engineering field, and have a track record of research productivity, including peer-reviewed publications. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated skills and experience in numerical mathematical modeling, programming and numerical analysis in soil biogeochemistry and reactive transport modeling. The PDF will work within a multidisciplinary team with significant strengths in ecohydrology, environmental-(bio)geochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, hydrogeology and high-performance computing. Funding for the positions is available for up to two years. For further information regarding this position, or to submit an application, please contact Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad (

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2 PhD Positions at University of Waterloo, Canada
Position type: PhD position
Location: University of Waterloo, Canada
We invite applications for two PhD positions at the University of Waterloo and Laurentian Unviersity to participate in a research project to evaluate the impact of winter warming mitigation in controlling carbon losses from pan-Canadian wetland and permafrost ecosystems. The goal of this project is to advance the fundamental, process-based understanding of the function of soil biogeochemical processes in cold region environments during the fall-winter and winter-spring transitions and during the non-growing season (NGS) by creating the foundation for the predictive modelling of winter carbon losses in cold region wetland and permafrost ecosystems under current and future climates. The main tasks of the PhD students will be conducting field and laboratory experiments and modeling analyses. We are looking for 2 PhD students for this project.

PhD Positions (2): PhD 1 will focus on establishing the temperature-dependencies of carbon and nutrient mineralization rates in relation to soil hydrophysical parameters such as unfrozen water content, and the associated effects on winter microbial soil communities. This PhD student will also be involved in developing a bioenergetic model for simulating microbial reaction systems under variable geochemical winter conditions and project NGS emissions under current and future climate scenarios to quantify future northern wetland and permafrost ecosystems carbon balances.

PhD 2 will focus on assessing the rates and mechanisms of wetland and permafrost soil biogeochemical processes under variable winter conditions and examine the drivers of NGS emissions to determine the effects on carbon and nutrient cycling under variable snow cover and flowpaths during the winter conditions. This PhD student will also be involved in developing a reactive transport model to simulate the biogeochemical transformations of carbon and nutrients under winter warming scenarios and estimate the carbon budgets for the wetland and permafrost ecosystems during the period of NGS respiration and incorporate into Canada’s Carbon Budget Model.

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Assistant or early Associate Professor of Limnology / Freshwater Biology
Position type: Tenure Track, Assistant or early Associate Professor
Location: Cornell University (USA)
Contact Name: Alex Flecker
POSITION DESCRIPTION: We invite applications for a tenure-track position in Limnology / Freshwater Biology, at the level of Assistant or early Associate Professor. We are searching broadly for an individual who will establish an innovative, high-profile research program that addresses key concepts and questions in ecology and/or evolution. Research should focus on freshwater systems, but can address any level of biological organization (organism/population/community/ecosystem/ landscape/biosphere) and can include empirical and/or theoretical approaches. The appointed faculty member will be expected to establish an independent, externally-funded, and internationally recognized research program at the cutting edge of freshwater science. We are especially interested in candidates who will interact widely and embrace a culture of collaboration within and across departments. Contributions to both undergraduate and graduate teaching in ecology and/or evolution are expected, with the use of modern active learning techniques, which are supported by Cornell’s Center for Teaching Innovation and Active Learning Initiative. The successful candidate will contribute to a century-long Cornell tradition of classroom and field teaching in Limnology / Freshwater Biology. Cornell is situated in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, an area known for its rich abundance of lakes and streams. Notable resources include access to an extensive experimental ponds facility; the Cornell Biological Field Station at Shackelton Point on Oneida Lake; the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates with worldwide collections of fishes; and the opportunity to join our campus-wide community of sustainability scholars affiliated with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. Applicants should have demonstrated excellence in research in freshwater systems, strong interest in collaboration, and a dedication to teaching. Postdoctoral experience is highly desirable.

START DATE: July 2020 or as negotiated

SALARY/BENEFITS: Competitive salary and start-up funding will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. An attractive fringe benefit package is included.

APPLICATIONS: Candidates should submit via the website
a cover letter briefly summarizing your background, vision, and qualifications; curriculum vitae; contact information for three references; a research statement; a teaching statement outlining experience, philosophy, and interests; a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and up to three representative publications. Inquiries can be directed to Search Committee Chair, Alex Flecker, at Review of applications will begin October 20, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

ABOUT CORNELL: Cornell is an innovative Land-Grant and Ivy League university. Situated on Cornell’s main campus at Ithaca, NY, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to the university’s second largest grouping of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities, and genders. Diversity and Inclusion are central to Cornell University’s heritage and identity. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area. Cornell and Ithaca are family-friendly communities: Cornell has a comprehensive set of policies, services and benefits to help you, your partner and your children to feel welcome here, to support your well-being, and to help with child care, elder care and those with disabilities. For more details, see: Open
Assistant Professor, Watershed and Water Quality Management Department of Watershed Sciences
Position type: Assistant Professor
Location: Utah State University (USA)
The Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor (Extension watershed/water quality specialist). This tenure-track, full-time (twelve-month) position is based at the USU main campus in Logan, Utah. Relative emphasis for the position is 60% extension, 35% research, and 5% service. We seek an individual who will develop and promote innovative statewide extension programs in watershed and water quality management and conduct applied research in support of their extension program. Examples of extension and research topics include but are not limited to: identification and management of nonpoint sources of water pollution; watershed monitoring and modeling; remediation of water quality issues including eutrophication and harmful algal blooms; or use of wetlands and riparian zones for water quality improvement in urban, rural or wildland watersheds. The position will start August 2020.

Application review will begin October 7, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants for the position must have:
•Earned doctorate in water quality research with a degree in environmental science, ecology, civil/environmental engineering, watershed sciences, physical geography, geology, or related discipline.
•Strong background in the hydrologic, ecologic, and/or biogeochemical sciences supporting water quality research and application to planning, management, restoration, and/or environmental protection.
•Record of peer-reviewed publication appropriate to career stage.
•Evidence of extending environmental research to address applied management problems in water quality and strong potential to demonstrate excellence in planning, conducing, and evaluating extension programs.
•Ability to communicate with diverse audiences and stakeholders in a way that effectively informs management and policy.
•Ability to collaborate in an interdisciplinary setting within a watershed context.

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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 ( Further information regarding the cluster initiative program can be found at: Further information about this Freshwater Sustainability Cluster can be found here: 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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Assistant Professor of Limnology - Cluster Hire
Position type: Assistant Professor
Location: University of Wisconsin – Madison (USA)
We seek a candidate to develop an internationally-recognized research program in limnology and/or aquatic ecosystem ecology. Potential areas of expertise include water quality, aquatic biogeochemistry, quantitative methods, ecosystem modeling, and global environmental change. We are particularly interested in candidates who can work collaboratively to address complex problems involving freshwater systems, including studies spanning disciplinary boundaries and involving social-ecological dynamics. Our goal is to hire an outstanding and collaborative individual with broad research interests and promise for intellectual growth.

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 ( Further information regarding the cluster initiative program can be found at: Further information about this Freshwater Sustainability Cluster can be found here: The three recruitments within the Cluster are as follows: 1) PVL 100251, Aquatic Ecology/Limnology (this position); 2) PVL 100386, Hydrology (recruitment led by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies); and 3) PVL 98889, Water Resources Economics (recruitment led by Dept of Ag & Applied Economics). Given the nature of this faculty position, the Center for Limnology and the Department of Integrative Biology are strong possibilities for an academic home, though the ultimate tenure home for the position will be agreed upon by the University and candidate based on scholarly fit. There is also the option of co-appointment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The Nelson Institute is an interdisciplinary division of the University with faculty from across campus involved in interdisciplinary educational research, teaching, and outreach. The Nelson Institute administers the interdisciplinary M.S. in Water Resources Management, among numerous other programs.

Expectations of the successful candidate include excellence in research and graduate training, engagement in interdisciplinary and collaborative research, establishment of an extramurally funded research program, University and professional service, public outreach, and skilled teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels.

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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Principal Scientists - Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand)
Position type: Principal Scientists
Location: Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand)
Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand)
The Ministry's purpose - he whenua mana kura mō te tangata - is to make New Zealand the most liveable place in the world – for our kids, their children and grandchildren. This means we act as stewards for the environment, so that New Zealand and New Zealanders continue to prosper.
We tackle the hottest issues that impact on the environment, supporting New Zealand's prosperity – economic, social and cultural, without compromising our environment for future generations.
The Ministry's goal to make New Zealand the most liveable place in the world is a considerable responsibility and one we take seriously

The Principal Scientist cohort is the nexus of a growing internal senior science network. A collective resource that assist in advancing and delivering on the Ministry's overall science strategy led by our Departmental Chief Science Advisor/Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua.
Our Principal Scientist cohort will play a key role in driving science impact, with responsibility for strengthening our understanding of the environment, enhancing our capability to draw on information across knowledge systems and sciences, and translating information to enhance the quality of the Ministry's work. We all work as ‘One MfE'. The cohort of Principal Scientists are therefore lateral thinkers that enjoy taking part in conversations within and outside their respective area(s) of specialisation and will engage across the Ministry's portfolio of work.

The position (s)
As a Principal Scientist, you will be a lead advisor in your area of specialisation as well as contribute across the Ministry's work bringing a long-term whole-of-Ministry perspective. You will bring a science-based perspective and input, champion the use of evidence and systems thinking in the development of strategy and policy, be well connected across the science system, and provide guidance on the generation and commissioning of relevant science and science advice. You will be instrumental in enhancing the scientific capability, capacity, and reputation of the Ministry.
We are particularly looking to increase the Ministry's expertise and depth in the following areas of specialisation:
• Land and soil,
• Climate,
• Freshwater, and
• Mātauranga Māori.
The role is challenging and the scope for making a difference is huge.

We would love to hear from you if you have:
• A post-graduate qualification in science, preferably at doctoral level.
• Strong and credible reputation as a senior and respected scientist, with a nationally and/or internationally distinguished record in an area of research relevant to the Ministry.
• High level of knowledge of research methodology, including emerging and innovative approaches, and extensive experience in working with a range of methods.
• Curiosity and willingness to work in cross-disciplinary environments.
• Sound judgement and awareness of how to translate data and evidence into insights that will inform strategy and policy advice.
• Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions.
• An understanding of the machinery of government processes, systems and tools.
• Experience in, or knowledge of, the landscape within which the Ministry operates.
• Ability to mentor people within the organisation and lead the development of scientific capability.
• Highly developed communication skills both oral and written that enables the person to explain complex issues clearly to a range of audiences, including non-technical experts.
• Ability to build strong relationships with others.
• An understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga Māori and the Vision Mātauranga Policy.
• Broad networks across the research innovation system.
• Track record of research innovation funding application success.

The Principal Scientist range is from $134,477 to $181,940
If you require further information about this position please contact Camilla Lundbak (
Ecological impacts of microplastic pollution in freshwater habitats
Position type: PhD position
Location: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK)
There is now so much plastic on our planet that microscopic plastic particles (‘microplastics’) are the most abundant form of solid waste on Earth. Global plastic production is ever increasing, having grown from 1.5 (in 1950) to 322 million tonnes in 2015 and, each year, at least 10% of this plastic ends up as litter in aquatic environments. The majority of the plastic found in the world’s oceans originates from land, transported to marine systems along river networks. Despite the fact that many freshwater environments, including rivers, lakes and canals, are heavily contaminated by plastic waste, research on plastic pollution in freshwaters is still in its infancy. Freshwater habitats such as wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes provide vital benefits and services such as drinking water, water for food production and habitats for aquatic life and birds. Understanding and reducing the risk that microplastics pose to freshwater ecosystems is, therefore, an urgent research priority.

This PhD project will:
1. Quantify the distribution, abundance and type of microplastics in urban and rural freshwater habitats. Via collaborations with the Department of Biomedical and Forensic Sciences a Fourier Transform Infrared Microscope will be used to determine polymer types of the microplastics
2. Assess the potential impacts of microplastics on biodiversity, foodweb structure and ecosystem functioning in freshwater habitats The results of this project will generate essential novel data on the presence and effects of microplastic litter in freshwater habitats.
Recommendations on monitoring/mitigation will be established to provide managers with important information for policy-making decisions.

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Aquatic Field Technician
Position type: Field Technician
Location: Champaign, Illinois (USA)
Job description
We are seeking a field technician to assist with fish and mussel field sampling for the summer and fall of 2019. Duties include: collecting fish by minnow seining, back-pack, barge and boat electrofishing, and trawling; collecting mussels by hand sampling, snorkeling, and excavation of quadrats; lab and museum work, including data entry, processing specimens for curation, museum maintenance; equipment cleaning and maintenance; and other duties as needed. Travel and long hours in the field should be expected.

Course work in biology, entomology, fisheries, environmental science, or related field is recommended. The candidate must be able to swim, hike to remote sites, travel overnight, work outside under adverse field conditions (biting insects, leeches, poison ivy, heat, cold, humidity, etc), lift 40 pounds, and be comfortable on boats and personal watercraft. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in freshwater systems.

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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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