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[Caglist] Leuphana Postdoc position in biocultural diversity

Dear colleagues at CAG and IASNR,

A colleague at Leuphana in Germany is looking for a postdoc on biocultural diversity in farming landscapes in the global south, including Bolivia. 



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From: Jan Hanspach
Sent: February 22, 2019 4:16 AM
Subject: Postdoc position in new research group on biocultural diversity


Dear friends and colleagues,

I am looking for a postdoc in a new interdisciplinary research project called “Biocultural diversity in farming landscapes of the Global South†based at Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany). The project is funded
by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within their Research for Sustainable Development program. The project will study the connection between biocultural diversity and sustainable development through a literature review, through empirical
fieldwork in Bolivia and through workshops in a range of different farming landscapes in the Global South. The postdoc would mainly be responsible for field work in Bolivia, which will be realized together with two PhD students (which will be advertised later
this year).

The job advert is attached and can also be downloaded here:

Associate (m/f/d)

Faculty of Sustainability, 100%, starting 1. June 2019 for a fixed term of 5 years

or there is also a short post on the ideas4sustainability blog


The application deadline is
March 13 (so only three weeks from now).

Thanks for spreading this widely and sorry for any crosspostings,


[CRYOLIST] 4-year PhD position combining Permafrost Remote Sensing and Data Science

Dear colleagues,

We are seeking high-caliber candidates for an open 4-year PhD position combining Permafrost Remote Sensing and Data Science in the
Helmholtz Einstein International Berlin Research School in Data Science
(HEIBRiDS). The position will be based at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam, Germany, and is
jointly funded through the Geo.X Network and AWI:

Facilitating Machine Learning on Super-High Resolution Earth Observation Data for Detecting and Quantifying Arctic Permafrost Thaw Dynamics

In this project, the PhD candidate will focus on development and application of machine learning-based methods for the analysis of high-resolution airborne data and satellite imagery
of permafrost landforms for ground ice and thaw detection across large regions.

The 4-year PhD position is remunerated at 100% EG13 payscale of German civil service. The successful candidate will
work on this collaborative project in a team with partners from AWI, HU Berlin, and DLR. Project start should be between
July and October 2019.

details on AWIs Permafrost Research see: 

For details on being a PhD within HEIBRiDS see:

competitive application process is described here:   

Best regards,

Guido Grosse

Prof. Dr. Guido Grosse
Head of Permafrost Research Unit

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49-(0)331-288-2100
Fax:  +49-(0)331-288-2137

AWI Permafrost Research Unit:
Google Scholar profile:

[CRYOLIST] Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Technician

Dear colleagues,


Our active and growing department seeks
a Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Technician (f/m/d) to begin 1st of April 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter),
and running for two years, with the possibility of extension. The Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for
the Science of Human History draws upon field and laboratory approaches in archaeology to undertake cutting-edge research into our species’ past. 

We seek a candidate to assist in the day-to-day operation of our Mass Spectrometry laboratories, and to assure high-quality analyses and high sample throughput.
The candidate should be keen to assist with ambitious research projects and able to work diligently, meet deadlines, and assist students and researchers in using equipment in the laboratory.

Previous practical experience with mass spectrometers is an absolute requirement, preferably in stable isotopes or proteomics. Candidates should be able to assist with:

• Day-to-day operation and maintenance of different types of mass spectrometers: an Autoflex MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometer and four Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometers; one for bulk stable isotope analyses of organic samples (a DELTA V Advantage Isotope
Ratio Mass Spectrometer with a Flash 2000 elemental analyser for C and N isotopes, and a high temperature conversion elemental analyser for O and H isotopes), one for bulk stable isotope analysis of inorganic samples (a DELTA V Advantage Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer
with a Gas Bench II Interface for the measurement of stable carbon and oxygen isotope in inorganic samples) and two for compound-specific analyses of CNOH isotopes (isoprime visION GC-C-irMS systems).

• Data management and quality assurance.

• Supporting PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in developing lab skills and interpreting data.

For more information see here:

Please submit your application as a single pdf file in English, consisting
of a letter of motivation and your CV by February 28th, 2019.
Please also list three referees that we can contact for references.

Please use this link for applying:

Kind regards

Jana Zech

Dr. Jana Zech
Lab manager Archaeology

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Kahlaische Straße 10
07745 Jena
+49 (0) 3641 686-745
Am Pharmapark Jena
07745 Jena
+49 (0) 3641 646-993 


[ES_JOBS_NET] JPL Postdoctoral position in Pasadena, CA: Multi-sensor fusion for air quality and carbon


New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for
answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create,
and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.


Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion,
foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


Over the last two decades, tremendous changes have occurred in the landscape of surface emissions along with concomitant variations in climate include the frequency of extreme events. These have led
to significant but still uncertain impacts on global atmospheric composition, air quality, and climate. A number of satellite measurements provide hints at the drivers of these changes, but do not have the vertical sensitivity to separate critical processes.
To that end, the postdoc appointee will be responsible for the development, evaluation, and exploitation of cutting-edge atmospheric retrieval algorithms that combine spectrally resolved radiances from the thermal to the ultraviolet harnessing multiple sensors
including OMPS, OMI, TES, AIRS, CrIS, and TROPOMI. These algorithms, which are part of the MUlti- SpEctra, MUlti-SpEcies, MUlti-SEnsors (MUSES) science data processing architecture, can achieve higher accuracy estimates of critical traces gases such as tropospheric
ozone, methane, and carbon monoxide, than could be obtained from a single sensor. To address these decadal-scale questions, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic team environment that includes Drs. Kevin Bowman, John Worden,
Vivienne Payne, and Kazuyuki Miyazaki. These scientists are focused on chemical data assimilation, air quality, carbon, climate, and their interactions. Dr.
Kevin Bowman will serve as JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate. The appointee will be expected to publish scientific findings in top-tiered peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as presenting results in the related science team meetings,
workshops and conferences.


Required Qualifications:

• PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, Physics, Geophysics, or a related technical discipline

• Demonstrated experience performing retrievals of atmospheric composition from spectral measurements from either satellite, airborne, or ground-based measurements

• Excellent oral (including public speaking) and written communication skills

• Experience working in a team environment

• Strong interpersonal skills

• Peer-reviewed publications related to atmospheric retrievals and/or their utilization for Earth system science research


Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience with the use of up-looking Fourier Transform Spectrometry or airborne measurements for validation of spaceborne measurements

• Advanced knowledge of atmospheric chemistry

• Demonstrated skills in air quality, atmospheric science, and/or carbon cycle science 


Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.


Candidates should submit the following to this site: CV, representative publications, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating their research accomplishments and interests:

[wind_erosion] Programmer Analyst Positions, USA

From Nick Webb.


Dear Colleagues,


The Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces (USA) is seeking applicants for two (2) Programmer Analyst, Sr positions with a focus on building a Landscape Data Commons in support of research activities for the Jornada Experimental Range, Bureau of Land Management, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Duties include:

• Establish and maintain metadata, quality assurance, and quality control protocols for sediment transport, meteorological and ecological databases.

• Develop a database system and ingestion scripts that enable integration of national ecological monitoring databases maintained by e.g., the Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the National Wind Erosion Research Network. 

• Maintain and ensure quality of databases.

• Develop data extraction tools to couple monitoring databases with aeolian sediment transport models, water erosion models, and rangeland production models.

• Build analysis and web tools to link monitoring databases to researchers and land managers.


A detailed position description can be found at:


For more information, please contact Sarah McCord (Sarah.McCord@ARS.USDA.GOV) or Nick Webb (






[wind_erosion] PhD studentship Xi�an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

From Bailiang Li.
(sorry about the formatting. This started as a pdf.)

PhD studentship (Full-time)
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
Department of Health and Environmental Sciences
Principle supervisor: Dr Bailiang Li (XJTLU, HES)
Co-supervisor: Dr James Cooper (UoL, SoES)
Application Deadline
Open until the position is filled
Funding Availability
Funded PhD project (world-wide students)
Project Title
Effect of atmospheric stability on aeolian transport
Please email (XJTLU principal supervisor’s email address) with a subject line of the PhD project title
The candidate should have a first class or upper second class honours degree, or a master’s degree (or equivalent qualification), in physical geography, geology, environmental science, environmental engineering, atmospheric science, or other relevant disciplines. Evidence of good spoken and written English is essential. The candidate should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, if the first language is not English. This position is open to all qualified candidates irrespective of nationality.
The student will be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool (UK) upon successful completion of the program.
The PhD studentship is available for three years subject to satisfactory progress by the student. The award covers tuition fees for three years (currently equivalent to RMB 80,000 per annum) and provides a monthly stipend of RMB 5,000 as a contribution to living expenses. It also provides up to RMB 16,500 to allow participation at international conferences during the period of the award. It is a condition of the award that holders of XJTLU PhD scholarships carry out 300-500 hours of teaching assistance work per year. The scholarship holder is expected to carry out the major part of his or her research at XJTLU in Suzhou, China. However, he or she is eligible for a research study visit to the University of Liverpool of up to three months, if this is required by the project.
Project Description:
Atmospheric stability is the air vertical movement tendency controlled by atmospheric stratification, which can usually be measured using a series of Richardson numbers. Atmospheric stratification includes a potential-temperature-gradient induced thermal stratification and an air-sand-mixture-gradient induced sedimentological stratification. Since the variation of atmospheric stability can influence the air vertical movement, it may also significantly influence the aeolian transport. Although many studies have been conducted on atmospheric thermal stability and its effect on aeolian processes, little is known on the atmospheric sedimentological stratification effect. Considering the similarities between hydrodynamic and aeolian sediment transports and between thermal stratification and sedimentological stratification, it is feasible to adopt their approaches to study the effects of thermal and sedimentological stabilities on aeolian transport. Results from this research can be used to strengthen the understanding on the mechanism of aeolian transport and to facilitate the prediction and mitigation of aeolian hazards.
For more information about doctoral scholarship and PhD programme at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU): Please visit
How to Apply:
Interested applicants are advised to email (XJTLU principal supervisor’s email address) the following documents for initial review and assessment (please put the project title in the subject line).
 CV
 Two reference letters with company/university letterhead
 Personal statement outlining your interest in the position
 Proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of 6.5 or above)
 Verified school transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
 Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Bailiang Li (, whose personal profile is linked below,

[ES_JOBS_NET] MS/PhD Assistantship, University of Kentucky, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Critical Zone Pedology

[Met-jobs] Wind Hazard Modeler (London)

[Met-jobs] CDT in AI for Environmental Risks with University of Cambridge and British Antarctic Survey

[Fluxnet-Community] 4-year PhD position available – closely linked to EMS Africa project activities

Dear Colleagues,

We have a 4-year PhD position available at Thünen Institute in
Braunschweig, Germany.

The position is closely linked to activities of the project EMS
Africa (Ecosystem Management Support for Climate Change in
Southern Africa,

The student will mainly be synthesizing datasets from various
eddy-covariance flux tower sites located in Southern Africa. The
towers are paired along an aridity gradient with each pair
consisting of sites with managed and near-natural savanna

A detailed job description is attached. Please note that the
deadline of applications is March 20.

I would appreciate if you could forward these information to
potential candidates.

Best regards,