GRADUATE STUDY AND JOB OPPORTUNITY

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Faculty Positions, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (January 27, 2011)

      Tsinghua University (Beijing, China, 100084), Center for Earth System Science with a focus on global change issues, invites applications for 4 tenure-track or tenured positions in geographical and ecological sciences at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level (in reference to major research universities in the US or Canada). The appointments will be for 9 months with salary (between 200,000 to 800,000 RMB) commensurate with experience and qualifications. The positions will be available starting as soon as can be mutually agreed, and will remain open until filled.

Applicants should have expertise in geographical and ecological sciences, numerical simulation, or other related fields. Successful candidates will develop independent research that complements existing strengths in earth system modeling and global change studies in the Center. Each appointee will be expected to develop a program of research in one or more of the following areas with more detailed description found in http://cess.tsinghua.edu.cn:

Land surface physical processes
Terrestrial biogeochemistry
Land change science
Ecosystem science
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a field appropriate for the research area. Teaching responsibilities will include an undergraduate lecture-laboratory course or the development of a graduate course in an area consistent with the individual?s area of interest and Center needs.

Tsinghua University plans to establish an Earth Science College with undergraduate education beginning in 2013. Interested candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter stating research and teaching interests and job requirements, and providing the following: (1) CV; (2) list of publications; (3) 3-5 representative research papers; (4) copies of certificates for patents, current position held, and highest degree; (5) 3 letters of recommendation in English; and (6) a passport-type photo. Review of the first group of applicants will begin on April 10, 2011. Applications should be submitted to Dr. Haiping Wu, Center for Earth System Science, 607 Weiqing Building, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 100084, email: cess@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn; telephone: 86-10-6278-1605.

Graduate Research Assistant (PhD) Position: Site and Landscape Impacts on
ecosystems of bioenergy plantations in Lake States Forest Openings (January 26, 2011)

The Forest Landscape Ecology Lab at UW-Madison has an opening for a PhD
graduate Research Assistantship on a new project focused on the greenhouse
gas fluxes and carbon dynamics of potential broad establishment of woody
biomass plantations in open lands within the matrix of the northern forested
region of the U.S. Lake States (N Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan). The
project focus in our lab will be GIS analysis, and site and regional
modeling using a spatial, ecosystem process model. Other project components
are at Mich State U for site level measurements, and U of MN for life cycle
analysis. Close collaboration is expected among the groups. The position
may be available for fall 2011 or later. Salary is approximately $21, 000
per year, with excellent health insurance, plus full tuition remission.

Qualifications: M.S. Biology, Forestry, or related field preferred.
Student is expected to have strong interests in ecology, forestry, soils and
biogeochemistry, as well as GIS, spatial analysis, and modeling. Applicants
should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other
researchers in the lab and on the project.

Application materials: To apply please send the following items in a
single PDF file and assembled in this order: a full cv, letter of
interests, unofficial transcripts, and names and contacts of three
professional references. Send to djmladen@wisc.edu. David Mladenoff,
Forest Landscape Ecology Lab, Dept. of Forest and Wildlife Ecology,
University of Wisconsin-Madison. Evaluation will begin in early January and
the decision made by early spring or sooner.
http://landscape.forest.wisc.edu/

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Graduate Students (posted on July, 17, 2010)

The Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Dynamics Laboratory (EBDL) at Purdue University is seeking two / three graduate students starting Spring, 2011, who are interested in (1) modeling feedbacks between the biosphere and atmospheric climate and chemistry and/or (2) modeling water, carbon and nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems including agricultural ecosystems. Students majored in ecosystem sciences, atmospheric sciences, agronomy and other related fields with proficient mathematical and computational skills and interests in pursuing PhD programs are preferred. The students will have the opportunity to interact with faculty members, scientists, and students in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and the Department of Agronomy as well as the Purdue Climate Change Research Center.  Interested students are welcomed to contact Prof. Qianlai Zhuang at qzhuang@purdue.edu

Post-Doctoral Scientist in Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Dynamics (posted on July, 17, 2010)

       The Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Dynamics Laboratory at Purdue University is seeking a Post-Doctoral Scientist. The responsibility of this position is to apply a range of skills in ecosystems sciences, remote-sensing and GIS techniques, programming, and mathematics to address large-scale questions of ecosystem and biogeochemical dynamics.  Proficient mathematical and computational skills and demonstrated works in the field of impacts of soil erosion on ecosystem dynamics are preferred. The initial funding for the position is for one year with potentially renewable for the second year depending on funding resources. The position will start in September, 2010.

      The post-doc scientist will have the opportunity to interact with faculty members and scientists in Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and Department of Agronomy as well as the Purdue Climate Change Research Center. Please send an application letter, CV, and names and email addresses of three references to Dr. Qianlai Zhuang at Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and Department of Agronomy of Purdue University (qzhuang@purdue.edu).  Applications will be received and evaluated until the position is filled.  Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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Senior Ecologist, Center for Mountain Ecosystem Studies (CMES), a Joint Lab between Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science and World Agroforestry Centre Hundred Talents Programme (posted on Jan. 26, 2010)

The Centre for Mountain Ecosystem Studies, jointly sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Kunming Institute of Botany, and the World Agroforestry Centre since 2004, is Kunming’s international cooperation platform. Because of global developments and changes, particularly climate change on the Tibetan Plateau and Southwest China’s mountain ecosystem, there is a need for influential research.

The Centre is accepting applications for senior ecologist for a faculty position with support from the Hundreds Talents Programme of Chinese government and World Agroforestry Centre. The focus of the "Hundred Talents Programme" research position is the Tibetan Plateau including Southwestern China, as well as Mainland Southeast Asia from alpine rangeland ecosystem to montane forest ecosystem. The candidate will also focus on Himalayan environmental change (consisting of human action and climate change) driving mountain ecosystem structure, consisting of bio-diversity and plant and animal species population, and ecosystem functions and services, ecological processes and natural resource management interdisciplinary research. The research position will involve careful attention to dry land ecosystems carbon targeting, water and nutrients cycles, water, land and vegetation interaction.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Mountain ecosystem research group preparation and management
  • Major domestic and international project application and coordination
  • Assist in "Centre for Mountainous Ecosystem Studies" international major research project planning and implementation
  • Lead junior research personnel in conducting field surveys and data collection;
  • Research data analysis, review and publish research theses
  • Oversee domestic and international graduate students.

Qualification

  • PhD in plant or forest ecology, soil ecology, geography, remote sensing or geographical information systems; less than 45 years, research associate or equivalent, preferable Chinese citizen, but foreign expert also considerable.
  • Independent management or active participation in the research projects resulting in outstanding achievements;
  • Influence in domestic and international academic circles, the ability to understand fundamental field development trends, possess long-term strategic forethought, guide a team in leading domestic scientific research and make creative and innovate achievements of international recognition
  • Significant academic achievements, have internationally standard research success, have written influential work published in international peer reviewed journals, have mastered a key skill, technique, technology, possess significant patents, or have performed other research of a sufficient unit academic leader hiring level.
  • Must scrupulously abide by scientific moral codes, standards of academic integrity, honesty, rigorous pursuit of scholarly research, respect for others, and possess a good domestic standing geared towards the world, towards the cause of developing China's science and technology, building the national economy, and undertaking the spirit of utter devotion;

Position Benefits

  • This is a permanent faculty position.
  • The "Hundred Talents" Programme: according to the joint stipulations of the China Academy of Science and the Kunming Institute of Botany, starting scientific research funding, laboratory pay and salary, family resettlement allowance, will be determined with consideration of personal work experience and achievements.
  • Additional benefit from the World Agroforestry Centre depending on professional qualification. Recruitment Procedures:
  • Accepted applicants must submit to the Educational Human Resources Department 3 copies of the "Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming Institute of Botany Hiring Position Application" a well as an individual photo;
  • Photocopies of degree and related credentials (after passing the preliminary screening, a copy of thesis defense will be required as well)
  • Statement of research interests and research work (not exceeding 2 pages)
  • For the two positions, recommending person's full name, address, telephone and email;

Applicant Qualifications Review: A group of candidates for each position will be invited for a mandatory examination interview. After passing, candidates will be notified of the hiring decision.

Interview Arrangement, Content, and Approach: The interview of invited candidates will include an autobiography component (30min), a question and answer component (30min), the defense of their invitation conditions and work background, discussion of steps taken towards work objectives and ambitions, other job offers being considered, project ideas, and a Powerpoint presentation of the defense. For more information, please contact:

Ms. Yang Mei Email: yangmei@mail.kib.ac.cn Address: Kunming Institute of Botany, China Academy of Science 132 Lanhei Rd. Kunming, Yunnan, 650204 P.R. China

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Postdoctoral Fellow: Greenland Ecosystem Ecologist (Posted in Jan. 8 2010)

The Environment and Natural Resources Institute, University of Alaska Anchorage, is recruiting an ecosystem ecologist for a postdoctoral position on a new NSF project with field studies in NW Greenland. The incumbent will conduct observational studies in a small watershed and experimental studies quantifying the consequences of long-term warmer summer temperatures and deeper snow on ecosystem carbon cycling, and stream water DOC and DON fluxes. In addition, the individual will collaborate with others in the consortium using 14C techniques to estimate the age of respired and transported carbon. The postdoctoral fellow will join a team (collaborators at UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine) that has been conducting observational and long-term experiments in NW Greenland since 2003. Familiarity with field photosynthesis systems (i.e. LiCor 6200 or 6400), steam water chemistry techniques, data logging systems and stable isotope techniques (14C, 13C, 15N, 18O and D) will be necessary. The candidate will be expected to be in the field from late May to late August each year and periodic winter campaigns will be necessary. Excellent lodging and laboratory facilities are used by our team at the Thule Station for Arctic Research (TSTAR) during the field season. During the academic year, the candidate will be housed in the Ecosystem Laboratory at UAA where the expanded UAA Stable Isotope Facility is located along with the research laboratories of 10 other UAA ecologists. The successful applicant will be expected to assist in supervising graduate and undergraduate students and to assist the project PI’s with project management. A Ph.D. or previous postdoctoral research experience in ecosystem or physiological plant ecology, with a background in tundra ecosystem studies is desired. Review of applicants will begin on 15 January, 2010 with an anticipated appointment date of 1 April 2010. To be considered please apply to the CAS/Environment and Natural Resources Institute Postdoctoral pool posting #0056785 at http://www.uakjobs.com/. If you have questions, Dr. Jeff Welker may be contacted at afjmw1@uaa.alaska.edu.

Jeff Welker
Director, Environment and Natural Resources
Institute
Professor, Biology Department
University of Alaska Anchorage
707 A St. Anchorage, Alaska, 99501
907-257-2701
http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/enri

 

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Two Postdoctoral Positions at the University of Toronto (posted in Jan. 8, 2010)
We are looking for two postdoctoral fellows to participate in a university government joint project funded by the NSERC Strategic Grant Program and the Canadian Forest Service to contribute to the development of the Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS). The project is funded for three years. The major goal of this project is to add new capabilities to CBM-CFS that enable the estimation of the impacts of climate and atmospheric changes on the forest carbon cycle. This provides exciting career-development opportunities to advance science towards the needs of government climate change policy formulation. The major tasks of these two individuals are: (1) to develop and validate algorithms for estimating the sensitivities of various forest carbon cycle components to climate and atmospheric factors using tower flux and other data; (2) to develop a module that adds these sensitivities to the current version of CBM-CFS for nation-wide forest carbon cycle estimation; (3) to retrieve forest structural parameters from optical satellite remote sensing data in support of this development; (4) to further develop a process-based Integrated Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon model (InTEC) that can effectively use forest growth and yield data; and (5) to assess the impacts of climate change on forest species composition and structure using a dynamic vegetation model (Can-IBIS).
Requirements: Ph.D. in a recognized university in areas of micrometeorology, climatology, forest science, ecology, environmental remote sensing, GIS, and related fields. Experience with either eddy covariance flux measurements and modeling or remote sensing of the biosphere would be highly desirable. However, candidates with physics or math or other backgrounds and strong interest in the terrestrial carbon cycle would also be considered. For application, please send to one of the following contacts your cv, brief statement of research interest, and three names who can serve as references.
Salary: $40,000-45,000/y for three years. The positions are available immediately.

Contacts:
1. Dr. Jing M. Chen, Professor, CRC, FRSC
Department of Geography and Program in Planning
University of Toronto
100 St. George St., Room 5047
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3G3
Tel: (416)978-7085
Fax: (416)946-3886
Email: chenj@geog.utoronto.ca
http://www.geog.utoronto.ca/info/facweb/Chen/Chen%27s%20homepage/home.htm

2. Dr. Werner A. Kurz, Senior Research Scientist
Global Change and Landscape Ecology
Natural Resources Canada
Canadian Forest Service
506 West Burnside Road
Victoria, BC V8Z 1M5 Canada
E-mail: wkurz@nrcan.gc.ca
Tel: 250-363-6031
http://carbon.cfs.nrcan.gc.ca

3. Dr. David T. Price, Research Scientist
Integrated Modelling of Climate Change Impacts
Natural Resources Canada
Northern Forestry Centre
5320 - 122 Street,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6H 3S5
Tel: (780)435-7249
FAX: (780) 435-7359
E-mail: dprice@nrcan.gc.ca

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Soil and Water Science Department, University of Florida (Jan 6, 2010)

  • Tenure-track Faculty Position - Landscape Biogeochemistry / Multi-scale Biogeochemical Modeling (PDF)
  • Post-Doctoral Associate - Carbon Modeling (PDF)
  • Ph.D. Assistantship - Carbon Modeling (PDF)

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Department of Geography and Resource Management (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Assistant Professor / Associate Professor
(Ref. 0910/005(005)/2) (Closing date: August 28, 2009)
The Department invites applicants for a full-time Assistant Professor / Associate Professor post in Resource Management and Environmental Studies. Applicants should have a PhD degree in geography, environmental science or other related disciplines,specializing in one or more of the following fields:

  • energy resources
  • environmental assessment and policy
  • sustainable development
  • global change and mitigation

Preference will be given to those with substantial experience in resource management and
environmental sustainability research in China. The appointee will teach both introductory and advanced courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as general education courses. He/She will be expected to demonstrate potential for teaching excellence, and to contribute actively and productively to research programmes. Appointment will normally be made on contract basis for up to three years initially commencing January 2010, leading to longer-term appointment or substantiation later subject to performance, funding and mutual agreement.
Salary and Fringe Benefits
Salary will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package, including medical care, plus a contract-end gratuity for an appointment of two years or longer and housing benefits for eligible appointee. Further information about the University and the general terms of service for appointments is available at http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/personnel. The terms mentioned herein are for reference only and are subject to revision by the University.
Application Procedure
Please send full resume, copies of academic credentials, a publication list and/or abstracts of selected published papers together with names, addresses and fax numbers/e-mail addresses of three referees to whom the applicants’ consent has been given for their providing references (unless otherwise specified), to the Personnel Office, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong (Fax: (852) 2603 6852) by the closing date. The Personal Information Collection Statement will be provided upon request. Please quote the reference number and mark ‘Application - Confidential’ on cover.