Postdoctoral Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (USA)

Postdoctoral Scientist – Modeling Mesoscale Organized Convection and

its Response to Global Warming

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting a
postdoctoral scientist to conduct innovative research in climate
modeling regarding mesoscale organized convection and its response to
global warming.

Mesoscale organized convection is a major cause of flooding in many
regions worldwide. Representing organized convection has been one of the
foremost challenges in climate modeling, which limits our ability to
simulate the water cycle and its future changes. The selected candidate
will work with a team of PNNL scientists on advancing modeling and
understanding of mesoscale organized convection. In particular, the
candidate will evaluate a non-hydrostatic global variable resolution
modeling framework at spatial resolution ranging from about 4km to 50km
for its ability to simulate organized convection and related processes.
Combining with data analysis, the model will be used to study and
contrast the different convection types and the role of land-atmosphere
interactions on convection in the U.S. Great Plains and the Amazon. The
model will also be used to investigate how the structure of mesoscale
organized convection and the associated extreme precipitation may change
in a warmer climate. These efforts are part of a larger project aiming
at understanding how large-scale circulation features modulate regional
precipitation, what controls mesoscale organized convection and the
associated precipitation, and the multiscale connections between
atmospheric circulation and water cycle processes, all in the context of
the changing climate.

The position is for two years and renewable contingent upon performance.
The successful candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in atmospheric
sciences or related fields. Expertise in using data and models to study
convection or related processes such as clouds, boundary layer
turbulence, and land-atmosphere interactions as well as experience with
modeling and high performance computing will be considered favorably
during the evaluation. Applications should include:

·Cover letter describing the applicant’s research experience and interests.

·Curriculum vitae with a list of publications in refereed journals.

·Names and addresses of three references.

Interested candidates may send further inquiries to Ruby Leung

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Research scientist specialized in Ecology of Biodiversity

French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea Maritime Professionals Media (IFREMER)


Principal activities:

  • Characterize phenotypic diversity (traits, biomarquers …) at different biological temporal and spatial scales, including the conception of sampling designs and the participation to data collection and surveys at sea;
  • Characterize the spatial distribution of phenotypes across life stages, their occurrence frequency, their link to environmental and fishing conditions;
  • Develop fish population and community models which take into account phenotypic diversity and functional groups;
  • Make use of reaction norm models to estimate the frequencies of alternative phenotypes in a population or traits in a community and make predictions of these frequencies under climate change scenarios;

Nr of positions available : 1

Research fields:

Environmental science – Ecology

Career stage:

Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)

Research Profiles:

Recognised Researcher (R2)


Degree: PhD or equivalent

Application website:

Science Refugees European Research Council funded job vacancy for PhD-thesis on modelling soil-vegetation interactions (3 years)

Soil organic matter is the largest terrestrial carbon reservoir, and the most important source of nutrients for plants. Understanding the interactions between plants and soil microorganisms is important to predict how global change will affect soil carbon storage and ecosystem nutrient limitation. The candidate will contribute to the development of a process-based soil model, which explicitly treats vertical transport of organic material and mineral stabilisation of organic material. The PhD-thesis will focus on the effects of varying nutrient availability on soil organic matter turnover and stabilization to improve the simulation of soil organic matter dynamics at regional scales. The project will involve making conceptual advances of the model regarding the competition of plants and soil microorganisms for nutrients and its effect on soil organic matter stabilisation, corroborating model predictions using soil and ecosystem observations, and making regional predictions.

Nr of positions available : 1

Research Fields:

Environmental science – Global change

Career Stage

Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)

Research bemefits:

First Stage Researcher (R1)


The conditions of employment, including upgrades and duration follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences and those of the German civil service. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max-Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.


A university degree in a quantitative science (e.g. geo-ecology, environmental science, biology, or applied mathematics) with experience in ecosystem modelling and scientific programming, as well as an interest in applying their expertise to soil science, terrestrial ecology and global change research, and in particular to integrate physiological understanding, ecosystem observations and numerical modelling. Detailed knowledge of soil science, in particular soil organic matter dynamics and nutrient cycling, as well as the terrestrial carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles and their response to elevated CO2 is an asset.

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7 PhD Positions in Vienna Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems

Vienna University of Technology

Vienna Doctoral Programme on
Water Resource Systems

The Centre for Water Resource Systems at the Vienna University of Technology announces competition for the third intake of doctoral candidates for the Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems. The programme is anticipated to host a total of 70 doctoral students over a period of 12 years. This is a dedicated programme of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) that promotes doctoral research and education at the highest standards and provides excellent opportunities for cross-disciplinary research. International networking is facilitated by a mobility programme with a spectrum of attractive international partner institutions and a comprehensive guest scientist programme.

Seven PhD student positions are available in the following research themes related to Water Resource Systems:

•  Flood-hydrology

•  Aquatic microbiology

•  Environmental engineering

•  Micro-meteorology

•  Soil moisture remote sensing

•  Mechanics of structures

•  Socio-hydrology

•  Environmental economics

Applicants must have a Master’s degree (or equivalent), preferably in a subject related to water resource systems. The working language of the programme is English. Students are expected to work across disciplines and in cooperation with others. A capacity and willingness to integrate and collaborate is essential.

The Programme provides a salary according to the FWF scheme (approx. EUR 20000/year net), together with health and social security benefits. There is also significant allowance for travel and research support. TU Wien is an Equal Opportunities Employer. The preferred starting date is Oct. 1, 2016.

Candidates should send a letter of application, a statement of research interests, a Curriculum Vitae, and copies of education certificates including transcripts of grades as a single .pdf file to:

Application deadline is April 30, 2016.

Short listed candidates will be invited to a selection seminar. Financial support towards travel expenses is available on request.

Information about the Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems may be viewed at

PostDoc on modelling large-scale effects of nutrient availability on terrestrial biosphere

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry is looking after a PhD in a quantitative science (e.g. geo-ecology, environmental science, biology, or applied mathematics), preferably in the field of ecophysiology and/or ecosystem modelling, substantial experience in large-scale biosphere modelling and scientific programming, as well as an interest in applying your expertise to terrestrial ecology and numerical, global ecosystem modelling. Detailed knowledge of the terrestrial carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles and their response to elevated CO2 is an asset.

The QUINCY project, funded through a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council, aims to provide reliable estimates of this constraint based on a novel way to think about modelling plants and their interactions with soil biota. QUINCY will target the two major failings of the state-of-the-art modelling approaches, namely by explicitly representing the fundamental trade-offs in plant growth strategies under varying nutrient and water vailability, and the interactions of vegetation and soil biota and their effects on soil carbon and nutrient turnover.

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PhD program in Science and Management of Climate Change available at Ca’ Foscari University

Ca’ Foscari University is looking for a highly-motivated and research-oriented candidate to start a PhD their research group ( working on environmental risk, with the aim to investigate the impact of climate change and anthropic pressures on water quality and related ecosystems. A previous experience including hydrological modelling, possibly related to climate change risk/impact assessment, will be positively evaluated.

The ideal PhD Candidate should have a Master degree in environmental sciences/engineering, or in natural sciences (e.g. chemistry, biology), and fluent in speaking and writing English. In addition to the scientific skill, proficiency with MS Office, good organizational capability and high attitude to interpersonal relationship. Knowledge of, or experience with, the SWAT model ( and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be an added value.

Fellowships are available at Ca’ Foscari for a maximum period of three years for completion and the reading of the PhD, starting from September 1st, 2016.

The announcement, deadlines and rules for application are published at the following website:

Research Scientist (Fishery Modelling)

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$87,833.00 – $93,158.00
The Research Scientist (Fishery Modelling) will provide high level statistical analysis of data sets and model development, and undertake stock assessments for wild-stock fisheries, principally in South Australia, but also extending to other Australian states or international fisheries. Statistical modelling will be undertaken by either statistical modelling software, mainly R, or by employing a more fully flexible statistical modelling programming language, specifically ADMB. This capability is needed to ensure that SARDI maintains its role as one of Australia’s leading fisheries research agencies.

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