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Stellenbosch University

Department of Forest and Wood Science

Full-time Research Studentship:  PhD Candidate

A full-time research studentship in the field of forest growth and yield modelling is available in the Department of Forest and Wood Science at Stellenbosch University. The incumbent will be awarded a PhD degree from Stellenbosch University. The studentship is supported by a bursary consisting of a minimum of R120 000 per annum, which will be awarded tax-free, as well as the operating costs for field work and lab activities.


The South African Forestry Industry, particularly growers of trees managed on short rotations, is facing a challenging future with changing climate conditions and difficulties associated with resource projection and planning.  To this end new, innovative modelling approaches are needed to allow proper yield and product quality forecasting appropriate to industrial planning horizons.


  • The incumbent will work closely with key partners in the South African Forestry industry to develop a new generation of climate-explicit growth and yield and wood property forecasting models;
  • Leadership and planning of field work and sampling to this end;
  • Publication of peer-reviewed journal publications from the research work.

Job Requirements:

  • A first-class MSc-level degree in Forest Science with a modelling/biometrics focus, although students from other mathematical/modelling backgrounds are welcome to apply;
  • Must meet the academic requirements for enrolment of a PhD degree at Stellenbosch University;
  • Possess a high-level of statistical and mathematical skills;
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated, with the ability to take full leadership of the research project;
  • Good English language and writing skills;
  • The ability to program or develop scripts in systems like R;
  • Experience in dealing with and analysing large datasets ideal.

Enquiries and to apply: Dr. David Drew on +27 21 808 3295, or at

Closing Date: 20 December 2017

Applications should be submitted via e-mail to Dr. David Drew ( All applications should be accompanied by a cover letter, a complete CV, and a complete academic transcript to reach us before or on the closing date.


The Department of Soil and Environment announces a Post-doctoral position in spatial modelling of carbon stocks in forest soils.

Department of Soil and Environment

The research at the Department of Soil and Environment ( seeks knowledge about the interaction between man, soil, plant and the surrounding environment in forest and agricultural landscapes as well as urban environments. We carry out monitoring and assessment of the state of the environment on commission from Swedish government agencies.

The Department of Soil and Environment is responsible for the Swedish Forest Soil Inventory, which monitors soil conditions and soil chemistry across Sweden. Data from the Soil Inventory is used to estimate carbon stock changes in forest soils for the reporting to the EU and the Climate convention.


Large spatial variation in soil carbon content and the fact that even small relative changes in the soil carbon pool may lead to large fluxes of greenhouse gases are two challenges when assessing the impact of land use on climate change.

Uncertainties in the estimates of carbon stocks and carbon stock changes may also be an obstacle for a proper representation of soil processes in models that are currently used to estimate soil carbon balances.

The aim of this post-doc position is to improve carbon stock estimates in forest soils by combining soil inventory data with models. The main objective is to develop empirical models and relationships for soil carbon stock and soil carbon change based on site characteristics, forest management and management history, for instance by using hierarchical Bayesian-generalized linear-models. The models should enhance the accuracy of estimates of soil carbon changes in forest soils.

The position is linked to a collaborative project involving research groups in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Latvia. The project aims to use national forest inventories, spatially-explicit remote sensing, local data and modeling procedures to increase the precision and spatial resolution of carbon stock change estimates. The developed methods should be able to quantify the effects of forest mitigation measures at the national and sub-national scales.


As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.

The applicant should hold a PhD in soil science, ecosystem modelling or corresponding fields. Experience in data management, GIS, mathematical tools and models for data analysis is also required.

Documented experience in research oriented towards soil modelling and digital soil mapping is a merit.

The candidate must be fluent in both written and spoken English. Besides the formal qualifications, personality traits as working in team as well as working independently are considered important for this position.

Place of work: Uppsala

Form of employment: Temporary employment as postdoctor for 2 years.

Extent: 100%

Starting date: By agreement

Application: We welcome your application marked with Ref no. SLU ua SLU ua 3183/2017.

Please submit your application to the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden or no later than October 31, 2017.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

Further information:

  • Mattias Lundblad, Forskare, +46(0)18 67 22 26 ,
  • Johan Stendahl, Forskare, +46 (0)18 67 38 01,
  • Erik Karltun, Forskare, +46 (0)18 67 12 77,

Academic union representatives:

  • Saco-S föreningen SLU, SACO, +46 (0)18 67 10 85
  • Linda Thörnström , SEKO, +46 (0)18 67 10 57
  • Lotta Olsson, ST, +46 (0)18 67 15 36


A post-doctoral position is available in the Ecological Forecasting lab at Boston University as part of a larger project to develop a terrestrial carbon cycle data assimilation system, focused initially on North America, using the PEcAn model informatics system ( This system will employ a formal Bayesian model-data fusion between bottom-up process-based ecosystem models and multiple data sources to estimate key C pools and fluxes.


Candidate will work with collaborators at Brookhaven to iteratively extend the PEcAn data assimilation system to ingest a wide range of remotely-sensed and ground data with the goal of fusing and reconciling multiple data streams into a continental-extent carbon cycle (pools and fluxes) data product. They will be responsible for incorporate new scaling approaches into the data assimilation system itself and extending the assimilation to work with multiple land surface models. They will contribute to analyses assessing the impacts of different data sources and models on carbon pool and flux estimates and uncertainties, with the aim of improving carbon monitoring, reporting, and verification. Finally, the candidate will also assist collaborators at NOAA who will be incorporating the bottom-up assimilation product into the CarbonTracker-Lagrange (CT-L) inverse modeling framework to help reconcile top-down and bottom-up flux estimates.


Minimum qualifications are a doctoral degree in a related environmental science (ecology, geography, atmospheric science, earth science, etc.). Experience with R and at least one of the following topics is required (along with interest in learning the others): Bayesian statistics, ensemble filtering approaches (e.g. EnKF), ecosystem or land surface modeling, remote sensing, and ecoinformatics. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Three years of funding available.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV, and contact info for 3 references to Dr. Michael Dietze (dietze at More information about the Ecological Forecasting lab is available at

Boston University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Two open positions available at the School of Forest Sciences, Joensuu Campus of University of Eastern Finland, UEF

The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,000 students and 2,500 members of staff. We operate on three campuses in Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the world.

The Faculty of Science and Forestry operates on the Kuopio and Joensuu campuses of the University of Eastern Finland. The mission of the faculty is to carry out internationally recognised scientific research and to offer research-education in the fields of natural sciences and forest sciences. The faculty invests in all of the strategic research areas of the university. The faculty’s environments for research and learning are international, modern and multidisciplinary.  The faculty has approximately 3,800 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students and some 490 postgraduate students. The number of staff amounts to 560.

We are now inviting applications for

an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (Tenure Track position) in Digitalization and Knowledge Leadership in Forest-based Bioeconomy, School of Forest Sciences, Joensuu Campus

The specific duties associated with the position are research and teaching addressing digitalization and knowledge leadership in the forest-based bioeconomy. A successful candidate will have understanding of resource-efficient management of large digitalized information flows in the forest-based bioeconomy, knowledge leadership and determining the value of information over the whole value chain from forest to the delivery of end products or services to the customer and society as a whole. The research is implemented in a close collaboration especially with the research groups in the research area “Forests, Global Change and Bioeconomy”. The research is also supported by research collaboration with the research groups in the research areas of “Sustainable Governance of Natural Resources” and “Aerosols, Climate Change and Human Health”.


An Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (Tenure Track position) in Process-based Modelling of Terrestrial Ecosystem Functioning, School of Forest Sciences, Joensuu Campus

The specific duties associated with the position are research and teaching addressing process-based (eco-physiological) modelling of terrestrial ecosystem functioning, with the main emphasis on boreal forests and peatlands. Modelling will address their multifunctional role in the forest-based bioeconomy in providing different ecosystem services and in climate change mitigation. A successful candidate will have a full understanding of the structure and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems in interaction with management and climatic and edaphic factors, which affect carbon, nutrient and hydrological cycles. A successful candidate will have full understanding of process-based modelling of terrestrial ecosystems and computer science, and good programming skills. The research is implemented in a close collaboration especially with the research groups dealing with modelling of terrestrial ecosystem functioning and management in the research area “Forests, Global Change and Bioeconomy”. The research is also supported by research collaboration with the research groups in the research area “Aerosols, Climate Change and Human Health”.

These currently open two positions will strengthen the activities of the university’s strategic research areas. Please see:

The person can enter the Tenure Track position from the Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on the qualifications of the appointee. At the end of the term, the merits of the person will be evaluated to determine whether he or she can proceed to the next level in the Tenure Track without public notice of vacancy. The criteria, objectives and results to be achieved during the term in order to proceed to the next level of the Tenure Track will be agreed with the appointee in detail when signing the contract of employment. An Associate Professor can be invited to a professorship on the basis of expert statements.

A person to be appointed as an associate professor or an assistant professor in the tenure track shall hold a suitable doctoral degree and have good teaching skills. Furthermore, a person to be appointed as an associate professor in the tenure track shall have the prerequisites for fulfilling the qualification requirements of a professor by the end of the tenure track term (UEF University Regulations 31 §).

Scientific achievements in the field of the position (to be demonstrated through publications) and previous experience in university-level teaching, supervision of Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral students, responsible tasks in research projects, acquisition of research funding and engagement in international cooperation will be regarded as merits. A successful applicant will also have good cooperation skills.

English may be used as the language of instruction and supervision in this position.

The position will be filled for a fixed term of 4 years from 1 January 2018 or as agreed. The position is filled for a fixed term due to it being a fixed-term research and teaching position (Tenure Track).

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on level 6-7 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (€ 3,340.77 – 3,851.33/month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 46.3% of the job requirement component.

For further information on these open positions, please contact Professor Heli Peltola, tel.+358 40 588 0005 , email For further information on the application procedure, please contact Executive Head of Administration Arja Hirvonen, tel. +358 44 716 3422, email

A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The electronic application is required to contain the following appendices:

a résumé or CV
a portfolio of teaching merits
a list of publications
– a research proposal not exceeding five pages in length
– copies of the applicant’s academic degree certificates/ diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to the applicant’s language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas

The application needs to be submitted no later than 22 September 2017 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.

See the link for guidelines and submission of electronic application:


Data scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

PIK seeks an experienced and highly-motivated data scientist to assist with data processing tasks for the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP).  The successful candidate will be part of  the data management team and be responsible for the processing of input and output data sets. Further details at


Luke is seeking for ambitious post-doctoral researchers

Luke is seeking for ambitious postdoctoral  candidates to address the different challenges of sustainable bioeconomy. We offer a multidisciplinary research environment with high level infrastructures and strong national and international networks.

Forest bioeconomy

Blue bioeconomy

Agro-food value-chain

Sustainability and climate change

Soil science

Immaterial bioeoconomy

Last application date: 28.5.2017

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation working to promote bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. We provide solutions and services based on best available scientific knowledge to our customers. Our research results and services generate added value and sustainability as well as scientific evidence to support decision making. We carry out research on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries.



Project officer in the field of modelling the forest carbon dynamics

The JRC Directorate for Sustainable Resources has published a vacancy for the auxiliary contract staff position  FG IV Project officer in the field of modelling the forest carbon dynamics in the EU. For details and online application to the post: 

Deadline: 18/04/2017 23:59 Brussels time

Please note that interested candidates must also apply to the permanent open call for researcher FGIV (, in case they are not already in a valid EPSO reserve list.

Researcher (young scientist) in spatio-temporal modelling of
environmental quality

Irstea offers a researcher position in Grenoble.  The aim will be to design and implement dynamic models of species distributions/communities that can measure the
current and future impacts of land use change (urban pressure, land abandonment, simulation of potential management options) at different temporal and spatial scales. The challenge is to have a pivotal competence to study the interactions between terrestrial ecosystem dynamics and practices/trajectories, in order to better understand the effects of changes of uses and climate on these interactions, to predict them and to propose adjustments allowing for a better maintenance of environmental quality. Full application should be submitted before 24 March 2017. Further information here (PDF 133 kB).


Hydraulic failure and recovery of trees under climate change (University of Birmingham, U.K.)

The mechanisms by which trees dies from drought have long been controversial, but recent evidence strongly indicates that hydraulic failure, i.e. a stress-induced inability to transport water through the plant, is a major cause. This doctoral project focuses on trying to understand whether future droughts are likely to cause widespread global tree mortality. The student will develop and apply a state-of-the-art global ecosystem model to assess rates of tree mortality under environmental change, and the impact that such mortality has on ecosystem services such as water cycling and global carbon storage. There will be the opportunity to work with field data from an internationally significant new experimental woodland at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR), and on international case studies.

The student will become a member of a young and dynamic team of researchers at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, where they will benefit from the exciting research opportunities and international activity resulting from the huge recent investment in the first temperate forest FACE (Free Air CO2 Experiment;, which has recently been established at Birmingham. The student will have the opportunity to build strong links in the global ecosystem modelling community, working closely with multiple European partners.

For more information please see:

Application is to the CENTA Doctoral training scheme. Successful applicants from the European Union will receive an annual tax-free stipend (14 296 GBP), payment of tuition fees and a research training support grant of 8 000 GBP. Note that healthcare provision is automatically included in the UK system at no extra cost. The deadline for applications is 23rd January 2017. Applicants are advised, in the first instance, to contact Dr Tom Pugh ( in advance of submitting a formal application to CENTA.


Lecturer / assistant professor at the Universtiy of Regensburg

The Professorship for Theoretical Ecology at the Chair for Ecology and Conservation Biology offers a fixed-term position (no tenure track) as a lecturer in Quantitative Ecology for an initial duration of three years, with a possible extension of up to three years. This full-time position (40 hours per week) will be paid according to civil servant level A 13, Bavaria. The application deadline is 08/20/2016 and to start as soon as possible. More information can be found here (PDF 33 KB EN / GE).

Postdoc position: Modelling vegetation response to

environmental extremes

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) offers a postdoc position. Based at the Department of Crop Production Ecology, the work will include development of novel process-based mathematical models and analyses of ecophysiological, environmental and climatic data. The Applicant shall hold a PhD in hydrology, earth  and environmental sciences, ecology, mathematics, physics or related fields. The postdoc will have easy access to long-term experiments and other field studies. The place of work will be Uppsala, Sweden. More information can be found in this link or here PDF.

PhD student: Forestry and climate change in an integrated assessment perspective

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) offers a PhD position. The PhD student will take part in the project ‘Economic Growth Impacts of Climate Change (ENGAGE)’. ENGAGE is a joint project of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and ifo institute, Munich, and runs from 03.2016 until 02.2019. This research project aims at improving our understanding of the effects of climate change and climate change mitigation on economic growth and development. It brings together expertise in the fields of biophysical impact research, climate economics, integrated assessment modelling and development of climate change scenarios. More information in this link or here (PDF 201 kB).


Call for teaching staff UniBa

The University of Bari Aldo Moro is seeking applications to fill permanent, full-time
positions in various fields. Eligible applicants should have a strong research commitment,
an outstanding record of high-impact international publications and a proven record of
teaching. Experience in leading research groups, conducting/coordinating international
projects, and a proven attitude to raise research funding are highly valued. Knowledge of the Italian language, although considered a practical advantage, is by no means a requirement. Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Information on application here(PDF 200 kB).


Forest modeller vacancy at JRC

The JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability has published a vacancy for the auxiliary contract staff position FGIV Researcher – Forest Modeller. For details and online application to the post:
Deadline for applications is 01/02/2016. Please note that interested candidates must also apply to the permanent open call for researcher FGIV (, in case they are not already in a valid EPSO reserve list.


PhD position at BOKU Vienna

BOKU Vienna is seeking to hire a PhD student working on the causes and consequences of changing climate and disturbance regimes in forest ecosystems. The succesful candidate will work at the Institute of Silviculture, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna in the lab of Rupert Seidl ( The research is part of an ongoing effort to investigate changes in climate and disturbance regimes in the forest ecosystems of Central Europe, understanding their consequences on the provisioning of ecosystem services, and developing adaptation options for forest ecosystem management. Further information here (PDF 104 kB).


Postdoc position at the Mediterranean Institute of marine and terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE), France

IMBE seeks a post-doctoral scientist for the project “Towards an integrated prediction of Land & Sea Responses to global change in the Mediterranean Basin” (LaSeR-Med), which focusses on integrated socio-ecological modelling.  The duration of the contract is initially one year, with a possible extension for a second year, depending on the initial results. he post-doc will be based within the Mediterranean Institute of marine and terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE) in Aix-en-Provence, France. The project is part of the Labex OT-Med.

Applicants should hold a doctoral degree in physics, chemistry, microbiology, geosciences, environmental sciences or a related field of science. They should be familiar with modelling  biogeochemical interactions between ecosystems and capable to further develop existing  numerical ecosystem models. Programming skills (C) and modelling experience are therefore mandatory. Knowledge of R and of Unix/Linux environment will be an advantage. The candidate should have good written and oral communication skills. For work, good skills in the English language will be essential. Further information here (PDF 51 kB).


Postdoc position at Irstea, Grenoble

Irstea offers a Postdoc position at Grenoble. The aim of the project is to better understand  determinants of invasion success of Ailanthus altissima in protection forests and evaluating management strategies with a forest landscape model. The position is open from October 2015 and application will be reviewed from August 10th onwards. Further information here (PDF 66 kB).


Research Associate position, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, Germany

The professorship Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions at TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan offers a full-time position, limited to two years with the possibility for extension (PDF 198 kB). The goal is the development of conceptually new, coupled ecosystem-atmosphere models. These models will be used to systematically investigate the impacts of climate change, in particular extreme events, and land use change on ecosystems, and potential climate feedbacks at regional scale. The  deadline for applications is 12 July 2015.


PostDoc position on modelling land biosphere dynamics

The Mediterranean Institute for Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE, Aix-Marseille University, Aix-en-Provence, France), in its research group “Macroecology and Biogeography of Global Change (MacroBio)” has a PostDoc position open for applications. The post has a duration of 36 months, the initial contract is made for 18 months, being extended based on an assessment of performance. The position is funded by the European Commission through the FP7 Research Project LUC4C and affiliated to the French National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS).

The main topic is to improve the way LULCC processes are represented in the DGVM LPJmL through enhanced soil and vegetation process representation. Work should improve the model’s capacity to project climate-LULCC interactions for the computation of net climate effects, and ecosystem services. One focus is on the representation of diverse agricultural management systems, cropland abandonment/afforestation and forest management, in order to develop ways to account for their effects on biochemical cycles and biophysics. The PostDoc will also contribute to the actual assessment of indirect effects and trade-offs of LULCC. The team will look into the indirect effects of land-based mitigation options for climate change, and the interplay with climate change, across and within regions.

The successful candidate will have completed a doctorate in one of the environmental sciences. Substantial earth system modelling and programming skills are required, familiarity with highly modular C-code. Experience with Dynamic Global Vegetation Models will be a great advantage. The working language is English.

We will begin interviewing suitable candidates after December 1, 2014. The position will be filled when a suitable candidate has been identified. To apply for this position, please send a letter of application, demonstrating your ability to understand the task, and your CV as soon as possible, but before the 31st of January 2014, by e-mail to Ms. Gabriela Boéri ( For any questions about the task, working conditions, or the LUC4C project, please contact Dr Alberte Bondeau (


Post-Doc, Forest modeler, Freiburg, Germany

The Department of Biometry and Environmental System analysis at the University of Freiburg seeks applicants for a 3-yr PostDoc project that combines process-based forest models, Bayesian parameter estimation and ecologically the question of what processes cause diversity effects in temperate forests. A pdf with details of the call can be downloaded here. The position is available immediately. A first consideration of incoming applications will take place after Dec 1st, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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