[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral researcher in soil carbon modelling 100% (full time), Zurich

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Tue Aug 27 16:22:29 MDT 2013


Postdoctoral researcher in soil carbon modelling 100% (full time), Zurich


Agroscope Reckenholz Tänikon, Research Station ART conducts research for
an environmental friendly, com- petitive agriculture. We combine ecology,
economy and agricultural technology in an integrated research ap- proach
and develop scientific-based decision support for farmers, government
authorities and society. At the Climate / Air Pollution Group of Agroscope,
a position is available for a postdoctoral researcher with background

in soil science and scientific modelling, from November 2013.


Your research will be assigned to two research projects funded by the Swiss
National Science Foundation, which combine experimental and modelling work.
In these projects, the effects of land-use change and agricul- tural
management on current and future soil and ecosystem carbon storage and
dynamics are being assessed.

You will be involved in the overall activities of two research clusters
comprising c. 5-7 individuals and ongoing soil modelling activities. You
will be using existing soil carbon models (RothC, Yasso, CCB) that need to
be sub- stantially extended in their functionality and applied to various
field situations from different countries. The simu- lations will be based
on i) existing data and ii) data collected by other members of these
projects. The research includes i) simulation and model development using
data from controlled experiments, incorporating 14C data; and ii) model
applications to gradients in land-use and management intensity, and various
management scenar- ios.


University degree (diploma, MSc) and PhD in environmental sciences,
geography, agriculture or forestry.

In-depth expertise in process-based soil carbon modelling, statistics, and
good understanding of the suitability of radiocarbon as a tracer.

Profound knowledge of R and computer languages (e.g., Fortran, C).
Good communication and publication skills.
Fluency in spoken and written English, knowledge of German is advantageous.


PostDoc salary according to the regulations of the Swiss National Science

Working in a lively and international research group with cross-cutting
experimental and modelling work. Appointment for a minimum of 3 years with
a probationary period of 3 months.
The working place will be at Agroscope in Zurich-Affoltern. The position
should start in November 2013.


   Deadline for application: 20th September 2013.

Please send your application as paper copy or as one single pdf file including
letter of motivation, CV, publication list, copies of your two most
important papers, copies of degrees, and names and contact details of at
least two referees to:

Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART, Fachgruppe Personal, Thomas Zehnder,
Reckenholzstrasse 191, 8046 Zürich, Switzerland or to
human_resources at art.admin.ch

For further information please contact: PD Dr. Jens Leifeld, Air Pollution
/ Climate Group, phone +41 44 377 7510, e-mail:
jens.leifeld at agroscope.admin.ch (do not send applications to this e-mail)
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