[ES_JOBS_NET] Post doctoral position in modeling terrestrial CH4 emissions

Ben Poulter benjamin.poulter at lsce.ipsl.fr
Fri Dec 13 21:28:42 MST 2013

A post-doctoral position in modeling global methane emissions from 
wetlands and wildfires is available immediately (December 2013).

Host Institution
The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL 
is part of the ETH Domain. It employs approximately 500 people working 
on the sustainable use and protection of the landscapes and habitats and 
a respon­sible approach to handling natural hazards. The Research Unit 
Landscape Dynamics studies patterns, causes and processes of landscape 
change. For the project "Modeling and experiments on land-surface 
interactions with atmospheric chemistry and climate", WSL is looking for 
a Post-doc in Biogeochemistry Modeling*
Description of responsibilities
You will use biogeochemistry models to simulate natural and semi-natural 
methane emissions, mainly originating from tropical wetlands and 
eco-systems with fire dynamics. You will contribute to improving the 
existing process-basis to understand and model the tropical methane 
production over a time frame of several decades. Furthermore, you will 
work with a specifically designed biogeochemistry model derived from the 
LPJ model core, which recently has been tested in the inter-comparison 
project. In addition, you will compare your model results with global 
inversion approaches. You will work in a small international team and 
spend a significant part of your employment in the US at the lab of Ben 
Poulter based at Montana State University.

Qualifications and application process
A PhD in environmental science, biology or environmental physics is 
required. You are interested in questions regarding global change and 
have experience in ecology, biogeochemistry, modeling (GIS, remote 
sensing, and statistics are beneficial). You are flexible, highly 
motivated to work in an international team and your English skills are 

Please send your complete application using reference number 803 to Mrs. 
Sabine Hirt, Human Resources WSL. Niklaus E. Zimmermann, phone +41 (0)44 
739 23 37, will be happy to answer questions or offer further information.

We look forward to receiving your application by the end of December 
2013, and the review of applications begins immediately.

The quickest way is to apply online. Please click on the link below and 
navigate to the postdoctoral position on biogeochemistry. This will take 
you directly to the application 
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