new15 September 2014 (deadline)
Title of job: Post-doctoral Position
Start date: December 2014 (possibly earlier)
Duration: 36 months
Location: Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, Orme des Merisiers 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette. France,
Short summary: Quantify the net global climate impacts of past and future land use and land-cover changes. Identify and quantify the temporal and spatial impacts (on climate) of both biogeophysical and biogeochemical processes triggered by Land-Use changes.
Requested skills: Climate Modelling and analysis; Knowledge of biosphere-atmosphere interactions; Statistical analysis; Fortran Programming; Education: PhD.
More info: Post-Doc Position_LSCE.pdf

20 August 2013 (deadline)
Title of job: Ph.D. student position: Dynamics of land use change and the consequences on water and nutrient cycles: the case of Mau forest
Start date: October 2013
Duration: maximum three years.
Location: Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Nairobi, Kenya
Short summary: Land-use and land-cover changes are a major contributor to global and regional climate change. In the last few decades large areas of the Mau Forest, a mountainous forest area in the Kenyan highlands, have been converted to agriculture with so far unquantified consequences for regional water and nutrient cycles. This study focuses on quantification of landuse change in the last 3-4 decades and identification of social and economic and political drivers; estimation of water and nutrient balances resulting from land use change. This will be done by catchment studies and measurement of water and nutrient fluxes; and integration of field and modeling studies to estimate changes in ecosystem services due to landuse change in the Mau Forest complex (hydrological and biogeochemical models).
More information: PhD Position_CIFOR.pdf

15 June 2013 (deadline)
Title of job: CAS-TWAS President's Fellowship Programme for PhD Candidates from Developing Countries
Start date:
Duration: from 3 months to 2 years
Location: China
Short summary: Opportunities for scientists (less than 35 years old ) from developing countries to pursue PhDs at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and/or institutes of CAS around China. Although the fellowships are intended primarily for PhD candidates, they are also open to scientists interested in short visits (3 to 6 months) and post-docs (2 years).
More information: CAS-TWAS_fellowship.pdf

27 November 2012
Title of job: Post-doc position on modeling the impacts of tropical fires on carbon gases in the atmosphere
Start date: February/March 2013
Duration: 18 months
Location: Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE) and VU University of Amsterdam (VUA).
Profile required: The proposed post-doctoral subject consists in checking the consistency, and further improving the GFED fire emission maps of CO2, CO, and CH4 over tropical continents, using the 4DVAR atmospheric inversion model PYVAR developed by the LSCE.

The candidate should have a PhD with experience / knowledge in climate or atmospheric science, modeling tools, statistics. The candidate should be comfortable with computing languages such as FORTRAN or C and the UNIX system. Applications should include a CV and a letter of motivation and if possible the names of two reference persons.
More information and contacts: tropfire_joboffer.pdf

17 April 2012
Title of job: PhD on synthesis of biosphere-atmosphere interactions
Start date: Summer 2012
Location: Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, Jena, Germany.
Profile required: The aim of the PhD is to analyse the response of the terrestrial biosphere to climate variability on different time scales (seasonal, interannual, decadal) based on a collection of climate data, remote sensing based products (e.g. LAI, albedo, land surface temperature, soil moisture, fire), and existing terrestrial biosphere model simulations. This synthesis should follow hypothesis-driven as well as exploratory data approaches. The domain of interest is the African continent, which should be expanded to the global scale at a larger stage.

We are seeking a highly-motivated and collaborative PhD student with a background in environmental or earth sciences or a related field with background in quantitative data analysis using a script language (e.g. MATLAB, R, IDL). Experience in the following fields would be an asset: biosphere-atmosphere exchange, ecosystem modeling, remote sensing, hydrology, African ecosystems, multivariate statistics, time series analysis.
More information: PhD_climafrica.pdf