Monday, December 9, 2013

Job announcements for 2 PhD + 1 Postdoc position in permafrost / remote sensing / soil carbon research

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), section Periglacial Research, Potsdam (Germany), invites applications for 3 new positions in the field of remote sensing and soil carbon dynamics of rapid permafrost thaw.

Background: Permafrost soil carbon pools are estimated to store substantial amounts of ancient carbon that is potentially vulnerable to mobilization. The recently funded European Research Council Starting Grant PETA-CARB (“Rapid Permafrost Thaw in a Warming Arctic and Impacts on the Soil Organic Carbon Pool”), led by Dr. Guido Grosse, aims at quantification of important deep soil organic carbon pools in panarctic permafrost regions, their short- and long-term dynamics on the landscape scale, and the measurement of rapid permafrost thaw and its impacts on soil carbon pools. The project will foster an interdisciplinary team of field scientists and remote sensing experts, with key field study sites to be visited in the Lena Delta and Yakutsk regions of Siberia, and the Northslope and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta regions in Alaska.

Positions: For details on each position such as job duties, required skills, and necessary application materials please refer to the detailed announcement texts at the respective AWI websites (here specified as shortened URL).

PostDoc (3 years)
Remote sensing of permafrost thaw rates and landforms on regional to continental scales
Job code: 106/D/Geo-P
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PhD student (3 years)
Remote sensing of rapid permafrost thaw and development of thermokarst process models
Job code: 105/D/Geo-P
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PhD student (3 years)
Paleo-environmental conditions and long-term dynamics of thermokarst and associated soil carbon stocks
Job code: 114/D/Geo-P
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The application deadline is 10th January 2014, and a possible start date could be as early as 01. March 2014 (negotiable).

All positions will be based at the AWI Periglacial Research Unit in Potsdam, Germany, a world class facility for multidisciplinary permafrost research.
For further information on the nature of the positions please contact Dr. Guido Grosse, +49-(0)331-2882150,

Source: PYRN 

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