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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Eddy Covariance, Alaska

University of Exeter, University of Sheffield (UK), San Diego State University (USA). I

Closing date 28 October 2018.

The main purpose of this position is to over-see the operation of 5 eddy covariance towers and associated equipment on the North Slope of Alaska. The post will include a combination of field and laboratory work, supervision of graduate students and interns in the field and in the lab, eddy covariance data processing, preparation of peer-reviewed manuscripts, etc. The successful candidate will work with a team of technicians, other postdocs and graduate students in both the University of Exeter, the University of Sheffield, San Diego State University, and spend several months of the year in the field in Alaska.

Applicants should possess a PhD in a relevant field of study (ecology, biometeorology) and must have experience with eddy covariance tower operation, data analysis (including Matlab or R), and paper writing and publication. The starting salary is from £35,211 up to £43,267 on Grade (F), depending on qualifications and experience. Initial appointment is from 01/11/2018 to 29/02/2020 with potential extensions based on funding.

For more details and applications, click here.

Interested individuals should include a one page cover letter describing their research experience and publications and why they are interested in the post along with a current CV and the names and contact information of three references.

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Donatella Zona <> and Prof. Walter Oechel <>

Informal inquiries Donatella Zona


Two Postdoctoral Fellowships (2 years each). Arctic ecosystems ecology / plant-ecophysiology / microbial ecology

Climate Impacts Research Centre (at Abisko), Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, Sweden

Application Deadline: 28-09-2018

Fellows will study the off-seasonal dynamics of plant and soil microbial processes in arctic ecosystems. Climate change in the Arctic is especially pronounced during autumn, winter and spring, including increases in temperature, changes in snow fall/cover and rain-on-snow events. Such off-seasonal changes in climate can affect the carbon balance of arctic ecosystems and the underlying plant and soil microbial processes but the extent remains unclear. We are looking for two postdoctoral fellows to to investigate how changes in the timing, frequency and extent of winter freezing conditions, as well as the timing of spring and autumn, affects the (off-)seasonal dynamics of plant and microbial processes in arctic ecosystems.

See further:


PhD position.  Applicant designs their "dream" project.  University of Gothenberg

PhD position where the student can design her/his own dream project (within some specific boundaries).  Can be tuned towards a winter ecology Alpine/Polar perspective.

For more information contact

Robert Björk

Alpine and Polar Ecology at the University of Gothenburg (APE@GU)


Ph.D. fellowship, Soil organic matter in Mountain Environment: from recently deglaciated area to mature mountain ecosystem.

University of Grenoble, Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine. 

Available immediately.

Supervisors and contacts are Pr. J. Poulenard (, Dir. Wilfried Thuiller ( and Dir. P. Choler (


Two PhD studentships, Modeling of snow-permafrost-vegetation interactions (closing date, 15th May 2018)

Department of Geosciences of the University of Oslo, Norway

Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science of Lund University, Sweden

As part of the Norwegian-Swedish research project WINTERPROOF, two PhD studentships are available in the modeling of snow-permafrost-vegetation interactions in the Arctic and their potential to lead to climate feedbacks. One PhD position is at the Department of Geosciences of the University of Oslo, Norway, and another at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science of Lund University, SwedenThe tools used in this project will be the land surface models CLM (in Oslo) and LPJ-GUESS (in Lund) and the focus will be from the regional to the pan-Arctic scale. The deadline for applications is May 15th.


PhD opportunity (closing date 26th March 2018). University of Sheffield and British Antarctic Survey

Understanding the Role of Climate in Arctic Browning: consequences of climate change and extreme climatic events
Lead Supervisor: Dr Julie Jones, Geography
Co-supervisor(s): Prof Gareth Phoenix, Animal and Plant Sciences; Dr Robert Bryant, Department of Geography; Dr Gareth Marshall, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK

Open to UK and non-UK applicants.


AGU 2017 Fall Meeting session: "(GC026) Drivers and Implications of Recent Changes in Arctic Greening and Browning"

Session abstract submission now open:

The AGU 2017 fall meeting is being held in New Orleans, 11-15 December.  Details here:


Workshop: Event Drivers of Arctic Browning, University of Sheffield, 10th-11th May 2017

The University of Sheffield is hosting the first international workshop on "Event Drivers of Arctic Browning".
The workshop will include presentations and discussions of Arctic Browning caused by climatic and biological events, as well as break out groups on workshop outputs, collaborations and future opportunities.

Closing date for registration is 8th March 2017. Follow this link for more information.


Spring meeting of the BES Plants, Soils, Ecosystems group: Winter Ecology

April 6th and 7th, University of Lancaster, UK

The theme of the meeting will be to put a spotlight on the challenges and opportunities that winter presents in our research. Interests include cold climate research (arctic tundra, alpine etc) and seasonal research in temperate landscapes.The group will be working towards publishing a Perspectives piece from the proceeds of this meeting, with attendees offered the opportunity for co-authorship.

Talks are invited under the following headings:

1. Arctic and alpine ecology;

2. Seasonal dynamics in ecology;

3. Winter/snow ecology (temperate systems)

 Please send abstracts to by March 1st.

Register at the following link:

Best wishes,

Plants Soils Ecosystems Committee


PhD opportunity, TeamShrub, University of Edinburgh

TeamShrub ( at the University of Edinburgh is advertising an Arctic Ecology PhD position open to any UK students or EU students who are UK residents as a part of the NERC-funded E3 Doctoral Training Programme (

 Using  drones  to  understand  Arctic  greening:  How  does phenology  respond  to  climate  and  what  are  the  implications for  tundra  vegetation change?  

This PhD project will explore the importance of climate in explaining changing plant phenology and vegetation in Arctic tundra ecosystems.  

 This PhD research project will use long-term records of plant phenology, phenocam imagery (time lapse photography) and remotely-sensed drone data to test the factors best explaining variation in plant phenology including flowering abundance across the landscape and over time. The project will involve fieldwork in the Western Canadian Arctic, on Qikiqtaruk - Herschel Island and in the Kluane Region of the Yukon Territory. The project will also involve collaboration with scientists across the Shrub Hub, sTundra, ITEX and newly formed Drone Ecology research networks and will provide opportunities for the recruited student to develop their own targeted research questions within a larger project. The PhD student will gain skills in operating drone systems, image analysis, hierarchical modelling and will contribute to international data synthesis. 

We aim to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated and quantitative student with a background in ecology, environmental sciences, ecoinformatics or a related discipline.

For more information:


Opportunity to collaborate on vegetation study near climate stations to improve climate-vegetation analysis.
WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF

Christian Rixen and Yann Vitasse

Please download information document for further details.


Master's thesis or practical training available in "Arctic-alpine plants and the microclimate"
Helsinki University, Finland

Our group "Plant Ecophysiology and Climate Change" has places for 2-3 students to carry out a research project in summer 2016. We are based at Helsinki University, Finland and the fieldwork is carried out in a subarctic mountain ecosystem in Finnish Lapland. We are studying how plant phenology, growth and stress respond to natural environmental gradients. Please click here to view the document with information and details on how to apply.

For further information, you can also contact Friederike Gehrmann:


University of Gothenburg, MSc and Bsc projects on permafrost system, 2016

The University of Gothenburg have opportunities for BSc and MSc projects involving a Permafrost thaw-gradient in the Abisko region, Sweden. Field work and data collection in 2016. Download flyer for more information.


Master's thesis or practical training available in "Arctic-alpine plants and the microclimate"
Helsinki University, Finland

Our group "Plant Ecophysiology and Climate Change" is still taking applications until 23.1.2015 for two students to carry out a research project in summer 2015. We are based at Helsinki University, Finland and the fieldwork is carried out in a subarctic mountain ecosystem in Finnish Lapland. Please click here to view the document with information and details on how to apply.

For further information, you can also contact Friederike Gehrmann:


Summer 2015: Master’s thesis or Internship (student field assistant) opportunity: Survey of alpine plants near climate stations in Switzerland

The ‘Mountain Ecosystems’ and ‘Climate Research’ teams at the Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL in Switzerland are looking for Master’s students and paid summer field assistants in the project: ‘Warmer temperatures, less snow, earlier plant development? Using a long-term meteorological network to unravel temperature and snow effects on mountain vegetation’. A field crew will visit up to 70 climate stations at high elevation (1500-3000 m asl) all over the Swiss Alps in partly remote alpine areas to record the vegetation at the stations. The field crew would consist of a postdoc, 1 or 2 Master’s students and 1 or 2 field assistants. The position should start in June 2015. The end of the season would probably be at the end of September. The person would ideally be based in Davos but can also be based somewhere else in Switzerland.
Requirements are
•        Good knowledge of vascular plant species identification and the motivation to rapidly learn approx. 350 alpine plant species 
•        Masters/Bachelor/basic studies in Biology, Ecology, or a similar field 
•        Physical fitness and robustness (access mainly on foot and may span ≥1000 vertical meters) 
•        Experience, ability and confidence to move in trackless alpine terrain 
•        Motivation and patience for long working days outdoors under sometimes harsh conditions (sometimes multiple days in a row) 
•        Team spirit 
•        Driving licence and language skills are an advantage

Payment will depend on academic degree and position in this project. Expenses for food and lodging during field work will be covered.

For more information, contact Christian Rixen (, phone +41 (0)81 417 02 14).

Faculty Position in Arctic Biology at The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) 
Full/ Associate Professor in terrestrial zoology
Deadline for applications is 25.01.2015


New review article on winterclimate change and ecosystem response.  

Cooper E.J. (2014) Warmer shorter winters disrupt arctic terrestrial ecosystems. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Evol. Syst. 2014. 45:271–95


Short film about ecosystems in change.  Elisabeth Cooper's snow fence experiment is featured at 6min 40 sec.  


An Antarctic perspective on ecosystem responses to winter change: Harsch MA, McGlone MS, Wilmshurst JM (2014) Winter climate limits subantarctic low forest growth and establishment. PLoS ONE 9(4): e93241. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093241

Winter change article in International Innovation interviewing Jarle Bjerke (and WinterNet gets a mention).


The University of Eastern Finland is inviting expressions of interest for a possible invitation procedure regarding the following post:


Professor of Microbial Biogeochemistry (Position no 30650), Department of Environmental Science, Kuopio Campus

Application period closes on 5 November 2014 at 3 pm (Finnish time).

This post is re-opened. Persons who have already expressed their interest in being invited to the post will be taken into consideration when the post is filled, and no new expression of interest needs to be submitted.

The field and duties of the professorship are preliminarily defined as follows:

The research and teaching duties of the professorship focus on microbial biogeochemistry. The professor is also expected to participate in the development of teaching in molecular environmental microbiology. The most important duties of the professor include the development of the field's education, research and research training, and maintaining these at an internationally recognised level. This requires the acquisition of external funding and engaging in international cooperation in the field.

The professorship is hosted by the Department of Environmental Science at the Faculty of Science and Forestry of the University of Eastern Finland (Kuopio Campus). The position will be filled with an open-ended contract.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is placed on level 8 to 10 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (€ 4 617.75–5 885.99/ 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 (maximum € 6 755.77 – 8 611.20/month).

According to the Administrative Regulations of the University of Eastern Finland, a person to be appointed to a permanent professorship or to a professorship of over a two-year term shall be scientifically or artistically qualified, have good teaching skills and, if important for attending to the duties, practical familiarity with the field of the post.

Persons wishing to express their interest for the post are asked to enclose the following documents in the application:

1.  a résumé or CV (

2.  a portfolio of teaching merits compiled in accordance with the faculty's instructions or an overview of  the applicant's teaching merits in CV format:

3. a list of publications (

4. a short description (2-4 pages) of the merits and activities relevant to the post, including the applicant's views on how to develop the field's research and teaching.

Expressions of interest should be addressed to the Faculty of Science and Forestry and delivered to the registry office at the Joensuu Campus or the Kuopio Campus:

University of Eastern Finland

Joensuu Campus, Registry, P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 JOENSUU, FINLAND (Visiting address: Yliopistokatu 2, Aurora building), or

Kuopio Campus, Registry, P.O. Box 1627, FI-1627 Kuopio, FINLAND (Visiting address: Yliopistonranta 1 E, Snellmania building).

The application period closes on 5 November 2014 at 3 pm (Finnish time).

Further enquiries:

Professor Maija-Riitta Hirvonen
Head of Department
University of Eastern Finland
Faculty of Science and Forestry
Department of Environmental Science
Tel. +358 50 3525160

Further information regarding the application procedure can be obtained from Executive Head of Administration Arja Hirvonen (tel. +358 44 716 3422, email:


Postdoc position in Switzerland on phenology of alpine plants

Closing date Nov 5, 2014

The ‘Mountain Ecosystems’ and ‘Climate Research’ teams at the Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL in Switzerland are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the project: ‘Warmer temperatures, less snow, earlier plant development? Using a long-term meteorological network to unravel temperature and snow effects on mountain vegetation’. We take advantage of a unique and extensive set of climate monitoring stations in the Swiss Alps that provides c. 20 years of climate, snow and plant growth data. We plan to extend the approach to other regions of the Alps or world. You will investigate how temperatures and snow cover influence plant phenology along geographical gradients within the network of climate stations to determine how changed climate conditions such as accelerated snowmelt control phenology and the distribution of plants. You will publish your results in international journals. The position is funded for the duration of 2 years and should start in January 2015. The work location is Davos, Switzerland.

A PhD in the field of biology, ecology or botany is required and you must have experience in field work and statistical analyses particularly in R. You are able to handle and analyze large and long-term data sets and you are fluent in English. You are a team player, possess good oral and written communication skills, good organizational ability and can work efficiently.

The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and thus part of the ETH Domain. WSL focuses on the sustainable use and protection of landscapes and habitats, and a responsible approach to natural hazards. WSL employs approximately 500 people, of whom 130 work at SLF in Davos.

Please apply online (see link below) by sending your complete application to Jasmine Zimmermann, Human Resources WSL/SLF. Christian Rixen, phone +41 (0)81 417 02 14, e-mail, and Martine Rebetez, phone Tel. +41 (0)32 718 18 12, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. To be assured of full consideration, please apply by November 5, 2014.

To apply online, press the “apply now” button at the end of the job ad at 


1)    Two postdoc positions at CIRC, Abisko, Sweden

2)    PhD position, University of Tromsø, Norway 


1) Two Postdoc positions

Application deadline: 24 October 2014

The Climate Impacts Research Centre (Umeå University) in Abisko, north Sweden is looking for two Postdocs (2 years each) in the Ecology / Biogeochemistry / Microbial Soil Ecology of permafrost ecosystems. Large uncertainties exist about the impacts of climate change on the world’s stock of soil organic carbon, especially the large amounts stored in permafrost soils. Thawing of previously frozen ground may expose this carbon pool to microbial degradation and turn arctic soils from long-term carbon sinks into sources of greenhouse gasses. This project aims to investigate how climate and ecosystem processes control carbon dynamics in permafrost soils.

Please find more information via 

or contact Ellen Dorrepaal (



2) PhD Position

Application deadline: 12 October 2014


Plant Ecology

University of Tromsø

Tromsø, Norway


The Faculty of Biosciences, Fishery, and Economics at the University of Tromsø (UiT) the Arctic University of Norway, seeks candidates for a PhD position in plant ecology. The position is attached to the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and the research group of Northern Populations and Ecosystems. The appointment is for three years starting 1 March 2015 and is based in Tromsø, Norway.


The position is financed by The Norwegian Research Council, within the project entitled "SnoEco: Effects of snow depth and snow melt timing on Arctic plant ecology." The project will investigate the effect of changes in snow depth in winter and snow melt timing in spring on plant productivity and reproduction in the high-Arctic. A manipulative field experiment will be carried out in Adventdalen, Svalbard to simulate winter climatic change, responses at the soil and plant level will be measured, and implications for various trophic levels will be drawn.


The candidate should ideally hold a Master's degree in plant ecology or biology with plant ecological specialism (or equivalent), and have experience with field observations and experiments. Working knowledge of statistical methods and a proven ability for scientific writing are required. The successful applicant should have the ability to carry out fieldwork in adverse weather conditions, work independently, and contribute to teamwork. Experience with Arctic ecosystems, insight into nutrient cycling and trophic level interactions, and an interest in learning new lab techniques are considered advantageous. The applicant must have a good command of English, both written and verbal.


Application deadline: Sunday, 12 October 2014.


The application should include a PhD project description including aims, methods, timeframe, and expected outcome.


For further information, full description of the position, and application instructions, please use the search term "105362" at:


Or, contact:

Elisabeth Cooper


Phone: +47-77-64-52-24


Video of “WINNIT” winter warming project lead by The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Tromsø


The link below takes you to a short video about NINA’s new winter warming project WINNIT (Winter disturbance and nitrogen deposition: Unraveling the mechanisms behind ecosystem response to combined effects of climate and pollution).  An English language version is expected soon, but even if your Norwegian isn’t up to it, the images and aerial shots of the experiment are worth a look.

NINA also has a new website for their winter climate research, that includes the WINNIT project, plus EWWA (Extreme Winter Warming in the High North and its biological effects in the past, present and future) and WICLAP (Ecosystem stress from the combined effects of winter climate change and air pollution - how do the impacts differ between biomes?).  Again, an English language version is expected shortly.


Post Doc Position: plant ecology and remote sensing, Tromsø University 

Faculty of Biosciences, Fishery and Economics

Application deadline: 22 April 2014.

Applications shall be marked: Ref. 2014/1366

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fishery and Economics has a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position vacant in plant ecology. The position is attached to Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and the research group of Northern populations and ecosystems.

The position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is a fixed term position for a period of three years and financed by the Norwegian Research Council within the project “The effect of snow depth and snow melt timing on arctic terrestrial ecosystems”

This post-doctoral researcher position, expected to start in June 2014, will investigate the role of snow cover on plant growth in the arctic using a combination of field measurements and remote sensing.

For more details see the attached advert and:

For further information, please contact: Professor Elisabeth Cooper, tel . +47 77645224, or Associate professor Lennart Nilsen, tel. +47 77646314,