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Fully funded, 3-year PhD position in soil organic Carbon dynamics

Feb 07, 19
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The PhD study will be conducted at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Sciences at the Charles University in Prague, practical work and research conducted during the PhD studies will be realized in close cooperation with the SoWa Research Infrastructure, a newly established part of the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences.


Recent estimates propose that only a small increase in global soil Carbon (C) sequestration may mitigate recent rises in atmospheric CO2. However, there remains a gap of knowledge in the formation mechanisms and chemical composition of stable, mineral-protected soil organic matter (SOM), whose understanding is crucial for effective C sequestration as well as for better conceptualization of global C models.
The project aims to close these knowledge gaps and determine the predominant C sources and controls on mineral-protected SOM formation. The successful applicant will conduct field experiments in a common garden and laboratory incubations of soil with isotopically labeled plant tissue. Samples from the experiments will be investigated for their chemical and microbial composition combining physical fractionation, chemical extraction, DNA sequencing, and gas-chromatography based methods. 
The project ultimately aims at improving recent conceptualizations on soil C dynamics, which may advance our options for C sequestration and thus climate change mitigation.


The applicant should hold an M.Sc. degree in Soil Science, Organic Geochemistry, or related fields and must be highly motivated to learn and employ new methods and work independently in the field and laboratory. Proficiency in English is essential. Previous knowledge on soil organic matter dynamics and methods (e.g., soil fractionation, GC-based methods) is desirable but not a prerequisite.

Applicants should send a CV (no more than 2 pages), a statement of interest/motivation for the position, and the contact details of at least 2 professional references via e-mail to: gerrit.angst@bc.cas.cz.

Evaluation of applications will start immediately until the position is filled (latest 31.3.2019).
Earliest starting date will be May 2019.


Dr. Gerrit Angst
Soil & Water Research Infrastructure and Institute of Soil Biology
Biology Centre CAS
Na Sádkách 7, 370 05 České Budějovice
Czech Republic
E-mail: gerrit.angst@bc.cas.cz.

About the institution and location

The PhD study will be conducted at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Sciences at the Charles University in Prague, which is with 17 faculties and more than 50 thousand students, the biggest and oldest university in the Czech Republic (est. 1348). Practical work and research conducted during the PhD studies will be realized in close cooperation with the SoWa Research Infrastructure, a newly established part of the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, whose research predominantly addresses ecological topics. The SoWa research involves collaboration across disciplines, the use of diverse methodological approaches, and a combination of analytical and holistic approaches to problem solving. While conducting the major part of his/her PhD work at the SoWa Research Infrastructure, the successful applicant will join a vibrant team of young Scientists and Technical Assistants, working on soil organic matter dynamics in post-mining and forest soils. The SoWa labs are located in a modern facility at the edge of České Budějovice, which is a medium-sized town ca. 150 km south of Prague with 100,000 inhabitants, a relaxed atmosphere, and a growing community of foreign scientists at the University and the Biology Centre. Three faculties and five research institutes dealing with aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems are located on the same campus, allowing easy access to other researchers and resources. Both the town and the surrounding countryside provide numerous opportunities for research and leisure activities. Living costs are low by international standards. Courses of the Czech language are offered for international staff to reach a basic level of proficiency in everyday situations.

PhD Graduate Fellowship: Adaptation Tracking, ILRI, Kenya (closing date: 17 August 2018)

Aug 06, 18
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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a PhD Graduate Fellowship: Adaptation Tracking to develop, test, refine and fully operationalize frameworks and protocols for tracking adaptation and adaptive capacity in diverse East African livestock systems. Precise systems have not yet been determined but may range from (semi-)intensive dairy to extensive rangeland systems. Ideal candidates should already be conversant with climate change adaptation literature, have experience in developing research methodologies. Knowledge of pastoral livelihoods and ecology is a big plus.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

The Position:

Political incentives and international obligations – namely the 2016 Paris Agreement – have created a situation where national governments must report progress on adaptation and improvements in adaptive capacity to the IPCC on a regular basis. However, adaptation and adaptive capacity are notoriously difficult to measure because they are conceptual constructs rather than discrete observable phenomena. Many conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches have been proposed for analyzing adaptation and adaptive capacity, but none have been widely replicated nor are results from diverse studies readily analyzable. This creates a political demand for a robust adaptation system, but little scientific support for any existing instruments.

ILRI Program: Sustainable Livestock Systems

Responsibilities of the fellow

  • Use new technologies and innovations to develop frameworks for climate change adaptation tracking
  • Develop, test and finalize adaptation tracking protocols for various East African livestock systems
  • Develop a user manual for final adaptation tracking protocols and train relevant governmental partners in their application
  • Data analysis
  • Coordinate stakeholder engagement/participation
  • Make presentations at meetings as may be required

Requirements for the ideal candidate

  • MSc in social science research methodology; focus on monitoring and evaluation is a plus
  • Knowledge of and experience with climate change mitigation and adaptation is a major advantage
  • Must have strong analytical skills
  • Must have good communication skills
  • Must be a proactive and independent problem solver, and excellent team player.

Location: ILRI, Kenya.

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical cover, air tickets, and research expenses. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

How to apply: Applicants should submit; Cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position; what he/she can bring to the fellowship; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience, certified copies of their certificates.

Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 17 August 2018. The position title and reference number SLS/PhD GF/01/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

To find out more about ILRI, visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org/

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.