-ILRI vacancy: Post-Doctoral Fellow – Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (closing date 21 August 2013)
–Vacancy number: PD/MGHG/07/2013
–Livestock Systems and the Environment
–Location: Nairobi, Kenya (CGIAR, International Livestock Research Institute: www.ilri.org)
–Duration: 2 years with the possibility of renewal
–Base salary dependent on skills and experience – from USD 35,000 per annum with an attractive international benefits package (tax free*).
–The Position: ILRI seeks to recruit a post-doctoral fellow to strengthen the greenhouse gas mitigation team at Livestock Systems and the Environment (LSE), due to increasing demand from CRP 7 to measure emissions of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock in smallholder systems.
• Conduct agronomic, livestock productivity and GreenHouse Gas (GHG) measurements for different land use systems in Sub-Saharan Africa to allow the quantification of system specific GHG fluxes from different cropping and livestock systems to develop mitigation options;
• Manage and maintain laboratory and field facilities, including training and supervision of staff in state of the art methods of GHG measurements.
• Conduct laboratory scale, mesocosm paramaterisation experiments to allow direct comparison of GHG emission potentials from manures and soils for different environmental conditions;
• Write scientific papers and prepare conference/workshop presentations describing results and their implications for productivity, GHG and nutrient management; and contribute to other communication products (research briefs, policy briefs etc);
• Develop innovative concepts and ideas for further research to address spatial and temporal variability of fluxes, and upscaling of mitigation options.
–Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:
• PhD in nutrient cycling in Agroecosystems, Agronomy, Geoecology, Environmental Sciences or related fields, gained in the past 4 years;
• Considerable practical knowledge of techniques (e.g. micrometeorological techniques: gradient and EC approaches) and experience with equipment (gas-chromatography, laser based spectroscopic techniques) used in the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from terrestrial ecosystems;
• Up to date knowledge of chemical analysis of environmental samples;
• Ability to effectively manage, visualize and analyze large datasets;
• Evidence of good communication skills, including the ability to publish the results of scientific research in peer-reviewed scientific journals;
• Demonstrate originality, creativity and innovation in solving problems and introducing new directions and approaches
• Publications in peer-reviewed journals
• Knowledge and experience in training of field and laboratory technicians in GHG measuring methods;
• Work experience in developing countries
• Willingness to work in a multi-cultural environment.
–Terms of appointment: ILRI offers a competitive international remuneration and benefits package which includes: Medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Education allowance for children, Housing allowance, Baggage Allowance, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+public holidays.
*Benefits are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.
–Applications: Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae which includes a list of publications and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s professional qualifications and work experience. The position title and reference number: PD/MGHG/07/2013 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.
All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 21 August 2013.
To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org
Prof. Dr. Klaus Butterbach-Bahl
Head of Division “Bio-Geo-Chemical Processes”
Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
-PhD Position: Dynamics of land use change and the consequences on water and nutrient cycles: the case of Mau Forest
-Chair: Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU)
-Place: Station base, Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Nairobi, Kenya
-Contact: Dr. Eugenio Diaz-Pines
-This study focuses on the following topics:
· 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.
· 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).
The work will be carried out in close cooperation with CIFOR, Nairobi, Kenya. The applicant will be based at CIFOR and is expected to work in an interdisciplinary team of scientists.
· M.Sc. degree in a quantitative environmental sciences discipline, for instance forestry, environmental sciences, ecology, hydrology.
· Spatial analysis skills, i.e. GIS and remote sensing.
· Experience in water and soil analysis.
· Knowledge of programming and model development.
–The Ph.D. position will be for a maximum period of three years.
-The position is due to start in October 2013.
–Applications must include:
· Letter of motivation which states why the candidate is suitable for this position and her/his motivation to work in East Africa,
· curriculum vitae,
· copy of university certificates,
Dr. Eugenio Diaz-Pines (Scientist) and Prof. Dr. Klaus Butterbach-Bahl ( Head of Division Bio-Geo-Chemical Processes”
Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research/ Atmospheric Environmental Research;
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT/IMK-IFU); Kreuzeckbahnstr. 19;
82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Complete applications should be received by August 20, 2013.
KIT strives to achieve gender balance at all levels of employment. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply for this position. With appropriate qualifications, applications from persons with handicaps will be treated with preference.