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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Researcher at UNESP (Brazil)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:14:36 +0000

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Tropical Ecosystem Modelling

Full-time, three year position (Jan.2015 – Dec.2017)
Net salary US$2,100 per month (US$ 25,500 per year) [no taxes
applicable to salaries].

The Amazonas State Research Foundation (FAPEAM) and Brazil’s National
Institute for Amazonia Research (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil wish to
recruit one post-doctoral researcher in tropical ecosystem modeling
science to participate in the AmazonFACE project. The extent to which
rising atmospheric concentrations will increase the productivity of
Amazon forest and reduce its vulnerability to the potential negative
impacts of climate change, is one of the greatest unanswered questions
in ecosystem and global change science. The aim of this project is to
determine how free air CO2 enrichment (FACE) affects Amazon forest
ecosystem functioning. It will be the first FACE experiment ever
carried out in mature tropical forest. The appointee will join a team
of five post docs set up to initiate and deliver the experiment and
its findings.

The post will include the application and development of a few
state-of-the-art dynamic global vegetation models (DGVMs) within the
AmazonFACE Model-Experiment Integration project [phase 1], as a way to
provide baseline hypothesis (related to CO2 fertilization effect in
tropical forests) to be verified in the field experiment and also to
improve current DGVMs with the results generated from the experimental
plots. As such the post will also include occasional periods of work
at the ZF2 fieldsite, ~70km north of Manaus. The successful applicants
therefore will help in promoting an effective link between the science
generated by experimentalists and modelers in the AmazonFACE project,
upscaling the results of the field experiment to the entire Amazon
basin and other tropical forests with DGVMs.

Applicants shall have considerable expertise in ecological modelling,
terrestrial ecology, especially the interactions of carbon, water and
nutrient cycles, ideally with past experience of ecosystem model
development and computational programming language. The person will
work preferably in a computational laboratory at UNESP campus in Rio
Claro, state of São Paulo (place of work is negotiable), with constant
visits to the experimental site in Manaus and other modelling groups
in Brazil and abroad, and, as such, needs to be comfortable working
both independently and as part of a large networked and international

The researcher will join a team and will need to work closely with
other researchers, and also be able to visit collaborating
laboratories as required, within Brazil and internationally. Key
attributes beyond expertise in the specific scientific area include
the abilities to see new scientific opportunities, work fairly,
collaboratively and sensitively within a team, to be able to supervise
a small field team as required, to analyse data and write scientific
publications, and to both understand and develop bridges between the
experimental data and their use in ecosystem models.

The position will also involve presenting information on research
progress and outcomes, and communicating the science orally, in
writing and electronically to the Amazon-FACE team and to external
audiences, at meetings, workshops or conferences. The ability to
communicate clearly in Portuguese and English, or a demonstrated
ability and willingness to learn either language, is essential. The
applicants should also be able to lead and co-author high-quality
scientific publications within relatively short time periods.

The posts offer substantial potential as part of this project but also
through links with the lead scientists with related on-going projects
in Amazonia. Successful applicant will join a world class group of
scientists at Brazilian and international scientific institutions. The
work will be carried out under the supervision of David Lapola (UNESP,
Brazil) but also working closely with internationally recognised
researchers, including Anja Rammig and Kirsten Thonicke (PIK-Potsdam,
Germany), Prof Bart Kruijt (Univ. Wageningen, Netherlands), and other
members from the Scientific Steering Committee such as Patrick Meir
(University of Edinburgh, UK), Tomas Domingues (USP, Brazil), Rich
Norby (ORNL, USA), Carlos (Beto) Quesada (INPA, Brazil), Iain Hartley
(University of Exeter, UK) and Jean Ometto (INPE, Brazil).

Applicants should apply by sending an email to
<> before November 28th, 23:59 CET, with
subject line reading: “Post-doc application: AmazonFACE-modeling”.
This email should contain: a 1-page letter of interest (indicating
research interests related to the position), and a biographical sketch
(maximum of 3 pages, including education and professional career, list
of 10 main scientific publications, and indication of the quantity of
scientific papers, participation in research projects, conference
presentations and students supervised if applicable). Selected
applicants will be invited for an interview with project coordinators.

Further information on the AmazonFACE project can be found on the
project website: <>.

Any other questions can be addressed to Prof. David Lapola via the
email <>

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