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Open positions at ICOS field


Software developer at ICOS Carbon Portal, Lund, Sweden (full time, permanent)

ICOS Carbon Portal is looking for a Software developer to reinforce their development team.

The selected person will maintain and further develop back-end systems underlying the core Carbon Portal services. ICOS Carbon Portal is a group of 18 scientists and developers, but the person will work in a small team with three other developers and an operations engineer. ICOS Carbon Portal is hosted by the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Sciences of Lund University, Sweden.

Click here to read more about the job responsibilities and requirements.


Soil analyst research engineer position at ICOS Ecosystem Thematic Center, INRAE, France (full time, fixed term)

ICOS is the European greenhouse gas observation network. This network includes an atmosphere, ocean and ecosystem component. The ecosystem component is made up of around sixty observation sites. The ETC (Ecosystem Thematic Center) is the centre for processing data from the ecosystem observation sites. It includes a component for processing flux data, plant and soil measurements. The proposed position is located within the soil component of the ETC in France.

The successful candidate will ensure the coordination of soil measurements within ETC in conjunction with the analysis laboratories in Arras, the InfoSol unit in Orleans, the ETC-France coordinator at ECOSYS in the Paris region and the other ETC components in Italy and Belgium.

Click here to read more about the job responsibilities, requirements and the application process.

Interviews will be organised between 15 March and 1st April, 2021. 


Two doctoral positions in ecosystem gas exchange of COS and CO2 (full-time, fixed-term)

The Grassland Sciences group is a vibrant and international working group at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich. They are looking for two reliable, enthusiastic and highly motivated PhD students with a passion for science to join their team. Their research focuses on process- and system-understanding of the biosphere-atmosphere greenhouse gas exchange and its drivers in forests and agroecosystems.

Within the COCO project on COS and below-canopy CO2 fluxes of two Swiss forests, the successful candidates will independently validate gross primary production estimates with COS fluxes using the eddy-covariance technique, constrain ecosystem respiration estimates using below-canopy CO2 fluxes and soil respiration measurements, quantify advection of CO2, and identify long-term trends and short-term responses of CO2 fluxes to climate extremes.

Both positions are funded for 4 years. The interviewing process will start as soon as possible and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For more information on the requirements and application process, click here.


Postdoc in ecosystem gas exchange and remote sensing (full time, fixed term)

In frame of the EcoDrive project, the Grassland Sciences Group (GL) at ETH Zurich and the Remote Sensing of Water Systems (RSWS) group at the University of Zurich aim to understand how weather extremes affect the carbon and water exchange of terrestrial ecosystems. They are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent person with a passion for science to join their team.

The GL group, led by Prof. Nina Buchmann, aims for process and system understanding of the biosphere-atmosphere greenhouse gas exchange and its drivers in forests and agroecosystems. The RSWS group, led by Prof. Alexander Damm-Reiser, develops and applies novel in situ, airborne and satellite based Earth observation approaches and combines them with mechanistic models to advance understanding of terrestrial and aquatic water systems.

The position is limited to 2-2.5 years.

More information about the role, skill requirements and application process can be found here. 

A suitable candidate can start ideally as of 1 March 2021. Candidate interviews will start as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.