Biogeochemical modeling/Methane emissions from wetlands and fire (Dec/Jan 2014)

Post-Doc in Biogeochemical modeling/Methane emissions from wetlands and fire: A two-year post-doctoral position in modeling global methane emissions from wetlands and wildfires is available immediately (Jan 2014) at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, part of the ETH Domain. You will use biogeochemistry models to simulate natural methane emissions, mainly originating from tropical wetlands and ecosystems with fire dynamics. You will contribute to improving existing process-based knowledge to understand and model tropical methane production over a time frame of several decades. Furthermore, you will work with a specifically designed biogeochemistry model derived from the LPJ model core, which recently has been tested in the WETCHIMP model inter-comparison project. In addition, you will compare your model results with global inversion approaches. You will work in a small international team and spend a significant part of your employment in the US at the lab of Ben Poulter based at Montana State University. A PhD in environmental science, biology or environmental physics is required. You are interested in questions regarding global change and have experience in ecology, biogeochemistry, modeling (GIS, remote sensing, and statistics are beneficial). You are flexible, highly motivated to work in an international team and your English skills are excellent. Please send your complete application using reference number 803 to Mrs. Sabine Hirt, Human Resources WSL. Niklaus E. Zimmermann, phone +41 (0)44 739 23 37, or Ben Poulter ( will be happy to answer questions or offer further information. We look forward to receiving your application until the position is filled (expected for Jan-Feb 2014), and the review of applications begins immediately. The quickest way is to apply online. Posted: 12/20/13.