Mountain Research Initiative Coordination Office, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland.

To fulfil its mission, the MRI Coordination Office is seeking a motivated (SENIOR) SCIENTIFIC PROJECT OFFICER, based in Bern, Switzerland, to assist in the planning, coordination, management, and execution of tasks for diverse projects and activities that are carried out within the network.

Application deadline: 11 October 2023, or until the position is filled. 

The Syracuse University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Syracuse University in New York, United States

The Syracuse University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Cryosphere and Polar Science. They seek an outstanding scholar with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching in any aspect of ice and snow dominated systems in polar regions, alpine systems, and/or high latitudes incorporating field observations, remote sensing, geodetic/geophysical, theoretical, and/or model-based methods. This includes the study of cryosphere interactions with the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and/or solid earth.

Applicants should submit the following documents here by 15 November 2023:

  • A cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statements of research and teaching interests
  • A statement describing how they would contribute to the University’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community
  • Copies of three relevant publications, and;
  • The contact information for three references. 

Pay range: $79,000-$99,000
Location: Syracuse, NY
Job type:
Application deadline: 15 November 2023. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

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The School of Earth Sciences at the Columbus Campus of the Ohio State University in the United States.

The School of Earth Sciences invites applications for the position of Director. This is a tenured faculty position at the Full Professor level. The Director leads a comprehensive and diverse program of Earth Science research and education while fostering a collegial atmophere among students, staff, and faculty. In addition, the Director is expected to work with other leaders to advance the School’s goals and promote the School both within and outside the University.

A competitive application consists of the following required elements:

  • A cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Separate research and teaching statements, and;
  • Three letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin on 1 November 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Kurt Fredrick atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For assistance with applying, please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application deadline: 1 November 2023

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The Joint Secretariat, Interreg Alpine Space in Salzburg, Austria

The Interreg Alpine Space is looking for a Project Officer (full-time) to support the Joint Secretariat in its day-to-day activities. The Interreg Alpine Space programme is a European cooperation programme for the Alpine region that finances cooperation projects across the borders of seven Alpine countries. It tackles common challenges and improves the quality of life of the 80 million inhabitants of the Alpine region. The programme addresses public authorities on national, regional and local levels, institutions of higher education, as well as enterprises, business support organisations, NGOs, and associations.
Responsibilities include:
  • Providing technical support and advice to project applicants and assessing project proposals;
  • Monitoring and supporting the implementation of co-financed projects and carrying out the verification of project progress reports;
  • Implementing and supporting evaluations related to the programme performance;
  • Supporting the maintenance and development of the electronic monitoring system;
  • Representing the JS/the programme towards the European Commission, in diverse European and alpine-wide workgroups and networks.

You can submit your application online here. Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held in calendar week 45/46 per video call. For further information, please contact the Joint Secretariat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / + 43 662 8042 3702.

Start date: As soon as possible
Application deadline: 23 October 2023.

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The Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenured/tenure-track position in the field of glaciology. The Department is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and strongly encourages applications from women and other underrepresented groups in earth and environmental sciences. The department seeks an innovative scientist who uses field, remote-sensing, computational/ modelling and/or experimental methods and approaches to study the fundamental physics, chemistry, and biology of Earth's glaciers and ice sheets. 

Areas of research focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Fundamental studies of glacier mechanics; space-based glaciology;
  • Glacier hydrology;
  • Glacial geomorphology;
  • Geochemical cycling in glacier systems;
  • The physics and chemistry of ice cores;
  • Sea-ice dynamics, and;
  • Biological systems in glaciers.

The department is particularly interested in the behavior of glaciers and ice sheets as part of Earth's climate system, including their dynamical responses to changing climate, the feedback of a changing cryosphere on the climate system itself, and larger implications, such as ice mass loss and sea-level rise.  The anticipated start date for this position is 1 July 2024.The successful applicant will have demonstrated excellence and productivity in research consistent with rank, and the potential to excel in undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentorship. Candidates should upload materials to Interfolio and should include the following:

  • CV;
  • Statement of research experience and current goals, two-page maximum;
  • A one-page teaching statement to describe teaching experience, planned courses, and plans for recruiting, retaining, and mentoring a diverse student body and research team;
  • A short, annotated description of up to five publications, and;
  • The names and contact information of three referees. 

Application deadline: The review of applicants will begin on 20 November 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

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The School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

The School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment is seeking a highly motivated Associate Professor or Senior Lecturer to develop excellence in research and teaching in the broad subject area of Physical Geography. The School is a globally leading centre of research and education in Earth and Environmental Sciences, and is educating the next generation of scientists to find environmental solutions for our society and planet.

In this role, you will be expected to develop and lead a new research team in the School, bringing fresh perspectives and novel research directions. Our current strengths in Physical Geography are in Climate Impacts and Adaptation, Coastal Science, Cryospheric Sciences, Environmental Geochemistry, GIS and Remote Sensing, Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, Hydrogeology and Hydrology, and Soil Science. The University seeks a new colleague who can build on and leverage this expertise in any field of Physical Geography and the broader earth and environmental sciences. Expertise may include field studies, laboratory-based sciences, satellite or drone-based remote sensing, numerical modelling, and/or data science.

The successful candidate will actively engage in teaching on a diverse range of undergraduate courses in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, the Masters of Environment and Sustainability, and/or the new Masters in Geographical Information Science and Technology. 

Location: Clayton campus
Employment Type: Full-time 
Duration: Continuing appointment
Remuneration: $136,711 - $157,637 pa Level C / $164,615 - $181,348 pa Level D (plus 17% employer superannuation)
Application deadline: 12 October 2023, 11:55pm AEDT.

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The Plant Ecology Group at the Institute of Plant Sciences of the University of Bern in Bern, Switzerland.

The Plant Ecology Group at the University of Bern is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher (80%-100%) as part of the project Synthesis on the role of Nature for Human Wellbeing in the Kilimanjaro Social-Ecological System. The position is initially for two years, with the potential to extend subject to funding. The project aims to improve the understanding of major components of the social-ecological system at Mount Kilimanjaro under land-use, climate, and governance change. This will be achieved by assessing the relationships between multiple components of biodiversity, Nature's contributions to people (NCPs), human well-being, societal developments, major stakeholder groups, and their governance.

Application deadline: 15 October 2023.

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The Swiss Polar Institute in Sion, Switzerland

The Swiss Polar Institute has an opening for a 9-month internship (80%-100%) in Sion, starting on 1 November 2023. It aims to offer a behind-the-scenes view of a science organisation and the management of science programmes.

Aims of the internship

  • Contribute to the management of science programmes and obtain a behind the scenes view of a science organisation;
  • Enrich SPI with an early-career researcher perspective;
  • Obtain work experience in a small team and a dynamic environment.


  • Support project evaluation processes and management of existing scientific projects;
  • Contribute to SPI outreach activities and events;
  • Support the implementation of SPI internal projects (projects database, reading room, etc.);
  • Develop own tasks and project within SPI in agreement with the SPI team.

Should you be interested and match the profile, please send your full application (motivation letter, CV, diplomas, in a single pdf file) by 1 October 2023 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Only complete application files will be considered.

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The Institute of Geography at the University of Bern in Bern, Switzerland.

A PhD position is available in the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern, as part of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) funded project: Building Wildfire Resilient Communities in Europe (FiRES). The project is carried out by the Geographies of Disasters group, headed by Prof. Dr. Christine Eriksen, who will be the principal supervisor of the successful candidate. The successful candidate will assist with the SNSF-funded project and will be given the opportunity and support to focus on fieldwork in two countries and a specific topic for in-depth study. The position is full-time for four years (maximum). The salary is according to the guidelines of the SNSF and the University of Bern. The start of employment will be in late 2023 or early 2024.

Application deadline: 1 October 2023.

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The Department of Environmental Systems at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich in Zürich, Switzerland.

The Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich invites applications for the position of Professor of Environmental Policy (open rank). The ideal candidates will have an outstanding publication record, commensurate with their academic age, in social and interdisciplinary research that addresses fundamental scientific questions and contributes to policy-​ and decision-​making. While the position is open to candidates focusing on a wide range of environmental and natural resource governance challenges, they have a particular interest in those whose focus lies with land-​use change and terrestrial resource allocation, biodiversity protection, water allocation and quality, or environmental issues associated with natural resources extraction and use, as well as the interrelations between these issues. The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate level courses (German or English) and graduate level courses (English). Teaching will contribute to the social sciences curriculum in Environmental Sciences, with an emphasis on analyzing the drivers and outcomes of public policies.

Application deadline: 20 October 2023.

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The Water and Environmental Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UFA) in Alaska, United States.

The Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is looking for a Term Research Assistant Professor for Hydrology. This is a full-time, 9/12 month, research faculty (non-tenure track) position (90-95% research/5-10% service). The successful applicant will be expected to develop a regionally or nationally-recognised research program in hydrology. Appointments will generally be made at the assistant research professor level, though higher ranks will be considered. They are particularly interested in faculty with backgrounds in one or more of the following areas:

  • Remote sensing;
  • Large scale modelling;
  • Permafrost hydrology;
  • Surface/groundwater interaction;
  • Snow/ice/glacial hydrology that compliments existing expertise, or;
  • A general background in related fields.

Ideally, the researcher will combine field observations/measurements with advanced techniques in hydrological modelling and/or remote sensing. Work in an interdisciplinary environment that prides itself in its ability to conduct world-class research in multiple disciplines and environments.

Application deadline: 11:59pm AST on 12 October 2023. 

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The Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences and the Program in Environmental Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.

Washington University invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in the field of the changing cryosphere (e.g. glaciers, polar ice sheets, permafrost, sea ice).  The candidate is expected to conduct research on the physical processes controlling the evolution of the cryosphere, and its complex interactions with the solid earth, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere.  Candidates may make use of a variety of techniques including field data collection (geodesy, geophysical data), remotely sensed data (lidar, radar, satellite remote sensing), as well as theory, modeling, and experiments.  The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, maintain a strong publication record, advise undergraduate and graduate students, teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, and be active in departmental governance and university service. The University seeks candidates who complement their existing research and teaching expertise in climate, Earth surface processes, geophysics, and planetary science, while also fostering collaboration with environmental scientists and scholars across the Washington University community. This position is a joint appointment between the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences (75%) and the Environmental Studies program (25%).Candidates must have a Ph.D. with a focus in Earth science, glaciology, environmental science, or a related field, at the time of appointment. Complete applications comprise a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and research and teaching statements. The research and teaching statements should each include both plans and philosophies. Plans should address proposed future courses and research projects, including potential sources of research funding. Philosophies should address topics such as how applicants would broaden scientific participation, cultivate curiosity and creativity, develop civic and community engagement, encourage critical thinking, independence, and self-confidence, foster the development of people of all backgrounds, promote intellectual freedom and inquiry, and ensure that all individuals are treated with fairness and equality. Applicants should include the names and contact information of at least four references, submitted via Interfolio. Applications must be received by 1 November 2023 to ensure full consideration.

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University of the Free State (UFS) Geography (Bloemfontein) in South Africa.

There are MSc and PhD research projects available at the University of the Free State. The themes are quaternary climate change, landscape evolution (mapping & modelling), geochronology (cosmogenic 36Cl and/or 137Cs), geoconservation and education (through immersive technologies like virtual reality, 360 film and photography) at sub-Antarctic islands.

  • Project 1: Constraining the volcanological and geomorphological development of Gough Island, South Atlantic Ocean, will be through geochronological dating and mapping;
  • Project 2: Understanding the role of local topography in Marion Island’s deglaciation using palaeo-climate based modelling;
  • Project 3: Calibrating Southern Hemisphere 36Cl production rates with data form Gough and Marion islands
  • Project 4: Establishing a 137Cs reference inventory on Marion and Gough islands;
  • Project 5: Utilising immersive technologies (virtual reality, 360 film and photography) to create virtual field trips for the sub-Antarctic islands.

If you are interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please add your CV and attach your latest research output (proposal, thesis, paper).

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The Institute of Hydrology and Water Management at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria.

A 3-year PhD position is available for the project G-Monarch: Gravity-MONitoring for Alpine Research Catchment Hydrology. On the German-Austrian peak of the Zugspitze Mountain (2962 m a.s.l.), the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) is operating the Zugspitze Geodynamic Observatory Germany (ZUGOG), where a superconducting gravimeter is mounted since the end of 2018. This worldwide unique installation on top of a high-alpine site, equipped with an excellent hydrometeorological measurement network and combined with computer simulations in different complexities, will be used as a novel hydrological monitoring system for the direct, integral, and non-invasive observation of the gravity effect of water storage variations. The overarching goal of G-Monarch is to investigate to what extent a joint snow-hydro-gravimetric approach can contribute to a better understanding and quantification of hydrological processes, and to be able to transfer potential findings to non-instrumented regions. 

Please submit the following in your application:

  • A motivation letter and statement of research interests;
  • Curriculum vitae and relevant certificates;
  • Contact information of at least two professional references in one PDF.

Documents should be sent via e-mail to Dr. Franziska Koch (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..atand Prof. Dr. Karsten Schulz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, but should be submitted latest until 6 October 2023The preferred start date for this position is at the end of the year 2023. For further information, please contact Dr. Franziska Koch or Prof. Dr. Karsten Schulz (see e-mail contacts above).

Hydrology Research Group at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

Are you interested in using science and engineering to contribute to sustainable water resource management? Dr. Lauren Somers at the Somers Hydrolic Change Lab is currently looking for two self-motivated master’s students and a PhD student. Prospective graduate students should have (or will have) an undergraduate degree in engineering, geoscience/earth science, environmental science, or a related discipline, and have a history of academic excellence. Preferred candidates will have a background (through coursework, research, or professional experience) in hydrology or hydrogeology, and some experience with computer modelling, programming, or fieldwork.

Dr. Somers is currently looking for two Canadian Master’s students to begin funded projects (see below) in autumn 2023 or winter 2024, plus a PhD student with a flexible start date.

  • Project 1: Quantifying and enhancing peatland carbon balance in the face of encroaching development in Atlantic Canada.
  • Project 2: Climate Change Impacts on Community Groundwater Resources in Nova Scotia.
  • Other project themes:
    • Mountain and highland groundwater
    • Community water supply and source water protection
    • Hydrology and greenhouse gas emissions dynamics in natural and disturbed wetlands
    • Passive managed aquifer recharge (MAR) techniques

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The German Research Foundation in western Rwanda, Africa.

The German Research Foundation is funding a new research project that will investigate the social and ecological consequences of ecosystem restoration in rural Africa, with a particular focus on western Rwanda, and in collaboration with many Rwandan stakeholders. Expressions of interest for 6 Ph.D. positions and 1 Postdoc position are now open.

The research is organised into several sub-projects, which are summarised briefly below:

  • Sub-project 1: Biodiversity impacts;
  • Sub-project 2: Landscape context and connectivity;
  • Sub-project 3: Governance for justice;
  • Sub-project 4: Social cohesion;
  • Sub-project 5: Food security and livelihoods;
  • Sub-project 6: Nature’s contributions to people;
  • Sub-project 7: Living lab.

Potential start date: October 2023

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Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor (2 positions on Fixed Term, Full-Time Faculty Contracts), Communications and Media Programme, University of Central Asia, Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

The University of Central Asia seeks to fill two Full-Time Faculty positions in the Communications and Media programme at UCA’s campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. In your role as faculty member, you will be contributing to the development and implementation of a new Communications and Media curriculum at the Bachelor Level that has been designed in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney in Australia and individual course developers.

Positions open until filled.


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