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Postdoctoral position in ‘Connecting changes in soil carbon storage over 20+ years to dynamics of net ecosystem carbon balance through modelling and remote sensing tools’

Position Description

We are seeking candidates for a post‐doctoral fellowship with a focus on scaling up soil carbon storage change inferred from detailed temporal geospatial soil sampling to eddy covariance measurements of net ecosystem carbon balance at an agricultural site. Scaling up tools will involve calibration and validation biogeochemical models (e.g., DayCent, DNDC) coupled with data (e.g., NDVI) obtained from remote sensing. This research will be conducted within the NSERC CREATE Climate-Smart Soils ( program at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, which involves seven universities and collaborating partners form various sectors (e.g. industry, government) across Canada. This one‐year position will preferably commence May 1, 2024, with the opportunity for a one-year extension. Start date is negotiable.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in lab and field experiments aimed at measuring and modelling net greenhouse gas emissions using tools such as micrometeorological techniques and biogeochemical models, co-author peer-reviewed publications, engage with various stakeholders, and attend professional conferences. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to mentor graduate students and play a leadership role within the Climate-Smart Soils program. We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with qualifications and experience. An attractive benefit package is included.


Applicants must have a PhD awarded within the last four years with strong training and experience in a relevant science or engineering program, with emphasis on atmospheric or soil science. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience conducting field research of soil/plant processes and/or surface- atmosphere exchange, ability to work with large datasets and a track record of peer-reviewed publications.

Experience with biogeochemical would be beneficial, but there are opportunities for training. The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently, have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, and programming ability in either Python, R, or Matlab. Capacity to lead substantial research and training activities and effectively communicate research results to wide audiences will be an asset. Applicants must be enthusiastic about working in a collaborative environment and excited to work in agri-environmental issues in Canada.


Submit via email with the subject line “CREATE Postdoc Application – Your Name” to Dr. Claudia Wagner- Riddle ( Please include : 1) a cover letter stating your motivation for applying to this position and research interest, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) copy of 1-2 publications or PhD thesis, and 4) contact information for up to three references. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The positions will remain open until filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. 

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution. The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position. If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.

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