ILRI Post-Doctoral Scientist in Eddy Covariance Flux Measurements Across Rangelands in East Africa Jobs in Kenya

ILRI Post-Doctoral Scientist in Eddy Covariance Flux Measurements Across Rangelands in East Africa Jobs in Kenya


Background

  • The study is part of a network of experimental sites across a gradient of land degradation related to agropastoral livestock production in semi-arid landscapes in East Africa within the ESSA project (Earth Observation and Environmental Sensing For Climate-Smart Sustainable Agropastoral Ecosystem Transformation In East Africa; https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/projects/climate-smart-agropastoral-ecosystem-transformation-in-east-africa/partners). This position will be part of ILRI’s scientific staff and located within the Mazingira Centre in Nairobi, Kenya (https://mazingira.ilri.org/).

  • The ESSA project aims to contribute to the pastoralist households’ transition towards climate-smart agropastoral systems in sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya and Ethiopia) by understanding the dynamics of and interlinkages between tropical upland forest cover and semi-arid lowland landscapes, and the multifunctionality of agropastoral landscapes, through a system-wide view of food and nutrition security, diversified livelihoods, and ecosystem sustainability leading to improvements.

  • In detail, the selected postdoctoral researcher will quantify system-scale CO2 and CH4 exchange from rangeland systems in East Africa in Kenya and Ethiopia using the state-of-the-art eddy covariance technique. Ecosystem GHG flux measurements will be accompanied by measurements of soil-atmosphere GHG exchange as well as meteorological, soil, and vegetation measurements.

    Responsibilities

  • Set up and supervise three experimental sites with eddy covariance flux towers and other environmental sensors in two semi-arid areas in Kenya and one in Ethiopia; one at ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station in Machakos County, KE (https://www.ilri.org/facilities/kapiti-plains-ranch-farmhouse-and-research-centre), one at Taita Research Station in Taita Taveta County, KE (managed by University of Helsinki, https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/research-stations/taita-research-station), and one at Yabalo Pastoral & Dry land Agricultural Research Center in Borena, Oromia Region, ET (https://iqqo.org/?q=Yabalo);

  • Conduct visualization, analysis, and synthesis of the newly derived data from eddy covariance sites, also in relation to other environmental variables and remote sensing data;

  • Establish standard operating procedures to ensure data quality assurance and control (QA/QC);
    Publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals with ESSA colleagues and prepare conference/workshop presentations describing results and their implications for agricultural and rangeland productivity, GHG emissions, and nutrient management;

  • Communicate findings to stakeholders, including researchers, press, ministries, livestock extension officers, farmers, donors, etc.;

  • Develop innovative concepts and ideas for future research projects (including
    assistance in proposal writing) to address spatial and temporal variability of eddy covariance fluxes and upscaling;

  • Co-supervise PhD and MSc students and guide research technicians.

    Requirements

  • PhD in the discipline of micrometeorology, (atmospheric) physics, environmental sciences, eddy covariance flux or related fields

  • Experience with eddy covariance flux measurements (setup, maintenance, data evaluation and processing) as demonstrated either by your Ph.D. thesis subject, by two publications in peer-reviewed journals on GHG fluxes, or by at least three years of field experience with eddy covariance towers

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate eddy covariance flux data with ancillary environmental for synthesis studies on flux budgets, control parameters and processes;

  • Ability to handle large datasets, data processing, and strong familiarity with statistical software such as R, SPSS, Matlab and/or python;

  • Willingness to coordinate and participate in regular field work campaigns across a range of experimental sites in East Africa;

  • Knowledge on agricultural production systems in developing and/or developed countries is preferred;

  • Ability to supervise and train research assistants and students, and provide necessary data quality control and assurance;

  • Capacity to contribute to research mobilization efforts, such as grant and proposal writing, etc.;

  • A background in remote sensing or modeling of nutrient and water cycles is an asset;

  • Working experience in developing countries desirable;

  • Enjoying working as part of an international and intercultural team;

  • Excellent written and spoken English;

  • Ph.D. students who are completing their thesis on eddy covariance measurements and who will obtain their degree in the near future, are encouraged to apply as well.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; ILRI Post-Doctoral Scientist in Eddy Covariance Flux Measurements Across Rangelands in East Africa Jobs in Kenya


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