Are you interested in biochar? Are you looking for a rewarding, impactful job - from home? Do you have a strong background in database management and significant experience using web-based content management tools along with some basic writing and proofreading skills? Do you enjoy communicating with others? If so, please take a look at an exciting new job from International Biochar Initiative - Member Services Coordinator. This position will be responsible for maintaining a responsive and positive relationship with IBI’s members and helping them use the IBI social network and get access to their IBI member benefits.
If this sounds like a good fit for you, please email us a cover letter describing your experience in these three areas (listed in order of importance):
Tell us why you would be a good fit for this job. Send the cover letter and your resume to Shiva Scotti at 4IBIJobs@gmail.com by Nov 26 and click here for a full job description. Please note, cover letters MUST be included - any resume submitted without a cover letter addressing all 3 of the points above will be discarded, unread. Thank you for your interest!
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a recent graduate within the field of Mechanical Engineering (BEng or MEng) to develop within a rapidly expanding biochar company based in the Bristol area of the UK. Carbon Gold was established to help mitigate climate change through the development of biochar-based products and related projects. Although we are a small company, we are at the front of the global biochar movement, currently having projects in the UK, France, Portugal, Turkmenistan, Belize, Fiji and Ecuador.
The position requires a candidate with strong design skills and ability to use CAD packages, preferably SolidWorks, in addition to the ability to adapt and work efficiently within a research and development environment. To work in research and development you need to be a pro-active, practical person who doesn’t mind getting stuck in and getting dirty (biochar is dirty!). Any knowledge or past experience in motor/machinery maintenance is beneficial. An ideal applicant will have some metal fabrication skills (welding, angle grinding etc).
The main responsibilities will include assisting in the development of the existing and new biochar kilns along with supervising the manufacture of biochar kilns to required quality standards. A suitable applicant must have the ability to work under their own initiative, and work without supervision.
In order to apply for this role, you should be a mechanical engineering graduate. Starting salary of £20-25k dependent on experience. For more information, please see: http://www.carbongold.com/mechanical-engineer-vacancy.
Rice University seeks a postdoctoral researcher to apply basic economic principles to understanding the full social and economic value of soil biochar amendment. Topics for postdoctoral exploration include, but are not limited to: biochar’s use in management of soil nitrogen levels, improvements in soil water retention, improvements in agronomic performance, and carbon sequestration/greenhouse gas reduction. They seek applicants who are trained in relevant fields of study, especially environmental economics. Candidates with degrees in science and engineering will also be considered, and should demonstrate a strong mathematics background.
The researcher will be seated jointly between Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy (bakerinstitute.org), and the Rice Biochar Group (biochar.rice.edu), co-advised by K.B. Medlock and C.A. Masiello.
Rice University is a highly-ranked, non-sectarian private research university located in Houston, Texas, a dynamic, cosmopolitan city that is the 4th largest in the nation. Rice occupies a 300 acre tree-shaded campus adjacent to Houston’s Museum District and the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex. Rice has a highly diverse and international student body and strong culture of cross-disciplinary collaboration. Rice is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
Applicants should send a full package to firstname.lastname@example.org, including a CV, 3 letters of reference, a statement of research interest and a relevant writing sample by Oct 1, 2013.
Embrapa Solos – Programa Nacional de Pós-Doutorado - PNPD/2009
A Embrapa Solos faz saber que, no período de 15/06 a 25/07 de 2013, estarão abertas as inscrições para o processo de seleção de um recém-doutor (ter obtido o título de Doutor a no máximo 5 anos) em química, física, ou áreas afins e que tenha experiência comprovada em Ressonância Magnética Nuclear, de preferência aplicada ao estudo de matéria orgânica ambiental para atuar no projeto de pesquisa: "Funcionalização de carvões e de biomassa parcialmente carbonizada com vistas à produção de novos fertilizantes e aprimoramento de Metodologias de regionalização de nutrientes na agricultura ", nos termos do edital EDITAL MEC/CAPES e MCT/FINEP Programa Nacional de Pós-Doutorado - PNPD/2009
1. Senior Mechanical Engineer. 2. Assembly Tech
Hiring is continuing at ALL Power Labs. We again try to prioritize hiring from within the GEK community, so do encourage you to apply for these positions. Even if the current ones aren't a direct fit with you and your talents, but other situations would be- tell us of your interest and we'll keep you on the list for future opportunities. We'll be announcing more positions soon.
For the current round we're announcing a rare opening in our core engineering group. We have so many new projects and products on the horizon that we need to expand our high level design and management capacity. We are looking for seasoned multi-disciplined engineers across and/or gasification specific engineering heroes. This is an invitation to replace and/or augment the minds of Jim and Bear, as the default engineers of APL solutions. This is an invitation to be a core author and leader of what we do here. Growth requires that such core authorship is moved beyond one or two minds, and progressively positioned in multiple sites of high level expertise. More information on this position is here: http://gekgasifier.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1863-senior-mechanical-en...
The second position is for Power Systems Assembly Tech on our production line. This makes you the guy/girl that mates engines to genheads, wrangles all gearhead relates issues, and runs commissioning tests on the results. You need to be at home with arts of rotating machinery, and the wrenches that turn their discordant mumblings into soothing song. As these are contemporary engines, electronics are involved, so you should be comfortable working with such too. More information is available on this position here: http://gekgasifier.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1862-power-systems-assemb...
The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim (ATB) is one of the leading agricultural engineering research institutes in Europe. The ATB conducts research on innovative technologies and processes for resource-efficient land use. For our team of young researchers „APECS - Anaerobic pathways to renewable energies and carbon sinks“ we seek to appoint a PostDoc (f/m) in Chemical Engineering – Biochar. With our four PostDocs and four PhD students we aim to develop a synergetic process for the combined production of biogas and biochar and to optimize the effects of biochar in soil. Optimization and characterization of biochar production is one of our main tasks and includes both hydrothermal carbonization and pyrolysis. In this context we are looking for a highly motivated PostDoc with a strong background in chemistry and engineering.
Your Qualification and Profile
The salary is defined according to the German public service schema TV-L 13 at 75 %. The successful candidate will be recruited for the remaining duration of the project ending February 2014 (we seek to extend the project). For further information please contact Dr. Jan Mumme (phone +49-(0)-331-5699-913, email@example.com) and visit our website at www.atb-potsdam.de.
We look forward to receiving your full application containing a letter of motivation, your CV with relevant publications, certificates and credentials by the deadline of 31 October 2012. Please send your application along with reference number 2012-APECS-5 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are an equal opportunity employer. Therefore, we strongly encourage qualified women to apply.
The School of GeoSciences is seeking to appoint a business and communications officer at the UK Biochar Research Centre (UKBRC). The key objective of this role is to provide information and expertise on biofuels to Scottish businesses. The outcome will be more innovation around biofuels and cost savings from turning organic wastes into biofuels. You will be working with four other research centres of excellence in Scotland: Edinburgh Napier University, The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) and University of Abertay. This job will focus in particular on using biomass to make 'biochar' using a technology called 'pyrolysis' - though you do not need to be a technical expert in this subject in order to make a success of this post. It is more important that you are a good networked, communicator and can develop potential business opportunities for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs).
You will establish and maintain relationships with companies develop networks and communication strategies outside and within UKBRC and the wider University. Application Deadline October 12, 2012
As a biologist/soil scientist at Cool Planet Bio Fuels you will be researching, developing, and implementing experiments to evaluate/demonstrate the biological mechanisms for soil improvement, followed by the scale-up of biochar as a commercial soil amendment material. You will have knowledge of soil analytical testing techniques, and an advanced degree in plant sciences, soil science, or environmental science.
Cool Planet is developing low carbon fuel technologies which can dramatically change the world. Our fuel processors can create local American jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and dramatically reduce our carbon footprint while providing affordable gasoline for current cars. We are backed by some of the world's largest energy companies and top Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists. Our investors include General Electric which is the world's largest producer of energy equipment and Google Ventures, whose parent company (Google) has been very successful at changing the world for the better. We are a Silicon Valley style high tech company in our development phase, as such, we are offering new hires substantial early stage stock option packages along with industry standard benefits including fully paid family health insurance coverage.
APL/GEK Gasifier has multiple positions open on our "front desk" of information, sales and support. Currently we have two full time people answering email and phone, and it is not enough. We need to start building a larger group to keep inquiring minds happy. We plan to take on 2 new people part time for this work, with at least 1 becoming full time after a fit is proven. You need to work in our office in Berkeley, California.
This is not canned customer service nor pushy commission based sales. Rather, is it responding to the already interested with broad competence, nuanced information, and general curiosity over a wide range of topics. Most of the people who write or call in are not new to energy machines, and need far more than a simple script of basic info. They need a McMaster Carr level experience, not a Home Depot experience.
To do this well you need to be familiar with (or be willing to learn) the many details of gasification. You need to be similarly at home with a broad range of power generation equipment, internal combustion engines, and the general pleasures of rotating machinery. You need to be comfortable with basic concepts in physics, chemistry, and thermodynamics, and an evidence based approach to biomass thermal conversion. While discussing the above, we find things often go off the rails into other cultural, political and personal curiosities, so you should enjoy wandering those realms too.
As usual, we're looking for general specialists. We need general specialists that can competently discuss a broad range of technology, as well as enjoy the broad range of people that are interested in it. Biomass thermal conversion attracts an unusually diverse crowd: from ranchers to eco-resort operators, academics to entrepreneurs, dev world power providers to urban architects, grumpy old guys to idealistic youth; as well as everything in between, to the side, and around the world. You have to like people of many flavors to do this job. If you can like people in more languages than English it's even better, as more than half our customers are from outside the US.
The position is an entry level position, but there is significant opportunity for advancement. Your role will expand in relation to your talents. Success will be rewarded. This position will start as temp employment at $18/hr until a fit is proved. Once everyone is happy, it will transition to a permanent full time position and increased pay. If you turn out to be a hero, there will be an equity proposition to reward your contributions.
If you would like to apply, please send a letter describing your interest and qualifications, as well as your resume, to email@example.com
The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is announcing a call for Tender: Research Competition for Project: BIOCHAR IN GROWING MEDIA: A SUSTAINABILITY AND FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT (CTE1128) due 11 January 2012.
Full information at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/evidence/science/research-funding/competitions/
For more information on this opportunity, please see: http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-fellow/postdoctoral.html#short
CSIRO supervisors: Dr Evan Christen, Dr Wendy Quayle
The low fertilizer use efficiency worldwide and its effects on the environment in terms of green house gas emissions and the off site impacts of eutrophication are coming to a critical point as indicated by the “Edinburgh Declaration on Reactive Nitrogen” calling for global action.
This PhD program will look at novel approaches to increasing the fertility of sandy soils. Fertilizer losses due to leaching are large on sandy soils leading to low agricultural productivity and high off site impacts. This problem can be approached in a number of ways. This PhD project will look in detail at aspects of soil-water dynamics (hydrophobicity, water retention, pore size and connectivity) through application of biochar, ash products or reactive clays and the hydraulic isolation of fertilizer using the concept of Protected Diffusion Zones (PDZ).
The PhD work would be aligned with ongoing projects in CSIRO related to Biochar and water/nutrient use efficiency in Australia and Cambodia. Thus providing the needed scientific and technical support to the student.
Contact: Evan.Christen@csiro.au, Wendy.Quayle@csiro.au
Applications close: 30th November, 2011
Also see website: http://www.csiro.au/partnerships/SAF-Postgrad-Scholarships.html
GEK Gasifier / ALL Power Labs is looking for a manufacturing operations expert to create and manage the next stage of our manufacturing solution. We are fast outgrowing our current in house methods, and need to quickly implement a more scalable, higher volume solution. This will require deep skills across international supply chain management, multi-discipline production processes, fast design-to-market iteration, and the details of inventory control, shipping, and receiving systems.
Are you the ambitious champion of the production arts that can write the next chapter of the story?
For more information, see here: http://www.gekgasifier.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585
If you would like to apply, please send a letter describing your interest and qualifications, as well as your resume, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Opportunity at GFA Consulting Group. Apply By 21 August 2011
For more information: http://www.devex.com/en/jobs/biomass-and-biochar-technology-specialist
Project Title: Capacity building for efficient utilization of biomass for bioenergy and food security in the Greater Mekong Sub region.
Period of Project: 30 months, expect start date 12/2011
Duration of assignment: 2 months intermittent
Country: Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam
The subject regional capacity development technical assistance (R-CDTA) aims to improve utilization of biomass in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam (CLV). This will be achieved through: (i) harmonization of sustainable standards, certification systems, and other mechanisms to enhance regional cooperation on bioenergy development with food security ensured; (ii) implementation of pilot projects to demonstrate mechanisms for scaling up biomass investment projects for bioenergy or food security; (iii) capacity-building support for project stakeholders; and (iv) knowledge products and awareness campaign. The mechanisms for scaling up demonstrated under the R-CDTA are expected to lead to ensuing ADB investment projects in Cambodia, Laos, and Viet Nam.
re:char has an opening for a field engineer based at our field site in Western Kenya. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in biochar to take the plunge and head to the front lines of implementation in East Africa. We will be making final hiring decisions over the next 1-2 weeks, so time is a factor. To apply and view the full description, visit http://www.idealist.org/view/job/KtK9TXnjn8Np/
re:char seeks an entrepreneurial engineer with a background in metal fabrication and fluid dynamics. A willingness to work on a start-up schedule and ability to live in Kenya is essential.
Ideal candidates will also possess the following:
re:char is a start-up company that fabricates and sells low-cost kilns to farmers in the developing world that enable them to produce biochar from their own agricultural waste. The product has multiple environmentally-friendly and income-improving applications. re:char is currently funded by generous grants from Echoing Green, Hitachi Foundation and Doen Foundation. This position has the possibility of earning director-level status within the company.
ALL Power Labs/GEK Gasifier is has multiple positions open on our "front desk" of information, sales and support. Currently we have two full time people answering email and phone, and they can no longer keep up. We need to start building a larger group to keep inquiring minds happy. We plan to take on 2 or 3 new people part time for this work, with at least 1 becoming full time after a fit is proven. You likely need to work in our office in Berkeley, California, though we'll consider unique candidates elsewhere and working off-site.
This is not chirpy customer service nor pushy commission based sales. Rather, is it responding to the already interested with broad competence, nuanced information, and general curiosity over a wide range of topics. Most of the people who write or call in are not new to energy machines, and need far more than a simple script of basic info. To do this well you need to be familiar with (or be willing to learn) the many details of gasification. You need to be similarly at home with a broad range of power generation equipment, internal combustion engines, and the general pleasures of rotating machinery. You need to be comfortable with basic concepts in physics, chemistry, and thermodynamics, and an evidence based approach to biomass thermal conversion. While discussing the above, we find things often go off the rails into other cultural, political and personal curiosities, so you should enjoy wandering those realms too.
So as usual, we're looking for general specialists. We need general specialists that can competently discuss a broad range of technology, as well as enjoy the broad range of people that are interested in it. Biomass thermal conversion attracts an unusually diverse crowd: from ranchers to eco-resort operators, academics to entrepreneurs, dev world power providers to urban architects, grumpy old guys to idealistic youth; as well as everything in between, to the side, and around the world. You have to like people of many flavors to do this job. If you can like people in more languages than English it's even better, as more than half our customers are from outside the US.
While this is a front line customer service position, there are many other tasks in house that might attract your attention and talents. We need more cycles curating our web environment, updating instructional content, and general help with office admin tasks. The position is an entry level position, but there is significant opportunity for advancement. Your role will expand in relation to your talents. Success will be rewarded.
This position will start as temp employment at $18/hr until a fit is proved. Once everyone is happy, it will transition to a permanent full time position.
If you would like to apply, please send a letter describing your interest and qualifications, as well as your resume, to email@example.com
Under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, DOE is seeking up to 20 postdoctoral fellows whose academic careers have focused on the following technology areas: building efficiency, industrial efficiency, advanced vehicles, fuel cells, wind or water power, or biomass (includes biochar), geothermal, or solar energy. The new program will support research and development of breakthrough technologies over a two-year period. Selected fellows will be encouraged to pursue innovative, independent new projects in addition to the specific research project area selected by the fellow when applying to the program. Applications for EERE Postdoctoral Fellowships are due on June 30. Fellowships will begin by mid-November and will last up to two years. See the EERE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program website.
The press release can be found at: http://www.energy.gov/news/10167.htm
The EERE Postdoctoral Fellowships website is a subsite of the EERE Education and can be found through the EREE education page under Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships. The direct URL is http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/postdoctoral_fellowships/
Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim (ATB) is one of the leading agricultural engineering research institutes in Europe. The ATB conducts application-orientated basic research on innovative technologies and processes for agricultural and horticultural production systems. We are looking to appoint a PhD for our new group of young researchers APECS - “Anaerobic pathways to renewable energies and carbon sinks” funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany). Our APECS team has 16 members including three postdocs and four PhD students. The goal is to develop a hybrid process for integrated production of methane and biochar. Methane is a highly versatile energy source, whereas biochar can be designed as a soil conditioner and for long term carbon storage.
Your Qualification and Profile
The position is temporary starting as soon as possible and ending December 2013. The salary is defined according to the German public service scheme E13 TV-L Ost (50%). For more information please contact Dr. Jan Mumme (firstname.lastname@example.org) and visit our website at
We look forward to receiving your full application containing a letter motivation, your CV with relevant publications, certificates and credentials. The closing date for applications is 14 March 2011. Please send your application (single PDF document) along with reference number 2011-APECS-2 to
email@example.com. Equal opportunity is part of our personnel policy. Therefore, we expressly encourage qualified women to apply.
ALL Power Labs/GEK Gasifier is looking for a contract engineer to bring process control electronics and related wiring to a ready-to-manufacture state. These electronics relate to a sensing and automation system for a small-scale biomass gasification alt energy generator. More information on the product is here: http://www.gekgasifier.com/gasification-store/gasifier-genset-skids/
This contract ideally starts immediately, as in this coming week, and will last a month. Pay is negotiable and related to abilities.
Here's the details: We long ago optimized our micro processor board and the enclosure which houses all associated power components and wire landings. See here: http://wiki.gekgasifier.com/w/page/6123727/Gasifier-Control-Unit. We are now facing a large wiring harness and wire connection problem. Making all this by hand in house is no longer possible. We can't make them fast enough or with adequate efficiency. We need the wiring harness design to be optimized for manufacturability and out-of-house production initiated quickly.
This is not a raw electrical engineering or prototyping job. It is not DIY hacking to make a one off work. What is needed is someone with expertise and experience in electronics/electrical manufacturing to optimize the design, finalize the bill of materials, and coordinate the initial out-of-house production run. This will surely involve some new engineering work once we see the optimized path of manufacture, but please do not agree to do this if you do not also have experience in sourcing and operations.
The ideal candidate will have some experience in the automotive industry working with OBD type control systems and related wiring harnesses. Experience with ruggedizing electronics is core. Other types of design for manufacturing experience in electronics could be equally relevant. Familiarity with CANbus architectures a plus too. You need to be able to self-organize and manage the process. We need an owner for this problem, one that doesn't require another dedicated manager to keep on track. If you do well, there will be much more in the future.
Specific Talents requested:
Respond to "firstname.lastname@example.org", stating your interest, qualifications and/or questions. We plan to review these over the weekend and early next week, for a near immediate start.
One Twelve month Post-Doctoral Fellow - BioChar Upgrading position is available in the Department of Ag & Biosystems Engineering at South Dakota State University (Brookings SD, United States) in the areas of biomass, bioenergy and biomaterials.
The successful candidate is expected to independently conduct assigned research activities to include:
Post-Doctoral Fellow - BioChar Upgrading will conduct assigned research activities with only "general" direction provided by the primary investigator. The successful candidate will analyze and interpret data of characterization and analytical results as well as suggest and implement procedural and design modifications. The successful candidate will be required to be author or co-author for publications and presentations as well as supervise students or part time staff.
The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, or related discipline and is expected to possess prior experience in pyrolysis, thermochemical platform of biofuel or bioenergy carbon materials preparation and application, or related thermochemical process and materials research topics. Proficiency in carbon materials preparation and application is highly desired. Familiarity with BET, TGA, XRD, FTIR, SEM, GC-MS and activation reactions and adsorption capacity analysis will be considered a plus.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2011
For more information, please see: http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175498152
Job Reference: ESG ECO-0050
We are looking for a postdoc to study the effects of biochar on soil biota and plant-soil interactions. Future energy demands may be met through pyrolosis of biomass, leading to waste products such as biochar.
For more information and to apply, please see: http://www.phdpositions.com/post-doc-biochar-the-effects-on-soil-biota-and-plant-soil-interactions-using-ecological-and-molecular-techniques
A postdoctoral opportunity is available beginning January 2011 for a project on use of biochar for carbon sequestration in switchgrass production on marginal soils. Experience with plant production, soil biology and gas exchange desirable. PhD in ecology, soil science, agronomy or related fields preferred. Appointment for 1 year with possibility for renewal. Starting salary $44,000 with a benefit package including health insurance. To apply send vitae and three letters of recommendation to Roger Koide, Department of Horticulture, 102 Tyson Building, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802. Inquiries to email@example.com. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.
Last Date: December 18, 2010
Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) is seeking an experienced Senior Program Officer: Postharvest and Agro-processing Extension (PHAP). The successful candidate will likely be stationed in Mali, but will be overseeing the entire program in SAA’s four focus countries: Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda. The Postharvest and Agro-processing Extension (PHAP) program of SAA aims to demonstrate economically viable value-adding postharvest and agro-processing technologies in clearly defined crop value chains to contribute to improve the incomes and livelihood of smallholder farmers in Africa.
The Senior Program Officer, will provide backstopping to the PHAP program in areas related to post-harvest handling, drying and storage. S/he is expected to assist in developing, managing and monitoring the program activities in SAA focus countries. The Senior Program Officer is directly responsible to the PHAP Theme Director.
The Sasakawa Africa Association was established in 1986 and registered in Geneva, Switzerland as a Swiss NGO. Its administrative headquarters are in Tokyo, Japan. SAA spearheads efforts to modernize the techniques small farmers use to produce food and help them organized to obtain credit, acquire inputs, and market their harvests more successfully. The SAA mission is to help sub Saharan African governments reduce poverty, enhance food security, and protect the natural resource base through the accelerated adoption of productivity enhancing agricultural technology.
Primary Role and Responsibilities
While the specific responsibilities of the Senior Program Officer: Postharvest and Agro-processing Extension will largely depend on the prevailing operational environment, his/her role in the organization entails a generic set of responsibilities that include:
This position requires travelling to the SAA focus countries at least 60 days in a year.
Please send applications as per the complete details provided at: http://devnetjobs.tripod.com/saa1-11november2010.html
The US Geological Survey will soon advertise an opportunity for postdoctoral research in biochar at the Denver Federal Center. This is a two-year research project with support funding for studies on nutrient sorption by biochar, components that leach from biochar, and detection of pyrogenic materials in soils, sediments and water. For further information about the Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program, see the program website at http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/. For further information on the biochar research opportunity, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Research proposals will be due three months after initial advertisement of the opportunity.
Dept/School School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh
Project Supervisor(s) Dr O Masek
Application Deadline 06 September 2010
The proposed project will focus on contaminants potentially present in biochar produced from a range of materials, including virgin biomass as well as non-virgin bio-materials and wastes (including plastics). Biochar as a means of drawing down carbon from atmosphere and its permanent (or at least long term) sequestration hold a great potential for widespread nearterm future deployment. However, there are certain issues that need to be addressed to ensure safe deployment of biochar and minimum if any negative effect of biochar on the environment. One of these is the potential presence of contaminants (e.g., PAHs, dioxins, heavy metals, etc.) in biochar and their potential release to the environment and the food chain. The source of these contaminants could be the feedstock, the production process or their combination. The aim of this project will be to quantify and analyse the type of contaminants present in biochar produced from different feedstock and by different processes, and to assess the risk they could pose to the environment and human health. Besides the contaminants in biochar, those present in pyrolysis liquids and gases will also be investigated. The need for this kind of research is emphasized by the fact that the potential of biochar as a global scale climate change mitigation measure is limited by the availability and cost of suitable feedstock for its production, and therefore alternative suitable feedstock is being sought after among non-virgin bio-materials, which are more likely to contain contaminants. The virgin biomass available for biochar production in the UK has been recently estimated to be between 9-12 mil. t/year (dry), while the available non-virgin biomass (i.e., construction and demolition waste (CDW), municipal solid waste (MSW), refuse-derived fuels (RDF), slurries, bedding matter, manures, sewage and paper sludge) has been estimated to be between 5.5-8 mil. t/year (dry). As a result, the use of non-virgin biomass (wastes) for biochar production, where possible, could significantly increase its potential, while reducing problems with waste disposal and greenhouse gas emissions from biomass decomposition. The proposed project will draw from knowledge and experience gained in previous and parallel research projects at the UK Biochar Research Centre (UKBRC) and its partners and will rely on the state of the art pyrolysis experimental facilities and analytical facilities available at the UKBRC and the University of Edinburgh. The project would be most suited to candidates with science (chemistry, physics, etc.) and/or engineering (chemical, mechanical, materials, process, et.) background
For more information, see: http://www.findaphd.com/search/showproject.asp?projectid=29296&searchtype=n&page=1
The research subject is quite multi-disciplinary of nature with aspects of soil chemistry, biological degradation, environmental technology and chemical/physical analysis. The future research on biochar is embedded in the Multidisciplinary Research Partnership lead by professor Willy Verstraete and called: “Biotechnology for a Sustainable Economy”. It is also part of the EU-sponsored Interreg North Sea Region Programme. This means that the PhD candidate will have responsibilities in project collaboration, management and reporting, both inside and outside the faculty. He should also be prepared to travel and collaborate with other European research institutions. There are certainly opportunities to work for a limited period in an overseas laboratory.
LTBC is focusing on reactor and process development related to the conversion of biomass to energy, fuels and chemicals. The research is financed by the University of Ghent, The European Commission, Albemarle Catalyst Company in Amsterdam, Conoco Philips in Houston (USA), and Evonik GmbH in Marle, Germany.
For more information and to apply, please see: www.academictransfer.com/5780
We are seeking a motivated student that will work with several groups in the field and in the lab, a student interested by actual environmental problems related to GHG, fuels, or agroforestry. Dr Allaire, McKay and Vanasse teams at Laval University and Dr Smith and Whalen at McGill start a study on poplar and switchgrass production for biofuels with the use of Biochar at two sites in Quebec Canada.
The student should be registered at Laval University in either PhD program : Soil en Environment or Forestry. The student should have completed a bachelor degree in either soil, forestry, environment, agronomy, hydrology, environmental engineering or related subjects.
Scholarship: PhD 19,000 $/yr (Canada) for three years, M.Sc. 16 000 $/yr
Please contact: Suzanne Allaire, email@example.com
The program Terra Preta do Indio ─ Recovering the Past, Regaining the Future of Amazonian Dark Earths is now recruiting doctoral students who will work in an interdisciplinary research team in Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia. This program is being implemented by Wageningen University (the Netherlands) in collaboration with several Latin-American organizations.
Contact: Marielos Peña Claros, PhD
Monday & Tuesday: Soil Quality department, Atlas B319, phone: 0317-482344
Thursday & Friday: Forest Ecology and Forest Management group, Lumen 1.214, phone: 0317-486353
Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, the Netherlands
Accepting Applications Until June 13, 2010
For more information, including application materials, please download the application packet
Biochar research has emerged as a priority soil science topic. Soil interactions may be physical or chemical and include effects on soil structure, release of nutrients, modification of pH, and reversible storage of anions and cations. However, there is evidence for interactions that are biological i.e. the response of soil fauna, mycorrhizal fungi and plant pathogens. The implication for biochar additions to soil on all of these realms form the basis of this PhD, and specifically in the context of applying biochar to arable soils in the UK. A joint PhD project between the Crop and Soil Systems Group (SAC) and UKBRC (University of Edinburgh) is therefore proposed to address these questions, using winter and spring barley as a model system.
This postgraduate position is for three years, with a proposed start date of September 2010, ending September 2013. The full award (stipend and fees) is only available to candidates who satisfy the conditions of UK residency (Supervisors: Dr Saran Paul Sohi and Dr Oliver Knox). More information available at: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AAY819/phd-studentship.
Deadline May 14, 2010
A new and exciting position is now available for a person with interest and experience in thermochemical conversion technologies, particularly pyrolysis and/or gasification. The UK Biochar Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh is looking for a candidate to fill in a position of a research technician / senior research technician responsible for operation, development and maintenance of its state-of-the art pyrolysis facilities for production of biochar with co-production of gaseous and liquid by-products.
The successful candidate will join a new and dynamic research centre and will have the opportunity to work on different pyrolysis facilities ranging from bench-scale rigs to continuous pilot-scale unit. Please apply at:
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline May 6, 2010
A new NERC consortium project (Carbo-Biocrop) seeks to establish the trajectory of soil carbon at sites in transition to energy crops, and evaluate strategies to mitigate the short term effects of conversion. A Technical Assistant is required to assist in identifying suitable UK chronosequences for land under short rotation coppice and energy grasses, to plan and execute soil sampling, and to deploy biochar in small plots for later assessment of greenhouse gas flux.
Please apply at: http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/vacancies/index.cfm?fuseaction=vacancies.detail&vacancy_ref=3012634
Deadline April 25, 2010
This project is suitable for candidates with background in engineering (chemical, thermal, mechanical, materials, etc.) with interest in thermochemical conversion of biomass.
or contact Dr. Ondrej Masek at email@example.com
This project is suitable for candidates with background in science and/or engineering with interest in production of biochar and its application.
For more details visit: https://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/sccs/biochar/Masters.html
or contact Dr. Ondrej Masek at firstname.lastname@example.org
This PhD will assess the impact of land conversion to bioenergy crops on soil carbon and if biochar modifies the greenhouse gas balance in a land-use transition. Specific objectives are: (i) to ascertain the effect of “time since change” on soil carbon at bioenergy crop sites,
(ii) to test the ability of an indicator measurement5 to detect trends in soil carbon, and (iii) to assess the effect of biochar on CO2 and trace gas emission.
For more information, see: http://www.findaphd.com/search/showproject.asp?projectid=27701&searchtype=n&page=1.
Deadline April 30, 2010
Biochar stability and sustainability in Ghanaian agriculture
The potential significance of stabilising plant-fixed carbon into charcoal-like material for climate change mitigation is now well established. Examination of terra preta soil from Amazonia has illustrated how over millennia the use of such material in soil (as “biochar”) can enhance soil fertility. Charring of biomass appears to have been used for similar purposes in other parts of the world, possibly including the UK. In Ghana, population pressure and shrinking land availability, declining soil productivity, and issues around energy security and climate change adaptation provide strong context for re-examination of traditional use of biochar in farming. This PhD links an established research network in Ghana to examine its use in subsistence agriculture in the tropics, involving significant fieldwork (up to 20% time) in Ghana, in conjunction with the Soil Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana. For more information and to contact the project supervisor, see: http://www.findaphd.com/search/showproject.asp?projectid=27352
Applications accepted all year round.
The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam, Germany, has formed the new bioenergy and biochar research group APECS. For our research on biochar production we are seeking one Post-doctoral and one PhD chemist. For further information please visit us at
Please send your full application along with reference number 7-APECS-2009 by February 28, 2010 to Ms. Verena Fezer at email@example.com.
Using cropland and grassland mesocosm and microcosm experiments this project aims to show how biochar treatment affects soil biodiversity (microbes, microarthropods, oligochaetes, nematodes) and ecosystem function (decomposition, carbon and nitrogen cycling, plant productivity and greenhouse gas emissions) in temperate soils.
The studentship is based at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology - CEH (Edinburgh: Dr Adam Vanbergen; Lancaster: Dr Nick Ostle), awarded by Lancaster University (Prof. Richard Bardgett), with much time spent at SCRI (Dundee: Prof. David Hopkins). We are seeking a highly motivated student with a good degree in a related discipline and a keen interest in soil ecology and climate change. Application is by CV and cover letter explaining your suitability for the project sent to Dr Adam Vanbergen by 30/04/2010.
Closing date for applications: April 30th, 2010
For more information visit http://www.findaphd.com/search/showproject.asp?projectid=27055
Biochar (charcoal) has considerable potential as a new tool for sequestering carbon in the soil and improving soil fertility and crop yields. Considerable further research into the chemistry of biochar and interactions between biochar, soil and plants is required to develop biochar applications and this PhD project will be centred on this very topical emerging research area. The project will make use of the excellent laboratory and field infrastructure available on the James Cook University Cairns Campus, in the wet tropics of Australia. Field trials and laboratory experiments will examine biochar production strategies, biochar chemistry, the impacts of biochar addition on soil fertility and greenhouse gas fluxes. Applications for this PhD scholarship are sought from qualified graduates with a background and interest in agricultural science, agronomy, carbon cycle science or similar discipline. The successful candidate will be based in the School of Earth and Environmental Science under the direction of Professor Michael Bird. The scholarship is available for a start in 2010, and a stipend of A$22,500p.a. will be available to the candidate for three years.
Closing date for applications: March 31st, 2010
For further information on the project contact Michael Bird
ALL Power Labs is an incubator for open source energy experiments and distributed manufacturing solutions located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The first product ALL Power Labs has brought to market in service of these goals is the Gasifier Experimenter's Kit (or GEK). The GEK is a small scale DIY energy appliance that enables individuals to run typical internal combustion engines on "trash" in a GHG negative manner, through the gasification of waste biomass, and sequestering the byproducts as biochar. In the first year-and-a-half of production, we've already shipped 150 GEKs to locales on five continents.
GEK Gasifier/ALL Power Labs is in need of someone to manage the show. The show is growing big and complicated, and has already outstripped our abilities to informally coordinate the details. We now need a dedicated agent of order to work across the intersecting areas of communications, sales and office process. This is a position for a general specialist who likes to make things happen over a wide range of terrain. This is a position for someone who is naturally drawn to the role of coordinator and orchestrator, and has a broad array of skills to apply to whatever the situation requires. In other contexts we might refer to this person as the production manager, event coordinator, office manager, air traffic controller, or adult supervision. Here we’re proposing to call it “Manager of Business Systems”. The qualifications for this position are really just being in possession of a particular personality type and history of acting it out successfully. Nonetheless, some discrete skills and tasks that will be important are . . .
Assessing the Impacts of Biochar on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Soil
Biochar potentially has a major role in climate change mitigation and in enhancing sustainability of Australian agriculture. There is growing evidence that biochar can enhance plant growth, improve nutrient and water use efficiency, enhance soil properties, sequester carbon for hundreds to thousands of years. New research indicates that some biochars can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from soil.
A PhD candidate is sought for a project to assess the impacts of biochar on greenhouse gas emissions from soil. The candidate will be primarily located at Industry & Investment NSW's Wollongbar Primary Industries Institute near Lismore but will also be required to spend time at the UNE campus in Armidale. The PhD project will be part of a National project administered through the CSIRO and funded by the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry. The student will be expected to have sound chemistry and soil/environmental science background. There will be opportunities to work with state-of-art analytical equipment. A PhD stipend to the value of $25,000pa will be available to the successful candidate.
PhD eligibility criteria can be obtained from: http://www.une.edu.au/courses/2009/courses/PHD. Informal inquiries can be emailed to Dr Lukas Van Zwieten (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone +61 2 6626 1126.
CSIRO is seeking an experienced and motivated scientist to join a team working at the cutting edge of research aimed at addressing aspects of biochar, biowaste management and carbon sequestration strategies in soil, and developing new systems for measuring and monitoring the functional properties of soils to inform decision-makers on the current and future threats to soil and landscape function across Australia.
To be successful you will have knowledge in soil carbon biochemistry specifically with regard to carbon sequestration. Knowledge in the following areas will be desirable: biochar and/or compost chemistry and the usage of both biochar and compost in soils as a soil amendment as well as a carbon sequestration tool. You will also have knowledge and expertise in most of these areas:
Please refer to the following link for more information: http://recruitadmin.csiro.au/Asp/Job_Details_Int.asp?RefNo=2009%2F54
If this link does not work, please try: http://www.seek.com.au/showjob.asp?jobid=15490265
Within a USDA-NASA-funded project, a post-doctoral associate will develop a spatial analysis of black (pyrogenic) carbon stocks of soils throughout the United States. Black carbon may constitute a large proportion of total organic matter in soils, but little information is available about the magnitude and its regional or global distribution. Through collaboration with CSIRO in Australia, USGS, the Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) funded by the National Science Foundation and various academic institutions in the US, this project seeks to make the first step in providing an assessment of the black carbon stocks in US soils. The candidate will use geographic information systems, develop a spatial understanding of the sources and sinks of black carbon in soils through assessments of fire frequency, severity, biomass production, transport and decomposition on a regional scale. The long-term goal is to integrate black carbon fluxes into climate models.
Requirements: PhD in environmental or earth sciences, strong skills in spatial modeling at continental or global scale with respect to carbon cycles, basic understanding of vegetation and soil processes and the ability to integrate between disciplines.
Review of applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The position is initially for one year with possibility for
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, and names of three references. Please contact and send applications to: Johannes Lehmann, Cornell University, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Ithaca, NY, USA; Phone: 1-607-254-1236, email: CL273@cornell.edu
Cornell University is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from women and ethnic minorities.
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Announces faculty searches for three new positions on biochar. Click on the links below for more information.