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Master position available in Cean, France

(Photo U. Bastian) Field work in Herschel Island. Stefanie decanting water samples into smaller bottles to be taken to Germany.Master position on experimental permafrost: data from physical modelling using the CryoEx platform, is now available for application at the University of Cean in France.

The University of Cean is seeking for qualified candidates for a master research contract of up to 6 months on permafrost experiment.
The successful candidate will lead a continuous effort to improve and validate the detailed understanding of permafrost thermal and hydrological behaviors using experimental permafrosts. The position will ideally start in January 2014.

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply for a position by sending CV, motivation letter, list of publications etc. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here for more information about the position.

Research positions available at the University of Hamburg

(Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Permafrost research site, Abisko, northern Sweden The University of Hamburg has an opening for 2 research associate positions (with opportunity to pursue a PhD dissertation) to work on the investigation of land-atmosphere carbon (CO2 and CH4) exchange of permafrost landscapes using eddy covariance flux measurements (position 1) and stable isotope (13CO2) techniques (position 2), respectively.
Both research associates will work within the collaborative project "CARBOPERM - Carbon in Permafrost" which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.
The first position is dedicated to the micrometeorological investigation of the balances and controls of the exchange fluxes of CO2 and CH4 between the atmosphere and the dominant tundra types in the north-Siberian Lena River Delta.
The second position is dedicated to the partitioning of the carbon fluxes into the underlying physiological processes, e.g., photosynthesis, autotrophic respiration, heterotrophic respiration, CH4 production and CH4 oxidation as well as to investigating the gas transport processes within the soil-vegetation-atmosphere continuum using stable isotope techniques.
The short-term contracts terminate on 30.09.2016, subject to the actual granted funds. The preferred starting date is 1 January 2014.
Closing date for applications: 15 November 2013
Follow the link for more information on the available job opportunities.

Travel awards for PAGE21 Young Researchers to THAW workshop

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The Canadian ADAPT - Arctic Development and Adaptation to Permafrost in Transition project has decided to support 5 PAGE21 young researchers to the upcoming THAW 2014 - THermokarst Aquatic ecosystems Workshop: Freshwater ecosystems in changing permafrost landscapes. The workshop will be held 12-15 March, 2014 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
The travel support provided by the ADAPT project includes accommodation in Quebec, registration fee and 50% of economy class airfare (up to 1000 CAD$ per person).
To determine which 5 PAGE21 YR will be awarded with the travel support, the PAGE21 Coordination Team has decided to run a small competition. The competition includes a one-pager for the internal evaluation done by the PAGE21 Executive Committee. In addition, the awarded young researchers will need to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation at the conference.
All interested PAGE21 YRs are welcome to participate in this competition. For more information on the competition, please see the announcement.
For more information about the THAW workshop, visit the workshop webpage.

PAGE21 Researcher Profile: Barbara Widhalm

Today we have a pleasure to introduce one of PAGE21 young researchers, Barbara Widhalm from Vienna University of Technology, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Research Groups Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing who has recently become part of PAGE21 project.
(Photo: PAGE21) Barbara WidhalmName:
Barbara Widhalm
Vienna University of Technology, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Research Groups Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing

Research Field:
I am working in the field of remote sensing, where I mainly use radar data as well as optical data in order to address scaling issues and determine soil moisture, moisture levels and land cover.
How it is affiliated with the PAGE21 project / what parts of your research will be a direct input to PAGE21?
Using satellite imagery I investigate scaling issues, land cover and moisture levels of the arctic region. 
What is the current challenge within this topic?

Challenges are to find methods applicable for the whole arctic region. Special features have to be considered in order to achieve correct land surface informations.

How did it happen that you became a researcher? 
I studied Geodesy because I liked mathematics and natural sciences. Over the years it became clear for me to become a researcher, especially considering the issue of Global Change in our time.
What do you like most in being a researcher?
There are always new challenges and I like solving problems and contributing to new solutions.

How a typical working day looks like?
Mostly I am working on the computer, processing, analyzing and validating data.
Funniest response ever when you told somebody that you are a "polar researcher"?
I usually say that I am a geodesist, but mostly people don’t know what that means …
What are your plans for the upcoming three / five years?
I plan to define and write my PhD and would like to continue work in research at the university.
Answered by Barbara Widhalm 

Ten students - one goal

(Photo: Kjersti Gisnås) Stefanie Härtel and Young Sound Fjord in the background Page21 project is happy to promote another outreach product on permafrost research.
The video presents the Ph.D course that took place in Zackenberg, North – East Greenland.
The movie shows the fieldwork of ten young permafrost researchers from four Nordic Universities who set out to remote Zackenberg valley at 74 ° N in NE-Greenland.
The students participate in a PhD course entitled AG 833 "High-Arctic Permafrost landscape dynamics in Svalbard and NE-Greenland".
Goal of this course is to better understand the landscape history and to link present and future periglacial processes with carbon and nitrogen dynamics at two high-Arctic sites: Zackenberg valley in NE-Greenland and Svalbard.
AG 833 is organized by the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway, and the Center for Permafrost (CENPERM) at the University of Copenhagen, financially supported by Perma-Nordnet of NORDEN, a project as part of the "Nordic Ministerial Council" Arctic collaboration program in Norway.
Click here to see the video.