Post-doc in Soil and Environmental Physics

Uppsala (SE)
16 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Post-doc in Soil and Environmental Physics

Modelling agroecosystems in a changing climate

Department of Soil and Environment
A post-doc position in Soil and Environmental Physics is available at the Department of Soil and Environment within the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala. This announcement is part of a major promotion of post-docs at the Faculty. The Department of Soil and Environment pursues research, education and environmental assessment work related to soil and its sustainable use. The majority of the department’s operations and employees are located in Uppsala, but some activities are carried out in Skara. Environmental physics is a central topic for the department and involves staff from several different countries.

Duties: The holder of this post-doc position will conduct research in soil and environmental physics, with emphasis on modelling of agroecosystems in a changing climate. More specifically, the post-doc will explore the role of spatial resolution of input data for simulated variables at field to regional scale, with respect to different target variables (e.g yield and N-leaching) under contrasting climate and management conditions. The post-doc position will be linked with modelling activities within a European research network JPI-FACCE-MACSUR: Modelling Agriculture with Climate Change for Food Security (http://www.macsur.eu/). This project will contribute valuable knowledge regarding the role of soil types and soil physical properties for improving long-term assessments of yields, water fluxes and nitrate leaching in arable land. Such progress is of key importance for achieving sustainable use of land and water resources and for national and regional environmental assessments of nutrient loads on coastal waters. The work will include complex modelling with a process-based soil-vegetation model and the handling and analysis of large datasets. There will also be space for new initiatives including additional studies, e.g. related to other climate regions and/or Swedish soil data. The position is linked to other ongoing studies based on soil-crop modelling and could also be linked to current modelling within the Swedish Environmental Monitoring and Assessment programme.

Qualifications: The applicant should hold a PhD in soil sciences, environmental sciences, ecosystem analysis or similar and have previous experience of process-orientated soil-crop modelling linked to agricultural land and the handling and analysis of large input and output datasets. Experience of ArcGIS and R (or similar) is a requirement. Experience of large-scale modelling and/or catchment-based modelling and a well-developed network within the research area will count as merits. A postdoctoral position is a qualifying appointment for junior researchers, intended primarily for those who have obtained a doctorate within the past three years

Place of work: Uppsala

Form of employment:  Temporary employment 6 months or longer,
A postdoctoral position is limited to two years.

Extent: 100%

Starting date: By agreement

Application: We welcome your application marked with Ref no. SLU ua 2016.2.5.1-4207.

Please submit your application to the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden or registrator@slu.se no later than December 9, 2016.

Specific documents attached: Should be written in English and contain: 1) An up-to-date CV, including a list of publications, 2) proof of PhD degree and 3) a description of past research, current research interests and areas of research the applicant wants to develop further (max. 3 A4 pages). The names and contact information for at least two references must be provided.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.