Post-doc in Soil Chemistry

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

Post-doc in soil chemistry

Characterisation of colloidal and particulate phosphorus in agricultural drainage

Department of Soil and Environment
A post-doc position in soil chemistry 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 worl 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. Soil chemistry is a central topic for the department, with many active employees.

Duties: The holder of this post-doc position will conduct research in soil chemistry, with emphasis on characterisation of colloidal and particulate phosphorus in drainage water from agricultural soils. Much of the phosphorus draining from agricultural soils is present in colloids and particles, but knowledge of the properties of this phosphorus is lacking. Topics of interest include the speciation and size distribution of colloidal/particulate phosphorus and how soil aggregate stability affects these properties. The improved knowledge can then be used to design targeted measures to reduce phosphorus leaching. Tasks will include characterisation of phosphorus speciation using X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy and determination of size distribution of colloidal phosphorus using flow-field fractionation (FFF-ICP-MS) in drainage water from selected experimental sites. Moreover, soil aggregate stability at these sites will be determined. The position is linked to other ongoing projects focusing on, for example, phosphorus dynamics in soils and the risk of phosphorus leaching, but there are also opportunities for the post-doc’s own research initiatives.

Qualifications: The applicant should hold a PhD in soil chemistry, aquatic geochemistry or equivalent and should have previous experience of field work and of work in a chemical laboratory. Experience of using one or more of the techniques employed in the project (XANES, FFF-ICP-MS, aggregate stability) will count as a merit, although is not essential. A well-developed network within the research area will count as a merit. 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 2016.2.5.1-4208.

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.