Post-doc position in Water Quality Management

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

Post-doc position in Water Quality Management

Management of soil phosphorus for increased utilisation and reduced losses

Department of Soil and Environment
A post-doc position in Water Quality Management 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. Water quality management is an important research topic at the department, with many active staff. It covers a great variety of aspects related to transport and transformation of nutrients and pesticides in soils, surface waters and groundwater. Eutrophication of natural waters is considered to be one of the most serious environmental problems today. Development of efficient mitigation strategies to reduce non-point source losses from agricultural soils is therefore crucial, which requires knowledge about governing processes and the influence of cropping practices and climate. Much of the research carried out within water quality management during recent years has focused on issues related to phosphorus (P). Long-term field leaching studies in Sweden have shown that legacy P is often more important for P leaching than single fertiliser applications at moderate rates. Therefore, research on efficient utilisation of the major P pool in soil is important, and central in this post-doc position.

Duties: The work will include evaluation of long-term crop, soil and field leaching data, with the focus on the effect of cropping systems, soil properties and climate conditions on P availability, mobility and transport to tile drains. Statistical methods and/or soil modelling can be used. A specific research topic will be to examine how crop traits affect P utilisation and P availability. This may include the need for additional research applications in order to perform specific studies in e.g. pot experiments, and studies of how different soil P fractions are affected by cash crops, cover crops or green manure crops.

Qualifications: The applicant should hold a PhD in soil science, crop science or equivalent, and be experienced and interested in evaluation of data from field research. Knowledge of statistical methods for evaluation of different types of field datasets and time series will count as a merit, as will experience of development and use of mechanistic soil models. Experience in chemical methods for soil and plant analysis is advantageous. 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 2016.2.5.1-4212.

 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: The application 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.