Post-doc in Plant Nutrition

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

Post-doc in Plant Nutrition

Micronutrients and trace elements in agricultural systems

Department of Soil and Environment
A post-doc position in Plant Nutrition 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. Plant nutrition is a central research area at the department for efficient use of plant nutrients, control of crop quality, and development of environmentally friendly and sustainable agriculture.

Duties: The holder of this post-doc position will work with micronutrients and trace elements in agricultural systems. Increasing current knowledge of how to utilise existing and added micronutrients optimally is of the utmost importance. The emphasis in the work will be on interactions between soil and crop. The research will focus on how different fertilisation regimes, crop residue management and soil properties affect crop composition and utilisation of micronutrients and trace elements. The department has access to databases on a number of long-term field trials and a monitoring programme for soils and crops. Soil and crop samples from these activities are archived. The work will involve e.g. finding solutions for increasing selenium in crops and determining how cadmium uptake is affected by split N fertilisation and how restricted root growth in subsoils affects the content of micronutrients in crops, but there are opportunities for the post-doc’s own research.

Qualifications: The applicant should hold a PhD in plant nutrition or equivalent and have good knowledge of how micronutrients function in agricultural systems. Experience of field and pot experiments and work in the laboratory is required. A developed network within the research area will count as a merit. Contrasting aims concerning production, crop quality and the environment presupposes knowledge about Swedish agriculture and the ability to prioritise possible practical solutions. 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 2016.2.5.1-4210.

 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.