Phd student, Soil sciences - Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet - Administratörsjobb (offentlig verksamhet) i Umeå
Phd student, Soil sciences
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Department of Forest Ecology and Management (unit within SLU)
The department has 79 employees of which 12 are professors. Our mission is to advance the understanding of forest ecosystem processes and to progress the principles of forest ecosystem management.For more information,

Name of research project/thesis
How is soil organic matter formed?

A new Ph.D. studentship position is available with the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, in Umeå, Sweden. The large pool of carbon stored as soil organic matter in soils of high-latitude ecosystems contains more organic C than all global vegetation and the atmosphere combined. This makes formation and decomposition of SOM an important feature of the global carbon balance. The extensive distribution of boreal forest soils in the northern hemisphere are particularly important.The aim of the PhD-project is to investigate how decomposition of different types of plant material influences the formation of soil organic matter and its accumulation in boreal forest soils. The decomposition of the plant material will be followed using multi-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (2D & 3D NMR) identifying exactly what molecular moieties in the organic matter that are decomposed over time and which constituents that remain. As it is the activity of soil microorganisms that drive decomposition application of16S rRNA tracking and in depth metagenome characterization will give inferences about the metabolic capabilities of the active microorganisms. The information derived from this detailed analysis will finally allow to systematically test the multi decadal-old hypothesis that currently shape our view of saprotrophic decomposition of plant litter in boreal soils at early stages of soil organic matter formation.

The applicant should have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in environmental science, ecology, environmental chemistry, soil science, or similar. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a strong interest in biogeochemistry or molecular biology. Personal qualities such as dedication and ability to collaborate are of high importance. The applicant should have the ability to work both independently and in a team. A proven ability to communicate excellently in written and spoken English is essential. Experience in laboratory work involving molecular biology and/or NMR spectroscopy are meriting.

Place of work:

Forms for funding or employment:
Employment as a PhD student, four years education

Starting date:
According to agreement.

We welcome your application no later than 2018-12-07, use the button below.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dessertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your apssport with your personal data and phograghy.

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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.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

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Mats Öquist, Researcher

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
SLU, Skogens ekologi och skötsel
90183 Umeå

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