[ES_JOBS_NET] 2 PhD positions in soil chemistry (Sweden)

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Wed Feb 27 13:04:31 MST 2013

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PhD positions in soil chemistry/biogeochemistry

We are looking for two highly motivated Ph.D. students (4-year
positions) for a collaboration project between Umeå University (UMU)
and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
The main objective of the research is to identify the environmental
controls of carbon transformation at low temperatures and in frozen
soils in both seasonally frozen soils systems and permafrost.

Position 1 will be based at SLU, and the PhD-student will work on
“Microbial activity and carbon mineralization in frozen soils”. This
work will include studies of metabolic rates and substrate utilization
of the soil microbial population and field work on soil-atmosphere
trace gas exchange. Applicants should hold at least a BSc in Soil
Science, Ecology, Biology, or comparable. Documented experience from
scientific work on (soil) microbiology, biogeochemistry and NMR
spectroscopy is a merit. For more information and details on how to
apply visit “http://www.slu.se/en/education/postgraduate-studies/new-phd-student/”
(Dnr. SLU ua 803/2013) For additional information contact
Mats.Oquist at slu.se...

Position 2 will be based at UMU, and the PhD student will work on “NMR
spectroscopy for soil carbon turnover”. This work will involve the
application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to characterize soil
properties and of turnover of individual soil constituents. For more
information, contact jurgen.schleucher at chem.umu.se Applications for
this position should be sent to jobb at umu.se, marked “dnr 313-116-13”.
Applicants should hold or receive in the near future a Master degree
in chemistry, biochemistry, or equivalent. Documented experience in
organic synthesis or NMR is of advantage.

Deadline for applications is March 10, 2013 and search will continue
until positions are filled. The application should be in English and
should include a cover letter describing your motivation for this
position, CV including a list of university courses with grades, a
copy of your graduate work, and names and addresses of two persons
willing to act as references.

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