[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD and PostDoc; Plant and Soil Biogeochemistry

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Wed Sep 9 08:14:02 MDT 2015

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From: Juergen Schleucher <jurgen.schleucher at chem.umu.se>
Date: Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 6:56 AM

We are looking for a PhD student and a postdoc, for projects at the
interface of plant and soil biogeochemistry, including development of new
isotopomer methods for estimating biogeochemical fluxes on centennial
timescales, a key unknown in Earth System Models. The successful candidates
will work in a collaboration environment between soil sciences, tree
physiology and biophysics.
Project and Tasks: The goal is to understand biogeochemical fluxes from the
leaf level to soil organic matter. We will use experiments under controlled
conditions, field sites and paleo archives to identify isotopomer signals
of key ecosystem processes. Isotopomers describe the abundance of stable
heavy isotopes in defined intramolecular groups of a metabolite, and have
fundamental advantages as direct reporters of metabolic regulation.
Scientific Surroundings include the Swedish University of Agricultural
Sciences (SLU, http://www.slu.se/en/departments/forest-ecology-management/)
and the KBC centre at Umeå University (www.kbc.umu.se), Umeå, Northern
Sweden. The soil science crators have long lasting experience in boreal
soil biogeochemistry  with a focus on carbon dynamics and access to state
of the art soil science lab and numerous long-term field manipulation
experiments. KBC is equipped with state-of-the-art NMR spectrometers for
advanced characterization of plant and soil organic matter and isotopomer
We are looking for individuals who are excited by interdisciplinary work at
the interface between chemistry, physiology and biogeosciences.
Applications should contain a CV including academic degrees, the names and
contact information of two professional references, a list of scientific
publications, and a one-page letter describing your motivation for this
Position 1: PhD student position (4 years) with focus on tracing isotopomer
signals from leaf level to paleo archives. Requirements: A master’s
university degree in chemistry or a related field. Experience with NMR or
stable isotopes is a merit.
Position 2: Postdoc (2-year stipend) with focus on plant- and
tree-physiological experiments for identifying isotopomer signals.
Requirements: PhD in plant physiology or a related field.

For further information and application procedure please contact:
Professor Jürgen Schleucher, jurgen.schleucher at chem.umu.use,
Professor Mats Nilsson, Mats.B.Nilsson at slu.se
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