Postdoc in rhizosphere ecology (OE147)

Postdoc in rhizosphere ecology (OE147)

Place of work: Uppsala, Sweden
Form of employment: Employment as a postdoc. The position is limited to 2 year.
Extent: 100%
Starting date:According to agreement.

Department of Soil and Environment
A position as a postdoc 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. The Department of Soil and Environment pursues research, education and environmental assessment 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.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join and develop our research on rhizosphere ecology. Your task will be: i) to characterize litter inputs and rhizodeposition in diversified Salix plantations, (ii) evaluate their impact on organic matter dynamics in soils, (iii) develop a bioenergetics-based soil organic matter model in collaboration with other researchers and (iv) based on a literature survey, scrutinize current methods relevant for the proposed research topic. The position is linked to several ongoing projects but there is a clear scope for developing your own research ideas in cooperation with your mentor and other scientist at SLU.

A PhD in a topic that is relevant for the position is required. The candidate should have documented expertise in soil biogeochemistry or microbial ecology focusing on plant-soil interactions and/or organic matter dynamics in soils. Previous experience of research on rhizosphere processes at small spatial scales (mm and less) is a merit. The applicant should have a documented capability to carry out independent research and skills in writing scientific publications. Excellent English communication skills are expected. Postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, and we therefore are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.

We welcome your application no later than 2018-08-27, use the button below.
Specific documents attached:
Applications must be written in English and contain (1) CV with full publication list, (2) copies of the two most important publications, (3) a description of past research , current research interests, and a description of the research you want to develop further (max 3 A4 pages), and (4) proof of PhD exam. The names and contact information for at least two referee persons should be provided.

Academic union representatives:
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.

Contact person
Anke Herrmann - Associate Professor (
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