PhD positions in soil chemistry/biogeochemistry

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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 “” (Dnr. SLU ua 803/2013) For additional information contact Mats Oquist.

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 Jürgen Schleucher Applications for this position should be sent here, 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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