Postdoc Position in Soil Biogeochemistry

The group Biogeochemistry of Forest Soils in the Department of Soil and Environment at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is looking for a postdoc to explore the C:N:P:S stoichiometry of organic matter in soils of the Swedish Forest Soil Inventory and several long-term field experiments. The results of this work will be important for a better understanding of soil organic matter stabilization and storage in soils.


The postdoc will explore the factors that control the C:N:P:S stoichiometry of soil organic matter. For this purpose, she/he will quantify the organic matter C:N:P:S ratio in soils of the Swedish Forest Soil Inventory and several long-term experiments. In addition, she/he will use fractionation techniques to investigate specifically the C:N:P:S ratio of the mineral-associated soil organic matter fractions. Organic matter of selected samples can be further analyzed using NMR. The results of the soil chemical analyses will be statistically analyzed together with additional data on climate, soil chemical properties and vegetation that are already available.


  • PhD in Soil Science or similar (ideally received within the last three years).
  • Experience in soil chemical analyses
  • High proficiency in statistical analyses
  • Ability to conduct soil chemical and statistical analyses independently
  • Very good writing skills
  • Capability to cooperate and work in a team
  • High level of enthusiasm about soil research
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Driver license B is desirable

Place of work: Uppsala
Form of employment: Fixed-term position for two years
Starting date: Subject to negotiation, as soon as possible


The application shall contain:

  • A Letter of Motivation, describing the applicant's previous academic and professional experience and motivation in relation to the project
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of Publications
  • Copy of degree incl. transcript of academic records
  • Names and contact details of two reference persons (preferably former supervisors)

We welcome your application no later than March 14, 2021.

All applications must be submitted online: Contact: Dr. Marie Spohn ( Professor Biogeochemistry of Forest Soils

posted: 05 February 2021    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.