Postdoc in soil biogeochemistry with a focus on stable isotopes

The Department of Soil & Environment is a leading center for soil science, nationally and internationally. We conduct research, environmental monitoring & assessment and higher education for sustainable soil management in agricultural, forest and urban environments. Outcomes are aligned to and contribute towards national and international strategies on food security, environmental protection and climate reporting as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The majority of the department's activities is located in the Soil-Water-Environment center at the SLU Ultuna campus in Uppsala with one research group situated in Skara.


The group Biogeochemistry of Forest Soils in the Department of Soil and Environment is looking for a postdoc to explore the decomposition and turnover of organic phosphorus in soils of different ecosystems. The position is part of the ERC project PHOSCYCLE. The purpose of the project is to answer long-standing questions about the fate of organic phosphorus compounds in soils. The postdoc will use the stable isotope signature of carbon to explore the turnover of different organic phosphorus compounds in soils. He/she will conduct method development and apply the developed methods to study dynamics of organic phosphorus in soils. The postdoc will work with soils from long-term experiments and monitoring sites under different types of land-use on different continents (that have already been collected). The postdoc will be part of a team of scientists that works together on closely related questions about dynamics of organic carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus in soils.


We are looking for candidates with a PhD in biogeochemistry, environmental chemistry, soil science or similar, ideally received within the last three years. Experience using stable isotopes and with substance-specific isotope analysis is highly desirable as well as experience using GC-IRMS. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate proficiency in statistical analyses and have a high proficiency in spoken and written English including very good scientific writing skills.

Place of work: Uppsala
Form of employment: Temporary employment, 24 months with possible extension.
Extent: 100%
Starting date: As soon as possible or according to agreement.


Applications must be submitted through this website until 2022-06-23

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

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.

Contact person

Marie Spohn
Professor in Biogeochemistry of Forest Soils

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