Postdoc in soil biogeochemistry with a focus on non-stable isotope analysis

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 decomposition and sorption of phosphorus- and nitrogen-containing organic matter in soils. 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 conduct experiments with 14C-labeled compounds to explore fate and persistence of the compounds in soils. He/She will work with soils with contrasting properties from different ecosystems. The postdoc will be part of a team of scientists that works together on closely related questions about turnover and decomposition 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 non-stable isotopes and beta-scintillation counting is highly desirable. 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.


All 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

posted: 30 May 2022    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.