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Phd student, Soil science - Biogeochemistry of forest soils

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  • Anställning

    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

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    Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön

  • Publicerad

    21 augusti

  • Sök jobbet senast

    30 september

Om jobbet

Department of Soil and Environment
A PhD position in Soil Science is vacant at the Department of Soil and Environment at SLU. The department carries out teaching and research on chemical, physical and biological properties and processes in soil, aiming for a sustainable soil management.

Market driven afforestation – trajectories in social resilience and environmental sustainability under land-use intensification
Emerging markets are becoming an important driver for future land-use change in SSA. The PhD student will be part of a multi-disciplinary research team that will study how a rapid, market driven land-use change from agriculture to forestry currently occurring in the Amhara region in Ethiopia affects social resilience and environmental sustainability at landscape level. Trajectories in agricultural production, hydrology, carbon sequestration in soil and biomass and soil fertility will be the main focus of the research. Qualitative and quantitative participatory methods, spatial biogeochemical measurements and modelling is used to establish current trajectories and test our hypotheses. A substantial amount of fieldwork in Ethiopia is envisaged


The applicant should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in environmental science, earth sciences, soil science, agronomy or forestry. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a strong interest in soil science in relation to agriculture and forestry in low-income countries. The applicant should have knowledge in soil chemistry and soil biology, GIS, hydrology, agronomy/forestry and rural development in low-income countries. A proven good ability to communicate in written and spoken English is required. Experience in participatory methods, proficiency in amharic, and experience of scientific publication counts as merits. Personal qualities such as the ability to communicate and collaborate as well as ability to analyse and to work independently is considered important.

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Forms for funding or employment:

Employment (4 years)

Starting date:

According to agreement.


We welcome your application no later than 2019-09-30, use the button below.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photography.

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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.