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Postdoc in Mercury accumulation and evasion peatlands

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    28 oktober

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    23 november

Om jobbet

Department of Forest Ecology and Management
The department includes 90 people of about 10 are professors. Our mission is to advance the understanding of forest ecosystem processes and to progress the principles of forest ecosystem management. For more information,

Anthropogenic mercury (Hg) emissions to the atmosphere have increased the concentration of this potent neurotoxin in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The first annual Hg mass-balance for a boreal peatland that measured peat-atmosphere exchange revealed so much evasion of the Hg pollution legacy from the peat back to the atmosphere that the mire will have recovered in decades, rather than in centuries as previously assumed believed. Producing this mass balance was a methodological challenge, but explaining it presents a scientific challenge. The post-doc will work on how the direction of Hg exchange between peatlands and atmosphere is influence by atmospheric gaseous elemental mercury concentrations. The project will make use of historical peat archives of Hg concentration and isotopic composition.


The main tasks of the selected candidate are (1) to analyze Hg concentration and isotope composition in peat profiles (2) to explain patterns using peat composition, together with reconstructions of climate and atmospheric Hg concentration during the growth of the peat profile over previous millenia.


Applicants must have a doctorate in geochemistry, paleoecology, or a related subject. Documented experience and skills in working with peat profiles and mercury levels are required. Expertise and experience in climate reconstruction and or interpretation of Hg isotopes is a merit, as well as expertise and knowledge in biogeochemistry. You should speak and write fluent English, communicate well, and are easy to collaborate with. We attach great importance to personal qualities such as the ability to work both in groups and individually.

The position is intended for junior scientists and we are preferably looking for applicants that have received their PhD not later than three years ago.

Place of work:


Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 24 months



Starting date:

March 1 2020 or according to agreement


We welcome your application no later than 2019-11-23, use the button below.

The application should contain the following two items written in English: 1) a cover letter describing yourself, your motivation for applying for the position, and a short description of what you want to work on during the post doc position, and why; 2) a CV describing your education, publications, and relevant work experience; and 3) a list of names and contact information for three references. 4) PhD certificate.

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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.