Post-doc positoin in Soil Carbon Turnover, Umeå University, Sweden

A post-doctoral position is available at the Department of Medical Biochemistry & Biophysics, Umeå University, Sweden. The project is a collaboration between NMR spectroscopy (Prof. Jürgen Schleucher) and soil sciences (Prof. Mats Nilsson, Assoc. Prof. Mats Öquist).

Project and Tasks: The postdoc will work on the biogeochemistry of soil organic matter. The goal is to develop new isotope methodology to understand origin, lifetimes and turnover of carbon compounds in soils (see e.g. PNAS 2010, 21046). Project questions: What carbon compounds accumulate in soil? Do these originate from recalcitrant plant remains, or from biomass of decomposing soil organisms? We are looking for a person with strong background in soil sciences and a keen interest on molecular aspects of soil organic chemistry. The successful candidate will independently carry out soil experiments, prepare and analyze soil organic matter samples.

Location: The postdoc’s location includes the Forestry faculty of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU, and the KBC centre at Umeå University ( The postdoc will have access to a state-of-the-art soil science lab, numerous long-term field manipulation experiments, and the topmodern “NMR for Life” facility (liquid- and solid-state NMR from 500-850 MHz). The surroundings provide ample possibilities for scientific interactions and career development.

Qualifications: The candidate must have a PhD in Soil Science, Soil Ecology, Chemistry, or a closely related subject, with demonstrated experience in experimental soil science. The candidate must be able to work independently in an English-speaking environment. Experience with NMR spectroscopy is a merit.

For further information please contact:
Professor Jürgen Schleucher,
Professor Mats Nilsson,
Associate Professor Mats Öquist,

To Apply: The position is a tax-free stipend for 1 year with possibility for extension. Applications should include a CV, degree certificate, a publication list, a 1-2 page letter describing your motivation for this position, and names and contact information of two professional references. For full consideration, please send applications to <>

Deadline: June 23, 2013

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