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About The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) works with nature and the environment, sustainable use of natural resources, biological and geological processes.
MINA’s employees undertake teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, hydrology and limnology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, and nature-based tourism.
Our vision is to be a key actor in knowledge production and dissemination, and our goal is to deliver research of high, international quality, and varied and excellent teaching. The faculty’s employees are significant participants within their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally. The faculty is dominated by a vital research culture and high levels of scientific production.
The faculty has about 200 employees, 90 PhD students and 650 students.
Are you interested in how soil carbon sequestration and storage can mitigate climate change without causing extra greenhouse gas emissions?
About the position
Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3- year PhD position within soil microbiology and GHG emissions.
We are looking for a PhD candidate to study the biophysical mechanisms involved in soil carbon sequestration and assess interactions with the turnover of non-CO2 greenhouse gases. The PhD position will be part of an international team of the European Joint Programming (EJP) - Soil project “TRUESOIL: True SOC sequestration: understanding trade-offs and dynamic interactions between SOC stocks and GHG emissions for climate-smart agrisoil management”.
This PhD position will improve our mechanistic understanding of soil carbon stabilization and vulnerability under different pedoclimatic conditions. The work will be based on both field flux measurements and laboratory experiments. Familiarity with modern methods of soil biology, particularly use of stable isotopes will be an advantage. Travels to partner labs/sites may occur.
The applicant is made aware that an application for a PhD position at NMBU is at the same time an application for admission to a PhD programme at the institution. Necessary documents ensuring that the admission requirements met must be uploaded as an attachment.
Measure GHG emissions and ancillary variables in field experiments testing management practices targeted to increase soil C sequestration in Norway
Study the partitioning of isotopically labelled plant litter in selected soils of the TRUESOIL consortium
Determine microbial carbon use efficiency and exoenzyme stoichiometry in selected soils
Extract DNA and prepare samples for shipping and sequencing
Host and collaborate with PhD students from other TRUESOIL partners
Communicate and disseminate results to the TRUESOIL consortium, EJP-Soil and the wider public
Publish peer reviewed articles
The successful candidate will work with a supervisory team to develop a more detailed PhD plan during the first 4 months of the project, including a progress plan towards a PhD degree within the scholarship period.
The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master's degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.
The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.
Required academic qualifications
Master’s degree within a relevant scientific field, such as biology, soil science, environmental sciences, preferably obtained within the last 5 years
Documented experience with soil biological methods
The following experiences and skills will be emphasized
Participation in and organisation of experimental work
Strong academic capacity and analytical skills
Experience with using stable isotopes in soil studies
Proficiency in written and oral English
Driving license class “B”
In addition, you need to:
have an inquisitive nature and desire to work with complex environmental questions in Global Change biology
have enthusiasm for research, be motivated to learn new techniques and show ability to work independently while being an active member of a research team
be capable to work structured, accurate and independent
have good interpersonal and communication skills
Norwegian/Scandinavian language skills are considered an advantage
Remuneration and further information
The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD Fellow. PhD Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 501 200,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.
Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.
To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.
Application deadline: 15.10.2022
In the application, the candidate must confirm that information and documentation (in the form of attachments) submitted via the job application can also be used by NMBU in a possible admission process.
Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present original diplomas and certificates.
The following documents must be attached to the application:
Motivation letter (maximum 1 page)
Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates. (i.e. Di-ploma, transcript. Diploma supplement for both bachelor and master). Diplomas, transcripts and diploma supplements that are not in Norwegian or English must be uploaded in the original lan-guage. An English translation of these documents must also be at-tached.
Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement, or a similar document, which describes in detail the study program and grading system.
Documentation of proficiency in written and oral English
Names and contact details for two references
Additional relevant documentation of professional knowledge (for example, list of scientific works)