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Biogeochemistry, Postdoc Job in UCPH, Denmark – Processor forms in soils

University of Copenhagen (UCPH)


Soil Fertility group at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen recruits Postdoc Job in  PROCESSOR – Phosphorus recycling from complex scarcely soluble societal resources – letting the soil do the work, Denmark – Oct 2021.

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jan 15, 2022
Contract Period: 28 months
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Soil Fertility group
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Copenhagen K,

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Qualification Details

The candidate should possess the following qualifications

  1. A Ph.D. and background as an environmental scientist or equivalent
  2. Good understanding of Phosphorus geochemistry/biogeochemistry
  3. Practical experience with solid state methodologies – e.g. XRD, XANES, SEM-EDX, 31P MAS SS NMR to characterize mineral P forms and e.g. 31P liquid state NMR to characterize organic P forms.
  4. Practical experience with wet chemical analyses of phosphorus in soils and residues
  5. Good interpersonal skills
  6. Excellence in writing and speaking English

Responsibilities/Job Description

The work of the postdoc project will be mainly centered on characterization of soils and P-containing products with solid state methodologies, supplemented with analyses of P availability with isotope exchange kinetics or ion sink assays, and complemented by routine wet chemical methods. The work on P speciation in soils and societal P resources will be supplemented by another post doc working on long-term phosphate dynamics in soil.

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Documents Required

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers.

About the Project

Recycling of societal resources of phosphorus (P) defined as sewage sludge, meat and bone meal and their corresponding ashes is an essential step towards a circular green economy. We propose that the resources can be used ‘as they are’, since potentially toxic element (PTE) content in sewage sludge (and their ashes) have decreased in many European countries, in some cases close to background levels, while other contaminants in sewage sludge in several countries are of low concern. Bonemeal has a very low content of PTE’s.

However, the longer-term phosphorus fertilizer value of these resources and their intricate interactions with a suite of soil characteristics is very sparsely understood. In this project, we will for the first time address this issue across a range of agronomically important European soils, using relevant complex societal resources. By doing so, we will be able to formulate a strategy for efficient use of these resources in Europe to decrease the import of phosphate, which has been identified by the EU as non-substitutable and of high economic importance.

About the Employer: University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

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Interviews will be held in October-November.

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Contact details

Inquiries about the position can be made to Jakob Magid (

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