Ph.D. Scholarship in soil physics and greenhouse gas emissions is available for master’s degree candidates in Soil Science, Agricultural Science at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norway Mar 2022
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No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: Agricultural Sciences, Environmental Science, Soil Science
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: NOK 491.200/ year
Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
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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 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 or comparable degree in a relevant scientific field such as soil science, soil biology, environmental or agricultural sciences or closely related subjects. Preferably obtained within the last 5 years
- Experience with soil physical, biological and/or chemical methods
The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:
- Expertise and interest in plant-soil interactions
- Agronomic expertise
- Experience with field work and experiments
- Strong academic capacity and analytical skills
- Norwegian/Scandinavian language skills
- Driver’s licence
In addition, you need to:
have an inquisitive nature and desire to work with complex environmental questions
have enthusiasm for research, be motivated to learn new things 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
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 sciences focusing on soil health and functioning after moving and reestablishing productive soils.
The PhD position is part of the recently funded project «Green Move - Sustainable Movement and Restoration of Natural and Productive soils in important infrastructure projects». The project aims to develop scientifically sound methods to re-establish productive soils in new locations under boreal climate (www.ntnu.edu/greenmove). Appropriate field experiments will be established at NMBU’s experimental farm and at locations in the Trondheim area. The PhD position will focus on soil hydraulic and biological functions that convey soil health and fertility.
In total, the Green Move-project will employ five PhD students, whereof two will be employed at NMBU and three at NTNU. The PhD student is expected to collaborate closely with this interdisciplinary team of PhD students, as well as researchers within and beyond the Green Move project and to communicate findings within the project and to international audiences through national and international conferences and scientific publications.
The applicant is made aware off 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. The documentation that is necessary to ensure that the admission requirements are met must be uploaded as an attachment.
- Design and oversee field experiments with re-established soils
- Study the interaction of soil physical and biological processes with focus on soil pore space development
- Investigate the effect of moving and re-establishing soils on crop yields, soil physical properties, GHG emissions and soil carbon storage
- Evaluate appropriate soil health indicators for re-established soils
- Study selected agronomic management practices for their potential to ameliorate re-established soils
- 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.
How to Apply?
Application Method: Online Application
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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.
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)
- Complete CV
- 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)
About the Department/Section/Group
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.
Note or Other details
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 491.200,-) 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.
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For further information, please contact Associate professor Susanne Eich-Greatorex, E-mail: [email protected]; phone +47 672 31 837 or Professor Peter Dörsch, E-mail: [email protected]; phone +47 672 31 836
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