PhD Position Aarhus University Denmark

PhD position in Agroecology – Soil Compaction Recovery – Aarhus, Denmark, 2022


Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Agroecology programme. The position is available from 1 September 2022 or later.

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: According to standard norms

Graduate School of Technical Sciences

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark


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Qualification Details

The candidate should have a Master’s degree in soil science, agronomy, natural resource management or any relevant field of study. Experience in field and laboratory work, and basic knowledge in soil compaction will be an advantage. The candidate should have good command of oral and written English, be able to write scientific publications, independent, and should be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary international academic environment.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Across Europe, about 25% of agricultural soils are affected by traffic-induced soil compaction. As compaction deforms soil structure and alters pore morphology, it has undesirable effects on water storage and transport, soil aeration, root growth, contaminant leaching, nutrient availability and habitation for soil organisms. These changes negatively affect food production, soil biodiversity, and other ecosystem services such as, regulation of climate, and water provision and purification% of arable soils in Europe, with detrimental impacts on food production and other soil ecosystem services.

The natural recovery of compacted soils is often studied using the reductionist approach whereby studies consider only a few soil or crop variables. The RESCUE project aims to generate a thorough understanding of the processes of natural recovery of soil ecosystem services after compaction, by revealing the contribution of each recovery mechanism and interactions between the mechanisms. To do this, the project will utilize long-term compaction trials in seven European countries across different pedoclimatic zones. The field trials will provide the platform to i) elucidate factors governing recovery rates (climate, soil type, vegetation, and time), and ii) design manipulation experiments to actively accelerate recovery rates after compaction. Knowledge obtained will help develop site-specific management strategies to accelerate recovery.

The PhD project will be an integral part of the RESCUE project funded under the Sapere Aude Research Leader of the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

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How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.
  • Shortlisting will be used, which means that the evaluation committee only will evaluate the most relevant applications.

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Contact details

Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Mathieu Lamandé, [email protected] or Emmanuel Arthur, [email protected]

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