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Postdoc Job in Mercury Biogeochemistry – SLU, Sweden

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)


A post-doctoral scholarship in mercury (Hg) biogeochemistry is announced at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå, Sweden – Oct 2021.

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: -
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of Forest Ecology and Management
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

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Qualification Details

Successful candidates will have a PhD in (bio)geochemistry, preferably with a focus on Hg, or in closely related fields.  Demonstrated experience in applying synchrotron based spectroscopy (e.g. XAS), stable Hg isotope methods, other relevant analytical techniques, as well as chemical speciation modelling to environmental samples are considered meritorious. We also demand a documented capability of autonomous scientific research work and skills in writing scientific publications and reports in English. In addition, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to participate in other ongoing research projects within the collaborating research groups. Very good command of the English language, both written and spoken, is required.

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is a maximum of three years at the end of the application period.

Responsibilities/Job Description

According to the lab interest

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page or from advertisement webpage (URL below)

Reference Number: -SLU.ua.2021.2.5.1-3180
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Documents Required

Your application should contain: (1) a cover letter summarizing your research accomplishments and how you could contribute to the research project, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) publication list, (4) transcripts of relevant degree certificates and publications, and (5) names and contact details of 2-3 references.

About the Department

The department includes 100 people of which about 10 are professors. Our mission is to advance the understanding of forest ecosystem processes and to progress the principles of forest ecosystem management. For more information: http://www.slu.se/en/departments/forest-ecology-management/.The scholarship is funded by the Kempe foundations and the research conducted is a part of a larger project funded by the Swedish EPA studying the effect of peatland drainage and rewetting on greenhouse gas formation and Hg transformation processes. The post-doctor will study in Hg biogeochemistry in a team of one other post-doctor funded by the Kempe foundations (and with a focus on greenhouse gas emission from peatlands), and a PhD student with an orientation against both greenhouses and Hg.

Mercury is a globally spread pollutant having severe negative consequences on wildlife and human populations. Most importantly are biogeochemical processes that transforms inorganic Hg to the most toxic and bioavailable form of Hg: methylmercury (MeHg). This transformation process takes place in lake sediments and water saturated soils, such as peatlands, by the action of anaerobic microorganisms. Another important biogeochemical process is the transformation of Hg to the gaseous form of elemental Hg (Hg0). Also this process takes place in peatlands. Despite recent research advancements, there is an uncertainty to what extent drainage and rewetting of peatlands result in an increase or decrease in MeHg and Hg0 formation.

The overarching goal of the research conducted by the post-doctor would be to identify and quantify environmental and biogeochemical factors in control of the formation of MeHg and Hg0 during drainage and rewetting of peatlands, represented by the most common types of such environments in Sweden.

About the Employer: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

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Contact details

Ulf Skyllberg


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