The Soil Biology Group at Wageningen University and Research is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join their team and investigate the effects of agroforestry management on soil carbon cycling and its sensitivity to climate warming and drought.
Agroforestry has emerged as a potential adaptation strategy for farms against climate change. It is often argued that increasing soil carbon improves nutrient cycling and promotes soil biodiversity. However, large disparities between sites and conditions can be observed in the literature, and the mechanisms supporting all the potential benefits of agroforestry remain poorly understood and rarely thoroughly investigated.
This project aims to improve people’s understanding of the effects of agroforestry management on soil carbon cycling and its sensitivity to climate warming and drought.
The successful candidate will:
- Contribute to designing a coherent set of field and laboratory experiments addressing the main objective;
- Collect, manage and analyze the data;
- Coordinate communication with the farmers for site access and logistics;
- Write high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific articles in reputable journals.
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The position offers:
- a competitive gross salary of between €2.960 and €4.670 for a full-time working week of 38 hours;
- study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
- working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
- the option to accrue additional compensation/holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
- there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
- a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
- excellent pension scheme.
The ideal candidate for the Postdoctoral Researcher in Soil Science and Agroforestry must possess:
- Strong statistical analytical skills and proficiency with the R software
- Strong theoretical understanding of soil carbon and nutrient dynamics in relation to land use and farm management practices, soil microbes and to plants
- Ability and eagerness to work independently and as part of a team
- Ability and eagerness to work both in the field and in the laboratory
- Hands-on experience in soil sampling and analyses, preferably including root sampling and analyses
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
- Oral proficiency in French is a bonus (as at least some of the field work will be conducted in France)
Interested applicants should submit the following documents:
- Letter of motivation
- Curriculum Vitae
To apply for the Postdoctoral researcher position in Soil Science and Agroforestry, click here.
Deadline: September 04, 2023.
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