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The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University,
Sweden, invites applicants for a PhD position in ecology, with focus on plant-
soil-microbe interactions in arctic ecosystems. The position is one of three
PhD positions within a project on seasonal dynamics of plant-soil-microbe
interactions in arctic ecosystems from molecular to landscape scales, based at
the Climate Impacts Research Centre in Abisko and Umeå University, Sweden.
Start date will be according to agreement. Application deadline is February
The position is part of a large interdisciplinary project funded by the
Wallenberg Foundation and running 2021-2026
(https: // kaw.wallenberg.org/en/research/winter-studies-arctic-yield-new-
insights-greenhouse-gas-emissions). The project aims to understand and
quantify how processes during the arctic winter may be decisive for overall
feedbacks from arctic tundra to the global climate. Arctic ecosystems store
large amounts of organic carbon in plants and soil. Uptake of carbon by arctic
plants is strongly limited by their access to nutrients, especially nitrogen,
due to competition by microbes. Year-round carbon and nitrogen balances thus
depend on the seasonality of the activities of plant and microbial
communities, and their synchronization. In the Arctic, climate change is
especially pronounced during autumn, winter and spring, which may cause
asynchronies of these processes, leading to increased carbon and nitrogen
losses and positive climate feedbacks. This large interdisciplinary project
will advance basic knowledge of synchronies in plant and microbial activities
during the cold season. The project will further assess the environmental
drivers and community traits that may be used to up-scale and predict effects
of asynchronies on year-round carbon and nitrogen balances of tundra.
We are now inviting applicants for a PhD-position within the above project.
The holder of the position will investigate the year-round seasonal
(a)synchronies of plant and microbial activities in the rooting zone
(rhizosphere) and how these change with altered winter, spring and autumn
climate or across different vegetation types.
The project will benefit from ongoing collaborations between plant ecologists
at Umeå University and fungal and microbial ecologists at SLU in Uppsala, and
will use techniques from plant ecology, soil molecular microbiology,
biogeochemistry (including isotope-based techniques), and up-scaling based
on drone technology and satellite imaging. The project will involve a research
team of about eleven senior and postdoctoral scientists, four PhD students and
two technical staff. Most of the experimental work will be based in the
subarctic/alpine tundra and at the research facilities of the Climate Impacts
Research Centre and the Abisko Scientific Research Station in northern Sweden.
The position will be based in Abisko, Kiruna municipality, with courses and
administration in Umeå.
The position is financed by Umeå University. The supervisors will be Dr. Ellen
Dorrepaal and Professor Johan Olofsson.
To be admitted for studies at third-cycle level the applicant is required
to have completed a second cycle level degree, or completed course
requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are at
second-cycle level, or have an equivalent education from abroad, or equivalent
To fulfil the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third-
cycle level within the subject of ecology, the applicant is required to have
completed courses within a first-cycle subject relevant to ecology comprising
at least 120 credits. At least one course at second-cycle level in a subject
that is central to the doctoral student's planned specialization shall have
been completed, as well an independent piece of work (degree project) with
relevant specialization of at least 15 credits.
The recruitment procedure for the position is in accordance with the Higher
Education Ordinance (Högskoleförordningen Chapter 5 and 7). The requirements
should be met at the time of acceptance to doctoral studies.
We are looking for a person with field experience and interest in plant-soil-
microbe interactions in arctic ecosystems, and an academic background in
Ecology, Physical geography or similar field. Additional requirements are good
knowledge of techniques used to investigate plant-soil-microbe interactions
and demonstrated experience of ecological fieldwork. The successful applicant
should further have good ability to write and speak in English, creativity,
power of initiative, independence, good interpersonal skills and ability to
collaborate. Strong merits are knowledge of arctic terrestrial ecosystems,
plants and soil microbes, experience in the use of molecular microbial
techniques, stable isotope techniques, bioinformatics and statistics,
experience with outdoor activities under arctic winter conditions, and a
driving license for cars.
Evaluations will be based on the application, references, and interviews.
Terms of employment
The employment is expected to result in a doctoral degree and the main
assignment for the doctoral student is thus to be part of the research
education, which includes participation in the described research project but
also to take relevant courses. Teaching and other departmental work (up to a
maximum of 20%) can be included. The employment is limited to four years at
full time or up to five years if teaching and other departmental work is
performed. The salary is fixed according to the established salary level for
How to apply
You apply through our recruitment system on xxx at the latest. The
application, written in English or Swedish, should include:
A short (max 2 pages) description of why you are interested in and suitable for the position
Certified copies of degrees and certificates from higher education
List of completed university courses and the grades
Copy of degree thesis and possibly other scientific publications
Names and contact information of three reference persons
The documents should be in MS Word or PDF-format.
If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Ellen
Dorrepaal, firstname.lastname@example.org or Johan Olofsson, email@example.com
The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (EMG) is both a research
and teaching department situated within the Umeå University campus. The
department has approximately 120 staff members, of which 24 are PhD students.
For more information, visit https: // www. umu.se/en/department-of-ecology-and-
environmental-science/about-the-department/. The Climate Impacts Research
Centre (CIRC) is part of the Department and undertakes research in how
climate and environmental changes affect the ecosystems of the north. Part of
the staff of CIRC is stationed year-round in Abisko, Kiruna municipality. For
further information, see www. arcticcirc.net.
Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue
between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation
for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different
backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment.
We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
County Norrbottens län
Reference number AN 2.2.1-38-22
SACO, 090-786 53 65
SEKO, 090-786 52 96
ST, 090-786 54 31
Last application date 14.Feb.2022 11:59 PM CET
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