Two Ph.D. position about the occurrence and fate of micro- and
nanoplastics in arable soils
The Soil Science Group of the Institute of Geography, University of Bern,
Switzerland, is inviting applications for two Ph.D. position about the
occurrence and fate of micro- and nanoplastics in arable soils.
Significant amounts of plastics end up in agricultural soils by littering,
sewage sludge and compost application, the use of plastic foils, irrigation
with contaminated water, atmospheric deposition and many other sources. The
plastics might be already in the micro- or nano size range or disintegrate to
small plastic items like microplastics (MP) or nanoplastics (NP). These MP
and NP are known to have negative effects on organisms and soil properties and
might affect soil ecology and fertility.
PhD position one will work 1) about the analysis of MP in soils, 2) the
effects of MP on soil chemical properties and 3) the transport of MP in
PhD position two will work on 1) the analysis of NP in soils, 2) the uptake
of NP into plants and 3) the degredation of MP and NP in soils.
The successful candidates will have a Master in Geography, Geology, Chemistry,
Environmental Sciences or similar disciplines. Experience in field sampling,
in lab work and in using analytical instruments is required. Specific
experience with method development, MP/NP research, research about nano
particles, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy, py-GCMS or STXM is an asset. The
successful candidate will have good English writing and communication skills.
The salary is according to SNF guidelines, with funding guaranteed for 4 years
starting from 01.09.2021 or later. Please send a single PDF including a letter
of motivation, a complete CV and the names and Email of two referees to
email@example.com until 04.08.2021.
For further information, please contact Dr. Moritz Bigalke,