Post-doctoral Position: Soil-crop Modelling in a Changing Climate

Post-doctoral Position: Soil-crop Modelling in a Changing Climate

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Uppsala, Sweden

The department of Soil and Environment is offering a post-doc position focusing on how weather extremes and between year variations in climate will affect crop-yields and nitrate leaching from arable land, in a changing climate.

Description:

The aim of this post-doc is to explore how betweeen year variations in climate and weather extremes affect yield-levels and nitrate leaching from arable land, based on modelling and data from selected fields and regions within the Swedish environmental monitoring & assessment program. The work indcludes statistical analysis of existing data, as well as processoriented water-carbon-nitrogen modelling. More specifically it will cover:

  • Statistical analysis of yields and nitrate-leaching in relation to land-use, agricultural management and variations in weather and climate including extreme weather episodes.
  • Parameterisation of a water-carbon-nitrogen model for simulations of crop-yields and nitrate leaching under present and future climatic conditions (for selected fields and regions).
  • Scenario-modelling based on regional climate scenarios provided by the Swedish Met Office (Rossby Centre).
  • There will also be possibilities to develop the work further towards finer spatial scales, in the direction of precision agriculture, e.g. exploring effects related to within field variations.

As a post-doc you are expected to take responsibility for developing the project during the post-doctoral period, as well as for scientific publication and communication of results. You will join a team experienced in process-oriented soil-vegetation modelling, which will also include a new PhD-student connected to the area. There is opportunity for further career-development by contributing to teaching and/or extension, based on agreement with the main supervisor.

The position is placed in the research group of Biogeophysics, Department of Soil and Environment:

The recruitment is part of a continued capacity building based on the participation in a recent EU-research network on the modelling of agroecosystems under climate change, MACSUR as well a several other national research projects related to climate change impacts on agricultural land.

Qualifications:

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field, e.g. system ecology, environmental sciences, soil or earth sciences, hydrology, biology or agronomy. Experience from ecosystem modelling and/or soil-crop modelling is required, as well as skills in statistical analysis and programming, e.g. Matlab or R. Experience and competence in using GIS is a merit. In addition emphasis will be put on proven ability to work independently as well as in a team, scientific publication, communication skills, motivation and interest for developing as a researcher. Candidates should have obtained their doctoral degree within the last five years (2015 or later).

Excellent communication skills in English (written and oral) are required.

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