Applicants are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Agroecology programme. The position is available from 01 January 2024 or later. Title: PhD in Quantifying and Modelling Carbon Sequestration and Stability in Soils based on land use and management

Research area and project description: Increasing carbon sequestration by soils through improved land management has been promoted as a tool for mitigating climate change. However it is unknown how different land use and management practices affect the amount of carbon sequestered by soils, how stable this carbon is to ensure long-term carbon removal from the atmosphere, and which management practices and climate change drivers pose the greatest risks to the sequestered carbon.

The aim of this PhD is to assess the extend of carbon sequestered and its stability under different land use and management practices, and to develop a framework for monitoring and reporting changes in soil organic carbon in dependence of land use. The study involves field experiments and data compilation from different sources to validate and refine process-based models.

These modelswill be used to quantify carbon sequestration potentials across different scales and predict the effect of changing climatic conditions on the long-term carbon removal. The ultimate aim is to identify best management options for maintaining or even increasing soil carbon stocks under climate change conditions.

Project description. For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. Please simply copy the project description above and upload it as a PDF in the application.

Qualifications and specific competences:

We are searching for a highly motivated candidate who has an M.Sc. degree in soil science, agronomy, environmental science, engineering, or technical and computing oriented sciences and who is highly motivated to learn and employ new methods for finding solutions to mitigate climate change impacts on agro-ecosystems and work independently. Proficiency in English is essential.

Further, we will prefer candidates with some of the following qualifications:

  • Good scientific and technical writing skills
  • Knowledge on soil organic matter dynamics
  • Experience in biophysical modelling
  • Experience in object-oriented programming
  • Experience in data-analysis using R / Python
  • Experience in using spatial information and/or remote sensing data for environmental modelling and expertise in GIS packages.

Place of employment and place of work: The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is either at the Viborg Campus, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, Denmark, or at the Land-CRAFT Center (Center for Landscape Research in Sustainable Agricultural Futures), Aarhus, Denmark.


Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:

How to apply:

Please follow this link to submit your application. Application deadline is 01 September 2023 at 23:59 CEST. Preferred starting date is 01 January 2024.

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.
  • Shortlisting will be used, which means that the evaluation committee only will evaluate the most relevant applications.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Salary and terms of employment are in accordance with applicable collective agreement.   

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