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3-year postdoc position within soil ecotoxicology: long-term impacts of waste recycling on soil biology

We are searching for a competent, and dedicated person for a 3-year post-doc position in soil ecotoxicology starting April 15, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

You will assess urban waste recycling and soil health, in the long-term waste recycling trial (CRUCIAL) located on the Copenhagen University experimental farm. You will specifically elucidate the breakdown of micro-plastics of urban waste, and micro-plastic effects on soil micro-fauna. You will combine classical soil biological methodologies (e.g. culturing of organisms and microscopy) with molecular methodologies (e.g. qPCR and metabarcoding of microfaunal communities), as well as identify plastic particles in soil and waste samples using FT-IR microscopy. Moreover, you will contribute to a cross-disciplinary effort on integrating natural science based knowledge on risks related to recycling with social science knowledge on consumer concerns and priorities related to organic farming.

Project description

The RECONCILE project encompasses REcycling, CONsumer CredibILity and Ecosystem integrity. If organic agricultural production is to be increased and use of conventional manure reduced it is necessary to find alternative fertilizer inputs, i.e. recycled household waste compost, sewage bio-solids and potential industrial resources. This might also fit well with a desire to be part of the emerging circular economy. But, how will such recycling impact the credibility of organic agriculture in the eyes of consumers? Answering this question is an overriding aim of the project.

The project assesses key soil and ecosystem health effects of using household waste compost, sewage biosolids and human urine in organic farming. We draw on literature and employ Copenhagen University's long-term trials on waste recycling to investigate the effects of micro-plastics and heavy metals on the soil micro-food web and rhizobium populations. You, as a post doc, will be the central researcher doing this work.

Drawing on these effects we investigate consumer perception of the use of the above recycled fertilizers in organic agriculture. How do different information and communication strategies impact these perceptions? The project includes: 1) In-depth qualitative exploration of consumer attention points on recycling and 2) based on this a quantitative analysis of a large number of consumers' attitudes to recirculation

Description of the scientific environment

The RECONCILE project is a collaborative project involving 3 Danish universities:

Over the course of the 3-year period, you will be working in all three of the aforementioned departments, in order be able to utilize the expertise, instruments and other facilities offered each place. The time spent at each department will be flexible, and dependent on project needs as well as your priorities. In order to facilitate collaboration between research groups you must be a self-reliant, well organized person with substantial communicative skills.

At KU you will refer to Associate Professor Jakob Magid in the Soil Fertility research group that focuses on soil fertility in agriculture, situated in the nexus of three main research topics: promoting circularity through resource recycling, appropriate nutrient management and reducing environmental impacts in agriculture. The research group has many years of experience in studies of soil and waste organic matter decomposition processes and nutrient turnover, availability and losses in temperate and tropical agro-ecosystems.

At AU-Flakkebjerg, Slagelse you will refer to Researcher Mette Vestergård Madsen in The Entomology and Plant Pathology research group that focuses on the prevention and control of plant diseases and pests and the development of sustainable crop production. The research group specifically addresses how soils can be managed to facilitate crop-beneficial interactions with soil biodiversity.

At RUC you will refer to Associate Professor Annemette Palmqvist in The Environmental Dynamics section that conducts transdisciplinary, often application-oriented research on environmental changes caused by anthropogenic activities or natural factors. The research primarily falls within four research areas: environmental risk (including prevalence and effects of plastic pollution), physical geography & terrestrial ecology, biological production, and ecological dynamics.

Required qualifications

The applicant should hold professional as well as personal skills and qualifications as stated below:

  • Applicants should have a PhD degree in Soil Ecotoxicology, Soil Biology or related areas
  • Practical experience in planning and conducting field and meso-cosm trials on soil ecotoxicological and soil biological issues
  • Practical experience with environmental molecular biological methodologies such as DNA extraction, qPCR and sequencing and/or analytical chemical methods is an asset, but not a requirement
  • Good knowledge of the mechanisms that determine the development of populations of soil organisms is expected
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Be excellent in writing and speaking English
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the position
  • Experience in research project coordination and supervision
  • Publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting annual salary is currently up to 430.569, including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK73.627). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Questions

For specific information about the postdoc position, please contact Associate professor Jakob Magid, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, jma@plen.ku.dk, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 34 91.

Place of employment

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter detailing your motivation and background for the application
  • CV
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
The deadline for applications is 16 February 2020, 23:59 GMT+1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the interview committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/




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330168200Phoenix-04030f3412020-01-30T00:00:003-year postdoc position within soil ecotoxicology: long-term impacts of waste recycling on soil biologyWe are searching for a competent, and dedicated person for a 3-year post-doc position in soil ecotoxicology starting April 15, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

You will assess urban waste recycling and soil health, in the long-term waste recycling trial (CRUCIAL) located on the Copenhagen University experimental farm. You will specifically elucidate the breakdown of micro-plastics of urban waste, and micro-plastic effects on soil micro-fauna. You will combine classical soil biological methodologies (e.g. culturing of organisms and microscopy) with molecular methodologies (e.g. qPCR and metabarcoding of microfaunal communities), as well as identify plastic particles in soil and waste samples using FT-IR microscopy. Moreover, you will contribute to a cross-disciplinary effort on integrating natural science based knowledge on risks related to recycling with social science knowledge on consumer concerns and priorities related to organic farming.

Project description

The RECONCILE project encompasses REcycling, CONsumer CredibILity and Ecosystem integrity. If organic agricultural production is to be increased and use of conventional manure reduced it is necessary to find alternative fertilizer inputs, i.e. recycled household waste compost, sewage bio-solids and potential industrial resources. This might also fit well with a desire to be part of the emerging circular economy. But, how will such recycling impact the credibility of organic agriculture in the eyes of consumers? Answering this question is an overriding aim of the project.

The project assesses key soil and ecosystem health effects of using household waste compost, sewage biosolids and human urine in organic farming. We draw on literature and employ Copenhagen University's long-term trials on waste recycling to investigate the effects of micro-plastics and heavy metals on the soil micro-food web and rhizobium populations. You, as a post doc, will be the central researcher doing this work.

Drawing on these effects we investigate consumer perception of the use of the above recycled fertilizers in organic agriculture. How do different information and communication strategies impact these perceptions? The project includes: 1) In-depth qualitative exploration of consumer attention points on recycling and 2) based on this a quantitative analysis of a large number of consumers' attitudes to recirculation

Description of the scientific environment

The RECONCILE project is a collaborative project involving 3 Danish universities:

Over the course of the 3-year period, you will be working in all three of the aforementioned departments, in order be able to utilize the expertise, instruments and other facilities offered each place. The time spent at each department will be flexible, and dependent on project needs as well as your priorities. In order to facilitate collaboration between research groups you must be a self-reliant, well organized person with substantial communicative skills.

At KU you will refer to Associate Professor Jakob Magid in the Soil Fertility research group that focuses on soil fertility in agriculture, situated in the nexus of three main research topics: promoting circularity through resource recycling, appropriate nutrient management and reducing environmental impacts in agriculture. The research group has many years of experience in studies of soil and waste organic matter decomposition processes and nutrient turnover, availability and losses in temperate and tropical agro-ecosystems.

At AU-Flakkebjerg, Slagelse you will refer to Researcher Mette Vestergård Madsen in The Entomology and Plant Pathology research group that focuses on the prevention and control of plant diseases and pests and the development of sustainable crop production. The research group specifically addresses how soils can be managed to facilitate crop-beneficial interactions with soil biodiversity.

At RUC you will refer to Associate Professor Annemette Palmqvist in The Environmental Dynamics section that conducts transdisciplinary, often application-oriented research on environmental changes caused by anthropogenic activities or natural factors. The research primarily falls within four research areas: environmental risk (including prevalence and effects of plastic pollution), physical geography & terrestrial ecology, biological production, and ecological dynamics.

Required qualifications

The applicant should hold professional as well as personal skills and qualifications as stated below:

  • Applicants should have a PhD degree in Soil Ecotoxicology, Soil Biology or related areas
  • Practical experience in planning and conducting field and meso-cosm trials on soil ecotoxicological and soil biological issues
  • Practical experience with environmental molecular biological methodologies such as DNA extraction, qPCR and sequencing and/or analytical chemical methods is an asset, but not a requirement
  • Good knowledge of the mechanisms that determine the development of populations of soil organisms is expected
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Be excellent in writing and speaking English
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the position
  • Experience in research project coordination and supervision
  • Publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting annual salary is currently up to 430.569, including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK73.627). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Questions

For specific information about the postdoc position, please contact Associate professor Jakob Magid, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, jma@plen.ku.dk, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 34 91.

Place of employment

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter detailing your motivation and background for the application
  • CV
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
The deadline for applications is 16 February 2020, 23:59 GMT+1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the interview committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/



2020-02-17T00:59:51.563 We are searching for a competent, and dedicated person for a 3-year post-doc position in soil ecotoxicology starting April 15, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. You will assess urban waste recycling and soil health, in the long-term waste recycling trial (CRUCIAL) located on the Copenhagen University experimental farm. You will specifically elucidate the breakdown of micro-plastics of urban waste, and micro-plastic effects on soil micro-fauna. You will combine classical soil biological methodologies (e.g. culturing of organisms and microscopy) with molecular methodologies (e.g. qPCR and metabarcoding of microfaunal communities), as well as identify plastic particles in soil and waste samples using FT-IR microscopy. Moreover, you will contribute to a cross-disciplinary effort on integrating natural science based knowledge on risks related to recycling with social science knowledge on consumer concerns and priorities related to organic farming. Project description The RECONCILE project encompasses REcycling, CONsumer CredibILity and Ecosystem integrity. If organic agricultural production is to be increased and use of conventional manure reduced it is necessary to find alternative fertilizer inputs, i.e. recycled household waste compost, sewage bio-solids and potential industrial resources. This might also fit well with a desire to be part of the emerging circular economy. But, how will such recycling impact the credibility of organic agriculture in the eyes of consumers? Answering this question is an overriding aim of the project. The project assesses key soil and ecosystem health effects of using household waste compost, sewage biosolids and human urine in organic farming. We draw on literature and employ Copenhagen University s long-term trials on waste recycling to investigate the effects of micro-plastics and heavy metals on the soil micro-food web and rhizobium populations. You, as a post doc, will be the central researcher doing this work. Drawing on these effects we investigate consumer perception of the use of the above recycled fertilizers in organic agriculture. How do different information and communication strategies impact these perceptions? The project includes: 1) In-depth qualitative exploration of consumer attention points on recycling and 2) based on this a quantitative analysis of a large number of consumers attitudes to recirculation Description of the scientific environment The RECONCILE project is a collaborative project involving 3 Danish universities: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at University of Copenhagen (KU), Department of Agroecology at Flakkebjerg, Slagelse, Aarhus University (AU), and Department of Science and Environment at Roskilde University (RUC). Over the course of the 3-year period, you will be working in all three of the aforementioned departments, in order be able to utilize the expertise, instruments and other facilities offered each place. The time spent at each department will be flexible, and dependent on project needs as well as your priorities. In order to facilitate collaboration between research groups you must be a self-reliant, well organized person with substantial communicative skills. At KU you will refer to Associate Professor Jakob Magid in the Soil Fertility research group that focuses on soil fertility in agriculture, situated in the nexus of three main research topics: promoting circularity through resource recycling, appropriate nutrient management and reducing environmental impacts in agriculture. The research group has many years of experience in studies of soil and waste organic matter decomposition processes and nutrient turnover, availability and losses in temperate and tropical agro-ecosystems. At AU-Flakkebjerg, Slagelse you will refer to Researcher Mette Vestergård Madsen in The Entomology and Plant Pathology research group that focuses on the prevention and control of plant diseases and pests and the development of sustainable crop production. The research group specifically addresses how soils can be managed to facilitate crop-beneficial interactions with soil biodiversity. At RUC you will refer to Associate Professor Annemette Palmqvist in The Environmental Dynamics section that conducts transdisciplinary, often application-oriented research on environmental changes caused by anthropogenic activities or natural factors. The research primarily falls within four research areas: environmental risk (including prevalence and effects of plastic pollution), physical geography & terrestrial ecology, biological production, and ecological dynamics. Required qualifications The applicant should hold professional as well as personal skills and qualifications as stated below: Applicants should have a PhD degree in Soil Ecotoxicology, Soil Biology or related areas Practical experience in planning and conducting field and meso-cosm trials on soil ecotoxicological and soil biological issues Practical experience with environmental molecular biological methodologies such as DNA extraction, qPCR and sequencing and or analytical chemical methods is an asset, but not a requirement Good knowledge of the mechanisms that determine the development of populations of soil organisms is expected Good interpersonal skills Be excellent in writing and speaking English Key criteria for the assessment of candidates Professional qualifications relevant to the position Experience in research project coordination and supervision Publications Relevant work experience Other professional activities Language skills Terms of employment The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The starting annual salary is currently up to 430.569, including annual supplement ( pension up to DKK73.627). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. Questions For specific information about the postdoc position, please contact Associate professor Jakob Magid, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, jma@plen.ku.dk, Direct Phone: 45 35 33 34 91. Place of employment Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark Application Procedure The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. 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