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Two PhD Studentship in Ecology and Physical Geography at Umeå University, Sweden

PhD  Studentship in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University in Sweden

Study Subject(s):Ecology and Physical Geography
Course Level:PhD
Scholarship Provider: Umeå University
Scholarship can be taken at: Sweden

-Previous experience with setting-up and conducting field experiments and analysing data is highly desirable. -Further, the candidate should be motivated to conduct research in a cold-climate ecosystem.
-Experiences from biogeochemical studies in aquatic and or terrestrial environments as well as experience from microbial studies in these systems are considered a merit.
-Prerequisites include either i) 240 ECTS credits (Swe. högskolepoäng) of higher education studies of which 60 should be on an advanced level (Master level), or ii) 120 Swedish (old) credits (Swe. poäng; corresponding to 180 ECTS credits) of higher education studies if they were taken before July 1, 2007 or equivalent competence.
-The successful applicant should have good ability to write and speak in English, creativity, power of initiative, independence and ability to collaborate.

Scholarship Open for International Students: No

Scholarship Description: Fine root production and turnover play an important role in regulating carbon cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, especially in cold climate ecosystems where the proportion of biomass found in the soil is greater than 80% of the total plant biomass and root production provides the primary input of organic C to soils. This PhD project focuses on the biogeochemistry of organic phosphorus in aquatic and terrestrial environments.

The successful PhD candidate will use quantitative and qualitative approaches to study the bioavailability of different P-forms, mechanisms for their release and biouptake, temporal and spatial variations in P availability in soils and water and also how the bioavailability of P in aquatic ecosystems is related to the export of terrestrial bioavailable P.

How to Apply: Online

Scholarship Application Deadline: August 8, 2011 at the latest

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