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Research assistent in Soil Chemistry

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    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

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    Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön

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    5 juli

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    19 juli

Om jobbet

Department of Soil and Environment
We are in need of a research assistant to aid ongoing research in the fate of microplastics in soils. During the 1-year position, you will mostly focus on transport of microplastics in intact soil cores, where we will compare transport of pristine versus weathered microplastics.

About the position

The work will consist of laboratory work, office work complemented with a minor amount of field work. Intact columns need to be sampled and transport experiments conducted with microplastics followed by analysis of microplastics, data processing and analysis and manuscript writing. The research assistant will be supported by a team highly skilled in soil chemistry and soil physics.

Your profile

An MSc degree in environmental science, chemistry or environmental engineering including documented knowledge in soil science. Candidates with a soil science background should have a documented knowledge in soil physics and (material) chemistry. A proven good ability to communicate in written and spoken English is required. It is also required that candidates have had experimental experience with working with microplastics in an environmental context e.g. via their masters thesis or other projects.

Previous experience with microplastics and their analysis using micro-FTIR and/or Py-GC-MS is also a merit.

About us

The Department of Soil and Environment is a leading soil research institution, both nationally and internationally. Our research focuses on fundamental soil properties and processes, as well as how soil functions are affected by changes in environmental conditions, including climate change. Through research, environmental analysis and education, we contribute knowledge about future sustainable land use and develop new solutions as a basis for decision-making in agriculture, forestry and the urban environment. The working environment at the department is international and we have around 100 employees.

Our research is carried out in seven subject groups with a focus on Soil Biology, Soil Nutrient Cycling, Soil Chemistry, Agricultural Water Management, Soil and Environmental Physics, Soil Mechanics and Soil Management, and the Biogeochemistry of Forest Soils. We are responsible for important research infrastructure in the form of soil chemistry and soil physics laboratories, an X-ray scanner, long-term field experiments, a lysimeter facility, and the field research stations at Lanna and Lövsta. The Department participates in approximately 30 courses at undergraduate and advanced level.

We are a part of the Soil, Water and Environment Center at SLU (MVM-center), which provides links to research on water systems, recycling and bioenergy. Our work is aligned to national environmental and climate goals as well as to the Sustainable Development Goals. We are situated at Campus Ultuna in Uppsala and in Skara. Read more about the department here (



Form of employment:

Fixed-term employment 12 months 



Start date:

1st of September or as agreed.


Please submit your application before deadline 19 July 2024. You can submit your application by clicking the button below.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has a key role in the development for sustainable life, based on science and education. Through our focus on the interaction between humans, animals and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, we contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet. Our main campuses are located in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, however, the university also operates at research stations, experimental forests and teaching sites throughout Sweden.

SLU has around 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and doctoral students and a turnover of over SEK 3 billion. We are investing in attractive environments on all of our campuses. We strive to provide a work environment characterised by inclusivity and gender equality, where different experiences generate conversations between people and pave the way for science, creativity and development. Therefore, we welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.


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