Dear ELIe colleagues,
We are looking for highly motivated candidates to take up a PhD position. The positions are available within the project « Soil organic carbon stabilization: Pedogenic and Geomorphic interactions ».
Please find enclosed the details of the PhD offer for your interest and for further dissemination to your network of contacts.
Interested candidates should send a CV, a motivation letter and the names and addresses of three referees before 31st of January by e-mail to Kristof Van Oost and Jean-Thomas Cornelis ([email protected], [email protected]).
Feel free to contact us for specific questions prior to submitting your application.
Kristof Van Oost & Jean-Thomas Cornelis
-- ------------------- Jean-Thomas CORNELIS Postdoctoral researcher FNRS - Soil Science Earth and Life Institute - Environmental Sciences (ELI-e) Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) Croix du Sud 2, L7.05.10, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, BELGIUM Phone: +32 10 47 36 38; Fax: +32 10 47 45 25 Web: www.uclouvain.be/Jean-Thomas.Cornelis Current address: EOS-South 062 Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research - PCIGR Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences - EOS University of British Columbia - UBC 6339 Stores Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z4, Canada http://www.eos.ubc.ca/about/researcher/J.Cornelis.html ------------------
Within the Earth & Life Institute of the UCL (www.uclouvain.be, Belgium), we are looking for highly motivated candidates to take up a PhD position. The positions are available within the project « Soil organic carbon stabilization: Pedogenic and Geomorphic interactions ». This is a collaborative project between the Centre for Earth & Climate Research (TECLIM; Pr. Kristof Van Oost) and the Centre for Environmental Sciences (ELIe; Pr. Bruno Delvaux and Dr. Jean-Thomas Cornelis).
The candidates will explore an integrative approach that considers climate, soil, vegetation and geomorphic controls on long-term C stabilization. The project aims at the empirical quantification of C content in aqueous and solid phases for a range of (i) pedogenetic (formation of highly reactive secondary phases), (ii) vegetation (quality and quantity of organic matter), (iii) climatic (rainfall and temperature), and (iv) geomorphic conditions (influence of geomorphic evolution of soil properties derived from lateral transport).
PhD 1 will be responsible for conducting field trips and detailed experimental works in the laboratory in order to quantify the main pedogenic mechanisms governing the soil capacity to stabilize SOC and to assess C balance in the atmosphere, pedosphere and hydrosphere continuum. This part of project involves physico-chemical analysis of soil via ICP-MS, MC-ICP-MS, XPS, SEM-EDX, TOC analyser, XRD, FTIR and specific extractions. This position requires strong laboratory skills and broad interests in soil sciences, geochemistry and biogeochemical cycles. PhD 2 will use manipulation experiments and in situ measurements (including carbon characterisation and radionuclide measurement) for a broad range of geomorphic settings and will develop a model integrating these data.
a MSc degree or equivalent in soil science, environmental sciences, geography, ecology or related discipline.
English language proficiency;
Possess good social and communication skills.
Interested candidates should send a CV, a motivation letter and the names and addresses of three referees before 31st of January by e-mail to Kristof Van Oost and Jean-Thomas Cornelis. ([email protected], [email protected]). Feel free to contact us for specific questions prior to submitting your application.
More information on the Earth & Life Institute and UCL can be found on http://www.uclouvain.be/eli.html
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