Post doc in water and phosphorous modelling in agriculture

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Uppsala, Sweden 🇸🇪


We conduct state-of-the-art research on the soil system in both national and international contexts. 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 contributes to 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 environmental monitoring and 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.

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A postdoctoral position is advertised at the Department of Soil and Environment in the subject of Agricultural Water Management, with a specific focus on nutrient leaching from agricultural land. The research is linked to the environmental monitoring and modeling activities of nutrient leaching and eutrophication at the Department and partly linked to an EU Horizon Europe project.

The work includes modeling and analyzing the impact of various physical measures (so called best management practices) to mitigate nutrient losses from agricultural land, for both field and catchment scales. Further, research will develop and apply a model of phosphorous binding and transport in soil to improve calculation systems used in Swedish water management.

The research will be in collaboration with the modeling group of “SLU Vattennav” ( and the department’s work with measurement and modeling of water quality in agricultural landscapes. The work will involve dialogue with Swedish water management authorities and farmers. You are expected to take responsibility for the planning, development and implementation of the research studies as well as for the scientific publications.


The applicant shall have a PhD-degree in the field of soil science and/or dynamic modeling of nutrient losses in agricultural systems. Experience of working with phosphorus binding and solubility in soil is a merit. Experience in programming and knowledge of typical Swedish cultivation systems is an advantage. Good knowledge of written and oral communication in English is a necessity. Since the work will involve engagements with Swedish water management authorities and farmers, it is also desirable that the applicant is fluent in spoken and written Swedish. Driver’s license (B) is required. Particular emphasis will be given to personal suitability such as good cooperation skills in combination with a good ability to work independently.

Place of work: Uppsala

Form of employment: Temporary employment 24 months, with the possibility of extension.

Extent: 100%

Starting date: According to agreement.

Application: We welcome your application no later than 2023-02-28, use the button below.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, UmeĂĄ and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses.


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