Research Fellow in Sustainable Soil Fertility

University of Leeds - Faculty of Environment - School of Earth and Environment

Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months due to external funding)

Closing Date: Sunday 07 January 2018

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in Earth or Environmental Sciences? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will be a key member of the UK-China consortium project “Using Critical Zone Science to Enhance Soil Fertility and Improve Ecosystem Services for Peri-Urban Agriculture in China”. The project is an international strategic research consortium grant awarded by the UK Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) and the National Natural Science Research Council of China (NSFC) supported by the Newton Fund.

You will work directly with the research team at Leeds with our UK partners at The University of Sheffield, Queens University Belfast and the James Hutton Institute, and with our international partners in China. Your contribution to the project is to design and test field trials for the increased use of organic fertilisers to displace mineral nitrogen fertilisers for wheat production. You will also carry out a desk study on the commercial feasibility for large scale application of organic fertilisers as industrially processed materials produced from the processing of urban wastewater and manure waste streams in Chinese and UK agriculture. You will also prepare your reports of the field trials and desk studies and lead their submission for publication in high impact international journals.

You will have a PhD (or close to obtaining) in the field of Earth or Environmental Sciences, or a closely allied discipline, and have expertise in soil sciences, agricultural sciences, and/or terrestrial biogeochemistry or environmental engineering. You will show a strong commitment to publishing scientific results at an international level.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Steven Banwart, Integrating Chair in Soil/Agriculture/Water Research

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1413, eail: S.A.Banwart@leeds.ac.uk

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