The post doctorate fellow will be responsible for the synthesis of humic matter-metal-phosphate compounds and layered double hydroxides containing essential plant micronutrients (eg. Mn, Cu, Zn, Mg, Mo, B), and encapsulated in host structures. Furthermore the doctorate fellow will characterize these substances and document their reaction in a range of soil types. The project will be carried out in collaboration with a PhD student that will be responsible for the identification of mechanisms for nutrient release from the above matrices, through experiments with plant species with varying abilities to affect key physical-chemical and biological parameters in the rhizosphere. The post doc´s duties will include research within the field of Synthesis and Soil Reactivity of Fertilizers – novel organometal phosphates and layered double hydroxides. The post may include teaching to a limited extent.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree. Qualifications within one or more of the following scientific areas are required: -Solid state chemistry/synthesis chemistry -Analytical chemistry -Environmental chemistry and/or soil/water chemistry -Documented research experience with research, analytical work and data analyses. Experience with microscopic, spectroscopic and kinetic methods for the characterization of solids and their reactivities, such as X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and radioisotope methods will be an advantage. The post doc is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills.