Building soil organic carbon to build soil fertility and mitigate climate change

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Professor Peter Kopittkep.kopittke@uq.edu.au

The use of land for food production causes a profound decrease in soil organic carbon stocks with the concomitant release of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. This project aims to determine how this decrease in soil carbon stocks can be reversed in order to help mitigate climate change. This project will utilise novel approaches to understand the factors that influence the stability of organic carbon in soils with this enabling the development of land management practices to help build soil fertility and sequester organic carbon.

The successful candidate will collaborate closely with several postdoctoral positions. These other positions include one that is seeking to develop X-ray tomography for analyses of root distribution in large soil cores as well as a position that is seeking to develop synchrotron-based approaches for imaging nutrient distribution in soils.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of agriculture or environmental science would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

A background or knowledge of soil science and a clear understanding of soil organic carbon is highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2021. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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