Soil organic carbon: The key to improving soil fertility

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

This project aims to unravel changes in the forms and distribution of soil organic carbon in agricultural soils. Using innovative analytical methods (including synchrotron-based approaches) to examine soils used for agricultural production, the project is expected to provide an understanding of how organic carbon is stabilized and destabilized in soil. Furthermore, this research will assist in providing an understanding of how changes in soil organic carbon influence soil properties and productivity.

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, preferably with a strong background in soil science and a clear understanding of soil organic carbon would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

*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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