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Job advertisement PhD student in Physical Geography: Soil health assessment

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PhD student in Physical Geography: Soil health assessment

PhD student in Physical Geography: Soil health assessment

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Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University

The Department of Physical Geography is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 110 employees and educates approximately 1 000 students annually. Education is oriented towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences, and environmental protection and management. We offer a stimulating and friendly environment in a very diverse and international department.


Stockholm, Sweden


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)

Full time

Entry level


Preferred education

Application deadline
28 February 2024

3 February 2024

Job description

Healthy soils are the basis for food production, viable ecosystems and functional biogeochemical cycles. From a global perspective, loss of soils and decline in both soil fertility and soil carbon content are major problems. Problems that also contribute to increased emissions of greenhouse gases. The European Union (EU) is strongly committed to developing sustainable agricultural practices to improve soil fertility across Europe. The Department of Natural Geography, Stockholm University is a partner in the large collaborative EU project AI4SoilHealth which will be the basis for this PhD position.

The PhD student will work with large and diverse soil datasets from agricultural sites across Sweden, and Europe, to assess how different information can be combined for effective mapping of soil properties and quality (soil health). The input data will include a range of data collected with in-situ field measurements (e.g. from soil spectroscopy), data from laboratory analyses of collected soil samples (e.g. soil nutrient data) and data from satellite remote sensing (e.g. bare soil spectral properties). The position includes fieldwork.

How to apply

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system, where you can find detailed information on qualification requirements, selection process, and how to apply: