NMR PostDoc: Isotope Biogeochemistry – Climate Change

Job description: A postdoctoral position in Biogeochemistry is available at Umeå University. The project uses NMR to quantify intramolecular distributions of 13C and deuterium - isotopomers – to address central questions related to Climate Change and the global carbon cycle (Ehlers et al., PNAS 2015 10.1073/pnas.1504493112; Segura et al., Nature Comm. 2017 10.1038/s41467-017-01230-y; Wieloch et al., Sci. Rep. 2018 10.1038/s41598-018-23422-2). The successful candidate will work in a collaboration between environmental sciences and biophysics.

Project and Tasks: goal is to identify isotopomer signatures of metabolic processes of leaves and plant archives (wood), to trace long-term interactions between plants and climate. NMR spectroscopy is a central technique for quantifying isotopomer abundances (Chaintreau et al., ACA 2013, 10.1016/j.aca.2013.06.004). The successful candidate will work closely with tree physiologists, and will focus on chemical sample preparation, NMR measurements and data analysis. Possibilities for involvement in related projects including NMR method development exists. The results will be used to interpret data from archives of plant material, e.g. to constrain the long-term effect of increasing CO2 on plants, a key unknown in Climate Change.

Qualifications: We look for candidates who are excited by interdisciplinary work between NMR, physiology and biogeosciences. The successful candidate must hold a PhD in chemistry or a related field and must have experience in NMR spectroscopy. Applications should contain a CV including academic degrees, transcripts of your degrees, the names and contact information of two professional references, a list of scientific publications, and a one-page letter describing your motivation for this position. Evaluation will start 180615, but late applications may be considered.

Scientific Environment: Working language in research and teaching is English. The KBC centre at Umeå University (www.kbc.umu.se), houses state-of-the-art NMR spectrometers (www.nmrforlife.se) for a broad range of NMR applications including isotopomers. Biogeochemistry field sites are operated by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU, http://www.slu.se/en/departments/forest-ecology-management/)

For further information and application please contact:
Professor Jürgen Schleucher, jurgen.schleucher@umu.se,
Professor John Marshall, john.marshall@slu.se