20/11/2020
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Macro and Microplastic in Agricultural Soil Systems - SOPLAS

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Augsburg
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciencesSoil science
    Biological sciencesOther
    ChemistryOther
    EconomicsOther
    EngineeringOther
    Environmental scienceOther
    GeographyOther
    GeosciencesHydrology
    SociologyOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/01/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35-40 (depends on country)
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/07/2021
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    955334

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The Innovative Training Network “SOPLAS – Macro and Microplastic in Agricultural Soil Systems” is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) and offers 14 fully funded PhD positions (for early-stage researchers (ESR)) with attractive complementary training activities and generous travel, laboratory and research budgets. The successful candidates will be hosted by a member of a European Consortium of universities, research institutions and companies in Germany, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Spain, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Portugal. Successful candidates will have a research interest in natural, environmental, technical, social or economic sciences and will participate in a multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral research and training network aimed at accelerating the applicants’ scientific careers.

For the first time, SOPLAS will bring together scientist from various research fields to deliver critically important advances in understanding the specific fate and effects of plastic within soils and its sustainable use in agriculture.

SOPLAS will:

  • Train a new generation of scientists (ESRs) able to tackle the critical knowledge gaps related to the fate and impacts of plastics in agroecosystems. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral training network delivering significant advances in understanding the specific fate and effects of plastic within soils and the sustainable use of plastics in agriculture.
  • Develop operational techniques to detect especially microplastic in soils
  • Provide a first comprehensive assessment of the ecotoxicological effects of microplastic in soils systems
  • Analyse different technical and socio-economic options to reduce plastic accumulation in soils systems and the organisms living in it.
  • Analyse and model microplastic fluxes from arable land into freshwater systems
  • Provide the scientific evidence to support the development of new environmental policies, agricultural practices and industrial opportunities related to plastics in agriculture in different regions of Europe.

Applications for the individual positions need to be send to the specific institutions (see below). Please be aware there are general application and eligibility rules of Innovative Training Networks and rules of the individual institutions. For the general ITN rules follow the 'Additional Information' drop down below.

 

1. Economic Incentives to Control microplastic Pollution: An analysis of farm and household decision making using discrete choice experiments.

• Research Field: Environmental Economics, Discrete Choice Modelling.

• Host: University of Durham (DUR), UK

• Main Supervisor: Ashar Aftab, ashar.aftab@durham.ac.uk

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details: https://www.dur.ac.uk/business/programmes/phd/eu-itn/

• Please apply formally here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/business/programmes/phd/applying/

2. Assessing plastic inputs from mulching using remote sensing techniques.

• Research Field: Remote Sensing, Agriculture, Soils

• Host: Universität Augsburg (UAU), DE

• Main Supervisor: Florian Wilken, florian.wilken@geo.uni-augsburg.de

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details: https://www.uni-augsburg.de/en/fakultaet/fai/geo/prof/georwa/

• Send application as single pdf file to: fiener@geo.uni-augsburg.de

3. Method development for isolation, enumeration, quantification and characterization of micro and macroplastic in soil and soil amendments and support optimization of plastic removal from compost.

• Research Field: Environmental Chemistry and Analytics

• Host: Wessling GmbH (WESS), DE in academic Cooperation with University Bonn (BONN)

• Main Supervisor: Jens Reiber, Jens.Reiber@wessling.de

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details: https://jobs.wessling-group.com/

• Send application as single pdf file to: zukunft@wessling.de

4. Elucidating the role of compost application, plastic mulching and irrigation for plastic pollution of soil.

• Research Field: Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Science

• Host: University (BONN), DE

• Main Supervisor: Melanie Braun (melanie.braun@uni-bonn.de) & Wulf Amelung (wulf.amelung@uni-bonn.de)

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details: https://www.boden.uni-bonn.de/allgemeine-bodenkunde-und-bodenoekologie

• Send application as single pdf file to: melanie.braun@uni-bonn.de & wulf.amelung@uni-bonn.de

5. Development and application of fluorescence-based techniques to quantify microplastic pollution in soils.

• Research Field: Environmental Analytics, Chemistry

• Host: Lancaster University (ULANC), UK

• Main Supervisor: Crispin Halsall, c.halsall@lancaster.ac.uk

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details: https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A3258

6. Degradation from macro to microplastic resulting from plastic mulching in different agricultural environments.

• Research Field: Environmental Science, Soil Science, Agricultural Engineering

• Host: Universität Augsburg (UAU), DE

• Main Supervisor: Peter Fiener, fiener@geo.uni-augsburg.de

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details: https://www.uni-augsburg.de/en/fakultaet/fai/geo/prof/georwa/

• Send application as single pdf file to: fiener@geo.uni-augsburg.de

7. Elucidating biodegradation of polymeric films in agricultural soils.

• Research Field: Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science

• Host: ETH Zürich (ETH), CH

• Main Supervisor: Michael Sander, michael.sander@env.ethz.ch

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details: https://www.jobs.ethz.ch/job/view/JOPG_ethz_AFPnbOtoGyT9RDigt

• Send application as single pdf file to: michael.sander@env.ethz.ch

8. Remediation of soils polluted with microplastics - microbial degradation of plastic debris.

• Research Field: Environmental Pollution, Biochemistry, Environmental Sciences

• Host: Wageningen University & Research (WUR), NL

• Main Supervisor: Violette Geissen, violette.geissen@wur.nl & Paula Harkes, paula.harkes@wur.nl

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details: https://www.wur.nl/Landingspagina-redacteuren-29/en/Education-Programmes...

• Send application as single pdf file to: paula.harkes@wur.nl, violette.geissen@wur.nl

9. Impacts of microplastics on plant-associated microbiome.

• Research Field: Ecotoxicology, Environmental sciences, Microbiology

• Host: Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), ES

• Main Supervisor: Blanca B. Landa, blanca.landa@ias.csic.es

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details:

https://sede.csic.gob.es/servicios/formacion-y-empleo

https://www.ias.csic.es/en/

• Send application as single pdf file to: blanca.landa@csic.es

10. Impacts of microplastics on soil meso- and macro-fauna.

• Research Field: Ecotoxicology, Environmental sciences, Ecology

• Host: University of Vigo (UVIGO), ES

• Main Supervisor: Maria J. I. Briones, mbriones@uvigo.es

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details: https://secretaria.uvigo.gal/uv/web/convocatoria/public/show/590

• Send application as single pdf file to: mbriones@uvigo.es

11. Redistribution of plastic within the soil column affecting soil hydraulic properties and leaching.

• Research Field: Hydrology, Agricultural Engineering, Ecology

• Host: Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), ES

• Main Supervisor: José A. Gómez, joseagomez@ias.csic.es

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details: https://sede.csic.gob.es/servicios/formacion-y-empleo

https://www.ias.csic.es/en/

• Send application as single pdf file to: joseagomez@ias.csic.es

12. Transport of microplastics in the vadose zone and leaching of microplastic to groundwater.

• Research Field: Environmental Science, Environmental Monitoring, Soil Science, Hydrology

• Host: University of Natural Resources and Life Science (BOKU), AT

• Main Supervisor: Christine Stumpp, christine.stumpp@boku.ac.at

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details: https://boku.ac.at/fileadmin/data/H01000/mitteilungsblatt-jobs/2020/KZ21...

• Send application as single pdf file (<5 MB) with reference code “SOPLAS” to: christine.stumpp@boku.ac.at

13. Transport of microplastics in overland flow.

• Research Field: Environmental Sciences, Soil Sciences, Hydrology

• Host: Lancaster University (ULANC), UK

• Main Supervisor: John Quinton, j.quinton@lancaster.ac.uk

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details: https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A3258

14. Monitoring and modelling the microplastics connectivity within a small catchment.

• Research Field: Environmental Science, Hydrology, Environmental Modelling

• Host: Czech technical university in Prague (CVUT), CZ

• Main Supervisor: Tomáš Dostál, dostal@fsv.cvut.cz

• Application Deadline: 31/01/2021

• Application Details: http://storm.fsv.cvut.cz/?lang=en

• Send application as single pdf file to: David Zumr, david.zumr@fsv.cvut.cz

 

More Information

Benefits

SOPLAS will offer early stage researchers world-class scientific training in the respective host institute, stays at other beneficiaries or project partners of four to six months, and half-yearly scheduled training events. SOPLAS will significantly enhance the ESRs’ career perspective by providing a unique set of skill they will exploit throughout their professional lives:

  • Excellence in interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary research, including the wider societal context of research,
  • Excellence in environmental, technical, and economical science, with a unique, individual scientific profile,
  • Capacity to transform an environmental challenge into innovative solutions,
  • Capacity to effectively communicate scientific results to colleagues (writing scientific publications and organising conference sessions), stakeholders and the wider public
  • Insights in standardization, economic aspects, and entrepreneurship,
  • Transferable skills (creativity, problem solving, intercultural and team competence, leadership).

ESR will get:

  • full-time employment contract for 36 months (including social security coverage)
  • additional family allowance (if married or dependent children)
  • access to an extensive research network
  • connections to potential employers in Europe

Eligibility criteria

Applicants can be of any nationality and must, at the time of recruitment:

  • Have a MSc or equivalent relevant for the chosen ESR-project (you might also apply if you will finish your masters before starting your employment)
  • Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers
  • Have not been awarded a doctoral degree
  • Have not resided in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the last 3 years (except refugees)

General evaluation criteria

  • Educational background relevant for the chosen position (individual research project)
  • High proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Networking and communication skills (to be evaluated in the interview)
  • Previous research experience, relevant to the chosen position is desirable

 

Selection process

  • Pre-selection: Will be based on CV, experience, skills, and motivation letter
  • Interviews: Short-listed candidates will be interviewed

Additional comments

How to apply

Applicants should send full application consisting of:

  • A motivation letter addressing his/her research interests in relationship to the individual research project.
  • Curriculum Vitae (Europass format recommended, please specify your residence/work places in the last 3 years).
  • University transcripts (grades) and other relevant certificates

Applicants can apply for more than one position, which in that case will be evaluated independently by the respective host institutions.

 

Applications should be sent to the individual institutions (see webpages and emails above) as a single pdf file. For questions regarding specific ESRs projects please email request to main supervisors (see above).

Diversity

  • Diversity is a core value of SOPLAS. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of research and training. We are looking for people who can enhance diversity in our team thanks to their background and experience.

Gender

  • Special attention will be paid to gender-equality. Female researchers are strongly encouraged to apply; in case of equal qualification in the recruitment procedure, the enrolment of female candidates will be prioritized.

Inclusion

  • Applications from handicapped persons will be favoured when all other qualifications are equal. Applications of refugees are particularly encouraged, and their potential participation will be supported by language and cultural courses.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Other: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

The candidates with the following general profile are encouraged to apply:

  • A very good Master’s degree or equivalent Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Ecotoxicology, Polymer Science, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Engineering, Microbiology, Chemistry, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Modelling, Environmental Toxicology, Biochemistry, Social Science, Economy, Sociology or relevant disciplines. The Master’s degree should meet the requirement given in the description of the particular project.
  • Enjoy working independently and well-structured together with an interdisciplinary team contributing to a highly topical and socially relevant field.
  • Show outstanding commitment, high flexibility, can cope with a higher workload and you are team-oriented.
  • Have excellent communication as well as organizational skills and are willing to engage in international, interdisciplinary collaborative research, workshops and secondments.
  • Have very good command (written and spoken) of English language.

Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
University of Augsburg
Germany
Bavaria
Augsburg
86159
Alter Postweg 118
1 position(s) available at
University of Durham
United Kingdom
Durham
1 position(s) available at
Wessling GmbH
Germany
Bochum
1 position(s) available at
University of Bonn
Germany
Bonn
2 position(s) available at
Lancaster University
United Kingdom
Lancaster
1 position(s) available at
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich
Switzerland
Zurich
1 position(s) available at
Wageningen University and Research
Netherlands
Wageningen
2 position(s) available at
Spanish National Research Council
Spain
Córdoba
1 position(s) available at
University of Vigo
Spain
Vigo
1 position(s) available at
University of Natural Resources and Life Science
Austria
Vienna
1 position(s) available at
Czech Technical University in Prague
Czech Republic
Prague

EURAXESS offer ID: 579284

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