13/01/2021

EUROPE: 14 PhD positions in Macro and Microplastic in Agricultural Soil Systems - SOPLAS


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