Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The Department of Biology has 210 employees of which 80 are PhD students. 400 undergraduate students are taking courses here every year.

Research area
Global stocks of phosphorous (P) are limited and more P efficient agricultural practices are necessary to secure food production in the future. A large part of the phosphorous added to agricultural land is bound to iron oxides in the soil and is poorly available for crop plants. Plants in naturally low P soils have established symbiotic relationships with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) to obtain sufficient P from the soil. These fungi are often missing or in low abundance in fertilized agricultural systems. In this project the aim is to improve conditions for AMF and estimate the uptake of poorly soluble P in different agricultural systems. Uptake of P by perennial cereals (e.g. Kernza) with large root systems will be compared with annual wheat. Systems with and without N fixing cover crops will be compared. We will study P poor systems in the tropics (Kenya) as well as more P rich systems in Italy and Sweden.

We are looking for a person to study release of P from poorly soluble sources in different agricultural systems. Iron oxides (e.g. goethite) will be synthesized in the laboratory, saturated with P and incubated in the soil. Chemical analysis of this material will be done after different incubations periods in the soil. Quantification of fungal biomass, elemental change of mineral surfaces will be done with various chemical methods including HPLC and XPS. The work includes travel and field work in Italy, Kenya and various places in Sweden.

The work will also include cultivation of fungal isolates in the laboratory. In these experiments, identification and quantification of fungal metabolites will be performed using various chemical methods (e.g. HPLC).


  • A PhD in Biology, soil science or similar
  • Documented experiences in laboratory work (e.g. work with sterile cultures, and chemical analysis, e.g. HPLC
  • Documented oral and written skills in fluent English


  • Experienced in measuring phosphorous uptake in plants or fungi
  • Experiences in working with iron oxides and interactions between iron and phosphorus
  • Experienced in field work

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant have a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. The most important criterion for evaluating the applicants will be scientific skill. Emphasis will also be on the extent to which the applicant can contribute to the general work on the Formas research Project.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement for two years
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/707
  • Håkan Wallander, Professor, +46 46 222 37 59,
  • My Geborek, Human Resources Coordinator, +46 46 222 48 53,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 19.Mar.2019
Last application date 16.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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