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PhD position Management options for increasing soil carbon under grasslands

#1 von Tobias , 06.04.2016 10:40

Dear Colleagues,

We are seeking applicant for PhD project that will address the nature of
stabilized carbon in soil under grassland management (*see below **Research
area and project description*). The project will apply the13C labelling
techniques and molecular analyses.

The PhD student will be based at the INRA Versailles-Grignon, France

The PhD student will be expected to work under a wider programme of
GRASSLANDS* funded through the Global Partnership for Livestock Emission

Interested candidates should send to Dr. Abad Chabbi (
<> or Dr. Cornelia
Rumpel ( <>
a cover letter with a brief statement of research interests and experience, CV,
transcripts and contact information for three referees
*before **3 May 2016.*

We would greatly appreciate your help with distributing the information to
anyone who might be suitably qualified and interested to take up training
and research as a PhD student in this area.

Kind regards,

*Title:** Quality, quantity and vulnerability of soil carbon stocks of
grasslands soils under different management practices*

The proposed research will be carried out under the framework of an
international project between the National Institute for Agricultural
Research (France) and the Landcare Research Institute (New Zealand). The
objective of this international project is to evaluate the impact of
intensification of grassland management on the dynamics of soil organic
matter (SOM) in different pedoclimatic contexts. The PhD work will
contribute towards the understanding of management impacts through the
assessment of their influence on molecular transformations occurring during
soil organic matter degradation and stabilisation processes. The conceptual
approach includes an evaluation of degradation and stabilisation processes
at field scale. We will study long-term experimental sites situated in
France and in New Zealand and also use 13C labelling techniques. The
results obtained during the PhD will contribute to ameliorate process
information to be used in a biogeochemical model (CenW), which will allow
for evaluating the implications of management practices on soil C dynamics
and composition in the long-term, as well as resilience of the system to
global change. The PhD thesis will provide an answer to these questions by
going beyond global C stocks assessment through molecular analyses
providing information on the nature and origin of SOM pools, which
constitutes a major advance in the research field.

-- *PhD Dr.habil. Abad CHABBI
**Director** of **Research *
- Scientific Coordinator of the SOERE ACBB
- Coordinator of the FP7- ExpeER
- Coordinator of the FP7 AnaEE

- Expert member of the DFG, German Research Foundation, Germany
- Expert member of the FAO/IAEA, Austria
- Expert member of NERC & BBSRC, UK
- Expert member of the Chines Academy of Sciences, China

Email :
Tel. +33(0)5 49 55 61 78 (Direct)
+33(0)5 49 55 60 97 (Secr?tariat)
+33(0)1 30 81 52 89 (EcoSys, Grignon)
+33(0)6 82 80 02 85(Mobil)

INRA Centre de recherche Poitou-Charentes
INRA Centre de versailles
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