Two year post doc opportunity at the university of Liège


Research fields:
Geophysics – Soil physics – Agrogeophysics

Dynamic process imaging – electrical resistivity tomography – electromagnetic induction – monitoring – pedophysics

Career Stage:
Post-doctoral researcher

The project CHAR focuses on the responses of cropping systems to the variations of pedological
and hydraulic soil properties induced by charcoal accumulation over more than 150 years. The
system is analogue to biochar (a carbon rich solid phase produced by pyrolysis) accumulation, a
soil amendment whose long-term impacts on the soil-plant system are yet to be investigated. The
project targets multiple charcoal-enriched soil spots and their adjacent reference soils. As such,
we will be able to study the long-term response of the soil-plant system to charcoal enrichment.
The project is a multidisciplinary research project bringing together remote sensing, soil
chemistry, soil physics and geophysics in a team of 8 persons.

Scientific research interaction:
There will be strong collaboration between the various researchers in the project CHAR.
To use geophysical methods such as ERT/IP and EMI to assess the spatio-temporal patterns of
soil hydraulic properties and root water uptake and their relationship to charcoal enrichment
(supervised by Profs. F. Nguyen and S. Garré).
A PhD degree in applied geophysics (near-surface, hydro- or agro-geophysics), with a strong
background (Ms) in geophysics, physics, soil, engineering, applied mathematics or related
discipline. A strong background in physics or geophysics, applied mathematics, and numerical
methods together with field experience is an asset. Interest in soil science and agriculture is a
plus. The candidate is expected to have several publications as first author in peer-reviewed
international journals.
Mobility requirements:
At the time of selection, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity
(work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 24 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their
recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
Working language:
Interested candidates should send a CV, a motivation letter and the names and addresses of
two referees before the end of february 2019 by e-mail to Frederic Nguyen
Feel free to contact us ( (Coordinator), (promotor) , (promotor)) for specific questions prior to submitting your application.
Looking forward to receiving your application,
Sarah Garré, Frédéric Nguyen, Bernard Tychon and Jean-Thomas Cornelis
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