PhD training in Soil Science

Last changed: 30 August 2021
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The department of Soil and Environment offers PhD training in Soil Science. A PhD program is four years (240 hp) of which the major part (195 hp) consist of individual research and writing of a PhD thesis.

To qualify for postgraduate education, a degree at advanced level is required or at least four years full-time studies, of which at least one year at advanced level. To be admitted to postgraduate studies in Soil Science, a minimum of 60 credits in Soil Science or equivalent is required.

PhD candidate positions are advertised at Jobs and vacancies at SLU.

In order to enhance the quality in graduate education the department is a joint organizer of  the graduate school Focus on Soils and Water in collaboration with other departments at SLU.

General information about postgraduate education at SLU you can find both on the external web and at the staff web

Application for admission - PhD education


The general requirement for becoming a PhD student at the department of Soil and Environment is that you have a BSc in a relevant natural science discipline and at least one more year of university studies on a more advanced level like MSc. If you do not have a higher degree than BSc you also need to have completed an independent study of at least 15 hp at a higher level than BSc.

Supervision and selection

Only PhD students that can be guaranteed supervision can be accepted. Selection of applicants are made on a competative basis where the candidates capacity to succesfully complete postgraduate studies are evaluated.


According to the Swedish decree of higher education funding for the complete education (4 years effective studies) should be available and the candidate should be employed as a doctorate student.

Feasibility of the PhD project

The board for postgraduate studies makes an assessment of the application based on PhD candidate qualifications, possibilities for supervision, quality of suggested reserach, available funds and suggested time plan.


The application for admission is prepared by the applicant in collaboration with the main supervisor.

Documents that should be submitted to the director of post-gradiuate reserach electronically includes:

  • Individual study plan (ISP)
  • Form 2: Recommendation of admission
  • Copy of external funding contracts
  • CV of the applicant
  • Study records that proves that you fulfill the formal requirements and English proficiency
  • A copy of the advertised announcement of the PhD position
  • The supervisor's motivation for the choice of candidate including a brief description of the selection process

Application process

The application should be sent to the director of post-graduate studies for a pre-evaluation at least three weeks before the meeting of the board for postgraduate studies at the department (see calendar at the internal homepage).

The application is considered by the board for postgraduate studies and subsequently approved by the head of department.

Please note that the application has to be approved by the department before it is passed on to the faculty. It is the faculty that takes the final decision on admission.

PhD project monitoring

PhD students at the Deparment

PhD students at the Department of Soil and Environment

Karl Adler
Digital soil maps as decision support for precision agriculture -the case study of N mineralization potential and micronutrient maps

Karin Andersson
Increased nitrogen efficiency from cattle slurry – effects of slurry characteristics, slurry treatments and application techniques

Elsa María Arrazola Vasquez
Earthworm bioturbation in relation to soil conditions

Ulf Axelsson
Molybden variation in soil and plant

Jens Blomquist
The effect of liming on yield and aggregate stability in clay soils

Elisabeth Bölenius
Spatial distribution of soil physical properties

Hugo de Campos Pereira
Sorption of perfluoroalkyl substances in soils - mechanisms and modelling

Louis Dufour
Response of microbial physiology to change in land uses: a bioenergetics approach

Jumpei Fukumasu
Effects of soil organic carbon fractions on soil structure and preferential solute transport

Lukas Hallberg
Hydrological and Biogeochemical functioning of two-stage ditches in Sweden

Fahri Hasby
Meta-transcriptomic analyses of microbial traits to study carbon dynamics in managed forests

Anna Hess
Quantifying macropore flow by X-ray tomography to improve model predictions of contaminant leaching in soil

Reza Hosseinpour
Post-tillage evolution of soil structural pore space: measurements and modelling

Johan Iwald

Spatial and temporal trends in soil acidity and carbon pools in Swedish forest soils – evaluation of data from the Swedish Forest Soil Inventory

Karolina Jörgensen
Comparing effects of endogenic and anthropogenic N-supply on ectomycorrhizal fungi

Tobias Klöffel
Soil structure and water management in a changing climate

Louise Malmquist
Potential and boundaries for resilient water management in agricultural landscapes under climate change

Wiebke Mareile Heinze
Plastic pollution in agricultural soils – Fate and behavior of micro- and nanoplastics

Gerrardo Murillo
Influences of rainfall pattern and land management on erosion rate and streams water quality in Nicaragua's tropical hilly areas

Lina Nolin
Decision Support for Real-Time Control of soil and crop amendments in agricultural production,based on sensor data,databases and model-based simulation

Jelena Rakovic
Consequences of the future bioeconomy on Nordic surface waters with a focus on phosphorous in Swedish agricultural streams

Katrine Rychel
Fertilizer placement to increase nitrogen use efficiency and N2O mitigation

Hanna Sjulgård
Spatio-temporal analysis of Swedish agricultural production at regional and national scales and relationships with weather conditions, crop diversity, soil management and soil health

David Nimblad Svensson
Modelling Cover Crop services and disservices in a changing climate: The trade-off between crop yield, nitrogen losses and carbon sequestration in arable land

Getachew Gemtesa Tiruneh
Market driven afforestation – trajectories in environmental sustainability under land-use intensification

Marius Tuyishime
Phosphorus in managed forest soils: effect of whole-tree harvesting, ash fertilization, and climate change

Olive Tuyishime
Impact of irrigation regime and controlled drainage on nitrogen/salt dynamics and rice yield in Muvumba irrigated soils, Rwanda

Sandra Wolters
Crop production recommendations for precision agriculture in smart decision support systems


Dissertations at the Department of Soil and Environment
(also includes theses from the previous Department of Soil Sciences and the Department of Forest Soils 2002-2007)

Licentiate theses at at the Department of Soil and Environment

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