Ph.D. Student Positions in Arctic Biogeochemistry and Soil Ecology


Ph.D. Student Positions Available in Arctic Biogeochemistry and Soil Ecology Starting Spring 2020 at the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio USA

Application deadline for spring term (starting January 2020): 15 October 2019, or until filled

For questions or more information contact: Professor Michael N. Weintraub,

The Ecosystem and Soil Ecology Laboratory at The University of Toledo, led by Professor Michael N. Weintraub, invites highly motivated applicants for PhD positions to study Arctic Biogeochemistry and Soil Ecology, focusing on the controls on decomposition and nutrient cycling in Arctic tundra soils. These positions will be located in Toledo, Ohio USA, and start in January 2020. In particular, we are recruiting students for projects related to either:

  1. Temperature controls on microbial decomposition and soil respiration, as part of our projects studying microbial control of litter decay and winter snow depth as a driver of microbial activity, nutrient cycling, tree growth and treeline advance in the Arctic

  2. Biological and geochemical controls on soil phosphorus availability to plants and soil microbes, as part of our new project on biological and geochemical controls on phosphorus bioavailability in arctic tundra

More details on our current and past projects are available here. Successful applicants will be expected to develop projects combining Arctic field research with lab and data analysis approaches, and to collaborate with research partners from other academic institutions. Projects include the potential for Arctic fieldwork and opportunities to present at national and international conferences.

Applicants should have relevant research experience and a Master’s degree or equivalent in ecology, soil science, environmental science, or a closed related field. Potential students will need to apply to the Department of Environmental Sciences at The University of Toledo. Information about the graduate program can be found on the department website and funding information can be found on the financial aid website. Details on our entrance requirements are also available here.

Further information about these positions can be obtained from Professor Weintraub ( Including a letter of interest and CV will help further our conversation. For more information about Dr. Weintraub and The Ecosystem and Soil Ecology Laboratory can found on his faculty profile on the university website.

For more details about the position and the application process, click here.

The University of Toledo is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University, the Department of Environmental Sciences, and Professor Weintraub are all dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, dual-career professionals and covered veterans