Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

GSMI: Assistant Professor (without HDR) in Soil Rehabilitation

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About UM6P:

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) is an internationally oriented institution of higher learning, that is committed to an educational system based on the highest standards of teaching and research in fields related to the sustainable economic development of Morocco and Africa. UM6P is an institution oriented towards applied research and innovation. On a specific focus on Africa, UM6P aims to position these fields as the forefront and become a university of international standing. 

More than just a traditional academic institution, UM6P is a platform for experimentation and a pool of opportunities, for students, professors and staff. It offers a high-quality living and study environment thanks to its state-of-the-art infrastructure. With an innovative approach, UM6P places research and innovation at the heart of its educational project as a driving force of a business model.

In its research approach, the UM6P promotes transdisciplinary, entrepreneurship spirit and collaboration with external institutions for developing up to date science and at continent level in order to address real challenges.

All our programs run as start-ups and can be self-organized when they reach a critical mass. Thus, academic liberty is promoted as far as funding is developed by research teams.

The research programs are integrated from long-term research to short-term applications in linkage with incubation and start-up ecosystems. 


Geology and Sustainable Mining Institute (GSMI) is based on a new strategic vision of research and training, based on the integration of the different components of the mining life cycle (geology, extraction, mineral processing, sustainable mining, mining environment and CSR). In addition to conventional mineral resources (phosphates, metals, etc.), the institute will also develop new topics such as mining economics, water management in the mine, decarbonization of the mining cycle, CSR, etc.

Job Description

The Geology and Sustainable Mining Institute (GSMI) of Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) invites applications for a full-time researcher position in soil rehabilitation. The recruited will be an integral part of a multidisciplinary team comprising experts in soil science, water management, soil microbiology, mine reclamation, and the economic analysis of various solutions.

He will be responsible for initiating and conducting applied research in different areas:

  • Soil science 

  • Mine & agricultural soils reclamation.

  • Soil chemistry

  • Soil physics

  • Soil fertility management

  • Soil conservation techniques

  • Soil remediation technologies

  • Circular economy and waste valorization

  • Environmental impact assessment

  • Sustainable land management practices

The ideal candidate for this position should possess the following qualifications:

  • A PhD in geosciences with a focus on environmental issues.

  • Postdoctoral research experience in areas related to soil reclamation and mine rehabilitation.

  • Capacity to innovate and develop novel formulations of amendments to reclaim soil.

  • Demonstration of working with circular economy principles and waste valorization.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in conducting field-based experiments in mining and/or agricultural environments.

Additionally, the candidate should have:

  • Expertise in various analytical tools, including soil and water chemistry, physics, and isotopic analysis. Moreover, experience in working with GIS (Geographic Information System) tools would be a significant asset

  • Strong expertise in soil mineralogy, including SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) and XRD (X-Ray Diffraction) 

  • A proven track record of publishing research articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals and presenting at conferences.

  • Experience collaborating in research environments and a willingness to work within a multidisciplinary team.

  • Strong communication skills in both English and French.

The expected start date is September 1st, 2024. The appointment will be at the professor level depending on the CV and experience of the successful candidate.

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GSMI: Assistant Professor (without HDR) in Soil Rehabilitation
Lot 660, Hay Moulay Rachid Ben Guerir, Morocco Benguerir, Morocco
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