Ph.D. student (m/f/d)

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg

The mission of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to deliver economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and is located in Müncheberg (approx. 35 minutes by regional train from Berlin-Lichtenberg). It also maintains a research station with further locations in Dedelow and Paulinenaue.

The integrated priority project “Optimal N for future agricultural landscapes: digital technologies to optimize tradeoffs” aims at developing predictive tools to support site specific crop N management for optimal delivery of ecosystem services related to N. The project is composed of three sub-projects, with respective focuses on process understanding; upscaling; and predictive modelling. Within sub-project 1, we aim to a) quantify small scale variability of N-transformation and –loss processes within new agricultural landscapes and to understand their driving factors and b) to incorporate soil N transformation and loss processes into a state of the art soil organic matter model in order to better understand and predict N availability and N losses. For this sub-project

we are offering a 65% position, temporarily limited for 36 months, starting from February 2021 at our location in Müncheberg for a

Ph.D. student (m/f/d)

Your tasks:

  • Conducting field measurements on gross nitrogen turnover
  • Monitoring N2O emissions in the field
  • Conducting laboratory experiments coupling gross nitrogen turnover and N2O measurements
  • Inclusion of nitrogen dynamics in a state of the art soil organic matter model
  • Close collaboration with the PhD students of sub-project 2 and 3
  • Publication of results in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Your qualifications:

  • Master of science in the field of agricultural, ecological or geological sciences
  • Experience in field and/or laboratory work related to agriculture/soil science
  • Good statistical knowledge
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • A substantial interest in science and willingness to learn new methods

We offer:

  • An interdisciplinary working environment that encourages independence and self-reliance
  • Membership in ZALF’s graduate program (incl. benefit from skill training courses)
  • Family-orientated work
  • Classification according to the collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L) EG13 with a 65% weekly working time (including special annual payment)
  • A collegial and open-minded working atmosphere in a dynamic research institution

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. Please send your application by e-mail (one PDF file, max. 5 MB) with a cover letter, CV, copy of your MSc degree, transcripts, the names and contact information for three references stating the reference number 83-2020 until December 15, 2020 to: Bewerbungen(at)zalf.de.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Dr. Maire Holz
Tel. +49 (0) 33432/82-127

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