Postdoctoral researcher (f/m/d) for in-situ stable isotope analysis

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 solutions for an ecologically, economically 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 project “Stable Isotope and AI supported model development for high frequency, cross scale water partitioning” (ISO-SCALE) studies the temporal dynamics and spatial variability in ecosystem evapotranspiration, soil evaporation, plant transpiration, soil water distribution and root water uptake. Within that project Work Package 1 main goal is to assess small scale spatio-temporal heterogeneities of water flow along the Soil plant atmosphere interfaces, including spatio-temporal plasticity in root water uptake profiles and small scale (e.g. single plant) transpiration fluxes, by developing a novel integrative, continuous, automated, in-situ stable water isotope monitoring system.

We are offering a full time position temporarily limited for 36 months at our location in Müncheberg as

Postdoctoral researcher (f/m/d) for in-situ stable isotope analysis

Your tasks

  1. investigate small scale spatio-temporal dynamics of precipitation and soil water by using in-situ stable water isotope techniques
  2. investigate small scale spatio-temporal dynamics of plant water fluxes, productivity and phenological development and their isotopic signatures (focus on gas exchange and in-situ stable isotope sensing)
  3. project coordination
  4. field work at the project field site in Göttingen
  5. co-coordination of phd-students

Your qualifications

  1. Studies (Diploma, Master) in environmental sciences, biology, hydrology, or geosciences
  2. successful dissertation (Phd) in environmental sciences, biology, hydrology, or geosciences
  3. experience in field work
  4. (basic) experience in stable isotope analysis, gas-exchange and sensor automatisation
  5. programming experience, preferentially in Python or R
  6. independent and well-organized work style and time management
  7. good command of English (written and spoken)

We offer

  1. an interdisciplinary working environment that encourages independence and self-reliance
  2. classification according to the collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L) 13 (including special annual payment)
  3. a collegial and open-minded working atmosphere in a dynamic research institution
  4. support for work-life balance certified by berufundfamilie audit
  5. job ticket

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. The filling of the position in part-time is possible in principle. Please send your application preferably online (see button online application below). For e-mail applications, create a PDF document (one PDF file, max. 5 MB; packed PDF documents, archive files like zip, rar etc. Word documents cannot be processed and therefore cannot be considered!) with the usual documents, in particular CV, proof of qualification and certificates, stating the reference number 08-2023 until 28 February 2023 to (see button e-mail application below).


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Dr. Maren Dubbert, Tel. +49 (0) 33432/82-574.

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