Research Associate/PhD position (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 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 overall goal of the Integrated Priority Project (IPP) “Towards a better understanding and modelling the interactions between water and carbon dynamics at agricultural used wetlands” founded by ZALF is the improved understanding of the water and carbon cycle and their interaction at shallow groundwater water sites. To record the processes involved in the water and material cycle, we combine modern weighable groundwater lysimeters with automatic chamber systems to measure CO2 exchange under defined hydrological and geochemical boundary conditions. We want to investigate what contribution such a methodical approach can deliver for the clarification, quantification and more precise modelling of the interactions between water, carbon cycles in agricultural used shallow groundwater sites. Results should improve the simulation performance of models and the assessment of future climate change scenarios. They contribute to the development of measures to further reduce GHG emissions and negative impacts on ecosystem services of sensitive lowland regions.

We are offering a part-time position (65% of the regular weekly working time), limited to a maximum of 36 months, at our location in Müncheberg as

Research Associate/PhD position (m/f/d)

Your tasks:

  • to participate in the organisation and execution of field campaigns which will be specifically related to installing lysimeter and chamber measurement system and to collecting data required to simulate the water and Carbon dynamics
  • to implement physically-based models which simulate water, plant, and CO2 dynamics in a shallow groundwater sites and to understand the interconnectivity between different processes
  • to test different modelling approaches and bridge among models and perform simulations on the High-Performance Computing (HPC) Facility (if needed)
  • to implement and deploy algorithms in standard coding languages such as Python, C++ and R
  • to actively identify and engage in the national network of the relevant research projects
  • to present the research findings on international conferences and to publish in peer-reviewed journals

Your qualifications:

  • Master degree in hydrologic, agriculture, soil sciences, or areas related to environmental sciences, with focus on simulation modelling
  • Prove strong interest and knowledge in understanding the interconnectivity between different processes of soil and water dynamics
  • Strong organisational skills and sense of responsibility
  • be fluent in English (oral and written)

We offer:

  • An interdisciplinary working environment that encourages independence and self-reliance
  • Salary is graded to level 13 according to the collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L)
  • A collegial and stimulating working atmosphere in a dynamic research institution
  • The opportunity for further qualification (postgraduate, PhD)

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. Please send your application preferably by e-mail (one PDF file, max. 5 MB) with the usual documents, in particular CV, proof of qualification and certificates, stating the reference number 104-2019 until 15.12.2019 to Bewerbungen(at)zalf.de.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Dr. Claas Nendel Tel. +49 (0) 33432/82-355 or Dr. Bahareh Kamali, Tel, +49 (0)33432 82-411.