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Helm­holtz-Zen­trum Dres­den-Ros­sen­dorf e.V.

Through cut­ting-edge research in the fields of ENERGY, HEALTH and MAT­TER, Helm­holtz-Zen­trum Dresden-Rossen­dorf (HZDR) solves some of the press­ing soci­etal and indus­trial chal­lenges of our time. Join our 1.500 employ­ees from more than 50 nations at one of our six research sites and help us mov­ing research to the next level!

The Cen­ter for Advanced Sys­tems Under­stand­ing (CASUS) is a Ger­man-Pol­ish research cen­ter for data-intens­ive digital sys­tems research. CASUS was foun­ded in 2019 in Görl­itz and con­ducts digital inter­dis­cip­lin­ary sys­tems research in vari­ous fields such as earth sys­tems research, sys­tems bio­logy and mater­i­als research.

The Young Invest­ig­ator Group on Dynam­ics of Com­plex Liv­ing Sys­tems at CASUS is look­ing for a Post­Doc (f/m/d) in com­pu­ta­tio­nal mod­el­ing of root dynam­ics and below­ground plant inter­ac­tions.

PostDoc (f/m/d) in com­pu­ta­tional mod­el­ing of root dynam­ics and below­ground plant inter­ac­tions

The pos­i­tion will be avail­able at the earli­est pos­sible date. The employ­ment con­tract is lim­ited to two years with the pos­sib­il­ity of lon­ger-term pro­spects.

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate (f/m/d) will be part of an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary team study­ing how soil com­plex­ity and bio­phys­ical pro­ces­ses shape pat­terns of root growth and ulti­mately eco­lo­gical inter­ac­tions bet­ween plants and large scale spa­tial pat­terns of veget­a­tion cov­er­age. In par­tic­u­lar, the post­doc (f/m/d) will deve­lop and extend com­pu­ta­tio­nal mod­els for root growth in dif­fer­ent envir­on­men­tal con­di­tions and fit them to high res­ol­u­tion spa­ti­otem­poral data.

Working field:

  • Deve­lop and ana­lyze math­em­at­ical mod­els of root resource acquis­i­tion based on mul­tivari­ate optim­iz­a­tion (Cabal et al. Sci­ence 2020, bioR­xiv 2023)
  • Fit mod­els to high res­ol­u­tion spa­tio-tem­poral data of root growth
  • Extra­pol­ate para­met­er­ized mod­els to large pop­u­la­tion sizes and quan­tify the emer­gent spa­tial dis­tri­bu­tion of root bio­mass
  • Work clo­sely with our extens­ive net­work of inter­na­tio­nal col­lab­or­at­ors includ­ing eco­lo­gist, and soil and mater­ial sci­ent­ists at SIRIUS-CNPEM, Bra­zil; Prin­ceton Uni­ver­sity, USA; and Natio­nal Museum of Nat­ural Sci­ences, Spain
  • Pub­lish res­ults in aca­demic, peer-reviewed journ­als
  • Pre­sent res­ults at sci­ent­i­fic meet­ings


  • PhD degree in a rel­ev­ant field such as phys­ics, app­lied math­em­at­ics, oper­a­tions rese­arch, com­puter sci­ences, quant­it­at­ive eco­logy, envir­on­men­tal sci­ences, or a rela­ted field
  • Excel­lent pro­gram­ming skills in at least one of the fol­low­ing pro­gram­ming lan­guages: Python, R, Julia, For­tran, C/C++
  • Advan­ced know­ledge of a sym­bolic cal­cu­la­tion soft­ware such as Math­em­at­ica is desir­able
  • Famili­ar­ity with eco­lo­gical and evol­u­tion­ary the­ory, espe­cially evol­u­tion­ary game the­ory, is a plus but not requi­red
  • Evid­ence of the abil­ity to pub­lish res­ults in top peer-reviewed journ­als
  • Strong motiv­a­tion to work in a col­lab­or­at­ive and mul­tidi­scip­lin­ary envir­on­ment
  • Excel­lent com­mu­nic­a­tion skills in Eng­lish and in a pro­fes­sio­nal con­text (pre­sent­a­tion of rese­arch res­ults at sci­ent­i­fic meet­ings, col­lo­quial dis­cus­sions, writ­ing of manu­scripts)

What we offer:

  • A vibrant rese­arch com­munity in an open, diverse and inter­na­tio­nal work envir­on­ment
  • Sci­ent­i­fic excel­lence and extens­ive pro­fes­sio­nal net­work­ing oppor­tun­it­ies
  • A wide range of qual­i­fic­a­tion oppor­tun­it­ies and indi­vidual career coun­sel­ing pro­vi­ded by the Post­doc Cen­ter HZDR-TUD
  • Salary and social bene­fits in accord­ance with the col­lect­ive agree­ment for the pub­lic sec­tor (TVöD-Bund) includ­ing 30 days of paid hol­i­day leave, com­pany pen­sion scheme (VBL)
  • We sup­port a good work-life bal­ance with the pos­sib­il­ity of part-time employ­ment, mobile work­ing and flex­ible work­ing hours
  • Numer­ous com­pany health man­age­ment offer­ings
  • Employee dis­counts with well-known pro­viders via the plat­form Cor­por­ate Bene­fits

How to apply:

Kindly sub­mit your com­pleted applic­a­tion (includ­ing cover let­ter, CV, dip­lo­mas/tran­scripts, etc.) only via our Online-applic­a­tion-sys­tem:!BewerbungS1?pNid=490&pJid=1662&pLang=en