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Leib­niz-Zen­trum für Agrar­land­schafts­for­schung e.V. - HR

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 DFG fun­ded pro­ject ‘How sil­icon affects phos­phate avail­ab­il­ity and car­bon turnover in soils’ is a cooper­a­tion of the Sil­icon Biogeo­chem­istry Group (ZALF, Dr. J. Schaller), the group of Exper­i­mental Biogeo­chem­istry (Uni­versity Bayreuth, Prof. M. Obst) and the Insti­tute of Soil Sci­ence and Site Eco­logy (TU Dresden, Prof. K. Kalbitz). The aim of the pro­ject is ana­lyze how sil­icon is inter­fer­ing with phos­phate and organic mat­ter bind­ing to soil min­er­als and how this is alter­ing soil res­pir­a­tion rates.

We are offer­ing a 65% pos­i­tion tem­por­arly lim­ited for 2 years with envi­sioned exten­sion to 3 years

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

Your work­place will be in Müncheberg. At times, you will also work at the TU Dresden and the Uni­versity of Bayreuth.

Work­ing field:

Your tasks:
  • Ana­lyze the effect of sil­icon avail­ab­il­ity on phos­phorus mobil­iz­a­tion from dif­fer­ent soil min­er­als
  • Real­isa­tion of batch exper­i­ments to ana­lyze the phos­phorus bind­ing to dif­fer­ent soil min­er­als by XAS (Cana­dian Light Source) and XPS in col­lab­or­a­tion with exper­i­enced part­ners
  • Determ­ine the effect of sil­icon avail­ab­il­ity on soil res­pir­a­tion along soil gradi­ents
  • Determ­ine the mobil­iz­a­tion of phos­phorus and dis­solved organic car­bon from soil min­er­als by increas­ing sil­icon avail­ab­il­ity
  • meas­ure the changes in green­house gas pro­duc­tion of soils along a soil phos­phorus gradi­ent after chan­ging sil­icon avail­ab­il­ity


Your qual­i­fic­a­tions:
  • Highly motiv­ated
  • Mas­ter uni­versity degree (or equi­val­ent) in earth or nat­ural sci­ences (e.g., Soil Sci­ences, Earth Sci­ences, Envir­on­mental Sci­ences
  • Strong know­ledge in biogeo­chem­istry, ideally know­ledge about sil­icon biogeo­chem­istry, soil sci­ence as well as phos­phorus and iron biogeo­chem­istry
  • Strong exper­i­ences in lab work
  • Excel­lent know­ledge of spoken and writ­ten Eng­lish
  • Excel­lent com­mu­nic­a­tion skills
  • Driv­ing license

What we of­fer:

We offer:
  • An inspir­ing inter­na­tional team
  • The oppor­tun­ity for an intern­ship abroad
  • State-of-the-art ana­lyt­ical tools in the labor­at­or­ies of ZALF, TU Dresden and the Uni­versity of Bayreuth
  • An inter­dis­cip­lin­ary work­ing envir­on­ment that encour­ages inde­pend­ence and self-reli­ance
  • Clas­si­fic­a­tion accord­ing to the col­lect­ive agree­ment of the fed­eral states (TV-L) 13 (65%) (includ­ing spe­cial annual pay­ment)
  • A col­legial and open-minded work­ing atmo­sphere in a dynamic research insti­tu­tion

How to ap­ply:

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; 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 57-2021 until August 31, 2021 to:

If you have any ques­tions, please do not hes­it­ate to con­tact us: Dr. Jörg Schaller, Tel. +49 (0) 33432/82-137.

For cost reas­ons, applic­a­tion doc­u­ments or extens­ive pub­lic­a­tions can only be returned if an adequately stamped envel­ope is attached.

If you apply, we col­lect and pro­cess your per­sonal data in accord­ance with Art­icles 5 and 6 of the EU GDPR only for the pro­cessing of your applic­a­tion and for pur­poses that res­ult from pos­sible future employ­ment with the ZALF. Your data will be deleted after six months.

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