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