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The Chair of Soil Science, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Freising (Weihenstephan) is offering a PostDoc position in Soil Science commencing as soon as possible. Salary is TV-L E13 (100%) according to the German TV-L system (Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst der Länder). The postdoc will be located at Freising (Weihenstephan), nearby Munich in southern Bavaria.

Description of the scientific environment

The successful applicant will be based at the Chair of Soil Science (group of Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner), Technical University of Munich, Freising (www.boku.ls.tum.de).
The TUM School of Life Sciences campus is situated 30 km North of Munich and connects multiple disciplines centred around the research of managed and natural ecosystems.
The work will be conducted in close collaboration with co-PI Assoc. Prof. Carsten W. Mueller at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management.

Project description

The PostDoc position is part of the DFG priority program “Rhizosphere Spatiotemporal Organisation - a Key to Rhizosphere Functions” (SPP 2089), based on the collaboration of over 20 research groups focusing on the deeper understanding of rhizosphere functioning (www.ufz.de/spp-rhizosphere).

The project represents the second 3-year phase of the project, and thus builds on the gained understanding of the functioning of the Maize rhizosphere in two different soil materials. The PostDoc will now further investigate the link between long term effects of root activity and the fate of plant derived organic matter in soil, together with the elucidation of soil structure formation. A major key part of the whole priority project is the use of multiple imaging techniques to study the intact rhizosphere. Here the PostDoc will have the opportunity to bring in own experience and discover new avenues to better understand the plant-microorganism-soil interactions that lead to the sequestration of root derived organic matter.

Job description

The position is available for 12 months with a possible prolongation to a total of 36 months and your key tasks as a PostDoc are:

-        planning and managing field and lab scale experiments
-        measurement and analysis of rhizosphere properties incl. biogeochemical measures
-        studying C and N cycles at plant-soil interface using isotopic labelling
-        measurement of trace gas fluxes (CO2
-        publishing of experimental results and synergies
-        staying at University of Copenhagen for periods of time to conduct experiments

The post may also include performance of other duties.

Formal requirements

Applicants have to hold a PhD degree in soil science, geoecology, agriculture, biology, biogeochemistry or a closely related field. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will be laid on publication record and relevant work experience.

We are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious individual with good interpersonal and communication skills.
The successful candidate should have professional experience as stated below:

-strong knowledge on soil biogeochemical processes
-practical experience in planning and conducting field and greenhouse experiments with plant-soil systems
-experience with trace gas measurements and chemical soil analyses including soil organic matter studies
-experience with and interest for isotope analyses will be an advantage
-knowledge about and experience with statistical data analysis
-Expertise in statistics and the use of statistical software (R, SAS, SPSS) are a merit

Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement.

For specific information, please contact
Ingrid Koegel Knabner, koegel@tum.de or
Carsten W. Mueller, cm@ign.ku.dk.

 

Please include

one PDF containing:

-   Cover Letter (1 page) describing your background, personal qualities, research interests and motivation for applying for this position
-   CV, including scientific education, professional experience and outreach (max. 2 pages)
-   PhD diploma
-   Complete publication list
-   Separate PDF of 3 particular relevant own papers

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline to submit applications is October 18, 2021 Please send your application via email

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings. - The TUM School of Life Sciences on the TUM Campus Weihenstephan is specialised on the major geopolitical challenges of the 21st century, especially on pressing issues of global change and food security.

The interdisciplinary joint project Landscapes under Climate Change - Influence of management and climate change on interactions of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems is headed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Völkel (Coordinator), PD Dr. Michael Dannenmann (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Geist, Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner & Prof. Dr. Michael Schloter.

Climate change influences the (nutrient) matter balance in the near subsurface, and therefore the interaction patterns between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in cultural and natural landscapes will change and put ecological and economic soil functions and ecosystem services at risk. C, N, P compounds play a prominent role in the search for mitigation and adaptation strategies. Changes in the metabolic balance of soils and soil-borne sediments are closely linked to changes in the microbiome. The complex interaction patterns in the near subsurface (critical zone) of terrestrial ecosystems are directly linked to aquatic ecosystems via substance inputs to water bodies, whose biodiversity is particularly at risk. In cultural landscapes, the form of land use is of utmost importance, especially grassland and its management. In search of suitable mitigation strategies, the project investigates these changes in the sink and source function of the C, N, P reservoirs along a climatic gradient in the Bavarian Forest near Regensburg from the montane to the colline stage within the same natural unit. In the context of the project, quasi-natural grassland sites without current and without previous soil management form the reference conditions. They are contrasted with long-term intensively used sites. On the basis of these scenarios, the interactions between landscape and climate will be illuminated and, in comparison with the corresponding regulations such as the Water Framework Directive and the Soil Protection Ordinance, management strategies will be developed with the aim of maintaining soil functions under climate change conditions and reducing undesirable inputs from terrestrial to aquatic systems. In addition to cultural landscape genesis, the structure of the near-surface subsurface with material stocks, layer structure, weathering phenomena, pedogenesis and slope water flow is of fundamental importance. Hence, the interdisciplinary project combines the competences of geomorphology, soil science, microbiology, stable isotope biogeochemistry, hydrology and aquatic systems biology.

The following positions will be available from February 1st, 2022 or later as soon as possible, subject to final approval by the funding organization

1 PostDoc (E13 TV-L, full-time, temporary) and 5 PhD students (E13 TV-L, 75%, temporary)

Job Description PostDoc (Prof. Dr. Jörg Völkel) 
Job Description PhD Geomorphology & Soil Science (Prof. Dr. Jörg Völkel)
Job Description PhD Soil Science (Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner)
Job Description PhD Aquatic Systems Biology (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Geist)
Job Description PhD Microbiology (Prof. Dr. Michael Schloter)
Job Description PhD Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry (PD Dr. Michael Dannenmann)

 

All positions (1 PostDoc, 5 PhD) are limited to 3 years. TUM and KIT strive to achieve gender balance at all levels of employment. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply for this position. With appropriate qualifications, applications from persons with handicaps will be treated with preference.

The appointment procedures begin four weeks after the publication of the tender, respectively October 18th 2021, and continue until the positions are filled in. If you are interested, please send your complete application with CV, letter of motivation, a brief statement of research experiences and interests, diplomas and the names and contact information of two references in a single PDF file to geo@wzw.tum.de

 

Contact:

Technische Universität München
Extraordinariat für Geomorphologie und Bodenkunde
Prof. Dr. Jörg Völkel
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
85354 Freising