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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.

PhD Stu­dent (f/m/d)

Working field:

The DFG fun­ded cooper­a­tion pro­ject (IR-SOM-ions) with the Uni­versity Kas­sel Witzen­hausen (Prof. B. Lud­wig) focus on the mech­an­istic under­stand­ing of the inter­ac­tion between OM and cations and their effects on the spec­tral prop­er­ties of OM using Vis/NIR, MIR, and micro-MIR to develop an improved pro­ced­ure for inter­pret­ing IR spec­tra. Within this pro­ject exper­i­ments for optim­iz­ing infrared spec­tro­scopic char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion and quan­ti­fic­a­tion of soil organic mat­ter at scales of increas­ing com­plex­ity will be designed together with the work­ing groups of Prof. B. Lud­wig (Uni­versity Kas­sel-Witzen­hausen).
We are offer­ing a part-time pos­i­tion (65%) for three years at our loc­a­tion in Müncheberg as PhD Stu­dent (f/m/d).

Your tasks:
  • Design and per­form sorp­tion exper­i­ments
  • Ana­lyze of water based mix­tures by infrared spec­tro­scopy (Vis/NIR, MIR, and micro-MIR).
  • Col­lect data and eval­u­ate them stat­ist­ic­ally.
  • Present the data at sci­entific con­fer­ences
  • Pub­lish the res­ults together with the pro­ject part­ners for the sci­entific com­munity


  • MSc or Dipl. in the field of soil sci­ence, chem­istry or com­par­able dis­cip­line
  • Know­ledge in lab-work, spec­tro­scopy, and stat­ist­ics
  • Will­ing­ness to learn new meth­ods and to work sci­en­tific­ally in inter­dis­cip­lin­ary teams
  • Exper­i­ence with mod­el­ling sys­tems or big data (bene­fi­cial)
  • Abil­ity and will­ing­ness to ana­lyze com­plex issues
  • Goal-ori­ented and inde­pend­ent work style
  • Cre­at­ive, enthu­si­astic, and enjoy sci­entific work

What we offer:

  • An inter­dis­cip­lin­ary work­ing envir­on­ment that encour­ages inde­pend­ence and self-reli­ance
  • A col­legial and open-minded work­ing atmo­sphere in a dynamic research insti­tu­tion
  • Cooper­a­tion with other work­ing groups (e.g. Prof. B. Lud­wig; Uni­versity Kas­sel Witzen­hausen)
  • Clas­si­fic­a­tion accord­ing to the col­lect­ive agree­ment of the fed­eral states level up to E13 TV-L, includ­ing spe­cial annual pay­ment

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 75-2022 until August 15th,2022 to:
If you have any ques­tions, please do not hes­it­ate to con­tact us: Dr. R. Eller­brock, Tel. +49 (0) 33432/82-238.
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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