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Post-Doc in the field of soil science/Circular Agronomics

13.02.2018 - Technical University of Munich, Germany

The Technical University of Munich is offering a postdoctoral position in the field of soil science. The project will be part of the Circular Agronomics project funded within the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union. "Development of models to predict C and nutrient distribution in soils using hyperspectral imaging".

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the field of soil science at the Technical University of Munich. The postdoctoral scientist will join a team of international scientists at the Chair of Soil Science. A centre of excellence, TUM is Germany’s top university (QS and Shanghai rankings) and among the top universities world-wide.

The position is part of the Circular Agronomics project funded within the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union for a fixed-term of 4 years. The earliest starting date is May 1st, 2018. The position is full-time (100%) and the salary is in accordance with the German TV-L E13 (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst der Länder). The postdoc will be located with the group of Prof. Kögel-Knabner at Freising-Weihenstephan, near Munich, Bavaria, in southern Germany.

The selected candidate will develop models to predict C and nutrient distribution in soils using hyperspectral imaging. Additionally, she/he will sample and analyse soils under novel organic amendments from across Europe, and calculate nutrient budgets and changes in C cycling due to these amendments. The candidate will be highly motivated, team-oriented and willing to work in a larger group of scientists.

Essential qualifications for this position include:

  • PhD in soil science, environmental science, environmental engineering or equivalent, with a focus on soil biogeochemistry
  • Proven track-record of publications and research in internationally esteemed peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience with R, MATLAB or similar
  • Excellent communication skills including fluency in English
  • Experience with spectroscopic applications in soil science
  • Experience with project design and soil sampling
  • Knowledge and application of modern statistical techniques (data mining)

To apply, please send a single pdf file containing
1) a motivation letter (personal statement describing research experience and interests, max. 1 A4 page),
2) an up-to-date CV (including list of publications, education history and brief description of MSc and PhD thesis projects), and
3) name and contact information of at least two references.

The deadline to submit applications is March 15, 2018. Please address applications to Dr. Eleanor Hobley (bodenkunde[at]wzw.tum.de)
A full description of the position can be found at http://go.tum.de/754310


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