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PhD/doctoral student: Organic matter protection through mineral interactions in soil

12.04.2016 - TU München, Lehrstuhl für Bodenkunde

As part of an international collaboration between the Technical University Munich, Germany, its Institute of Advanced Studies, and Cornell University, USA, the incumbent will investigate organic matter dynamics in soil.

The focus of the research is the investigation of the role of ultra-small scale distribution for the protection of organic matter conferred by adsorption or co-precipitation with different minerals in natural and experimental systems.
The research will utilize high-resolution imagery of isotope and functional group distribution.

The incumbent will work towards a doctoral degree at the Technical University Munich, Germany, but is expected to spend a certain amount of time at Cornell University, USA, for specialized microscopic analyses.
The project is funded by the TUM Institute of Advanced Study for three years and provides a salary of 75 % of German TVL E13 scheme (approx. EUR 1600.- per month/net) together with health and social security benefits.
Requirements: Diploma or Masters in soil, environmental or earth sciences, environmental chemistry, chemistry or physics with interest and some knowledge in soil science,
experience with spectroscopic and microscopic techniques, and strong quantitative skills.

Review of applications will commence May 1, but will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
The position is for three years, starting August 1, 2016 (negotiable).

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, names and contact details of three references in a single pdf file.
Please submit applications electronically to: Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, email:

For inquiries, please contact either Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, email:, or Prof. Johannes Lehmann, email:
Vacancy as a PDF at