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Postdoc in plant ecophysiology

Postdoc in plant ecophysiology

University of Goettingen, Bioclimatology group logo

University of Goettingen, Bioclimatology group

TheBioclimatology group focuses – in research and teaching – on the interaction of forest ecosystems and atmopshere. We aims to understand the ecophysiology and biogeochemical cycles of terrestrial ecosystems and to investigate how they respond to a changing environment and to land-use management using field and laboratory measurements and models.

The University of Goettingen is one of the top universities in Germany and has a particular focus on environmental sciences covering forestry, agricultural, biology, and earth sciences.

Göttingen is a vibrant student town in the center of Germany with a high proportion of international students and staff.


Göttingen, Germany


Relevant division
Biogeosciences (BG)

Full time


TV-L 13, 100% according to German Salary scale, including social security and health insurance benefits

Preferred education

Application deadline
15 January 2019

19 December 2018

Job description

The Bioclimatology group ( at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is offering a position as

Postdoctoral researcher in plant ecophysiology

in the project OXYFLUX – Oxygen flux measurements as a new tracer for the carbon and nitrogen cycles in terrestrial ecosystems funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

The position should be filled as soon as possible and is offered under a fixed term contract terminating on September 30, 2021. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (TV-L E13) with 100%, which corresponds to 39.8 working hours per week.

Your duties
OXYFLUX will investigate various aspects of oxygen exchange processes between the land surface and the atmosphere ranging from local to global scales. Tasks include investigating the CO2 and O2 gas exchange of leaves, trunk and soil at forest and agricultural field sites, data analysis and interpretation, presentation of results nationally and internationally, publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Measurements are carried out at sites in Germany.

Your profile

  • Ph.D. in biology or related discipline (plant ecology, plant physiology, geo-ecology, soil sciences, geography, environmental sciences etc.)
  • Research experience with gas exchange measurements of plants and/or soils
  • Expertise in ecophysiological processes and/or soil sciences
  • Scientific creativity shown by a track record of original and innovative research
  • Proficiency in English

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

How to apply

Please send your application with letter of motivation, CV with copies of certificates, list of publications and contacts of references in electronic form as a single pdf-file by 15 January 2019 to Prof. A. Knohl, (subject OXYFLUX). If you have any questions, please contact: Information about the bioclimatology group and OXYFLUX can be found at

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