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Postdoctoral researcher in Soil Science

Postdoctoral researcher in Soil Science

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University of Goettingen


Goettingen, Germany


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)

Full time


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.

Required education

Application deadline
5 April 2019

19 March 2019

Job description

The Soil Science of Tropical and Subtropical Ecosystems group at the University of Goettingen is offering a position as

Postdoctoral researcher in Soil Science

The position should be filled, starting 01.06.2019 and is offered under a fixed term contract for three years, with the option to extend with another period of up to 3 years. 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:
The soil science of tropical and subtropical ecosystems group conducts research on the role of soils in carbon, nutrient cycling and trace gas exchange in natural and managed tropical and subtropical ecosystems. Within this context, we expect that the successful applicant will develop his/her own research profile and that he/she will lead the trace gas laboratory as part of his/her qualification. Teaching responsibilities are 5 SWS (weekly hours per semester) with lectures, field and laboratory exercises.

Your Profile:
- Ph.D. with a Master/Diploma in soil science or related disciplines (geo-ecology, environmental sciences, forest ecology, etc.)
- Research experience in tropical and/or subtropical countries (also as a postdoc)
- Excellent knowledge of statistics, skills in data analysis with R and/or programming
- Experience with methods for trace gas analysis
- Scientific creativity shown by a track record of original and innovative research
- Proficiency in English

The University of Goettingen is an equal opportunity 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, a statement of research interests, CV with copies of certificates, list of publications and contacts of references in electronic form as a single pdf file by April 5, 2019 to Prof. E. Veldkamp. If you have any questions, please contact: Information about the Soil Science of Tropical and Subtropical Ecosystem group can be found at .

Please note:
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