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PhD project: Synthesizing spatio-temporal variations to assess surface/subsurface links in the Critical Zone

Position
PhD project: Synthesizing spatio-temporal variations to assess surface/subsurface links in the Critical Zone

Employer
International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles logo

International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles

In cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry houses a unique and flexible research program that grants German and foreign students a broad selection of learning opportunities while still maintaining a research focus. The IMPRS-gBGC offers a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth system sciences. The overall research and teaching focuses on:

  • Improved understanding of biogeochemical processes with an emphasis on terrestrial ecosystems
  • Development of observational techniques to monitor and assess biogeochemical feedbacks in the Earth system
  • Theory and model development for improving the representation of biogeochemical processes in comprehensive Earth system models

Homepage: http://www.imprs-gbgc.de/applications/imprs2022july/projectdescriptions_outputone.php?PN=S5


Location
Jena, Germany

Sector
Academic

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

Type
Full time

Level
Student / Graduate / Internship

Salary
We offer scholarships for 4 years and full-time contracts for 3 years within an international and multidisciplinary working environment. The starting date is flexible.

Preferred education
Master

Application deadline
16 August 2022

Posted
24 June 2022

Job description

Supervisors: Kai U. Totsche , Susan Trumbore , Robert Lehmann , Simon Schroeter

Project description

The AquaDiva project is a large collaboration to understand connections between the surface and subsurface – how weather, vegetation, and land use at the surface influence the biota and biogeochemical cycling in the subsurface and shallow groundwater. As part of this project, we have collected more than 10 years of data from a network of groundwater wells from the Hainich Critical Zone observatory in central Germany, including time series of properties ranging from continuous measures of groundwater level, temperature, pressure, dissolved oxygen, and chemistry, to monthly/bimonthly measures of water stable isotopes, microbial community, dissolved organic matter properties, and other parameters. The goal of this project is to analyze these time series for patterns that can be used to understand the processes and mechanisms governing the temporal and spatial evolution of aquifer-features and groundwater properties. The synthesized data originating from this project will provide benchmarks to test and challenge our different modeling endeavors and will help to infer biogeochemical fluxes and subsurface water dynamics by combining long-term measurements with advanced modeling.

Requirements

We seek a student with a Master’s degree in hydrology, biogeochemistry, geosciences, computer sciences or other related disciplines. We are particularly looking for students interested in Critical Zone science with skills that can be applied to the analysis of large data sets and who are attracted in working with the rich data collected in AquaDiva and joining in this large project. Some knowledge of hydrology and groundwater modeling is an asset. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.


How to apply

Apply online on www.imprs-gbgc.de/index.php/Application/Main until August 16, 2022.