PostDoc position in Soil Science - 'Soil processes at the micro-scale – new approaches'

PostDoc position in Soil Science / "Soil processes at the micro-scale – new approaches to study soils using NanoSIMS"

We announce a full PostDoc position in Soil Science at the Technische Universität München (Lehrstuhl für Bodenkunde, The earliest starting date is June 1^st 2013. Salary is TV-L E13 (100%) according to the German TV-L system (Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst der Länder). The position is full-time for three years and can be prolongated for another three years. This position gives an opportunity to develop new conceptual and methodological approaches with state of the art analytical techniques in a lab focusing on the fate and stabilization of soil organic matter. The group (Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner) is located at Freising-Weihenstephan, nearby Munich in southern Bavaria.

*Description: *

The formation of organo-mineral associations and soil aggregates but also interactions between plant and soil (rhizosphere) happen at submicron scales. However, these processes determine phenomena (e.g. C-sequestration, nutrient cycling) on much larger scales up to the ecosystem and global level. With the introduction and increasing utilization of modern (spectro-)microscopic techniques in soil science, e.g. atomic force microscopy (AFM) or nano-scale secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS), the need for the development of new experimental and methodological approaches is growing. Within the advertised project we aim to develop new experimental and sample preparation methods to meet the requirements of these analytical techniques. The main experimental focus will be put on the formation of new biogeochemical interfaces with a special focus on aggregation and microbial-soil interactions. Responsibilities also include supervision of PhD students and teaching for students in agriculture, forestry, biology and environmental sciences.

*Required experience:*

Applicants should have a PhD in geosciences, geoecology, biology, environmental sciences or a related discipline. Candidates with experience in microscopic techniques, e.g. epi-fluorescence, scanning and/or transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), NanoSIMS are highly welcome. Fieldwork experience in geological and/or ecological sciences and laboratory research experience in geochemistry or biogeochemistry is required. The candidate should be highly motivated, team-oriented and willing to work with advanced analytical techniques.


A single pdf-file including letter of motivation, research experience, CV, and publication list should be sent by email to Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner (Αυτή η διεύθυνση ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου προστατεύεται από τους αυτοματισμούς αποστολέων ανεπιθύμητων μηνυμάτων. Χρειάζεται να ενεργοποιήσετε τη JavaScript για να μπορέσετε να τη δείτε.). Application deadline is March 25, 2013.

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner

Lehrstuhl für Bodenkunde
Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan für Ernährung, Landnutzung und Umwelt
TU München
85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Phone: +49-(0)8161-715174

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