Innovative approaches for measuring abiotic properties of subsoils
We offer a 3-year PostDoc-position at the Chair of Soil Science of the Technische Universität München (www.soil-science.com) within the Soil3 project of the BMBF-funded BonaRes program. The group of Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner is located at Freising-Weihenstephan, nearby Munich in southern Bavaria. The announced position includes a salary according to TV-L E13, corresponding to the German TV-L system (Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst der Länder). The successful candidates will be expected to start on 01st November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Project SOIL3 – Sustainable Subsoil Management: Innovative approaches for measuring abiotic properties of subsoils
This project aims to entangle the intertwined network of mineral matrix, soil organic matter and biota building up soil fertility of agricultural soils. In topsoils, these interrelations are studied but the space beneath the plough layer is still neglected and potentials maybe lying dormant. We want to use this knowledge for the development of sustainable management strategies with special emphasis on subsoils.
The PostDoc will analyze the quantity, quality and distribution of important soil organic matter fractions in various agricultural soils using physical fractionation, solid state 13C NMR spectroscopy and VisNIR imaging spectroscopy to determine major biological, chemical and physical soil properties.
We seek an interactive, driven and talented individual with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research. Candidates should hold a PhD in biological or agricultural sciences, ecology, earth sciences or a related subject with a strong knowledge in soil science. Relevant experience in VisNIR spectroscopy, digital image processing, characterization of organic matter and mineral quality or statistical data treatment is an asset. Duties will include both field sampling and laboratory work. An essential part of the post will be to integrate within the existing research group, present at international conferences and publish results in high-ranking international journals
Applications including letter of motivation, curriculum vitae with publication list and copies of all academic degrees (certificates in other languages than German, English, Spanish, French or Italian have to be handed in with a certified translation) should be sent to this
Review of applicants will begin October 5, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.