About Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin:

Established more than 200 years ago, in 1810, the Humboldt University of Berlin is one of the most prestigious universities not only in Germany, but in Europe. It has a world class reputation in arts and humanities fields. Originally known simply as the University of Berlin, it was given its current name in 1949, and is named after both its founder, Wilhelm von Humboldt, and his brother, the esteemed naturalist and alumnus of the institution, Alexander von Humboldt. HU Berlin is recognised as one of Europe’s pioneering higher education institutions. Wilhelm von Humboldt is credited with developing a model for universities that saw a closer relationship between research and teaching – a model that is still followed in higher education institutions across the world today.

The institution’s academic clout is evidenced by the fact that it has educated no fewer than 29 Nobel prizewinners, including Max Born, who won the prize for physics in 1954; Theodor Mommsen, who won the prize for for literature in 1902; and Wassily Leontief who won the prize for economics in 1973. In 2006, the federal government’s German Universities Excellence Initiative began allocating additional funding to institutions that proved they were leaders in science and research. In 2012, HU Berlin, was one of 11 institutions to receive this money, enhancing its reputation as one of the country’s elite universities. Among HU Berlin’s famous alumni are Marxism founders Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, as well as novelist Alfred Döblin, and theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher. Composer Felix Mendelssohn was also a student there, while Albert Einstein spent time as a professor at the university.

Faculty of Life Sciences – Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Doctoral research fellow with 65 of regular working hours – E 13 TV-L HU (third-party funding limited for 3 years) to study dynamic photosynthetic acclimation in wheat:

Job discription:

Scientific Research services in context of the DFG project ´Dynamic acclimation of source capacity in fluctuating light and temperature environments`

  • Conducting climate chamber and greenhouse experiments
  • Measuring plant and canopy parameters
  • Application and further development of dynamic simulation models for canopy photosynthesis and yield formation
  • Preparation of project reports and publications
  • tasks for your own scientific qualification (doctorate)


Completed academic university degree (MSc.) in agricultural, horticultural or plant sciences with strong programming skills (Python and R) or PhD in computer science or data science with experience in modelling plant growth

  • Good understanding of plant ecophysiology, photosynthesis, statistics, modeling (crop model or functional-structural plant model) or phenotyping
  • ability to evaluate and analyze data collected from the phenotyping experiments using the R or Python based data processing and modeling pipeline
  • ability of data management for reproducible data processing
  • knowledge in GWAS analyzes is desired

The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply. Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies in the application only.

Please send applications (with cover letter, curriculum vitae, MSc. thesis and relevant certificates), and quoting the reference number DR/176/22 preferably by e-mail in a summarized PDF file to tsu-wei.chen@hu-berlin.de or to the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences, Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Prof. Dr. Tsu-Wei Chen (based: Lentzeallee 75), Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin.

Application Deadline: 17/01/2023 – 00:00 (Europe/Berlin)

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