Doctoral Research Assistant (m/f/d) at Geisenheim University, Department of Applied Ecology (Professorship for Research into Climate Impacts) Where? Geisenheim in the Rheingau region (50 km west of Frankfurt/Main) When? Immediately How? part-time basis (65%) for the period of three years (§ 2 para. 1 WissZeitVG)

In a joint project on strategies for CO2 removal from the atmosphere funded by the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), researchers from Geisenheim University (HGU), the University of Hamburg, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Ithaka Institute will explore synergies of combining two methods of “carbon dioxide removal” (CDR) – the use of biochar and rock flour in agriculture.

The joint project “Pyrogenic carbon and mineral weathering (“PyMiCCS”) for accelerated plant growth and carbon removal and storage” is embedded in the CDRterra research network. In our subproject 3, the candidate on the HGU side applies methods of crop science (soil science, plant nutrition), greenhouse gas flux measurements, and uses stable isotopes (13 C-CO2) to quantify C input and fate in soils.

Your tasks – our joint progress.
• Independent implementation of pot experiments with and without plants in the greenhouse and in the field incl. soil and plant physiological
• Measurement and calculation of fluxes of the greenhouse gases CO2, N2O and CH4 using the closed-chamber method
• Carrying out measurements accompanying the experiments in the
laboratories of the project partners in Hamburg (short research visits)
• Statistical and graphical processing of the collected data, publication of the obtained results in technical articles and their presentation at project meetings and conferences
• Substantial participation and support of the project management in administrative procedures as well as proactive communication with project and research partners
• (Co-)supervision of student theses (BSc, MSc)

Your competence – our requirements.
• Completed scientific university studies (Master’s degree or university diploma) in biology, agricultural sciences, biogeochemistry, soil science or geosciences (with a focus on soil) or comparable studies
• Good knowledge of graphic design and statistical software, e.g. use of the programming language R
• Initial experience with scientific publishing or greenhouse gas flux measurements is an advantage
• Problem-oriented, independent, reliable and systematic way of working
• High level of communication and teamwork skills, interest in CDR and science communication
• Good to very good knowledge of German and/or English, both written and spoken; if necessary, willingness to learn German as a foreign language

Our offer – your chance.
• Security – employment in the public sector with remuneration (depending on professional experience and qualifications) up to pay group 13 TV-H and a company pension scheme
• Prospects – personal, needs-oriented support through extensive training and continuing education opportunities. Within the framework of this project, admission to a separate doctoral training program of the CDRterra network will take place
• Flexibility – individual working time models (work-life balance), in principle possibility of mobile working after training, and 30 vacation days
• Mobility – Hessen 2023 state ticket for free use of local and regional public transport throughout Hessen
• Feel-good factor – Feeling of togetherness as “Geisenheimer:innen” due to familial environment on a green campus with listed parks and buildings, paired with Rheingau cordiality.

To apply: Does this sound exciting to you? Then please send your application (as a PDF file) to by 19th February 2023 quoting the reference number 03/2023. We look forward to hearing from you!

For initial questions (also regarding the processing of application data, see data protection information/application data), please contact: Frau Prof. Dr. Kammann
Tel.: 00496722 502-755

Carolyn-Monika Görres
Hochschule Geisenheim University

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