The mission of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to deliver solutions for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and is located in Müncheberg (approx. 35 minutes by regional train from Berlin-Lichtenberg). It also maintains a research station with further locations in Dedelow and Paulinenaue.

The Research Area 1 Landscape Functioning of ZALF (RA1) investigates the functioning of agricultural landscapes and aims at contributions to the United Nations’ Sustainability Goals (SDGs) Zero Hunger, Climate Action, and Life on Land. The BMEL funded project of the working group Isotope Biogeochemistry and Gas Fluxes “Rhizosphere traits to improve crop breeding for enhanced P efficiency under water limitation” aims to identify root and rhizosphere traits to be considered in plant breeding for the development of climate-ready, resource-efficient cereal cultivars.

The methods cover field trails as well as approaches under controlled conditions, investigating the plant-soil-system. The project includes a cooperation with the Japan International Research Centre for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), Tsukuba, Japan and BOKU Vienna (Rhizosphere Ecology and Biogeochemistry Group). We are offering a 100% position temporarily limited for 20 months (Start: Oct 2023 or later) at our location in Müncheberg as Post-doc (m/f/d) 80-2023

Your tasks:

  • coordination of the project work and of the joint experiments with the project partner in Japan
  • performing field experiments and pot experiments with different rice, wheat and maize varieties at ZALF, Müncheberg and at JIRCAS, Tsukuba, Japan
  • possibility to stay for approx. 3 month with the project partners in Japan
  • project-related lab work incl. sample preparation, plant and root carbon/phosphorus analysis
  • metabolom analysis of root exudates and soil microbial community analysis
  • statistical data analysis
  • presentation of results on national and international conferences
  • publication of results in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Your qualifications:

  • phD in the field of agricultural, ecological or geological sciences
  • experience in experimental laboratory work
  • experience in soil microbial community analysis
  • excellent communication skills (incl. English)
  • practical experience with plant experiments and radiotracer techniques would be an advantage
  • a substantial interest in science and willingness to learn new methods
  • knowledge in statistics would be an advantage
  • willingness to travel within Germany and abroad

What we offer:

  • a collegial and open-minded working atmosphere in state-of-the-art facilities
  • family-orientated work
  • possibility to achieve a doctoral degree
  • participation in national and international conferences
  • membership in ZALF’s graduate program (incl. benefit from skill training courses)
  • scientific and personal exchange with the project partners at BOKU (Austria) and JIRCAS (Japan)
  • an interdisciplinary and international working environment that encourages independence and self-reliance
  • classification according to the collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L) up to EG13 (including special annual payment)
  • company ticket

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. It is generally possible to work in the position on a part-time basis.

To apply: Please send your application preferably online (see button online application below). For e-mail applications, create a PDF document (one PDF file, max. 5 MB; packed PDF documents, archive files like zip, rar etc.

Word documents cannot be processed and therefore cannot be considered!) with the usual documents, in particular CV, proof of qualification and certificates, stating the reference number 80-2023 until July 31, 2023 to (see button e-mail application below). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Dr. Maire Holz, phone +49(0)33432/82-127, Email:

For cost reasons, application documents or extensive publications can only be returned if an adequately stamped envelope is attached.

If you apply, we collect and process your personal data in accordance with Articles 5 and 6 of the EU GDPR only for the processing of your application and for purposes that result from possible future employment with the ZALF. Your data will be deleted after six months.

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