The Institute for Agricultural Climate Protection of the Johann Heinrich von Thuenen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forests and Fisheries, is looking for a scientific employee (f/m/d) for a fixed-term period of 5.5 years as soon as possible.

in part-time employment with 50% H. the regular working hours (19.5 hours/week) for research work in the third-party funded project “Sustainable production and utilization of cattails on fen sites in Lower Saxony (RoNNi)”.

The aim of the project is to transform the management of drained, agriculturally used fenland soils towards climate-friendly, moorland-preserving wet management through the cultivation of cattails. For this purpose, the large-scale, quality-optimized production of cattails (Typha angustifolia and Typha latifolia) and the utilization of biomass as a building material and as a horticultural substrate (peat substitute) are to be developed, demonstrated and prepared for marketing in two model regions with different agricultural structures (Emsland and Cuxhaven). .

The sub-project of the Thuenen Institute deals with the greenhouse gas exchange and the water balance of paludicultures as well as intensively used agricultural reference locations. Headquarters

The job holder’s task will be to record the water balance of the paludicultures. This should be done by measuring above-ground components and modeling the groundwater inflow. The corresponding results will provide insights into the water requirements of Typha paludicultures and will be used to calculate inputs and outputs of dissolved substances (nutrients, dissolved organic carbon).

The position is located at the Thuenen Institute for Agricultural Climate Protection in a working group that deals with organic soils in national and international research. The project team will consist of up to three people and will also be led and supported by permanent scientists.

Job description:
• Site investigation as well as planning and setting up hydrological measurement technology in consultation with those involved in the project (including selection of locations for groundwater measuring points and the corresponding ones
award of contract)
• Quality assurance and scientific evaluation of hydrological data
• Parameterization, calibration and validation of a hydrological model to quantify the groundwater inflow to the examined fen paludicultures and to the reference areas
• Collaboration on project reports and publications

• Completed studies (MSc., Diploma) in the field of hydrology, environmental sciences, geography or comparable courses
• In-depth knowledge or relevant professional experience in the field of hydrology
• Knowledge of peatland science is an advantage
• Confident use of common IT and good GIS knowledge required
• Good knowledge of R, Python or another programming language as well as process-based modeling of environmental processes required
• Very good communication and organizational skills, flexibility, team spirit, enthusiasm for scientific work and the ability to work independently
• Willingness to carry out field work as part of business trips lasting several days is necessary
• Drivers licence class B
• Very good knowledge of German (C1) and good knowledge of English required

We offer a varied activity on a current research topic. The work includes both practical activities as well as sophisticated data evaluations on the PC and integration into a complex collaborative project.

We support the compatibility of work and family and are holders of the audit berufundfamilie certificate. In order to support compatibility, the Thuenen Institute offers, among other things, flexible working time models, home office and teleworking within the scope of official opportunities.

The employment relationship is based on the provisions of the collective agreement for the public service (TVoeD). The fee is paid if the personal and collective bargaining requirements are met up to E13 TVoeD.

The position to be filled is subject to the allocation decision issued for the project and the sufficient availability of the allocated funds.

The Thuenen Institute promotes professional equality between women and men and therefore expressly welcomes applications from women.

The Thuenen Institute is committed to inclusion. Applications from people with severe disabilities are therefore expressly encouraged. These are given particular consideration in the selection process. Please direct any technical questions to Dr. Baerbel Tiemeyer ( , 0531-596 2644).

Please send your application (electronically as a PDF document) with a cover letter, a CV in tabular form including an overview of your training and career path as well as copies of certificates using the password “2023-244-AK/RoNNi – Hydrology” by November 15th, 2023
Johann Heinrich von Thuenen Institute
Institute for Agricultural Climate Protection
Bundesallee 65
38116 Braunschweig

Bärbel Tiemeyer
Thuenen Institute for Agricultural Climate Protection

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