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Postdoc Position – Crop Yield Modelling and Biogeochemical P Cycling

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At the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences – Agrosphere (IBG-3) – we conduct research to improve our understanding of biogeochemical and hydrological processes in terrestrial systems. We use a combination of experiments, modelling and innovative observation technologies to bridge the gap between model, process and management scale. Our research contributes to the sustainable and resource-conserving use of soils and water and to the quantification of the effect of climate and land use change on terrestrial ecosystems. We offer a competent and interdisciplinary working environment, as well as an excellent framework in the areas of experiments and modelling.

Under the supervision of Dr. Nina Siebers and Dr. Michael Herbst, we are offering a

Postdoc Position – Crop Yield Modelling and Biogeochemical P Cycling

Your Job:

In the framework of the BMBF funded joint project ‘Innovative solutions to sustainable soil phosphorus management’ we conduct research to optimize the soil phosphorus (P) use efficiency for getting independent of the use of mineral P-fertilizer. For this, we will use a simulation approach based on the diffusive gradient in thin films (DGT) P content under varying management or climatic scenarios. In this project your tasks include:

  • Establishing and integrate a P module into the already existing AgroC model based on a well-established P pool and cycling concept
  • Using this model to predict yield response to P-fertilization based on DGT-P
  • Establishing a link between the most relevant labile inorganic P model pools and plant available soil P contents analyzed using DGT technique
  • Validating the established P module using data from different long-term experimental field sites

Your Profile:

  • Master’s degree in agricultural or environmental sciences, physics, or computer sciences
  • Documented experience in programming with Fortran, R, or Python
  • Knowledge in the fields crop nutrient uptake, modelling, and related disciplines is preferred
  • Ability to cooperate in an interdisciplinary and international team
  • Strong English writing and communication skills as well as an organized way of working

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • Working in an interdisciplinary environment as well as excellent facilities for experimental and numerical simulation studies
  • Opportunities of being part of the national and international scientific community
  • The chance to attend international conferences
  • Specialized courses, summer schools, seminars by renown experts
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours and 30 days of annual leave
  • Exploration and preparation of next career opportunities supported by our Career Center and Postdoc Office
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is initially for a fixed term of two years, with possible long-term prospects. Salary and social benefits are in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD).

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your application via our Online Recruitment System!

Questions about the vacancy?

Get in touch with us by using our contact form. Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.



Postdoc Position – Crop Yield Modelling and Biogeochemical P Cycling
Wilhelm-Johnen-Straße, Deutschland
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