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PhD Student (w/m) with a degree in Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Applied Mathematics or a related field

Advertising institute: IBG-3 - Agrosphere
Reference number: 2017-136

The Subinstitute of Bio- and Geosciences – Agrosphere (IBG-3) conducts research to improve our understanding of hydrological and biogeochemical processes in terrestrial systems. Its research contributes to the sustainable and resource-conserving use of soils and water.

We are looking to recruit a

PhD Student (w/m) with a degree in Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Applied Mathematics or a related field

Your Job:

This PhD position is part of a DFG funded project on “Advancing structural-functional modelling of root growth and root-soil interactions based on automatic reconstruction of root systems from MRI”. The project is done in cooperation with the Institute for Computer Science of the University of Bonn where an automated algorithm for the segmentation of root systems from 3D MRI images will be developed.

Tasks of the PhD position in Jülich involve mathematical modelling and simulation of root growth and root-soil interactions with focus on methods for upscaling water uptake from single root to root system scale. Furthermore, this position involves the analysis of 3D images of root systems which were obtained in the MRI facility of our institute as well as in the CT facility of the University of Southampton.

Your Profile:

  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in natural or engineering sciences with an overall grade of at least good; preferable with knowledge about soil science and soil physics
  • Ability to write scientific papers for publication in scientific journals
  • good communication and organisational skills are essential

Our Offer:

  • Working in an interdisciplinary Environment as well as excellent facilities for experimental and nurmerical Simulation studies
  • Opportunities of being part of the national and international scientific community
  • attendance at international converences and a three months research stay abroad with a cooperation Partner is planned
  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • A comprehensive further training programme, including English language courses
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • Limited for 3 years
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD).


Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Contact Human Resource Development
Karl Beumers
Tel.:+49 2461 61 2124


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