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Reference number: 2018-160


The Institute of Bio- and Geosciences – Agrosphere (IBG-3) conducts research to improve our understanding of hydrological and biogeochemical processes in terrestrial systems. A combination of experiments, modelling, and innovative observation technologies is used 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 are offering a

PhD position for studying process-dependent porosity-permeability relations for fluid-solid reactions in porous media

Your Job:

This PhD project is part of project C05 of the SFB1313 of the University of Stuttgart. It deals with fluid-solid reactions that pose a challenge for modelling flow and transport in porous media due to the dynamic changes in the pore space and the associated alteration of the permeability. This PhD project aims to use magnetic resonance imaging and x-ray computer microtomography measurements on synthetic porous media made from glass beads and soil columns to experimentally elucidate differences in porosity-permeability relationships for two different fluid-solid reactions: salt precipitation during evaporation and microbially-induced calcite precipitation. Experimental work will be closely coordinated with project partners in Stuttgart and the Montana State University in Bozeman, USA. In cooperation with other projects in the SFB1313, the acquired experimental insights will be used to improve REV-scale models describing both fluid-solid reactions. This PhD position will allow you to strengthen both your experimental and modelling skills, and will provide you with an excellent starting point for a career in science or industry.

Your Profile:

  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in natural or engineering sciences with an overall grade of at least good; preferably with a focus on modelling or monitoring of subsurface processes
  • Experience with programming in Python, Matlab, Fortran, or C++
  • Experience with magnetic resonance imaging is of advantage
  • Strong English writing and communication skills
  • Working in an interdisciplinary team should be seen as a positive challenge

Our Offer:

  • Excellent facilities for experimental and numerical simulation studies
  • Exciting working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • Opportunities of being part of the national and international scientific community
  • attendance to international conferences and a three-month research stay abroad at the Montana State University, USA
  • Specialized courses, summer schools, and seminars by renowned experts
  • Limited position for 3 years
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (50% TVöD EG 13). Depending on the candidate's profile and the subject of his/her PhD thesis an additional allowance may be granted (up to 100% TVöD EG 13).

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

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

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

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You can also contact Prof. Sander Huisman, Phone: +49 2461 61-8607, E-mail:

Anja Schurf
Telefon: +49 2461 61 9700







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