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Reference number: 2018-247


The Institute of Bio- and Geosciences - Agrosphere (IBG-3) contributes with its work to an improved understanding of hydrological and bio-geochemical processes in terrestrial systems. The focus is on the fate and behaviour of anthropogenic substances and the elucidation of mass exchange processes in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum and the cycles of important elements.
As of October 1st, 2018, the BMBF-funded project "Soil3", conducted by the "Terrestrial Biogeochemistry" group, is expected to enter the second BonaRes funding period. The overall objective is to test the hypothesis that nutrient and water uptake from the subsoil can be increased when favourable conditions such as low physical resistance to root canals, hot spots of nutrient supply or access to stored subsoil water prompt plants to invest in roots that explore the subsoil.
This subproject quantifies the uptake of selected nutrients from the subsoil. For this purpose we investigate the isotopes of important representatives of alkaline earth metals (Mg, cationic macronutrient), transition metals (Fe, cationic micronutrients), metalloids (B, anionic micronutrients) and weathering products (Li) in laboratory and field tests.
The results will be integrated into system and process models of other Soil3 subprojects that describe water and nutrient uptake from the subsoil from the single root over the soil-plant level to the management scale. In this way, application-related optimization tools for sustainable underbody management can be put on a process- and model-based basis.

We are looking to recruit a

Post-doctoral research fellow in stable isotope analysis

Your Job:

  • Processing of the BMBF subproject "Sustainable Subsoil Management - Subproject C" within the framework of the "Soil3-II" network
  • Wet-chemical processing of environmental samples for stable isotope analysis
  • MC-ICP-MS and ICP-MS measurement of stable metal and metalloid isotopes in environmental samples
  • Direct cooperation with the subproject "Virtual Soil-Root Systems" (see PhD-call 2018-190)
  • Interpretation and publication of data
  • Guidance of doctoral candidates, trainees and interns

Your Profile:

  • Preferably a doctorate in chemistry, agricultural, geosciences, environmental sciences or related disciplines
  • Very good knowledge in the field of instrumental analysis especially in inorganic mass spectrometry (ICP-MS, MC-ICP-MS), preferably with reference to environmentally relevant topics
  • Very good knowledge in development and application of wet-chemical processes, preferably in clean rooms
  • Excellent English skills

further advantage:

  • Experience in chemical reaction modelling (e.g. PhreeqC)

Our Offer:

  • International and interdisciplinary working Environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • An exceptional research infrastructure
  • Collaboration in an international research team
  • Participation in national and international conferences and workshops
  • Possibility of further scientific and technical training by international experts
  • A comprehensive further training programme
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • Limited for 3 years with possible longer-term prospects
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • 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.

Additional Information

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site until 30.08.2018, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Anja Schurf
Telefon: +49 2461 61 9700







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