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Reference number: 2019M-030, Soil science

Master thesis: Model parameterization for soil-root interactions

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.

Your Job:
This Master thesis is a part of the BMBF-funded project “Soil3” on sustainable subsoil management. Your tasks include:

  • Literature research on soil-root interactions, in particular for model parameterization
  • Support model parameterization based on experimental data created within the consortium, such as
  • Soil sorption parameters
  • Soil hydraulic properties
  • Root architecture parameters
  • Contribute to model simulations, pre- and postprocessing

Your Profile:

  • Highly motivated student in soil science or related discipline
  • Ability to work independently and analytically within a project team
  • Interest in mathematical modelling
  • Ideally, you have experience in programming (preferred in Python)

For further information visit our website or contact

Prof. Andrea Schnepf
Forschungzentrum Jülich
Agrosphere (IBG-3)

Phone: +49 2461 61-2281