[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD position in Soil Science - “Securing agricultural productivity by improving the soil water holding capacity”

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Tue Apr 30 10:08:41 MDT 2013

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From: Carsten Mueller <carsten.mueller at wzw.tum.de>
Date: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 3:31 AM

 Dear colleagues,

we offer a PhD position in soil science as outlined below.
Please don´t hesitate to forward this to other colleagues off the mailing
list, and feel free to contact me to get more details about the project and

With kind regards,
Carsten Müller

PhD position in Soil Science / “**Securing agricultural productivity by
improving the soil water holding capacity”***

We advertize a PhD student position in Soil Science with subject to final
approval of funding at the Technische Universität München (Lehrstuhl für
Bodenkunde, www.soil-science.com). The earliest starting date is
August 1st2013. Salary is TV-L E13 (65%) according to the German TV-L
(Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst der Länder). This position gives
a 3-year opportunity to combine fieldwork and new conceptual applications
with state of the art analytical techniques in a lab focusing on the fate
and stabilization of soil organic matter. The group (Prof. Ingrid
Kögel-Knabner) is located at Freising-Weihenstephan, nearby Munich in
southern Bavaria. ****

*Description: *

Creating drought-resistant soil means to manage soil organic matter in
order to enhance soil structural development. This enhances at the same
time soil productivity and reduces the severity and costs of drought. Such
an approach implies to understand the effects of organic matter amendments
on the soil architecture and aggregation. The objectives of the project are
to obtain a mechanistic understanding of the effects of different organic
matter amendments (compost, biochar and their mixture) on the available
water capacity in soils. To study the effects of different organic matter
additions to soil, a detailed analysis of the chemical composition and
structure will be done. To trace the fate of the organic amendments within
the soil structure, the experimental approach will take advantage of
established field trials with different types of organic matter amendments
and laboratory experiments involving the use of 13C labeled organic matter
amendments. Soil materials will be obtained from a long-term field
experiment in France, where three types of compost were applied to an
agricultural soil since 1997. This will be done via collaboration with the
BIOEMCO lab in Grignon. The PhD student will thus be given the possibility
to register at the  University Pierre et Marie Curie in addition to
registration at the TUM and to carry out their PhD thesis as co-tutelle.****

*Required experience:*

A diploma/master's degree in forest science, agronomy, geosciences,
geoecology, environmental sciences or a related discipline is required.
Fieldwork experience in geological and/or ecological sciences and
laboratory research experience in geochemistry or biogeochemistry would be
a desirable foundation. The candidate should be highly motivated,
team-oriented and willing to work with advanced analytical techniques, such
as gas-chromatography (GC-MS), and NMR spectroscopy (NMR). ****

*Applications:* ****

Applications for this position will be accepted immediately until May 30th),
via email to: Dr. Carsten W. Müller (carsten.mueller at wzw.tum.de).  ****

*Start Date: *anticipated earliest date 1st of August 2013****

Dr. Carsten W. Müller
Lehrstuhl für Bodenkunde
Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan für Ernährung, Landnutzung und Umwelt
TU München
85350 Freising-Weihenstephan****

Phone: +49-(0)8161-714423
e-mail:  carsten.mueller at wzw.tum.de****

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