[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD position available, P cycle in forests using O isotopes in phosphate, University of Tübingen

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Wed Oct 2 13:21:49 MDT 2013

Please note the offering of a PhD position in Geoecology at the University
of Tübingen, fowarded on behalf of Prof. Oelmann (Geoecology, University of
Tübingen). The project focusses on the P cycle in forest ecosystems using O
isotopes in phosphate. Here is the detailed offering:

"The research group of Geoecology (Geography, Department of Geosciences)
invites applications for

One PhD Student Position in Soil Science (65%, TV-L E13)

within the multidisciplinary project “Ecosystem nutrition: Forest
strategies for limited phosphorus resources” granted by the German Science
Foundation (SPP 1685). Several research groups perform interdisciplinary
research to understand processes underlying P nutrition in forests.

In this frame, the research group of Geoecology is in charge of the
subproject “The phosphorus cycle in forest ecosystems as revealed by
analysis of the isotopic composition of oxygen associated to phosphate”
jointly with Prof. E. Frossard (ETH Zurich) and Dr. T. Pütz (FZ Jülich).
Recently developed methods to analyze the oxygen isotope signature in
phosphate in soil allows for the identification of biologically-cycled
phosphate. Using this technique, we will be able to trace the sources of
phosphate for P nutrition of trees. The prospective PhD candidate will
study biogeochemical P release in soil and the subsequent uptake by tree
saplings using these isotope techniques.

Applicants should have a background in Geoecology, Geoscience, Physical
Geography, Landscape Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Forestry,
Agricultural Sciences, Biology, Geochemistry, or Environmental Chemistry.
Excellent knowledge of and laboratory experience in wet chemistry is
required. The successful candidate should have extended knowledge of stable
(and radioactive) isotopes in the environment. Good communication skills,
high motivation and commitment to interdisciplinary research particularly
focusing on environmental issues are required. The position will be open
until qualified candidates are identified. We particularly encourage female
applicants to apply for this position. Disabled persons will bepreferred in
caseof equal qualification.

Please send your application (cover letter, full CV, copies of
certificates, and names, telephone numbers and email addresses of two
academic referees) as a single PDF file attached to an email to Yvonne
Oelmann (yvonne.oelmann[at]uni-tuebingen.de). Application deadline is
October 31st, 2013."

Best regards,

Dipl.-Geograph Marc Ruppenthal

AG Prof. Dr. Yvonne Oelmann
Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen
Forschungsbereich Geographie
Ruemelinstraße 19-23
72070 Tuebingen

Raum: W505
Tel.: +49 (0) 7071 29 77527
Mobil: +49 (0) 152 54969015
E-Mail: marc.ruppenthal at uni-tuebingen.de
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