[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD Positions - EarthShape: Earth Surface Shaping by Biota. A German-Chilean Priority Program in the Chilean Coast Range

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Sep 18 20:43:21 MDT 2015

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From: Carsten Müller <carsten.mueller at wzw.tum.de>
Date: Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 12:49 PM


on behalf of Todd Ehlers and Friedhelm von Blanckenburg I post the
following 17 PhD positions within the DFG funded priority program Earth

With kind regards,
Carsten Mueller

*17 PhD Positions*

*EarthShape: Earth Surface Shaping by Biota. **A German-Chilean Priority
Program in the Chilean Coast Range*
The new German Priority Program (Schwerpunktprogramm der DFG) 1803
€œEarthShape:€“ Earth Surface Shaping by Biota€ will explore how biologic
processes form soil, influence topography, and thereby shape the Earth
surface. You will work in a consortium of 13 interdisciplinary projects
comprising *17 new PhD positions* and 3 Postdocs that encompass the fields
Geology, Ecology, Soil Sciences, Geography, Microbiology, Geophysics, and
Geochemistry. EarthShape research will be conducted at *four study sites
within in the Chilean Coastal Range *that features one of Earth’s most
spectacular vegetation gradients and is controlled by climate ranging from
hyper-arid to humid temperate. It is a natural laboratory to study how
biology and topography interact. You will be trained in interdisciplinary
methods and conduct joint field work and training workshops.  The program
is coordinated by Todd Ehlers ( <todd.ehlers at uni-tuebingen.de>
todd.ehlers at uni-tuebingen.de) and Friedhelm von Blanckenburg (
<fvb at gfz-potsdam.de>fvb at gfz-potsdam.de). Interested applicants should
contact the supervisors at the potential host institutions (see list below,
these will also handle your applications). An MSc or Diplom degree is
required for admission into PhD programs at German Universities.  Projects
will begin between January and March 2016 and are funded for three years.
The application deadline for most positions is around October 15, 2015.
Additional information about each position and contact information the
supervisor is available on the €œPositions open€ link at

The available PhD positions, work locations, and supervisors are as follows:

*PhD 1a: *Experimental investigation of interactive plant-trait and climate
effects on soil carbon inputs. University of Marburg (Prof. Maaike Bader)

*PhD 2a: *Coupled landscape evolution and dynamic vegetation modeling from
the Last Glacial Maximum to present. University of Tuebingen (Prof. Todd
Ehlers; co-supervisor Thomas Hickler).

*PhD 2b:* Dynamic modeling of vegetation changes in Chile from the Last
Glacial Maximum to present. Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research
Centre (BiK-F) and Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main (Prof. Thomas Hickler;
co-supervisor Todd Ehlers)

*PhD 4a: *Modelling and budgeting sediment transport, storage and
connectivity - biotic effect. University of Bonn (Dr. Thomas Hoffmann,
co-supervisor: Prof. Lothar Schrott)

*PhD 5a: *Physiological, biochemical and molecular-taxonomical studies on
biocrust organisms. University of Rostock (Prof. Karsten; co-supervisor:
Prof. Buedel);

*PhD 5b: *Geoecological, ecophysiological and taxonomical studies of
biocrust. University of Kaiserslautern (Prof. Buedel; co-supervisor: Prof.

*PhD 5c: *Chemical analyses of proxies for weathering intensity and
investigation of biocrusts in P cycling. University of Rostock (Prof.
Leinweber; co-supervisor: Prof. Karsten)

*PhD 5d: *Climatic control of biocrusts, and multi-/hyperspectral detection
of crusts by remote sensing for selected catchments. University of
Marburg (Prof.
Bendix; co-supervisor: Prof. Buedel)

*PhD 6a: *Analysis of root carbon contribution to nutrient mobilization in
the weathering zone. Georg-August-University of Goettingen (Prof. Yakov
Kuzyakov; co-supervisor Prof. Anna Gorbushina).

*PhD 7a: *Holocene palaeoclimate reconstruction of Northern Chile based on
sedimentary archives. University Heidelberg (Prof. Bertil Maechtle, Dr.
Karsten Schittek)

*PhD 8a: *Geophysical characterization (GPR and EMI) of the weathering
front on hillslopes in combination with geochemical proxies.
Forschungszentrum Juelich (Prof. Jan van der Kruk; co-supervisor Dr. Mirjam

*PhD 9a: *Testing biotic controls on erosion and sediment transport with
cosmogenic nuclides and river incision modeling. GFZ Potsdam (Prof. Dirk
Scherler, co-supervisor Dr. Eva Nora Mueller)

*PhD 10a: *Soil phosphorus solubilization by microorganisms and plants at
different stages of soil development. University of Bayreuth, Germany (Dr.
Marie Spohn).

*PhD 11a: *Separating climate, vegetation and geochemical effects on
nutrient cycling along a climate gradient. University of Tuebingen. (Prof.
K. Tielbuerger, Prof. Y. Oelmann, Prof. L. Cavieres)

*PhD 12a: *Employing innovative isotope geochemical systems to identify how
roots and fungi take up mineral nutrients and convert rock to soil. GFZ
Potsdam (Prof Friedhelm von Blanckenburg; co-supervisors: Dr. Jens Boy,
Prof. Georg Guggenberger)

*PhD 13a: *Understanding of microbial communities and the impact of their
metabolic processes on the development of a soil. GFZ, Potsdam, Germany
(Prof. Dirk Wagner)

*PhD 13b: *Understanding of microbial-mediated soil formation processes and
their relationship to soil erosion*. *University of Tuebingen (Prof. Thomas
Scholten and Dr. Peter Kuehn)
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