Ph.D. position (f/m/x): Predictors of the long-term fate of assimilated macronutrients in streams

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

Magdeburg, Germany đŸ‡©đŸ‡Ș

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

The UFZ, TU Dresden, Purdue University, and the University of Florida with the German Environment Agency (UBA), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the European Environment Agency (EEA) as cooperating partners participate in the Helmholtz International Research School „Trajectories towards Water Security (TRACER)” to develop a new comprehensive understanding of spatiotemporal trajectories of human impacts on natural water systems and feedbacks between human and ecological systems. We believe that this understanding must be globally transferable at multiple scales and across wide ranges of geographic, hydro-climatic, and socio-economic settings.

With TRACER, we will develop methods to (1) hindcast multi‐decadal hydro‐ecological trajectories of human impacts on water and vice versa, (2) disentangle human pressures and natural variability, (3) reliably forecast future pathways under climate- and land-use- change scenarios to achieve water security, and (4) analyze impacts of policies and regulations to enhance water security, modify social behavior and support ecological recovery.

This position is one of 4 Ph.D. positions offered through TRACER as a core for the second cohort of doctoral researchers.

Ph.D. position (f/m/x): Predictors of the long-term fate of assimilated macronutrients in streams

Project start: between 01.03. and 01.04.2022; working time 65% (25.35 h/week); limited for three years; interviews will be held in weeks 5 and 6 in 2022

Your tasks:

  • You will combine ecology, ecosystem science, and biogeochemistry in a novel way to further our knowledge about in-stream nutrient processing and the long-term nutrient fate.
  • In small stream channels, you will measure the effects of macronutrients (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus) and their molar ratios, and the effects of light on the assimilation of nitrogen and phosphorus by microorganisms and invertebrates.
  • You will use state-of-the-art chemical and statistical approaches to disentangle the different forms of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus stored, processed, and transported within the small stream channels.
  • You will analyze the food web to see how carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus move within it.

Your profile:

  • You have studied environmental sciences (geo-ecology, ecology, limnology, or biogeochemistry), and you want to work interdisciplinarily.
  • You are excited by the perspective of working in an open, collaborative, and highly motivated research environment and want to do a Ph.D. project because you are interested in tackling relevant environmental issues.
  • You like to communicate and are willing to work in interdisciplinary teams with your supervisors and peers in TRACER in Germany and a 6-month stay in Florida, USA.
  • Very good English language communication, reading, and writing skills are required. German is not essential.
  • Prior experience with practical work in the field or laboratory, experience with experimental setups, statistical data analyses, and a driving license (minimum German level B) are desirable

Applications must includea convincing motivation letter and should include one or more contacts for reference or reference letters.

We offer:

  • Top level interdisciplinary research at a research centre which enjoys an excellent reputation within Germany as well as internationally
  • Excellent technical facilities
  • Work in inter-disciplinary and multinational teams
  • Excellent links to national and international research networks
  • Support and optimal training courses by our graduate school (HIGRADE)
  • Remuneration in accordance with the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 (65%)

The UFZ has a strong commitment to diversity and actively supports equal opportunities for all employees regardless of their origin, religion, ideology, disability, age or sexual identity. We look forward to applications from people who are open-minded and enjoy working in diverse teams.

Your contact for any questions you may have about the job:

Dr. Daniel Graeber
[email protected]
+49 391 810 9103

Dr. Sandra Hille
[email protected]
+49 391 810 9674

Please submit your application via our online portal with your cover letter, CV (please omit your photo, age, or marital status) and relevant attachments.

Closing date for applications:

Place of work: Magdeburg