9 Doctoral positions and 1 PostDoc position in Geobiosciences


The Sino-German Research Training Group (GRK 2309) "Geo-ecosystems in transition on the Tibetan Plateau" (TransTiP) offers a research-oriented doctoral program analyzing different aspects of Earth surface fluxes on the Tibetan Plateau in three distinct project areas: Sediment fluxes, carbon fluxes, water fluxes and water quality. TransTiP is jointly run by Technische Universität Braunschweig, Leibniz Universität Hannover, and Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, in cooperation with the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research and Lanzhou University in China.

The Tibetan Plateau is of crucial importance for the global hydrological, energy and element cycles and represents one of the most vulnerable geo-ecosystems on Earth, being affected by accelerated climate warming and rapid intensification in land use. The scientific goals of TransTiP are to (a) quantify rates and magnitudes of sediment movement and transport, (b) identify the impact of land-use change on soil organic carbon storage and associated carbon fluxes, and (c) determine how these processes have affected water balances, geo-ecosystem services, and biodiversity patterns.

For the start as of January 1st 2018, TransTiP is now offering:

9 PhD positions (3 years, 50-100%)
1 PostDoc position (metabarcoding and ancient DNA analysis from sediment cores, 2 years, 100%, with possible extension for another 2 years)

We are seeking highly motivated and qualified early career researchers interested to work in the wide field of geobiosciences. The individual thesis topics and corresponding specific requirements are described at https://www.tu-braunschweig.de/irtg-transtip/research/projects.

We expect:

  • Excellent University degree (equivalent diploma/master) with expertise in geophysical sciences, environmental sciences, biological sciences, or related fields
  • Strong scientific motivation
  • Strong affection to acquire interdisciplinary work and research experience
  • Fluent verbal and written English communication skills
  • Participation in the qualification program of the Research Training Group
  • Test of scientific communication and personal motivation; short-listed applicants will be invited to present and discuss their MSc-thesis work in English
  • PostDoc: first author papers in high-quality international journals and teaching experience, candidates with international working experience are especially welcome. Expertise in molecular laboratory work, next-generation sequencing techniques, and bioinformatic analysis of ancient or environmental DNA is desirable.

We offer:

  • Exciting modern research projects in well-equipped laboratories using state-of-the-art technologies
  • Tandems of German and Chinese Teams with an at least six-month stay in the partner institution
  • Professional and efficient supervision secured by a thesis advisory committee
  • Doctoral thesis associated with an individually tailored qualification program
  • A communicative atmosphere within an excellent scientific network
  • Mutual exchange with a broad range of institutions and participation in international and national conferences and workshops.

Start of the program: January 1st 2018

Application deadline: September 15th 2017

Skype interviews are planned for qualified international applicants. Life interviews with shortlisted candidates in Braunschweig during the Candidate Colloquium are planned for the period between 17. and 19. October 2017.

For any further information concerning the positions, individual projects, as well as requirements and application process refer to https://www.tu-braunschweig.de/irtg-transtip.

Please submit your application (in English), consisting of one pdf-document, via email to transtip@tu-braunschweig.de. The application should include the following information:

  • CV, transcripts, certificates, summaries of BSc and MSc thesis, and contact details of two academic teachers/supervisors willing to provide reference letters.
  • For PhD candidates: letter of motivation, scientific interest and personal aptitude for selected thesis topics (candidates may apply for a primary and secondary choice)
  • For PostDoc candidates: one-page proposal in the topical area of the proposed project

It is highly recommended to also submit any additional information which you consider important for your application (e.g. publications, job references, certificates of workshops etc.) as well as a certificate to prove English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL), if available.

For more information please contact Dr. Nicole Börner (transtip@tu-braunschweig.de)

posted: 14 July 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.