The Soil Science of Tropical and Subtropical Ecosystems group at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is offering the position of a

Doctoral researcher (soil science, agro-ecology)

in the BMBF-funded joint research project, BonaRes-SIGNAL ‘Sustainable Intensification of aGriculture through Agroforestry ( . The position is for 3 years and will be filled as soon as possible. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L) with 50% of the regular working hours (19.90 h per week).


The project will evaluate whether and under which site conditions agroforestry in Germany can be a land-use alternative that is ecologically more sustainable than conventional agriculture by 1) comparing the nutrient response and nutrient retention efficiencies of experimental agroforestry systems with conventional agriculture in central and eastern Germany, and 2) assessing soil nutrient availability and nutrient losses through leaching from these systems. Specific responsibilities include: a) measuring plant- and soil-available nutrients, including using 15N isotope dilution techniques, b) conducting and organizing year-round measurements of nutrient leaching losses, c) support the establishment of a new site, and d) analyzing data, writing publications, giving presentations in (inter)national conferences and completing a PhD degree.

Your profile

  • Complete Master¡¦s degree in soil science, (geo-)ecology, environmental sciences, forestry, agriculture or related discipline
  • Research focus on ecosystem nutrient fluxes and dynamics
  • Good knowledge of ecological statistics (using R)
  • Willingness to collaborate with other researchers in this interdisciplinary project
  • Proficiency in English
  • Driving license (Class B)

The project will be based in Gottingen, fieldwork will be conducted in experimental agroforestry and conventional agriculture sites in Germany (Lower Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony).

The University of Gottingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Please send your application in electronic form as a single pdf-file including your motivation letter, CV, two references and your certificates by 05.10.2018 to Prof Dr. Edzo Veldkamp, email: and Dr. Marife Corre, email: If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Marife Corre.

Please note:

With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in terms of data-protection law. Further information on the legal basis and data usage is provided in the Information General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The documents will be deleted after a holding period of three months.

posted: 10 September 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.