The Soil Science group (PTS) at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen is offering a position as

Postdoctoral Researcher in Soil Science (all genders welcome)

The position serves the candidate to gain scientific qualifications with the aim of obtaining a habilitation.

It should be filled as soon as possible, and is offered under a fixed-term contract for 3 years (qualification phase), with the option to extend with another period of up to 3 years. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale, E13 TV-L with 100 %, which corresponds to 39,8 working hours per week.

Your Duties:

The Soil Science Group (PTS) conducts research on the role of soils in carbon, nutrient cycling and trace gas exchange in natural ecosystems and tree-based land use systems such as agroforestry. In our research, which is conducted in temperate and/or tropical settings, we apply field-based methods that also include stable isotope-tracing and -dilution methods. Within this context, we expect that the successful applicant will develop his/her own research profile and that he/she will lead the trace gas laboratory as part of his/her qualification. Teaching responsibilities are 4 SWS (weekly hours per semester) with lectures, field and laboratory exercises.

Your Profile

  • Ph.D. with a Master/Diploma in soil science or related disciplines (geo-ecology, environmental sciences, forest ecology, etc.).
  • Relevant research experience in temperate, tropical or subtropical land use systems
  • Excellent knowledge of statistics, skills in data analysis with R and/or programming.
  • Experience with methods of trace gas analysis and/or use of stable isotopes.
  • Scientific creativity shown by a track record of original and innovative research.
  • Proficiency in English.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The University has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The University is particularly committed to the professional participation of severely disabled employees and therefore welcomes applications from severely disabled people. In the case of equal qualifications, applications from people with severe disabilities will be given preference. A disability or equality is to be included in the application in order to protect the interests of the applicant.

Please send your application with a letter of motivation, your research profile, CV with copies of certificates and contacts of references in electronic form as a single pdf file until January 30, 2023 to

For more information and if you have any questions, please contact Prof Dr. Edzo Veldkamp via email: Information about the Soil Science (PTS) group can be found at

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