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[Met-jobs] PhD position in carbon-nitrogen cycle modelling at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena (Germany)

From Soenke Zaehle <>
Date Mon, 22 Aug 2011 16:48:18 +0200

PhD position at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena (Germany)

Modelling the effects of air pollution on terrestrial carbon and nitrogen cycles

The PhD-project will be integrated into a large-scale European research effort 
to better understand the effects of air-pollution (mainly ozone and nitrogen 
deposition) on land ecosystems. Using a global carbon-nitrogen cycle ecosystem 
model, the project will exploit ecological data bases and/or ecophysiological 
theory to improve the representation of critical plant physiological processes 
and plant-soil interactions. The improved model will then be evaluated using 
results of ecosystem studies and manipulation experiments and used to estimate 
the likely present-day and future effects of air pollution on terrestrial carbon 
sequestration and reactive nitrogen losses. 

The project would be most suited to students with a background in a quantitative science (e.g. geo-ecology, environmental science, biology, applied mathematics, physics, and computer science) with an interest in applying their expertise to terrestrial ecology and 
global change research and numerical modelling. Please send your applications 
including letter of interest, and CV, and the names and contact information of 
one or two references either via email to, or directly 
to the institute's address Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, Postfach 10 01 
64, 07701 Jena, Germany by the 30th September 2011.

For more information see or 
contact Sönke Zaehle (

Dr. Sönke Zaehle

Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry
- Biogeochemical Systems Department

mail: P.O. Box 10 01 64, D-07701 Jena, Germany
phone: +
fax: + 

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