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[Met-jobs] Ph.D. Position at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:32:51 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and its Institute of
Meteorology and Climate Research/Atmospheric Environmental Research
(KIT/IMK-IFU) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, invites applications
to the open PhD position in

“Effects of climate change and stress events on emissions of biogenic
volatile organic compounds from plants “

We seek a Ph.D. student to address effects of multiple abiotic stresses
(e.g., temperature, water, nutrients) on BVOC emissions under different
levels of ambient CO_2 . Effects of biotic stress may also be explored.
The experimental work will be conducted on plants grown in the
climate-controlled greenhouse facility of the KIT Institute of
Meteorology and Climate Research/Atmospheric Environmental Research
inGarmisch-Partenkirchen.

The work will combine on-line measurements of leaf photosynthesis,
transpiration and BVOC emissions, with sampling of BVOC on adsorbent
tubes for later analysis in the laboratory, using gas-chromatography and
mass-spectrometer systems.

The results will contribute to the further development of process-based
mathematical models of BVOC emissions in global vegetation models that
are used to scale emission-responses in space and time, and to link
these to models of atmospheric chemistry and climate.
The project is done in close collaboration with theUniversity
ofInnsbruck, as well as with a number of other institutions inEurope.
The appointee must be willing to visit partner institutions, and have
very good spoken and written skills in communicating
in the English language.


We offer a position in a young and active team that is placed within a
multi-disciplinary, collaborative research environment with excellent
research infrastructure and support.
We are well connected to national and international research programmes.
Salary and benefits will be based on the Collective Agreement for the
German Public Service Sector.

The Ph.D. position will be for a maximum period of three years.

Requirements:

·M.Sc. degree in a quantitative environmental sciences discipline, for
instance meteorology, environmental physics, -biology, or -engineering.
Applications from candidates who are close to completion of their M.Sc.
degree will also be considered

·Aptitude to learn, understand and work with complex analytical
instruments (mass-spectrometers, leaf gas-exchange systems), and to
contribute to the instrument maintenance and calibration

·Experience in data-analysis and statistical software and in processing
measurement results; good quantitative skills to synthesise results for
development of process-based mathematical algorithms

·Sense of responsibility, ability to meet deadlines, enjoyment of
working within a multi-disciplinary team

For details and application procedure, please see
<http://imk-ifu.fzk.de/jobs.php>



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