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[Met-jobs] PhD student position in Göttingen, Germany: Soil trace gas fluxes in rainforest transformation systems, Indonesia

From "Veldkamp, Edzo" <>
Cc "Veldkamp, Edzo" <>, "Corre, Marife" <>
Date Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:18:59 +0000

SUBJECT: PhD Student position at the Soil Science of tropical and subtropical Ecosystems, University of Goettingen, Germany



The Collaborative Research Centre 990 / CRC 990 ( at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is offering the position of a


Doctoral researcher (soil trace gas fluxes)


in the Sub-Project A05 (Soil trace gas fluxes in rainforest transformation systems) at the Büsgen Institute - Soil Science of Tropical and Subtropical Ecosystems.


The position will be limited to 3 years and starts on July 1, 2016. Salary: this is in accordance with the German Public Service salary scale (TV-L E13) with 65%, which corresponds to 25.87 working hours per week.


Your duties

The project will 1) quantify soil trace gas fluxes (N2O, CO2, CH4) from a large-scale oil palm plantation as part of an on-going ecosystem level budget of trace gases; 2) measure inter-annual and landscape-scale variability in soil trace gas fluxes with the inclusion of riparian areas on lowland landscapes that encompass rainforest transformations to jungle rubber, rubber plantation and oil palm plantations ; 3) determine soil regulatory factors and quantify their relationships with soil trace gas fluxes; and 4) assess the contribution of denitrification and nitrification to soil N2O emissions using 15N tracing techniques. Specific responsibilities include: a) for all 36 core sites, whole-year monthly measurements of soil N2O, CH4 and CO2 fluxes and soil factors known to control soil-atmosphere trace gas exchange, using chamber methods and gas chromatography, b) at a large-scale oil palm plantation, continue the on-going, intensive measurements of soil trace gas fluxes to quantify the contribution of soil fluxes to total ecosystem CO2, N2O and CH4 exchange, c) organize, instruct and coordinate the field assistants, student assistants and lab technicians for the field measurements, in-situ extraction of  soil mineral nitrogen and soil extract preparation for laboratory analyses of N concentrations and 15N, d) data analyses, writing publications, presentations in international conferences, completion of PhD thesis with peer-reviewed international publication(s), and other requirements for a PhD degree.


Your profile

·   Completed Master’s degree in (geo)ecology, soil science, agriculture, forestry or biology

·   Research focus on soil trace gas fluxes; ecosystem nutrient fluxes and dynamics

·   Proficiency in English

·   Willingness to collaborate with other researchers of the CRC

·   Ability to work under field conditions in the tropics for an intermittent period of 18 months


The project will be based in Göttingen, but field work will be conducted in Indonesia.


The University of Göttingen 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. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favoured.


Please send your application with the usual documents (application letter, CV, copies of transcript of records of your BSc and MSc, relevant document to show research or field experience in MSc thesis, IELTS or TOEFL, contact information of references) in electronic form as a single pdf-file by April 10, 2016 to Prof Dr. Edzo Veldkamp, Soil Science of Tropical and Subtropical Ecosystems, Georg-August-Universität Goettingen, Büsgenweg 2, 37077 Goettingen, Germany.


If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Edzo Veldkamp (phone: 0551/39-7339, e-mail: or Dr. Marife D. Corre (phone: 0551/39-5765, e-mail: For more information about our team see:





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