Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

Tenure Track Position for a Grassland Scientist

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

Müncheberg, Germany

The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) is pleased to announce

Tenure Track Position for a
Grassland Scientist [Reference N° T01-2020]

ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and, with its 350 employees, one of the largest research institutions in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. Its mission as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to deliver solutions for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. As a contribution to overcoming global challenges such as climate change, food security, biodiversity conservation and resource scarcity, we develop and design crop systems that combine food security with sustainability. For its integrated systems research, ZALF processes complex landscape data with a unique set of experimental methods, new technologies and models as well as socio-economic approaches.

With its Tenure Track System, ZALF aims to recruit excellent scientists with essential expertise by providing a guaranteed transitioning to a permanent contract subject to successful evaluation.

Call description

In light of current environmental, economic and social challenges, future grassland systems must balance various expectations such as the provision of different ecosystem services, animal welfare, as well as biodiversity protection. ZALF’s research infrastructure offers the opportunity for conducting lysimeter, field and grazing experiments on fen grasslands with different animal species in cooperation with other ZALF working groups.

This Classic Tenure Track Call invites candidates interested in developing research on landscape-oriented grassland management systems with a focus on the interrelationship of grassland management, animal husbandry and environmental conditions under climate change conditions. As part of the working group “Sustainable Grassland Systems”, the successful candidate will conduct excellent grassland research and develop new scientific approaches to design and assess novel site-specific grassland and grazing systems. We explicitly seek candidates with an interest in applying new research approaches for field and landscape experimentation in grassland science to tap the unused potential of grasslands for a balanced use of agricultural landscapes and to provide a sound basis for grassland and landscape modelling.

The call is addressed to dynamic and highly motivated, preferably early career researchers with a PhD in agriculture, preferably with a focus on grassland science and/or agroecology, who have demonstrated their capacity to independently carry out grassland research, including an excellent publication record, successfully acquired competitive third-party funding, and visibility in their respective field of research. Experiences in grassland management trials (on-station and on-farm) as well as in inter- and transdisciplinary research to foster cooperation with other ZALF working groups and farmers are required. The candidate must be able to make use of novel technologies and analytical methods in landscape trials, like GIS, GPS and remote sensing-based analysis in the field and with grazing animals, spectral measurements and models. Previous experience in international research consortia is desirable.

The successful candidate will receive a Regular Tenure Track position (2 × 2-3 years) with progress to the subsequent phase subject to successful evaluation. If candidates are not legally eligible for two consecutive fixed-term contracts, they may enter the Fast Tenure Track if the required scientific achievements are fulfilled.

Tenure contracts are generally offered as full-time contracts, with part-time option to allow for the reconciliation of family and career. Salary will follow the guidelines for public employees according to the German TV-L, depending on the personal situation up to the level of E14. The working places are Müncheberg and Paulinenaue near Berlin, Germany. The successful candidate will be offered individual options for career support such as a mentoring tandem, courses and trainings as well as variable options to access scientific resources.

ZALF is an equal opportunities employer (audit berufundfamilie® certificate) and specifically encourages female scientists to apply. Applications of disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be favoured.

Application and candidate selection

Application documents must follow the specifications given in the respective guideline available at the ZALF website (www.zalf.de/en/karriere/tenure-track) and include two standardized letters of recommendation of scientists who are familiar with your research accomplishments and academic credentials (template available at www.zalf.de/de/karriere/tenure-track/Documents/20181218_ZALF_TenureTrack_App4_Reference_Letter.docx).

Candidate selection is based on scientific achievements, strategic aspects, and personal suitability. Details on criteria, minimum requirements and evaluation processes can be obtained from the ZALF Tenure Track System guideline, which is an official annex to this call: www.zalf.de/de/karriere/tenure-track/Documents/20181218_ZALF-Tenure_Track_System_Guideline.pdf

Please send your application as a single PDF file to tenuretrack@zalf.de, stating the reference number T01-2020.

The deadline for applications is 12 February 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact: Dr. Ulrike Hagemann (Phone +49(0)33432/82-449; ulrike.hagemann@zalf.de)

For cost reasons, your application documents or extensive publications can only be returned if an adequately stamped envelope is attached.

If you apply, we collect and process your personal data in accordance with Articles 5 and 6 of the EU GDPR only for the processing of your application and for purposes that result from possible future employment with the ZALF. Your data will be deleted after six months. You can find further information at: www.zalf.de/en/ueber_uns/Pages/Datenschutzerklaerung.aspx

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Tenure Track Position for a Grassland Scientist