PhD student with a degree in Biology, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics

Forschungszentrum Jülich - FZJ - Helmholtz Association

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IBG-3 - Agrosphäre

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Job description:

Your Job:

This PhD position is part of the DFG funded priority program (PP) “rhizosphere spatiotemporal organization – a key to rhizosphere function" ( The PhD student will have to investigate the impact of the rhizosphere processes (root hairs and mucilage) on soil-plant water relations and drought tolerance in maize. The PhD is part of a nationwide, interdisciplinary community project on rhizosphere research. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with the university of Bayreuth and with the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ Leipzing/Halle. The anticipated start is September, 2018.

Your Profile:

MSc degree (or equivalent) in biology, soil science, engineering, physics or applied mathematics Experience in soil physics, plant physiology, measurements and modelling of water movement through the soil- plant-atmosphere continuum would be an advantage Flexibility to attend regular project-internal meetings in Germany, to participate in international scientific conferences and to conduct some of the planned analyses at cooperation partners in Germany Ability to work independently in the lab and in the field and motivation to work in an interdisciplinary team Good written and oral communication skills in English Experience with image techniques, image processing and modelling is welcome

Our Offer:

Working in an interdisciplinary environment as well as excellent facilities for hydrogeophysical research and numerical simulation and inversion studies Opportunities to being part of the national and international scientific community PhD students are encouraged to attend international conferences and a three months research stay abroad with a cooperating partner is planned Specialized courses, summer schools, seminars by renown experts A comprehensive further training Programme Limited for 3 years The anticipated start is September 2018 Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (50% TVöD EG 13). Depending on the candidate\'s profile and the subject of his/her PhD thesis an additional allowance may be granted (up to 65% TVöD EG 13).

For further information visit our website: or contact Prof. Jan Vanderborght, Phone: +49 2461 61-2281, e-mail: or Prof. Mathieu Javaux, Phone: +32 10 47 3708, email: Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particulary welcomes applications from women.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-2018-277