2 Research Assistant (PhD position) in agricultural, biological, geo-ecological sciences

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The Centre of Biodiversity and sustainable Land use (CBL) at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is looking to fill the position of a
2 Research Assistant (PhD position)
with 65% of a full position subject to the final funding agreement. Regular working hours will be (currently 25,9 hours per week) with a limited contract of 3 years. This position should be filled by March 1st 2017. Salary: Pay grade E13 TV-L.
The position is related to the European joint research project SoilMan within the BiodivERsA network. SoilMan is dedicated to investigate interrelationships of agricultural soil management, soil biodiversity, and the provision of soil related ecosystem services. The value of soil biodiversity within conceptions of sustainable soil management in agriculture will be explored in its ecological as well as socio-economic dimension.
Your duties
As part of the project team at CBL, the Research Assistant will (1) investigate the response of arthropod communities to soil management practices at SoilMan field sites, (2) will support field site management and sampling campaigns, and will study the impact of habitat conditions vs. soil management for intraspecific diversity for earthworm species using molecular markers. We expect the willingness to travel frequently throughout Europe for project meetings and collaboration with the partners within the SoilMan consortium.
Your profile
•  You hold a completed master’s/diploma degree in agricultural, biological, geo-ecological sciences or a closely related field.
•  You have a background or strong interest in soil ecology, soil biodiversity, and/or conceptions of sustainable agriculture
•  You have experience in statistical methods and you are familiar in using R. Previous experience in field research would be an advantage.
•  You have good oral and written English language skills. As SoilMan is a European Joint project skills in a further European language are highly welcome.
This post is designed to serve in fostering young researchers and scientists and give the successful applicant the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree.
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 in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference
Please send your application with the usual documents in electronic form as one single pdf file by January 7th 2017 to PD Dr. Martin Potthoff, scientific coordinator at CBL,
e-mail: mpottho@uni-goettingen.de.
If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan Scheu (phone: +49 (0)551 395445 , e-mail: sscheu@gwdg.de) or PD dr. Martin Potthoff (e-mail: mpottho@gwdg.de).
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37077 Göttingen

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