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Postdoc Position: BMBF-Project “INPLAMINT”

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Working place: Dept. of Terrestrial Ecology, Institute of Zoology, University of Cologne
Starting date: 1 June 2015
Duration:         3 years
Salary:            According to 80% TVL-13 with appropriate prerequisites
 
Project team: The postdoc will work in a highly interdisciplinary project with scientists having different backgrounds: i.e. a collaboration between University of Cologne and Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz Zentrum München, FU Berlin, Leuphana University Lüneburg and Kiel University.

Project Rationale: Excessive fertilizer use in agriculture leads to nutrient imbalances, which are the cause of detrimental nutrient losses, groundwater pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. A sustainable agriculture has to find ways to increase nutrient efficiency, and maintaining crop productivity in a sustainable way. INPLAMINT is motivated by the central hypothesis that novel plant cultivation strategies directed towards “engineering” the complex nutrient cycling interactions between plants and soil microorganisms, combined with improved timing of fertilizer and soil amendment applications, are the key to optimizing nutrient use efficiency of crop production.
Job description: The candidate will determine the microbial stoichiometric relationships in long-term agricultural experiments, and in a range of agricultural soils differing in quality and quantity of organic inputs. Additionally, plant-nutrient interactions will be studied in microcosms.

Patterns of plant productivity and soil nutrient pools and fluxes will be described in soils of different organic matter content, and the role of plant-symbiont interactions for nutrient acquisition will be evaluated. The type of nutrient limitation for the plants and microbes will be determined, and correlated to the nutrient pools and fluxes. The aim is to optimize plant nutrient use efficiency by manipulating the timing of microbial nutrient limitations in soil. The postdoc is furthermore expected to contribute to the writing of PhD proposals, and collaborate with other postdocs and PhDs in the INPLAMINT project.

Requirements: The candidate has a doctor’s degree in soil biology, soil science, plant science or a related field. She/he has an affinity with plant-soil interactions and nutrient cycling. Knowledge on nutrient stoichiometry and practical experience in chloroform fumigation-extraction of microbial biomass, phospho-lipid fatty acids (PLFA) analyses, soil enzyme analyses, mycorrhiza, and particularly combinations of them, is an advantage. She/he speaks and writes English fluently, is a team player, and has an aptitude for writing.

Salary and conditions: Salary according to 80% TVL-13. Start date: June 1st, 2015).
The position is for three years.

Applications: Applicants should submit a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, and certificates, and contact information (with e-mail address) of three reference persons per e-mail, at the latest April 10th, 2015 to Prof. Dr. Michael Bonkowski (m.bonkowski@uni-koeln.de). 

The University of Cologne is an equal opportunity employer. Women are explicitly encouraged to apply for increase their share in science and research. Physically handicapped persons will be favored if they are equally qualified.
 
For further information do not hesitate to contact
Prof. Dr. Michael Bonkowski
Institute of Zoology
Dept. Terrestrial Ecology
Zülpicher Str. 47b, D-50674 Köln, Germany
Telefon  +49 221 470 3152, Telefax +49 221 470 5038 m.bonkowski@uni-koeln.de

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Applications: Applicants should submit a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, and certificates, and contact information (with e-mail address) of three reference persons per e-mail, at the latest April 10th, 2015 to Prof. Dr. Michael Bonkowski (m.bonkowski@uni-koeln.de). 
 
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Prof. Dr. Michael Bonkowski
Institute of Zoology
Dept. Terrestrial Ecology
Zülpicher Str. 47b, D-50674 Köln, Germany
Telefon  +49 221 470 3152, Telefax +49 221 470 5038 m.bonkowski@uni-koeln.de
 

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Arbeitszeit
Teilzeit
Vertragslaufzeit
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Stellentyp
Postdoc
Berufserfahrung
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Region
Deutschland (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Arbeitsort
50674 Köln
Fachgebiet
Biologie & Life Sciences
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