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At TU Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Department of Forst Science, Institute of Soil Science and Site Ecology, the Chair of Soil Resources and Land Use is looking for a highly motivated
 
                                        Research Fellow / PhD Position
(Subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)
 
The position is part of a DFG funded project “Extracellular polymeric substances and aggregate stability  - how microorganisms affect soil erosion by water” starting as soon as possible and entails 65% of the fulltime weekly hours. We offer a contract for 36 months. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contract Act (WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (e. g. PhD).
Tasks: Soil erosion determines the shape and surface of many landscapes and the stability of soil aggregates is considered to be a crucial factor regulating soil erosion. Microbial processes have not been discussed extensively as important controls of soil erosion, although they should directly be related to aggregate stability by the production of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). Changes in amount and composition of EPS and their effects on the stability of soil aggregates and thus on soil erosion by water are largely unknown. Therefore, the main objective of this project is to study the complex interactions between vegetation, the composition and capability of the soil bacterial community to produce EPS, and the effects of these EPS on the stability of formed aggregates and subsequently on the soil's susceptibility to erosion. In the project, field work will be done along a precipitation gradient in Southern Spain (Almería Province) and a gradient in vegetation coverage. In this interdisciplinary project experts in soil science, geomorphology and microbiology will work together.
Requirements: For the subproject soil aggregation and erosion we are looking for a highly motivated PhD student with a master university degree (or equivalent) in earth or natural sciences (e.g., Soil Sciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences) and strong knowledge in controls of soil erosion in dry regions. We expect an intensive collaboration with the second PhD student working mainly in the field of microbiology at the Julius Kühn Institute in Braunschweig. Experiences in field and lab work and a driving license are required. Experiences in methods to study soil aggregation and soil erosion are recommended. Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English and excellent communication skills are expected.
We offer an inspiring international and interdisciplinary atmosphere including close collaborations with colleagues in Spain, The Netherlands and Denmark. There will be the opportunity for an internship abroad. State-of-the-art analytical tools are available to determine erosion processes, the stability of aggregates and the composition of EPS and soil organic matter.
For further information please contact Prof. Karsten Kalbitz by e-mail.
Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.
Please submit your application by 03.08.2016 (stamped arrival date of TU Dresden applies)  preferably by e-mail as a single pdf document including CV, motivation letter, a summary of your master thesis (if already completed) and the names (affiliation, telephone, e-mail) of two references to karsten.kalbitz@tu-dresden.de (Please note: We are currently not able to receive electronically signed and encrypted data.) or to: TU Dresden, Fakultät Umweltwissenschaften, Fachrichtung Forstwissenschaften, Institut für Bodenkunde und Standortslehre, Professur für Bodenressourcen und Landnutzung, Herrn Prof. Dr. Karsten Kalbitz, PF 1117, 01735 Tharandt, Germany. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.
 
 
 

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karsten.kalbitz@tu-dresden.de (Please note: We are currently not able to receive electronically signed and encrypted data.) or TU Dresden, Fakultät Umweltwissenschaften, Fachrichtung Forstwissenschaften, Institut für Bodenkunde und Standortslehre, Professur für Bodenressourcen und Landnutzung, Herrn Prof. Dr. Karsten Kalbitz, PF 1117, 01735 Tharandt, Germany.

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01735 Tharandt
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