The mission of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to deliver solutions for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and is located in Müncheberg (approx. 35 minutes by regional train from Berlin-Lichtenberg). The institute also maintains locations in Dedelow and Paulinenaue.
The project AquaTrans (“Promoting better water use through integrative assessment of the transition to agroecology in northern Ghana”) is an Integrated Priority Project funded by ZALF. It aims at providing new knowledge on the factors and enabling conditions for agroecological transitions in a case study area in Northern Ghana using an interdisciplinary research approach, combining socio-economics, natural sciences and modelling. West African farms are limited e.g., in terms of land, water, cash and labour. Understanding the complex interactions among these factors is crucial for promoting any agroecological transition and requires a consistent knowledge base considering the benefits and costs of a change in the farming systems. The projects Working Package two (natural sciences) will thereby deal with achieving a process-based understanding of the feedbacks between different crop rotations, land use management and water cycle parameters by assessing water cycle components from the leaf to the ecosystem scale through measuring fluxes of evapotranspiration (ET), transpiration (T) and evaporation (E) as well as soil available water (and groundwater table depth). This will be linked to assessments of carbon cycle components as well as plant development to optimize crop productivity while guaranteeing sustainable water use.
We are offering a part-time position (65%) temporarily limited until December 2026 at our location in Müncheberg as PHD researcher (f/m/d).