Offer 125 out of 469 from 11/07/24, 11:14


Leib­niz-Zen­trum für Agrar­land­schafts­for­schung e.V. - HR

Die Mission des Leibniz-Zentrums für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V. als national und international agierendes Forschungszentrum ist es, an der ökonomisch, ökologisch und sozial nachhaltigen Landwirtschaft der Zukunft zu forschen – gemeinsam mit Akteuren aus der Wissenschaft, Politik und Praxis. Das ZALF ist Mitglied der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft und unterhält neben dem Hauptstandort in Müncheberg (ca. 35 Minuten mit der Regionalbahn von Berlin-Lichtenberg) eine Forschungsstation mit weiteren Standorten in Dedelow sowie Paulinenaue.

The Sustainable Grassland Systems group is offering a PhD position within the DFG funded research group, Agroforestry for sustainable multifunctional agriculture (FORMULA) as part of the sub-project MapFun - Mapping Plant Functional Variation. The group is located at the research station Paulinenaue (30 minutes by regional train from Berlin-Spandau). Together with partners at University of Giessen, the project aims to study variation in plant functional traits at intra- and interspecific level with a focus on aboveground-belowground functional links from the root, over the leaf to hyperspectral signatures. The PhD student at ZALF will focus on root-leaf functional linkages using concepts of plant economics including mycorrhizal symbiosis, while the hyperspectral expertise will be situated with the closely collaborating PhD student at Giessen. The research will use a combination of greenhouse experimentation and field sampling in agroforestry systems in Brandenburg and Hessen.

Subject to final approval of funds, we are offering a 65% position for 4 years at our location in Paulinenaue as PhD student (f/m/d).

PhD student (f/m/d)

Working field:

  • root and leaf sampling at two agroforestry sites in Brandenburg and Hesse in coordinated joint sampling campaigns
  • set up and harvest of a multispecies greenhouse experiment at the location in Müncheberg
  • measurement of fine root and leaf morphological traits as well as mycorrhizal colonization
  • statistical analysis of the results and synthesis with the results of the partner PhD in Giessen
  • publication of results in peer-reviewed scientific journals


  • Master in plant biology, ecology, evolution or similar
  • strong interest in conceptual ecological thinking
  • willingness to undertake extensive field work
  • statistical and programming skills in R
  • excellent communication skills in English
  • good teamwork skills with willingness to collaborate across disciplines

What we offer:

  • interdisciplinary working environment at ZALF that encourages independence and the development of own ideas
  • a welcoming working group environment that provides topical expertise and support throughout the PhD
  • support of technicians and student helpers during sampling times
  • opportunity to collaborate with leading international scientists and networks in biodiversity, grassland and agroecosystem analysis
  • strong institutional commitment to a good work-life balance
  • mobile office options for suitable tasks
  • classification according to the collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L) up to EG 13 with a 65% weekly working time (including special annual payment)
  • a collegial and open-minded working atmosphere in a dynamic research institution
  • company ticket

How to apply:

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. The filling of the position in part-time is possible in principle. Please send your application preferably online (see button online application below). For e-mail applications, create a PDF document (one PDF file, max. 5 MB; packed PDF documents, archive files like zip, rar etc. Word documents cannot be processed and therefore cannot be considered!) with the usual documents, in particular CV, proof of qualification and certificates, stating the reference number 64-2024 until August 11, 2024 to (see button e-mail application below).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Joana Bergmann,

For cost reasons, if any application documents or extensive publications are sent by post, they can only be returned if an adequately stamped envelope is attached.

If you apply, we collect and process your personal data in accordance with Articles 5 and 6 of the EU GDPR only for the processing of your application and for purposes that result from possible future employment with the ZALF. Your data will be deleted after six months.

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