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Leib­niz-Zen­trum für Agrar­land­schafts­for­schung e.V. - HR

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). It also main­tains a research sta­tion with fur­ther loc­a­tions in Dede­low and Pau­lin­enaue.

The DFG-fun­ded Research Train­ing Group “Bio­Move” links innov­at­ive indi­vidual research pro­jects that over­come the appar­ent gap between move­ment eco­logy and biod­iversity research, employ­ing a joint con­cep­tual frame­work. It stra­tegic­ally com­bines empir­ical, exper­i­mental and mod­el­ling approaches to advance our mech­an­istic under­stand­ing of how biod­iversity pat­terns emerge and how they feed back on the act­ive and pass­ive move­ment of organ­isms (for more details see www. bio-move.org). Within 11 dif­fer­ent pro­jects which cover dif­fer­ent groups of organ­isms (fungi, plank­ton, plants, insects, birds, anim­als), ZALF offers a pro­ject on the dis­tri­bu­tion and com­munity com­pos­i­tion of phyto­path­o­genic fungi in het­ero­gen­eous agri­cul­tural land­scapes. We are com­par­ing the Fusarium and Altern­aria com­munity in dif­fer­ent agri­cul­tural wheat fields sur­roun­ded by het­ero­gen­eous or homo­gen­eous land­scape ele­ments to assess spa­tially effect­ive bar­ri­ers in land­scapes. The struc­ture and (dis-)sim­il­ar­ity of these fungal com­munit­ies may be related to the dis­persal abil­ity of the indi­vidual mem­bers of these com­munit­ies.

We are offer­ing a part-time pos­i­tion (26 hours per week, 65%) tem­por­ar­ily lim­ited from Octo­ber 1st, 2021 to Septem­ber 30th, 2024 at our loc­a­tion in Müncheberg as

Doc­toral can­did­ate (f/m/d)

Work­ing field:

Your tasks:
  • develop the design and sampling strategy and integ­rate them in the frame­work of Bio­Move
  • col­lect data from field exper­i­ment meas­ure­ments and ana­lyse them by dif­fer­ent micro­bi­o­lo­gical and molecu­lar­bio­lo­gical lab meth­ods
  • improve and expand the field obser­va­tions by cli­mate cham­ber stud­ies
  • draw con­sequences for land use man­age­ment and min­im­iz­ing fungal plant dis­eases
  • col­lab­or­ate with the other PhD stu­dents and senior research­ers in the pro­ject
  • pub­lish your research res­ults in peer-reviewed sci­entific journ­als

Require­ments:

Your qual­i­fic­a­tions:
  • A very good M.Sc. degree (or equi­val­ent) in Eco­logy, Micro­bi­o­logy, Myco­logy, Plant Patho­logy, Phytomedi­cine or related nat­ural sci­ences. Can­did­ates that have not yet fin­ished their Mas­ter thesis can sub­mit a cur­rent and inform­at­ive study record.
  • Exper­i­ence in one or more of the fol­low­ing areas is expec­ted: exper­i­mental field and labor­at­ory stud­ies, molecu­lar eco­logy, stat­ist­ical and ana­lyt­ical skills (pref­er­en­tially sound know­ledge in R)
  • Very good Eng­lish skills
  • A strong interest in inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research and the will­ing­ness to engage in sci­entific exchange with other dis­cip­lines is essen­tial for applic­ants

What we of­fer:

We offer:
  • An inter­dis­cip­lin­ary work­ing envir­on­ment that encour­ages inde­pend­ence and self-reli­ance
  • Clas­si­fic­a­tion accord­ing to the col­lect­ive agree­ment of the fed­eral states (TV-L 13, 65%) (includ­ing spe­cial annual pay­ment). Con­tracts are time-lim­ited accord­ing to the Aca­demic Fixed-Term Con­tract Law (Wis­sZeitVG).
  • A col­legial and open-minded work­ing atmo­sphere in a dynamic research insti­tu­tion
  • Doc­toral can­did­ates will also strongly profit from a unique Bio­Move spe­cific qual­i­fic­a­tion pro­gram spe­cific­ally tailored to bridge between state-of-the-art con­cepts and meth­ods in move­ment eco­logy and biod­iversity research, sup­ple­men­ted by a broad range of soft skill work­shops.

How to ap­ply:

Detailed inform­a­tion on the applic­a­tion pro­cess and the research topic of the pro­ject P10 with the spe­cific tasks are avail­able at www.bio-move.org. Can­did­ates are required to indic­ate up to three pre­ferred pro­jects and explain their motiv­a­tion for choos­ing them. Short-lis­ted can­did­ates will be invited to an online or hybrid applic­a­tion sym­posium on 10. and 11. June in Pots­dam.

Women are par­tic­u­larly encour­aged to apply. Applic­a­tions from severely dis­abled per­sons with equal qual­i­fic­a­tions are favored. Please send your applic­a­tion stat­ing the regis­tra­tions num­ber 323/2021-4 in elec­tronic form by May 14, 2021 to the RTG coordin­a­tion office (biomove-rtg@uni-potsdam.de). Applic­ants should fol­low the inform­a­tion and instruc­tions given at www.bio-move.org

If you have any ques­tions, please do not hes­it­ate to con­tact us: Dr. Mar­ina Müller, Tel. +49 (0) 33432/82-420 or mmueller@zalf.de .

For cost reas­ons, applic­a­tion doc­u­ments or extens­ive pub­lic­a­tions 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.

You can find fur­ther inform­a­tion at: www.zalf.de/en/ueber_uns/Pages/Datenschutzerklaerung.aspx