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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.

We are offer­ing a postdoc pos­i­tion within the Ein­stein Research Unit Cli­mate and Water under Change (Cli­WaC). This trans­dis­cip­lin­ary research ini­ti­at­ive addresses water-related risks under cli­mate change for a series of case stud­ies in the Ber­lin-Branden­burg region. This postdoc pos­i­tion at ZALF will be respons­ible for assess­ing the risks posed to cur­rent crop­ping sys­tems by water and cli­mate related extremes, as well as quantify trade-offs between pro­ductiv­ity, yield sta­bil­ity, nitro­gen losses and soil car­bon sequest­ra­tion of adap­ted water and crop man­age­ment. The pos­i­tion will involve sub­stan­tial improve­ment to a pro­cess based crop­ping sys­tems’ model to cap­ture vari­ous effects of heavy rain­fall on crop growth and yield form­a­tion, as well as innov­at­ive approaches to quantify risks to and trade-offs between eco­sys­tem ser­vices. The pos­i­tion will be based in the Crop­ping Sys­tem Ana­lysis work­ing group at ZALF at the Müncheberg cam­pus ini­tially for two years (TVL13) start­ing from Feb­ru­ary 2022 with a likely exten­sion for another year (sub­ject to final approval of the fund­ing con­tract).

We are offer­ing sub­ject to final fund­ing approval a full time pos­i­tion for two years at our loc­a­tion in Müncheberg as

Postdoc­toral researcher (f/m/d)

Working field:

  • Improve­ment of a pro­cess based crop­ping sys­tem model to con­sider effects of excess rain­fall on crop growth and yield form­a­tion
  • Cal­ib­ra­tion and test­ing of a crop­ping sys­tem model for cur­rent crop rota­tions in the region
  • Tradeoff assess­ments of cli­mate and water-related risks and adapt­a­tion options
  • Explor­a­tion of par­ti­cip­at­ory meth­ods to use crop mod­els together with farm­ers in the Branden­burg region to sup­port more sus­tain­able and resi­li­ent crop­ping sys­tems
  • Pub­lic­a­tion of res­ults in peer-reviewed sci­entific journ­als


  • PhD in crop or plant physiology, agri­cul­tural engin­eer­ing, eco­logy, math­em­at­ics, phys­ics or sim­ilar
  • Exper­i­ence using pro­cess based crop or eco­lo­gical sim­u­la­tion mod­els
  • Com­puter pro­gram­ing or script­ing skills in (e.g., C++, java, python, R,…)
  • Exper­i­ence in con­duct­ing cli­mate change impact assess­ments
  • Strong stat­ist­ical and quant­it­at­ive assess­ment skills
  • Excel­lent com­mu­nic­a­tion skills in Eng­lish
  • Good team work skills with will­ing­ness to col­lab­or­ate across dis­cip­lines and open­ness to con­duct trans­dis­cip­lin­ary research

What we offer:

  • Inter­dis­cip­lin­ary work­ing envir­on­ment that encour­ages inde­pend­ence
  • Oppor­tun­ity to col­lab­or­ate with lead­ing inter­na­tional sci­ent­ists and net­works in crop­ping and eco-sys­tem ana­lysis
  • Strong insti­tu­tional com­mit­ment to a good work-life bal­ance
  • Clas­si­fic­a­tion accord­ing to the col­lect­ive agree­ment of the fed­eral states (TV-L) up to E 13 with a 100% weekly work­ing time (includ­ing spe­cial annual pay­ment)
  • A col­legial and open-minded work­ing atmo­sphere in a dynamic research insti­tu­tion

How to apply:

Women are par­tic­u­larly encour­aged to apply. Applic­a­tions from severely dis­abled per­sons with equal qual­i­fic­a­tions are favored. Please send your applic­a­tion with a cover let­ter, CV, copy of your MSc and PhD degrees and tran­scripts, and the names and con­tact inform­a­tion for three ref­er­ences, stat­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber 01-2022 by Janu­ary 24, 2022 to: This should be sent by e-mail as one PDF file, max. 5 MB. Note, no other file format will be pro­cessed or con­sidered.

If you have any ques­tions, please do not hes­it­ate to con­tact Dr. Heidi Webber,
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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