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Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Agrar­tech­nik und Bio­öko­no­mie e.V. (ATB)

The Leib­niz Insti­tute for Agri­cul­tural Engin­eer­ing and Bioeconomy is a pion­eer and a driver of bioeconomy research. We cre­ate the sci­entific found­a­tion to trans­form agri­cul­tural, food, indus­trial and energy sys­tems into a com­pre­hens­ive bio-based cir­cu­lar eco­nomy. We develop and integ­rate tech­niques, pro­cesses and man­age­ment strategies, effect­ively con­ver­ging tech­no­lo­gies to intel­li­gently cross­link highly diverse bioeco­nomic pro­duc­tion sys­tems and to con­trol them in a know­ledge-based, adapt­ive and largely auto­mated man­ner. We con­duct research in dia­logue with soci­ety - know­ledge-motiv­ated and applic­a­tion-inspired.

Sci­ent­ist (m/f/d)

for the research field
„Micro­bi­ome man­age­ment for high yield energy pro­duc­tion, enhan­cing fer­til­izer qual­ity and redu­cing neg­at­ive envir­on­mental impacts“

Working field:

The object­ive of the col­lab­or­at­ive pro­ject is to reduce meth­ane emis­sions from manure stor­age by the addi­tion of cal­cium cyan­am­ide while main­tain­ing and react­iv­at­ing the meth­ane poten­tial for sub­sequent bio­gas pro­duc­tion and increas­ing the fer­til­izer qual­ity of the remain­ing digest­ates. The suc­cess­ful applic­ant will invest­ig­ate the micro­bi­ome struc­ture and dynamic vari­ations across the entire pro­cess chain com­pris­ing liquid manure stor­age, bio­gas pro­duc­tion and field applic­a­tion of manure and digest­ate. The pos­i­tion is assigned to the research group “Sys­tem micro­bi­o­logy” in close cooper­a­tion with the research groups “Bioen­gin­eer­ing” and “Bioeco­nomic sys­tem mod­el­ling” at ATB and the external part­ner Alzchem Trost­berg GmbH.

Your respons­ib­il­it­ies
  • Par­ti­cip­at­ing the manure stor­age and anaer­obic diges­tion exper­i­ments and the field trial includ­ing tak­ing samples
  • Applic­a­tion of molecu­lar bio­lo­gical meth­ods for the detec­tion of the micro­bial diversity (DNA/RNA extrac­tion, high-through­put sequen­cing using the Oxford Nan­o­pore Tech­no­logy plat­form)
  • Bioin­form­atic eval­u­ation of 16S rRNA gene amp­l­icon data­sets and con­struc­tion of micro­bial net­works to decipher the struc­ture and poten­tial func­tion of micro­bial com­munit­ies, to elu­cid­ate spe­cies inter­ac­tions among each other and with their abi­otic envir­on­ment and to invest­ig­ate the micro­bi­ome beha­viour at the sys­tem-level
  • Present­a­tion of pro­ject res­ults at sci­entific con­fer­ences and stake­holder meet­ings, writ­ing pro­ject reports and sci­entific pub­lic­a­tions


  • Very good uni­versity degree in the field of micro­bial eco­logy in agri­cul­tural, envir­on­mental or tech­nical sys­tems (Dip­loma or Mas­ter of Sci­ence)
  • Know­ledge and exper­i­ence in micro­bi­o­lo­gical ana­lyses includ­ing extrac­tion of nuc­leic acids, PCR tech­niques, mod­ern sequen­cing tech­no­lo­gies and well as bioin­form­at­ics and stat­ist­ics
  • High interest in inter­dis­cip­lin­ary cooper­a­tion at the inter­face of micro­bial eco­logy, bioen­gin­eer­ing and agro­nomy
  • Very good writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish and Ger­man skills
  • Abil­ity to work in a team and will­ing­ness to cooper­ate, reli­ab­il­ity, flex­ib­il­ity, per­sonal com­mit­ment and abil­ity to work inde­pend­ently
  • European Driv­ing license class B

What we offer:

  • An attract­ive, inter­dis­cip­lin­ary work­ing envir­on­ment in a team of exper­i­enced and young sci­ent­ists and tech­ni­cians
  • Excel­lent infra­struc­ture for car­ry­ing out sci­entific work
  • Access to national and inter­na­tional net­works for your sci­entific career
  • Fam­ily-friendly work­ing con­di­tions that pro­mote the com­pat­ib­il­ity of work and fam­ily life
  • Com­pany-owned elec­tric bicycles for busi­ness trips
  • Par­ti­cip­a­tion on the VBB com­pany ticket
  • Our insti­tute is loc­ated on the edge of a pic­tur­esque park-like land­scape and is easy to reach by pub­lic trans­port or by bike

The pos­i­tion is part-time (75%) and lim­ited until 31.12.2024. The salary is based on your qual­i­fic­a­tion and pro­fes­sional exper­i­ence accord­ing to TV-L up to salary group 13.

How to apply:

For fur­ther inform­a­tion, please con­tact Dr. Susanne Theuerl (E-Mail and visit our web­site

If you would like to con­trib­ute your pro­fes­sional com­pet­ence to our inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research, please apply by the fol­low­ing dead­line May 25th, 2022 using ATB’s online applic­a­tion form for the job advert­ise­ment, code 2022-1-1, at Applic­a­tions received after the applic­a­tion dead­line can­not be con­sidered.

Equal­ity of oppor­tun­ity is part of our per­son­nel policy. Dis­abled applic­ants with adequate qual­i­fic­a­tion will be pref­er­en­tially con­sidered.

By sub­mit­ting an applic­a­tion, you agree that your job applic­a­tion doc­u­ments will be stored for a period of six months, even in the case of an unsuc­cess­ful applic­a­tion. Fur­ther inform­a­tion on the pro­cessing, stor­age and pro­tec­tion of your per­sonal data can be found at