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

The Leib­niz Insti­tute for Agri­cul­tu­ral Engi­nee­ring and Bio­eco­nomy (ATB) is a natio­nally and inter­na­tio­nally acting rese­arch and deve­lop­ment centre with an inter­di­sci­pli­nary field of basic and app­lied rese­arch activi­ties at the nexus of bio­lo­gi­cal and tech­ni­cal sys­tems. ATB has multi-disci­pli­nary rese­arch teams with cur­r­ently about 230 staff mem­bers, 75 of them sci­en­tists and PhD stu­dents. Rese­arch at ATB is aimed at sustainable inten­si­fi­ca­tion of bio-eco­no­mic pro­duc­tion. ATB deve­lops and inte­gra­tes new tech­no­lo­gies and manage­ment stra­te­gies – for a know­ledge-based, site-spe­ci­fic pro­duc­tion of bio­mass, and its use for food, as raw mate­ri­als and fuels – from basic rese­arch to app­li­ca­tion. In this way, we con­tri­bute to food secu­rity, ani­mal wel­fare, the holistic use of bio­mass and the pro­tec­tion of cli­mate and envi­ron­ment.

Sci­en­tist (Post­doc) (m/f/d) (100%) for the topic
Example RES solu­ti­ons for zero-fos­sil fuel con­sump­tion at the farm level in ani­mal pro­duc­tion sys­tems


We are see­king for a Sci­en­tist (Post­doc) (m/f/d) (100%) for the topic Example RES solu­ti­ons for zero-fos­sil fuel con­sump­tion at the farm level in ani­mal pro­duc­tion sys­tems for a fixed-term employ­ment, star­ting in Febru­ary 2021.

Work­ing field:

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will be respons­ible for ATB’s tasks in the H2020 Innov­a­tion Action pro­ject Res4Live. The 4-year pro­ject aims at ensur­ing a wider adop­tion of RES and energy effi­ciency tech­no­lo­gies, machinery and tech­niques in live­stock farms towards zero-fossil fuel con­sump­tion. A great part of its work deals with the adapt­a­tion of spe­cific tech­no­lo­gies for both energy and fuels so that to per­fectly fit live­stock farm­ing and becom­ing attract­ive in terms of cost effect­ive­ness, oper­a­tional flex­ib­il­ity, and with low main­ten­ance, suit­able for live­stock build­ings loc­ated in rural areas. The can­did­ate’s tasks will include the integ­ra­tion, test­ing and mon­it­or­ing of RES solu­tions in exper­i­mental and com­mer­cial agri­cul­tural farms. The work will be in close col­lab­or­a­tion with the exper­i­mental Ger­man case study farm of LVAT. In addi­tion, ATB will con­trib­ute to the tech­nical, socio-eco­nomic and envir­on­mental assess­ment, related to farm applic­a­tion of innov­a­tions in order to decrease fossil fuel depend­ency. All pro­ject part­ners act­ively par­ti­cip­ate in Res4Live cluster activ­it­ies, such as dis­sem­in­a­tion and com­mu­nic­a­tion, and espe­cially close co-oper­a­tion with stake­hold­ers.

Your tasks:
  • Develop strategies for dynamic adapt­a­tion of barn cli­mate to avoid heat stress and increase animal wel­fare under cli­mate change scen­arios, man­age and execute the barn cli­mate optim­iz­a­tion by using self-learn­ing sys­tems
  • Develop an on-farm energy man­age­ment sys­tem, using AI and data sci­ence tech­no­lo­gies, aim­ing for 100% energy self-suf­fi­ciency and green­house gas emis­sion reduc­tion
  • Integ­rate new RES tech­no­lo­gies (e.g. thermal photo­vol­ta­ics, heat pumps, elec­tri­fied mobile drives, bio­gas/CNG for tract­ors) into on-farm use
  • Optim­ise the on-farm energy sys­tem by flex­ible use of renew­able energy car­ri­ers, by energy demand reduc­tion, and by adapt­a­tion of energy gen­er­a­tion and demand
  • Design, install, test, meas­ure and mon­itor these integ­rated sys­tems at the pilot farm
  • Pro­cess, ana­lyse and exchange data using stat­ist­ical ana­lysis and research data man­age­ment meth­ods
  • Con­trib­ute to pro­ject-related dis­sem­in­a­tion activ­it­ies at Ger­man farm level and to stake­holder activ­it­ies in gen­eral
  • Pub­lish res­ults in peer-reviewed sci­entific journ­als
  • Sup­port the pro­ject coordin­ator in man­age­ment tasks and dis­sem­in­a­tion activ­it­ies


Your pro­fes­sio­nal qua­li­fi­ca­tion pro­file:

  • Excel­lent uni­ver­sity degree (PhD man­datory) in engi­nee­ring, such as mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring, pro­cess and envi­ron­men­tal engi­nee­ring, mecha­tro­nics, energy engi­nee­ring & manage­ment, rene­wa­ble energy sys­tems engi­nee­ring; agri­cul­tu­ral engi­nee­ring with a focus on ani­mal hus­bandry, AI sys­tems
  • Pro­found rese­arch expe­ri­ence and know­ledge in European live­stock sys­tems with a focus on dairy (know­ledge of pigs, poul­try wel­come)
  • Pro­found rese­arch expe­ri­ence and know­ledge in European RES sys­tems in terms of energy genera­tion (e.g. bio­gas, PVT), energy usage tech­no­lo­gies (e.g. elec­tric and CNG-powe­red dri­ves, natu­rally ven­ti­la­ted barn cli­mate con­trol), energy manage­ment sys­tems for opti­mi­za­tion of on-farm ope­ra­tio­nal energy usage
  • Energy flow assess­ment, smart con­trol and simu­la­tion
  • AI and data sci­ence metho­do­lo­gies are wel­come
  • Know­ledge of methods to assess agri­cul­ture in terms of envi­ron­ment, eco­nomy, and society is wel­come
  • Very good know­ledge of sta­tis­ti­cal data ana­ly­sis and expe­ri­ence in rela­ted soft­ware (e.g. R, MAT­LAB)
  • Flu­ent Eng­lish lan­guage pro­fi­ci­ency and pro­ven abi­lity to write sci­en­ti­fic publi­ca­ti­ons
  • Com­mand of Ger­man lan­guage is most wel­come, inte­rest in lear­ning Ger­man is requi­red
  • Expe­ri­en­ced in pro­ject manage­ment

Per­so­nal qua­li­fi­ca­tion:

  • Inde­pen­dent, self-respon­si­ble, reli­able and result-ori­en­ted way of working
  • Abi­lity to ana­lyse com­plex data and situa­ti­ons
  • Strong com­mu­ni­ca­tion and team­work skills, abi­lity to coope­rate, fle­xi­bi­lity, com­mit­ment, abi­lity to work under pres­sure, relia­bi­lity
  • Wil­ling­ness to tra­vel, occa­sio­nally across Europe, valid dri­ving license for use in Europe (min. cate­gory B)
  • Cross-cul­tu­ral com­pe­tence

What we of­fer:

  • Your par­ti­ci­pa­tion in a trans­na­tio­nal, excel­lent pro­ject con­sor­tium
  • Your con­tri­bu­tion to pro­vide solu­ti­ons to rele­vant socie­tal chal­len­ges
  • Excel­lent infra­st­ruc­ture for car­ry­ing out sci­en­ti­fic work
  • Attrac­tive, inter­di­sci­pli­nary working envi­ron­ment and very good con­di­ti­ons to deve­lop your own sci­en­ti­fic career and your net­work
  • Family-fri­endly working con­di­ti­ons that fos­ter the com­pa­ti­bi­lity of work and family life

How to ap­ply:

The salary is based on your qual­i­fic­a­tion and pro­fes­sional exper­i­ence, accord­ing to Ger­man pub­lic ser­vice salary scale (TV-L E13). This is a fixed-term pos­i­tion, based on the dur­a­tion of the pro­ject and lim­ited to 30.09.2024, and might be suit­able for part-time work (>75%). Please indic­ate your earli­est avail­ab­il­ity.

Fur­ther inform­a­tion regard­ing tasks can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Thomas Amon (e-Mail:
If you would like to par­ti­cip­ate in our inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research, please apply until Novem­ber 20th, 2020 using ATB’s online applic­a­tion form for the job advert­ise­ment, code 2020-5-4, at Applic­a­tions received after the applic­a­tion dead­line can­not be con­sidered.
Please pro­duce a detailed CV, includ­ing per­sonal con­tact inform­a­tion and three ref­er­ences, only rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates, as well as a two-page research state­ment address­ing your spe­cific interest, motiv­a­tion and qual­i­fic­a­tions for the pos­i­tion (please address what skill and abil­it­ies would you bring to the team and what would you hope to gain from work­ing on this pos­i­tion).

Please note: Inter­views will be sched­uled already at the begin­ning of Decem­ber, video inter­views are pos­sible.

Equal­ity of oppor­tun­ity is part of our per­son­nel policy. We there­fore very much encour­age applic­a­tions from qual­i­fied women. Dis­abled applic­ants with adequate qual­i­fic­a­tion will be pref­er­en­tially con­sidered.
By sub­mit­ting an applic­a­tion, you agree that your job applic­a­tion doc­u­ments will be kept for a period of six months, even if your applic­a­tion is unsuc­cess­ful. Fur­ther inform­a­tion on the pro­cessing, stor­age and pro­tec­tion of your per­sonal data can be found at:
Published: 13.10.2020