Tenure Track Position for a Head of Working Group (m/f/d)

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ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and, with its 350 employees, one of the largest research institutions in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. It is located in Müncheberg (approx. 35 minutes by regional train from Berlin-Lichtenberg) and maintains a research station with additional locations in Dedelow and Paulinenaue. ZALF’s mission as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to deliver solutions for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. As a contribution to overcoming global challenges such as climate change, food security, biodiversity conservation and resource scarcity, we develop and design crop systems that combine food security with sustainability. For its integrated systems research, ZALF processes complex landscape data with a unique set of experimental methods, new technologies and models as well as socio-economic approaches.

The ZALF Research Area “Landscape Functioning” investigates the biogeochemical (C, N, Si) cycles in agricultural landscapes. This includes the interactions between land and atmosphere, e.g. trace gas fluxes and dust emissions as well as their relevance for agricultural production. Lateral transport processes, such as soil erosion are of particular interest, as these contribute considerably to the formation of spatially differentiated biogeochemical process domains in agricultural landscapes.

Within this Research Area, we are pleased to announce a

Tenure Track Position for a Head of Working Group (m/f/d)

on “Soil Erosion & Landscape Functioning”

Reference N° T01-2021

Call description:

With its Tenure Track System, ZALF aims to recruit excellent scientists with essential expertise by providing a guaranteed transitioning to a permanent contract subject to successful evaluation. This Classic Tenure Track Call invites applications with an ambition to lead and develop a highly productive and internationally recognized research group on experimental research on soil erosion with a focus on tillage and wind erosion. Research activities will be based on international, interdisciplinary third-party funded projects.

Tasks and qualifications:

As head of the newly established group “Soil Erosion & Landscape Functioning”, the successful candidate will

  • establish new landscape-scale experiments on soil erosion with focus on tillage erosion & wind erosion
  • develop new methods to ‘hindcast’ decadal-scale erosion rates in agricultural landscapes as a function of climate and land use
  • closely interact with other working groups at ZALF for a comprehensive understanding of soil erosion feedbacks on biogeochemical cycles, soil-atmosphere interactions and crop production
  • participate in and advance ZALF’s landscape experiments, especially in the landscape laboratory “AgroScapeLab Quillow”, and establish an international network on impacts of soil erosion on biogeochemical cycles

The call is addressed to dynamic and highly motivated researchers with a PhD and postdoc research experience in soil science, geomorphology, geography or agricultural sciences, as well as sound experience in experimental soil erosion research, preferably on tillage erosion. Experience in interdisciplinary research on linkages between soil erosion and biogeochemical processes is mandatory. Candidates must have demonstrated their capacity to independently carry out research, including an excellent publication record, successfully acquired competitive third-party funding, and visibility in their respective field of research, as well as profound experience in leading and managing a research group. In their role as Head of Working Group, candidates are expected to actively participate in the collegial leadership of the Research Area, using their excellent communication (German and English) and teamwork skills.

We offer:

The successful candidate will receive a Fast Tenure Track position (1 x 2-3 years), with progress to a permanent position being subject to successful evaluation. Candidates can expect to work in an interdisciplinary, international and open-minded working environment in a dynamic research institution and as part of highly motivated team (scientist, technician, PhDs). 

Tenure contracts are generally offered as full-time contracts, with part-time option to allow for the reconciliation of family and career. Salary will follow the guidelines for public employees according to the German TV-L, depending on the personal situation up to the level of E 14 (incl. special annual payment). The working place is in Müncheberg near Berlin, Germany. The successful candidate will be offered individual options for career support such as a mentoring tandem, courses and trainings as well as variable options to access scientific resources.

ZALF is an equal opportunities employer (audit berufundfamilie® certificate) and specifically encourages female scientists to apply. Applications of disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be favoured.

Application and candidate selection

Application documents must follow the specifications given in the respective guideline available at the ZALF website (www.zalf.de/en/karriere/tenure-track ) and include two standardized letters of recommendation of scientists who are familiar with your research accomplishments and academic credentials (template available atwww.zalf.de/de/karriere/tenure-track/Documents/20181218_ZALF_TenureTrack_App4_Reference_Letter.docx ).

Candidate selection is based on scientific achievements, strategic aspects, and personal suitability. Details on criteria, minimum requirements and evaluation processes can be obtained from the ZALF Tenure Track System guideline, which is an official annex to this call www.zalf.de/de/karriere/tenure-track/Documents/20181218_ZALF-Tenure_Track_System_Guideline.pdf   

Please send your application as a single PDF file to tenuretrack(at)zalf.de , stating the reference number T01-2021.

The deadline for applications is 8 March 2021.

If you have any questions regarding the research profile of this position, please contact Prof. Dr. Michael Sommer (Phone +49(0)33432/82-282; sommer(at)zalf.de ) or Prof. Dr. Steffen Kolb (Phone +49(0)33432/82-326; kolb(at)zalf.de ).

For questions regarding the Tenure Track System, please contact Dr. Ulrike Hagemann (Phone +49(0)33432/82-449; ulrike.hagemann(at)zalf.de ).

For cost reasons, your 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.


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