PhD student (m/f/d)

Updated: 20 days ago

We are offering a PhD position within the DFG funded project cropT.The project will use a mix of field experimentation and model application to discern the temperature drivers of phenological development in temperate maize. In addition to conducting the field experiment, the PhD student will be responsible to develop a two source energy balance model to aid interpretation of experimental observations.

We are offering a 65% position for 3 years at our location in Müncheberg as PhD student (f/m/d)

Your tasks:

  • Develop a two source energy balance model within the SIMPLACE model framework
  • Conduct a two season field experiment at the ZALF experimental site in Müncheberg
  • Perform a statistical analysis of extensive soil moisture and crop temperature time series datasets
  • Conduct a model based analysis of experimental results
  • Publication of results in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Your qualifications:

  • Master in crop physiology, plant biology, ecology, agricultural engineering, math, physics or similar
  • Computer programing or scripting skills in (e.g., C++, java, python)
  • Strong statistical and quantitative assessment skills
  • Experience using process based ecological or crop simulation models
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Good team work skills with willingness to collaborate across disciplines and openness to conduct transdisciplinary research
  • 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 EG 13 with a 65% weekly working time (including special annual payment)
  • A collegial and open-minded working atmosphere in a dynamic research institution
  • Please send your application with a cover letter, CV, copy of your MSc degrees and transcripts, and the names and contact information for three references, stating the reference number 47-2022 by April 26, 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. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Heidi Webber, 033432/82-4075,  webber(at) .

    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.

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