Open Positions


at the UFZ Halle:


Postdoctoral Scientist (m/f)

Anticipated staring date of the project is 1st of October 2018. Working time: 100%
(39 h/week), limited to three years

Department: Soil System Sciene

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Postdoctoral Scientist (m/f)

Anticipated staring date of the project is 1st of October 2018. Working time: 100% (39 h/week), limited to three years

Department: Isotope Biogeochemistry

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at the University of Bonn:


Doctoral candidate (m/f)

under supervision of Mrs. Dr. Gocke and Mrs. PD Dr. Lehndorff, presumably starting on 1st September 2018. The DFG-funded position is limited in time for 3 years and offers the opportunity to earn a PhD degree. Salary is paid according to TV-L pay group 13 (65%).

PhD Rhizosphere biogeochemistry of maize


Research Associate / PhD student (f/m) in the field of rhizosphere microbiology

in the Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES). Anticipated start of the DFG-funded project, which is subject to final approval, is the 1st September 2018. It is limited for 3 years.

Research Associate / PhD student (f/m)



at the Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau:


Scientist position (m/f)

The Institute for Environmental Sciences, University Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau is inviting applications for a Scientist position (0,65 EGr. 13 TV-L) for research in the Group for Environmental and Soil Chemistry. The fixed-term position consists of a position (0.5) with teaching obligation (4 SWS), until 30 September, 2021. In addition, a 0.15 position is offered in the frame of the project „MUCI-WETT-PATT“, Subproject „AFM“, for 36 months, subject to the final approval by the DFG. The fixed-term contract is based on the WissZeitVG.

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at the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute:


Scientist with expertise in Microbiology and Molecular Ecology (m/f)

The Institute of Biodiversity at the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, is offering – pending on the final confirmation for financial support by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgmeinschaft) - a 36-months appointment, starting September 1, 2018 for a Scientist with expertise in Microbiology and Molecular Ecology to conduct research in the area of rhizosphere and soil microbiology. The position is intended to work on a PhD thesis. It is a part-time position with 65% of a full position. The position is designed to promote individual academic training. Individually achieved work results may be used for the purpose of obtaining a doctorate. If desired, the PhD thesis can be submitted to the Technical University of Braunschweig.

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at the University Kassel:


Research Assistent (EG 13 TV-H) - Group Soil Science (m/f)

Part-time position with 65 % the working hours of a full-time employee. This is a fixed termposition for three years (§ 2 Abs. 2 WissZeitVG) in the DFG-Project “Localization and quantification of physical and mechanical rhizosphere properties using X-ray microtomography and micro-sensing techniques”. The opportunity for a PhD is given. Working place is Witzenhausen.

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at the University Bayreuth:


PhD Position (E13, 65% for 3 years)

The chair of Soil Physics at the University of Bayreuth invites applications for a PhD Position within the DFG funded priority program (PP) “rhizosphere spatiotemporal organization – a key to rhizosphere function (https://www.ufz.de/spp-rhizosphere/)”. We are seeking a motivated PhD student to investigate the impact of the rhizosphere processes (root hairs and mucilage) on soil-plant water relations and drought tolerance in maize. The project is part of a nationwide, interdisciplinary community on rhizosphere research. The anticipated start is September, 2018, working time 65%, for 3 years. The working place is the University of Bayreuth.

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PhD Position (E13, 65% for 3 years)

The chair of Soil Physics at the University of Bayreuth invites applications for a PhD Position within the DFG funded priority program (PP) “rhizosphere spatiotemporal organization – a key to rhizosphere function (https://www.ufz.de/spp-rhizosphere/)”. We are seeking a motivated PhD student to investigate the impact of root mucilage and extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) on the biophysical properties of soils. The project is part of a nationwide, interdisciplinary community on rhizosphere research. The anticipated start is September, 2018, working time 65%, for 3 years. The working place is the University of Bayreuth.

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at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg:


PhD Position

Within the DFG funded Priority Program PP 2089 „Rhizosphere Spatiotemporal Organisation – a Key to Rhizosphere Functions” we have an open position in the section „Modelling and Simulation“ (Chair of Applied Mathematics 1) at the Department of Mathematics at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. We are offering a PhD Postition in the field of Reactive Transport and Structure Formation in Porous Media for three years starting as soon as possible. Remuneration is according to the salary rules of the public sector in Germany (TV-L E13), working time is 75%. The project deals with modelling and simulation of multiscale processes for structure formation in the rhizosphere, which is the region of the soil influenced by plant roots. We use models on the basis of cellular automata and coupled partial differential equations.

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at the Research Center Jülich:


PhD student with a degree in Biology, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics

This PhD position is part of the DFG funded priority program (PP) “rhizosphere spatiotemporal organization – a key to rhizosphere function ( more information )”.
The PhD student will have to investigate the impact of the rhizosphere processes (root hairs and mucilage) on soil-plant water relations and drought tolerance in maize. The PhD is part of a nationwide, interdisciplinary community project on rhizosphere research. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with the university of Bayreuth and with the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ Leipzig/Halle. The anticipated start is September, 2018.

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at the University of Göttingen:


PhD or Post Doc Research Position

The Section Biogeochemistry of Agroecosystems of the Dept. of Agricultural Soil Science at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen invites applications for a PhD or Post Doc Research Position in the field of rhizosphere microbiology within the DFG project

“Microbial life in the rhizosphere: kinetics and visualization of the functions” (Microzym).

The part-time position (65% of regular working hours – currently 25.87 hours per week) is limited for 3 years. This position should be filled by the 01.11.2018 with a salary according to E13 TV-L.

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at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU):


Postgraduate Research Associate
We are seeking a motivated PhD student to work in the DFG-funded project “The mystery of root exudation – new insights into ecologically significant root exudation sampling”. This project runs within the German priority program 2089 that brings together 25 research groups from Germany and Austria to work on revealing rhizosphere spatiotemporal organization, which is considered to be a key to rhizosphere functioning (see also: Website ). Root exudates are the main drivers of rhizosphere processes – however in the past, the majority of studies either treated exudation as a black box or investigated root exudation in hydroponic culture, mostly focusing on individual exudate compounds or specific compound classes. Despite the operational benefit of hydroponics, the question remains how ecologically relevant exudation patterns obtained under hydroponic conditions are compared to soil environments.


Within this priority program, we aim to test and compare different root exudation sampling techniques in the laboratory and in the field (Bad Lauchstädt, Germany) combined with LC-MS/MS based metabolomics fingerprinting analysis and to unravel potential biases introduced by the different experimental approaches. Joint experiments with other PP members investigating different biological, biochemical and physicochemical parameters will provide a unique opportunity to gain new insights into the spatio-temporal organization of rhizosphere processes at a yet unseen depth.

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