Appointed as adjunct professor at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Head of working group soil-plant interaction (SPI)
2004 - 2009
Head of Helmholtz-University Young Investigators Group BASS Joint research group of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany Research topic: Bioavailability of arsenic - soil-plant-food transfer of As with special emphasis on rhizosphere processes
1999 - 2004
DFG-Funding for "Habilitation" Institute of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany Research Topic: Plant induced heterogeneity of soil osmotic potential. Relevance for plant water uptake.
1995 - 1999
Project Management Technical University of Cottbus, Germany; Research topic: Re-establishment of soil functions in landscapes formed after open-cast lignite mining - soil amendment with organic waste materials (REKLAM, BMBF Project).
1993 - 1995
Project Management - private industry
1988 - 1993
Institute of Plant Nutrition, University of Hohenheim
PhD: Root induced spatial variation of soil water content and its effect on phosphorus uptake and growth of pearl millet (Pennisetum americanum [L.] Leeke) under drought conditions
Diploma Thesis: Impact of VA mycorrhiza on growth and drought stress tolerance of Cicer arietinum L.
1983 - 1989
Undergraduate study: "Agriculture-Biology", University of Hohenheim (Plant Nutrition, Plant Production in the Tropics and Subtropics, Plant Ecology, Plant Protection).
Plant growth experiments under controlled conditions (12 m² climate chamber)
Root properties (WinRhizo)
Soil (hydro-)chemistry (XRD, CEC, Redox)
Soil hydraulic and hydrologic properties (Tensiometer and suction cups)
X-ray microtomography (soil structure & root system development)