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Scientific assistant position, Thünen Institut

 von Karsten , 28.11.2017 22:04

Scientific assistant position

The Institute of Climate Smart Agriculture, one of 14 specialized institutes of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, invites applications for a

Scientific assistant position

with 65 % of the regular working time from 16.01.2018 for a period of 6 months. The successful applicant will collect and process data on the pH state and liming practice of agricultural soils in North and Central Europe.
In case of approval the employment of a scientific assistant for further 27 months with 65% of the regular working time within the FACCE ERA GAS project MAGGE pH is planned.The project MAGGE-pH will examine mitigation potentials of climate smart pH regulation by field experiments and modeling.


A Masters degree in agricultural science, environmental science,
geoecology, physics (or equivalent)
Experience with process based modeling of soil- vegetation-
atmosphere (SVAT) systems
Experience with a scriptable programming language (Python, R)
Experience with GIS systems (ArcGIS, GRASS)
Solid knowledge of carbon and nitrogen cycling in SVAT systems
Highly motivated and creative personalities
Excellent written skills in English
Willingness to travel to conferences and workshops within Europe


Data management: Collecting and processing of data from lab and field
experiments and data on pH state and management within the targeted
region (North and Central Europe and New Zealand)

Up-scaling of the pH state based on data sets from pH surveys, soil,
climate, geolocic maps
Modeling pH effects on production and GHG emissions of agricultural
soils using biogeochemical models
Implementation of the pH effect on direct nitrous oxide emissions into
empirical models. Up-scaling of this effect to the target region
Processing model output data in order to support the evaluation of
incentives or regulations by agro economic modeling
Cooperation with project partners in particular with the project
partners of the Thuenen Institute of Rural Studies responsible for the
agro economic modeling and colleges at the Thuenen Institute of
Climate Smart Agriculture conducting mesocosm experiments
Publications in peer reviewed journals

For further informations see:



Rene Dechow
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Ländliche Räume, Wald und Fischerei

Ansprechpartner: Rene Dechow, rene.

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