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PhD position (f/m/d) Torfmooskultivierung

The Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries in Braunschweig (Germany) invites application for a 

PhD position (f/m/d)

with 65 % of the regular weekly working time in the research project ‘Interaction of climate change, nutrient deposition and peat properties – optimization of Sphagnum paludicultures under challenging conditions (InKliNaTor)’. The position is limited to four years and to be filled at the earliest opportunity.  The position is directed to applicants who, in addition to their employment, wish to pursue their own academic career, in particular their doctorate. In this context, the Thünen Institute for Climate-Smart Agriculture cooperates with various universities. The employment is limited in time in accordance with §2 (1) sentence 1 of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz.

Drained peatlands are hotspots for greenhouse gas emissions. Paludiculture, the use of formerly drained peatlands under near-natural hydrological conditions, offers the opportunity of mitigating these emissions.

Project aims:

  • generating the first complete greenhouse gas balance of a full Sphagnum paludiculture production cycle and the recovery stage after harvest
  • the quantification of CO2 and CH4 exchange of Sphagnum paludicultures depending on vascular plant abundance (Molinia caerulea), nutrient supply, peat type, water table and temperature in order to optimize site management and
  • the quantification of the effect of water table, nutrient availability and temperature on the germination and survival rate as well as biomass accumulation and substrate quality of Sphagnum and competing vascular plants.

The position is based in a dynamic working group at Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture conducting research on national and international level in the area of organic soils. We offer a comprehensive job dealing with a current research covering field work, glasshouse experiments and challenging data analyses.

Detailed tasks:

  • Realisation of an extensive glasshouse experiment in order to quantify the impact of different environmental conditions on biomass accumulation and substrate quality of Sphagnum and competing vascular plants
  • Conducting manual chamber measurements of the gas exchange between soil, vegetation and atmosphere
  • Measurement of soil physical and chemical as well as meteorological drivers
  • Quality assurance, data analysis and modelling of annual greenhouse gas balances
  • Evaluation of the investigated measures for the optimization of Sphagnum paludiculture
  • Writing scientific publications


  • University degree (Univ.-Diplom or M.Sc.) in the field of geoecology, hydrology, horticulture, agriculture, environmental or soil science or related subjects
  • Profound knowledge in biogeochemistry, plant physiology or soil science
  • Proficiency in computer software and experience with R, Python or other programming languages
  • Knowledge of peatlands or greenhouse gas emissions from soils are beneficial
  • Willingness to conduct physically demanding field work during periodic field trips over several days
  • General aptitude to technical work
  • Team spirit, flexibility, high motivation and the ability to work independently
  • Scientific curiosity and willingness to work on a doctoral thesis
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English and German
  • Driving licence

The salary is based on the collective agreement for civil service (TVÖD). Depending on the fulfilment of personal and tariff requirements the salary accounts for 65 % of level E13 TVöD.

The Thünen Institute supports gender equality at work and encourages female candidates to apply for this position.

Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preferential treatment. Only a minimum physical aptitude is expected from them.

For further inquiries please contact Dr. Bärbel Tiemeyer (, +49 531-596 2644).

Applications with the usual documentation (CV, cover letter, certificates) including the keyword ‘Torfmooskultivierung’ shall be sent (preferably by email as one pdf file) until 10.05.2019 to

Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut

Institut für Agrarklimaschutz

Bundesallee 65

38116 Braunschweig

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