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Researcher (f/m/d) (Agricultural, Forest, Environmental or Geo Sciences or comparable disciplines)

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

Researcher (f/m/d)

with 100 % of the regular weekly working time for the project ‘Measuring N2 and N2O fluxes and related processes at high sensitivity and resolution in the field using advanced isotopic tools as a basis for model evaluation’ with starting date October 1 2019 and limited to three years.

The position is hosted in a working group of the Thünen-Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture dealing with national and international research on nitrogen transformations in soils. The work will be within the second phase of the research unit 2337 „Denitrification in Agricultural Soils: Integrated Control and Modelling at Various Scales (DASIM)“, funded by the German Science foundation, coordinated by the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, and with contributions of eleven German research institutions as well as one foreign cooperating partner. Background: Denitrification is a key process of the nitrogen budget, especially in fertilized agricultural ecosystems, but due to methodical difficulties its knowledge is still insufficient. Robust denitrification data suitable to validate N2 fluxes in denitrification models are scarce due to previous methodical limitations and the extreme spatio-temporal heterogeneity of denitrification. One part of the project will employ stable isotope techniques to precisely assess rates and controls of denitrification processes at a high temporal and spatial and resolution. These data sets serve as a basis to validate existing and calibrate new denitrification models that are applied and/or developed by other DASIM subprojects. Aims of the subproject 6 include further development and calibration of innovative stable isotope methods (15N gas flux and isotopocule mapping methods), establishment of a field-based measurement system for these methods, and quantification of N2 and N2O fluxes and their controls in field experiments. Laboratory data-sets from the first funding period are already available. The work will be in cooperation with Julius Kühn Institute of Crop and Soil Science and Forstliche Versuchsanstalt Baden-Württemberg as well as the other subprojects of DASIM (


  • Participate in publishing data-sets of the first funding period
  • Participate in further development, evaluation and establishment of stable isotope methods
  • Coordinate field experiments and contribute to installation of field instrumentation.
  • Support DASIM partners to establish new field technology in further subprojects of DASIM
  • Analysis, presentation and publication of new data
  • Contribute to the application of new data to evaluate denitrification models.


  • University degree (Univ.-Diploma/M.Sc. and PhD) in Agricultural, Forest, Environmental or Geo Sciences, or comparable disciplines
  • Profound knowledge in biogeochemistry or soil science
  • Profound knowledge and experiences in soil gas dynamics and stable isotope analysis of trace gases desirable
  • Experiences in conducting and evaluating greenhouse gas emission experiments desirable
  • Profound experience in publishing scientific data and interest to publish experimental data from the first funding period
  • Technical skills and understanding
  • Willingness to conduct business travel and regular field work, team spirit, flexibility, high motivation, and capability to work independently.
  • Very good English language skills
  • Drivers licence equivalent to German class B

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

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. Reinhard Well, (E-Mail: ; phone: +49 531 596 2535)

Applications with the usual documentation (CV, cover letter, certificates) including the keyword DASIM shall be sent (preferably by email as one pdf file) until 30.08.2019 to

Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut

Institut für Agrarklimaschutz

Bundesallee 65

38116 Braunschweig


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