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Postdoc/PhD positions in Soil Biogeochemistry

Postdoc/PhD positions in Soil Biogeochemistry


Bayreuth, Germany


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)




Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

21 May 2019

Job description

The Research Group “Soil Biogeochemistry” at the University of Bayreuth offers

One PhD or Postdoc position

in the project „Microbial element cycling as a driver of soil formation in the Costal Cordillera of Chile”. The position is available either as a PhD position for three years with 75% of the regular working hours or as a Postdoc position for two years with 100% of the regular working hours. The position will start as soon as possible. The salary is in accordance with the German Public Service salary scale (TV-L E13).

The project is part of the second phase of the priority program “Earthshape” ( funded by the German Research Foundation. The responsibility of the doctoral/post-doctoral researcher will be to investigate cycling of carbon © and nitrogen (N) in soils along a climate gradient in the Coastal Cordillera of Chile. More specifically, the tasks of the researcher will be (i) to quantify the age of organic C and CO2-C in soils of the climate gradient using 14C, (ii) to study microbial C cycling and microbial biomass in soils of the climate gradient using C isotopes, (iii) to investigate N2 fixation in soils of the climate gradient, and (iv) to synthesize data on element cycling gained in the first and second phase of the project.


  • Successfully completed Master’s degree in geoecology, soil science, microbiology, environmental sciences or similar for the PhD position or successfully completed PhD in the mentioned fields for the Postdoc position
  • Experience in lab work including soil chemical analyses
  • Experience in isotope analyses is highly desirable
  • Proficiency in English and very good writing skills
  • Proficiency in German and Spanish is desirable
  • Ability to conduct soil sampling campaigns in Chile
  • Driver’s license

The project will be based at the University of Bayreuth. The doctoral/post-doctoral researcher will benefit from interdisciplinary cooperations in the Earthshape consortium and will be part of a young team at the University of Bayreuth. The University of Bayreuth is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.

How to apply

Please send your application with the usual documents (application letter, CV, copies of records of your BSc and MSc, documents showing research experience if applicable, and contact information of two references) in electronic form as one single pdf-file to Dr. habil. Marie Spohn ( Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.