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Postdoc in Biogeochemistry

Postdoc in Biogeochemistry


Bayreuth, Germany


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

Full time



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 Postdoc position

in the project „Element cycling as driven by stoichiometric homeostasis of soil microorganisms in grassland soils”. The position will be limited to two years and will start on September 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary is in accordance with the German Public Service salary scale (TV-L E13) with 100% of the regular working hours.

The project is funded by the German Research Foundation through the Emmy Noether program. The responsibility of the postdoctoral researcher will be to investigate cycling of carbon © and nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) in grassland soils in different parts of the world based on a globally coordinated element addition experiment ( More specifically, the tasks of the postdoctoral researcher will be (i) to quantify rates of C, N and P cycling in grassland soils based on a large suite of methods, (ii) to complete and analyze a dataset on N2 fixation in legumes, and (iii) to synthesize data on soil element cycling gained in the first phase of the project.


  • Successfully completed PhD in geoecology, soil science, environmental microbiology, environmental sciences, plant nutrition or similar
  • Experience in lab work, including soil chemical analyses
  • Good statistical skills and proficiency in R
  • Proficiency in English and very good writing skills
  • Experience in isotope analyses is highly desirable
  • Proficiency in German is desirable
  • Ability to conduct soil sampling campaigns abroad

The project will be based at the University of Bayreuth, and the post-doctoral researcher will be part of a young team. A technician will support the laboratory work. 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.