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PhD Position, Soil Sciences, Germany

We invite applications for a PhD position within the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft / German Research Foundation) project Influence of tillage practice on infiltration processes in agricultural catchments.

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The influence of different tillage operations on runoff formation and runoff concentration will be analysed and physical-based modelled for small catchment areas (lower mesoscale < 6.3 km²). Therefore, data of agricultural catchment areas with conventional, integrated and ecological cultivation are used. The main focus is to determine the hydrological interaction between the processes which are influenced by different land use and tillage practice and to quantify the consequences of local measures to reduce runoff. The spatial and time series data are available in a high resolution and important processes (e.g. sealing of soil) are measured separate. Therefore, the processes can be verified, calibrated and validated both separate and in interaction.

Scenarios shall be simulated to quantify the effectiveness of tillage and soil coverage on water retention and runoff reduction. Possibilities and limits of flood protection will be analysed. At last test simulations will be realised with larger raster resolution to get an advice if it is possible to regionalize the scientific findings. If these tests are satisfactory, the transfer of processes and simulations to the upper mesoscale (100-1000 km²) will be carried out in a new project.

Job description
The successful candidate will work with the newest water balance model WaSiM-ETH 8.2.9 (see http://www.wasim.ch/en/index.html). The focus of the simulation is the evaluation of sealing processes due to erosive rain events in combination with different tillage operations.

Additionally, two dimensional overland flows will be modelled to fully understand different water pathways including infiltration and return flow. A comparison between conventional and ecological soil cultivation will conclude the research.

The applicant is expected to have a Diplom / M.Sc. in civil / environmental engineering or geographic / soil sciences.
Advanced scientific programming skills (FORTRAN90, MATLAB, UNIX) are expected and the ability to work efficiently in a team is regarded as essential.

The position is offered for 18 months. During this time period a PhD thesis can be completed because essential pre-work (data analysis, build-up of the WaSiM model) has already been done.

Payment is according to TVöD, E13 60% including extensive social security plans. It is possible to start the scientific work with a M.Sc.-Thesis on the basis of a student employment. After examination the position (TVöD, E13 60%) can be continued over the offered period (18 months).

The Universität der Bundeswehr seeks to increase the number of female scientists and encourages them to apply. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

All applications (including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and copies of scientific degrees), received before 1st of March 2009 will be considered. The position is open until filled.

For further information please contact
Prof. Dr.-Ing Markus Disse, e-mail: [email protected], phone: +49 89/6004-3491

Universität der Bundeswehr München · 85577 Neubiberg · Germany

21 comments

  1. jamshid ghadermazi says:

    I am agratuated in master of science in soil science from iran. I have studied my BS in Bu-Ali Sina university (Hamadan city), facualty of agriculture and my MS degree is from Isfahan university of Technology (IUT). I want to continue my studing in Phd in my feild (soil physics and pollution).
    I’ve accepted (submitted) 4 research papars at the journal (J. HYDROLOGY) and intenational conference (such as ICOBTE). I will aprittiate you if i am considered one of the student that can use award in German university.
    Regards
    Jamshid

  2. Mahmoud says:

    Dear Sir/madam
    I am extremely interested in applying my knowledge and experience to the PhD position in your lab. I recently read about it on the Nature jobs website. My education during B.Sc. of agricultural sciences (major in animal production), previous work and training experience, and my master degree in animal nutrition well to excel in this position.
    I have excelled academically at Assiut University, maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 84.89% with the 1st honor degree in my undergraduate studying and receiving numerous academic awards and scholarships throughout my undergraduate and ostgraduate studying. In 2006, I have got the M.Sc. from Assiut University. And M.Sc. thesis is entitled «Canola meal versus undecorticated cottonseed cake and soybean meal as a protein supplement in growing lambs rations”. Nowadays, I am in Thessaloniki, Greece to collect some data for my PhD project. In addition, I have eight years of experience in different animal production laboratories, animal field work , which has given me the ability to respond correctly to challenging situations,, be patient, hard worker, and act politically with different personalities. I am eager to bring to your group the benefit of my experience, qualifications and skills which are nicely fit with your multidisciplinary project needs.
    Please note that my CV exhibits my experience and accomplishments relating to the duties of this position. Having worked for the Assiut University as assistant lecturer in animal production department since Nov 2000 till the present time, attended many workshops through the Faculty and Leadership Development Project, Ministry of Higher Education, at Egypt. I gained a wide variety of communication and soft skills. These presentation skills, written and oral communication with undergraduate students, other scientific groups, community members and leaders, responding to students inquiries and interactive participating in inter-groups seminars.
    I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss more specifically how I might apply my background to meet your project’s needs. Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to hear from you soon.
    Sincerely,
    Mahmoud A.M. Abdullah
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    Tel: 0030 6998953201

  3. shariat mobasser says:

    dear
    ihave studied bs in soil sicence in agriculture university of gorgan and i have studied msc in soil chemistry in azad islamic university of karaj.i want continue my studing in phd in soil scince i will appreciate you if I am considered one of the students that can be benefited award in German university.
    im waiting for your reply

  4. suresh kannan says:

    I am a Pharmacy professional going to complete my Master degree by march 2009. My main project in my M pharmacy was the study on clay minerals as drug carrier for antihypertensives. sir, i want to continue with this study by doing PhD in any one of the German universities. Am i opt to apply for a PhD in soil sciences ? if so whats the procedure..

    kindly looking forward for your reply
    Thanking you
    suresh kannan

  5. Hi
    I have studied my BS in Chamran university, in soil science.I am graduated in master of science in soil erosion from Shiraz University,Iran. I want to continue my studying in PhD in soil consevation and soil pollution. I will appreciate you if I am considered one of the students that can be benefited award in German university.
    I am waiting for your reply
    best wishes

  6. sangshetty says:

    Dear Sir/Madam

    i am sangshetty completed my M Sc programme in the descipline of agronomy from university of agricultural sciences Dharwad Karnataka ,INDIA.sir i would like to know what is the procedure and adress for sending filled application formate.

    Thanking you
    Sangshetty

  7. Tilashwork Chanie Alemie says:

    I am an Ethiopian lady and going to graduated in master of Integrated Watershed management and hydrology from Cornell .I got my BSc in Plant production and dry land farming at Debub University in Ethiopia. I want to continue my studying in Phd in any agricultural field such as soil science. I will appreciate you if I am considered as one of the students that can use award in German university.
    I am waiting for yor reply
    Best regards,
    Tilashwork
    [email protected]

  8. Thida says:

    I am a researcher from the Forest Research institute, Yezin, Myanmar and my sepcialization is Forest soil. I’ve got M.Sc.degree from University of Forestry. I have experiences on soil analysis and soil conservation in degraded forest and teak plantation.
    I’ve submitted 6 research papars at the annual research conference held by the Academy of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery and Forestry. I’d like to expense my knowledge by doing Ph.D study. But we have limited soil scientist in my department who can guide me. I’m really interested in getting a seat at any univeristy in Germany. I would be grateful, if i get any support for my wishes.

    your faithfully,

    Thida

  9. OKPOSO JOSEPH SAMGOLD says:

    I have a bachelor and master degree in chemistry from the university of Lagos Nigeria.I am very interested in your phD programme in the area of soil science

  10. Asegdew gashaw says:

    I am graduated in master of science in Irrigation Engineering from Alemaya University .I have studied my BS in Alemaya university, in Agricultural Engineering. I want to continue my studying in PhD in my field. I will appreciate you if I am considered one of the students that can be benefited award in German university.
    I am waiting for your reply
    thank you!

  11. hamed johnny sarnavi says:

    im a gratuated in master of science in mechanic of agri-machinary from iran.
    i studied in urmia uni. i was working about Discrete Element Method in simulation of granular medium, and i would like to continue my subject(DEM) in soil mechanic and in your program.
    Please help advance my career by considerig me for this position.
    i look forward to have a reply from you.
    Mechanic of Agricultural Machinary Department, urmia university, Iran

  12. I am an Ethiopian lady and going to graduated in master of Integrated Watershed management and hydrology from Cornell .I got my BSc in Plant production and dry land farming at Debub University in Ethiopia. I want to continue my studying in Phd in any agricultural field such as soil science. I will appreciate you if I am considered as one of the students that can use award in German university.
    Iam waiting for yor reply
    Best regards,
    Tilashwork

  13. khadijeh beigom ghoreishi says:

    I am agratuated in master of science in polymer chemistry from iran.i have studied my BS in shiraz university,facualty of chemistry and my MS degree is from mazandaran-babolsar university.i want to continue my studing in Phd in my feild.Iwill aprittiate you if i am considered one of the student that can use award in German university.
    Iam waiting for yor reply
    tanx.

  14. I am a Nigerian and have Bachelor degree of Agriculture and Master (MSc. ) in Soil Science in one of Nigeria University. I am currently teaching in College of Agriculture and would like to pursue PhD in Soil Science on abroad Scholarship or research fellowship / grants.

    Kinkly assist me on any of the above mentioned request. Thanks for your anticipated support.

  15. George Matara says:

    I have a Bsc. Agriculture, Mphil Soil Science from Moi University, Kenya and would like to pursue Phd in Soil Science in Germany if am considered for the opportunity .

  16. Asrat Tera says:

    I have M.Sc degree in Animal production from Hawassa University. Now I an Acdemic vice dean of Agricultural college. How can I get Ph.D study in my area of specialization?

  17. THARU SHOGAT BIT says:

    I am Citizen of Nepal .I live in Nepal . I have Passed MA In Political Science and LLW (Law) .I am very interested to join Phd .I would like to you assistence .Thank you for the coopoeration .
    Warm regards
    Tharu Shogat Bir
    Nepal Dang Ghorahi

  18. Charles Nyanga says:

    PhD in Soil Science,

    Please help advance my career by considerig me for this position.
    I hold a 3-yr diploma in Mecanical Engineering from the
    NorthernTechnical Colloege,a 4-yr BSc degree in Physics from the University of Zambia. I am conversnat with FORTRAN,QBasic and all MS office documents. I promise you wont be dissappointed. My address is

    NRDC
    PO Box 310099
    Lusaka
    Zambia

    +260955174728/+260968466900

    [email protected]

  19. hailemichael shewa says:

    I have a BA degree in English, I have another BA degree in Management, and I have a master’s degree in curriculum, all from Addis Ababa University of Ethiopia. If I get fully-funded position I want to study your offer.

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