PhD Researcher (m/f/x) within DN ROOTED

Place of work

Halle (Saale)

Working time

100 %

Contract limitations

limited contract / 36 months


Your contact for any questions you may have about the job:
Prof. Dr. Doris Vetterlein
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Str. 4
06120 Halle/Saale
Fax 0345/558 5559


The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

Your tasks

  • Monitor soil moisture in the field and determine soil hydraulic properties in the laboratory
  • Measure pore structure with X-ray computed tomography
  • Determine root density profiles and species contribution in the field
  • Statistical evaluation of rooting strategies based on various sources of input information
  • Participation in the UFZ graduate school HIGRADE
  • Publication of the results (paper, conference)

We offer

  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and close to being ready for application
  • Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams
  • Excellent links with national and international research networks
  • Excellent support and optimal subject-specific and general training with our HIGRADE graduate school

Your profile

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Biology, Soil Science, Geoscience or related natural sciences.
  • Note: applicants must be doctoral candidates, i.e. not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment.
  • Experience with imaging techniques and statistical analysis is welcome
  • Very good skills in communication/ English language skills
  • Ability to work independently and motivated to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Good organisational skills and driver’s license valid in Germany
  • Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

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Application deadline: 21.04.2023