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Research scientist/PhD student - Nutrient cycles - good substrates for urban horticulture

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant and environmental sciences. The IGZ has sites in Großbeeren (close to Berlin) and Erfurt, and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic research for sustainable production of vegetables and ornamentals, contributing to healthy nutrition, human well-being and the conservation of natural resources.
 
Our institute is interested to contribute to urban horticulture initiatives and community garden movements. We aim to understand the relationship between plants and the urban environment. We would like to support urban agricultural systems that respect and maintain diversity and offer sustainable solutions in urban situations. Our research will help to close nutrient cycles in cities and between urban and rural areas, and to link matter and energy flows at the micro level.
 
We are looking for a
Research scientist
Reference number: 04/2015/PE
 
(wage group TV-L, salary domain Ost, EG 13, 65% of the regular working time)
 
to work in a project on
 
Nutrient cycles - good substrates for urban horticulture
 
Employment will be initially for two years. If the project is successful, an extension of one more year is possible. There is a possibility to link this project with a Ph D study at the Life Science Faculty, Humboldt University Berlin.
 
The successful candidate will
  • interact with urban horticulture initiatives and community gardens to define problems of substrates available to them
  • make suggestions for substrate improvements
  • cooperate with other initiatives and with companies to define technical solutions for improved composting processes
  • carry out experiments with existing and improved substrates
  • compare local and international experience in substrate use in urban horticulture
  • assess the sustainability of biochar use in composting in urban environments
  • investigate the potential of the safe use human faeces in urban nutrient cycles
 
We expect
  • a Master degree in an horticultural, agricultural, ecological, technical or biological discipline, with a focus on nutrient or matter management, nutrient cycles and sustainable solutions
  • an excellent academic record
  • knowledge on urban horticultural initiatives and systems
  • excellent English communication skills
 
We offer
  • a demanding job in applied plant science
  • an attractive workplace in the Berlin area
 
Your application can contain a brief outline (not more than two pages) on your ideas about experimental approaches to develop and study improved substrates for urban horticulture.
 
Contact: Prof. Dr. Eckhard George (033701 78 131; george@igzev.de, www.igzev.de).
 
IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed and trained preferentially.
 
Please send your application under information of the reference number by the 15 of February 2015 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online to personal@igzev.de.
 

Contact detail


How to apply:
per E-Mail oder per Post
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Please send your application under information of the reference number by the 15 of February 2015 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online to personal@igzev.de.
 

Job profile


Working hours
Part-Time
Contract duration
Temporary
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
jobexperience is required
Region
Germany (Brandenburg)
Working place
14979 Großbeeren
Area of expertise
Agricultural Sciences, Biology & Life Sciences
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