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12 PhD Positions (m/f)

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

In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering

12 PhD Positions

dedicated to the following subjects:

•    Resilience provisioning of biodiversity across environmental gradients
•    Plant functional traits as indicators for ecosystem services
•    A legal framework for urban sustainability finance
•    Ecological-economic analysis of wind power deployment
•    Bio-photovoltaics (BPV) with cyanobacteria
•    A parsimonious model for DOC and solute exports from temperate catchments
•    Assessing biofilm-mediated functions in aquatic ecosystems
•    Model verification with CRNS proximal sensing in semi-arid regions
•    Impact of microorganisms’ intra-population heterogeneity on chemical degradation
•    Spatial imaging of chemicals in zebrafish embryos
•    Contaminants, bacterial metabolism and immune cells
•    Plant productivity from hyperspectral remote sensing at landscape scale

Our doctoral researchers are fully integrated in international teams of scientists, providing ample access to expertise and support in an interdisciplinary environment. Our young researchers are furthermore supported by our Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE) which offers a framework for successful completion of their dissertation and prepares them for careers at research institutions or the private sector (www.ufz.de/higrade).

We therefore cordially invite highly qualified candidates with a strong commitment to excellent research. Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in a respective field of natural or social sciences and preferably have first research experiences in the particular field.

We offer:
  • Top level interdisciplinary research at a research centre which enjoys an excellent reputation within Germany as well as internationally
  • Excellent technical facilities
  • Work in inter-disciplinary and multinational teams
  • Excellent links to national and international research networks
  • Support and optimal training courses by our graduate school
  • Remuneration in accordance with the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 (50%)
Closing date for applications:

February 28th, 2016
Successful applicants will be invited to a recruitment event at the UFZ on May 26th/27th, 2016.

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy, we therefore particularly welcome applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons are given priority when applicants are equally qualified.


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Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ | Permoserstr. 15 | 04318 Leipzig | Germany
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Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Sachsen)
Working place
04318 Leipzig
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Human medicine, Chemistry, Geo Sciences, Mathematics, Physics