The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC) in Jena is dedicated to interdisciplinary fundamental research in the field of Earth system sciences with a focus on climate and ecosystems. The internationally renowned institute, which currently employs around 230 people, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2022. Jena is known for high-tech industry, internationally renowned research institutions and a modern university, but it also has a beautiful natural setting in the green Saale valley with steep limestone slopes. The city of Jena has an active student scene and a diverse cultural life.
The DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre 1076 “AquaDiva – Understanding the Links between Surface and Subsurface Biogeosphere” is an ambitious research centre with more than 70 researchers from various research areas (www.aquadiva.uni-jena.de). It is located at Friedrich Schiller University and three non-university research institutes in Jena and Leipzig.
For the department of Biogeochemical Processes we are looking for a:
Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) in Soil and Groundwater Biogeochemistry
The AquaDiva project D03 “Site Management, CZE Operation, and Synoptic Synthesis” aims to advance and generalize our current understanding of links and feedbacks between the surface and the diverse subsurface habitats and their roles for ecosystem functions.
The successful candidate (m/f/d) will fill a key position within a multi-disciplinary Collaborative Research Centre focusing on the synoptic analysis of the large quantities of information collected within the last years across all Critical Zone compartments, in order to assess extent and strength of surface–subsurface coupling and feedbacks. The position will be embedded within the interdisciplinary research group of Prof. S. Trumbore at MPI-BGC in Jena and will focus on the cycling of organic matter from surface to groundwater.
Terms of employment:
This is a full-time postdoctoral position ideally to be filled September/October 1st, 2021, or at the earliest possible date. The position is limited until 30.06.2025. Salary will be according to the German TVöD (E13) scale, depending on experience, including social benefits.
The Max Planck society and the CRC AquaDiva are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourage applications from such qualified individuals. Also, the Max Planck Society and the CRC AquaDiva seek to increase the number of women in those research areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourage women to apply.
Submit your complete application documents, addressed to Prof. Dr. Susan Trumbore and quoting the reference number 08/2021, until 4th July, 2021, to our online application portal at:
All applications should be in English and include (in one PDF file, max. size 15 MB) at least the following:
1. Cover letter (max. 1 page, describing your motivation, research interests, and relevant experiences)
2. Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages, including contact details of at least two scientific references)
3. Scans of certificates, diplomas, and other (e.g., PhD/M.Sc/B.Sc. certificate – if not in English or German, please provide a translation)
Selected applicants will be invited for a short presentation and a personal interview with the project leader/s at our online recruitment symposium, presumably in July/August 2021.
Queries concerning the application process should be directed to Dr. Anke Hädrich (aquadiva-recruitment[at]uni-jena.de).
We look forward to receiving your application!