PhD student - Modeling Microbial Degradation in Soil

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Leipzig, Germany
Remuneration in accordance with the German TVöD (50% of public-sector pay grade 13)
Apr 13, 2018
May 01, 2018
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

PhD Position (m/f) - Modeling Microbial Degradation in Soil
(working time 50%, limited to 3 years)

Predicting the fate of organic chemicals in natural soils is challenged by the complex interplay between the properties of the chemicals and the high spatio-temporal variability of environmental conditions in soils. This project will meet this challenge by using an advanced numerical reactive transport modeling approach to determine the influence of soil matrix properties on the microbial degradation of organic chemicals.

Your tasks:
• expanding a pore-scale model to address the specific project questions
• applying the expanded model for the simulation of the fate of bioreactive chemicals in heterogeneous soil systems
• determining the governing factors controlling effective in-situ biodegradation rates in soils

Your profile:
• Master of Science or equivalent degree in a relevant natural science or engineering subject
• Strong background in computational science
• Knowledge on computational fluid dynamics, subsurface transport processes, soil science, biogeochemistry and/or microbiology is beneficial
• Good English and communication skills

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 (HIGRADE)
• Remuneration in accordance with the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13

Your application:
Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy, we therefore particularly welcome applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons are given priority where applicants are equally qualified.
Your contact for any questions you may have about the job: Dr. Martin Thullner
Place of work: Leipzig
Closing date for applications: May 01, 2018
Please use our online application system for your application: