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2 PhD positions "microSOIL3D - A German-Luxembourg collaboration between Technical University Munich in Freising (TUM) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), studying the 3D chemical and physical architecture of soil microstructures by combining spectromicroscopic techniques".
We are currently seeking two motivated PhD candidates to work on: Elucidating the 3D chemical and physical architecture of soil microstructures by combining different spectromicroscopic techniques and developing novel computational approaches - microSOIL3D. The programme is a bilateral joint project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR, Luxembourg National Research Fund).
How to apply:
To apply, please send a single pdf file containing
1) motivation letter (personal statement describing research experience and interests, max. 1 A4 page),
2) up-to-date CV, and
3) name and contact information of at least two references.
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The deadline to submit applications is August 15, 2018.
Evaluations and interviews are planned for September 2018.
Planned project start is October/November 2018.
PhD Position at TUM
A centre of excellence, TUM is Germany’s top technical university and among the top universities world-wide. The PhD student will join a team of international recognized scientists at the Chair of Soil Science. At the Chair of Soil Science we work on the general characterisation of soil organic matter and the identification and extraction of functional soil organic matter pools that are important for long term stabilisation of carbon in soils and at the same time are responsible for the formation of biogeochemical interfaces in aggregated soils. At the Chair of Soil Science of the Technical University Munich in Freising-Weihenstephan we will use soil incubation experiments together with stable isotope (13C and 15N) enrichment of soil organic matter. The developing microscale soil structures will be analysed both by standard bulk soil characterization and modern microscale imaging techniques. We will combine the analyses of surface structure using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) with elemental and isotopic mapping using NanoSIMS (Nano scale Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry) at TUM. The PhD candidate will investigate in detail the 3D surface architecture of complex soil microstructures. The obtained data will be used by the Luxembourg partner to develop 3D models of the soil microstructure.
We seek an enthusiastic graduate student holding an MSc degree in geoscience, geoecology, environmental sciences or related disciplines, with a focus on soil science and with a strong passion for research. Prior knowledge on stable isotope analyses, organic geochemistry and microbiology is an asset, but is not required. Experience in soil fractionation, image processing and microscopic techniques is highly welcome. The candidate should have great social/verbal/communication and analytical skills and eagerness to develop multidisciplinary skills. Good written and spoken English skills are required.
Terms of employment:
The successful candidate will be offered a position funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) for a fixed-term of 3 years. The earliest starting date is 01.10.2018. Salary is TV-L E13 (65%) according to the German TV-L system (Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst der Länder). The candidate will be supervised and work closely with PD Dr. Carsten W. Mueller and Dr. Carmen Hoeschen at TUM in Freising-Weihenstephan, a 30 min train ride from down town Munich. The PhD candidate will spend some time at the collaborator Institute in Luxemburg.
For additional information on the TUM position, please contact Dr. Carmen Höschen or PD Dr. Carsten W. Mueller. Please send your application for TUM position with "PhD position: microSOIL3D" in the subject line.
PhD Position at LIST, Luxembourg
Project description: As a key player in research and innovation in Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), with its employees, is active in the domains of materials, the environment and IT. As an RTO (Research and Technology Organization) and with its interdisciplinary impact-driven approach, LIST contributes to the development of Luxembourg’s economy and society. The Advanced Instrumentation for Ion Nano-Analytics (AINA) group at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is renowned for developing innovative nano-analytical techniques for materials characterization and life science applications. During the past few years we have been developing in particular a Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) add-on system for the Helium Ion Microscope (HIM) and for a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), allowing the advantages of high spatial resolution with high sensitivity chemical information to be combined. Likewise we developed an Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) system that we integrated in our NanoSIMS in order to perform 3D elemental/isotopic reconstructions of complex samples with widely varying sputter yields. We are currently looking for a well-motivated candidate to perform PhD research using the aforementioned novel instruments (TEM, HIM, SIMS and AFM) and dedicated correlative methodologies. The project offers opportunities to develop innovative analytical solutions for high-resolution high-sensitivity imaging through correlative microscopy methods with a main focus on Soil Science. The candidate will acquire highly-valued skills in advanced characterization techniques (TEM, HIM, SIMS, AFM) applicable in materials science, soil science and life science. The PhD candidate will be registered at the University of Luxembourg to fulfill academic requirements. The project is a close collaboration with the Technical University Munich.
We seek an enthusiastic graduate student holding an MSc degree in Materials Science, Physics or closely related fields. This position requires an interest to work with prototype instruments, self-motivation by passion for science and research and ability to work in a team with team-spirit. The candidate should have great social/verbal/communication and analytical skills and eagerness to develop multidisciplinary skills. Good written and spoken English skills are required.
Terms of employment:
The successful candidate will be offered a position funded by the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) for a fixed-term of 3 years (with possible extension of 1 year). The earliest starting date is 01.10.2018. The PhD candidate will spend some time at the Technical University Munich.