The mission of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to deliver solutions for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and is located in Müncheberg (approx. 35 minutes by regional train from Berlin-Lichtenberg). It also maintains a research station with further locations in Dedelow and Paulinenaue.
We are offering a research position within the BMBF funded junior research group “Towards healthy soils by using autonomous field robots in diversified agricultural landscapes” (SoilRob). SoilRob aims at examining whether the utilization of autonomous field robots and the integration of high-resolution data in diversified cropping systems can enhance soil health, boost soil-based ecosystem services, and stabilize or increase yields compared to conventionally managed fields. A comprehensive assessment of physical, chemical, and biological soil parameters related to soil-based ecosystem functions and sustainable development goals is conducted with beyond state-of the art methods and technologies.
The activities of SoilRob are clustered in regard to five different soil-based ecosystem services: crop production, nutrient cycling with focus on nitrogen, water storage & filter, climate regulation, and biodiversity & habitat provision. Within this researcher position, we aim at collecting and exploring indicators to quantify soil-based ecosystem services of Filtering function & Water storage. The extensive data collection is carried out in patchCROP, an experimental platform and landscape laboratory managed partly with robots. Additional experimental sites for sample collection and field measurements will be established across five other locations in Germany. The objective of this comprehensive assessment is to quantify the changes in surface runoff regulation & water filtration by agricultural robots, mainly affected by their mechanical interventions such as weed control and reduced machine load. Additionally, the measurements will also be used to evaluate the impact of cropping diversification measures on relevant parameters of soil physics and soil hydrology.
This position is located in the ZALF research area “Land Use and Governance” in the working group “Resource-Efficient Cropping Systems” and includes a research scientist position for 4 years (TV-L EG13, 80%) starting from January 2024 and with the option to conduct a PhD.
Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. It is generally possible to work in the position on a part-time basis. Please send your application preferably online (see button online application below). For e-mail applications, create a PDF document (one PDF file, max. 5 MB; packed PDF documents, archive files like zip, rar etc. Word documents cannot be processed and therefore cannot be considered!) with the usual documents, in particular Cover letter, CV, proof of qualification and certificates, stating the reference number 105-2023 until November 6th, 2023 to (see button e-mail application below).
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