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Vacancy: PhD Studentship at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (Tall Tower Atmospheric Gas Measurements Group) (Germany)

Last modified July 16, 2012 09:09 expired

PhD project on the carbon cycle of northern Eurasia studied at the Zotino Tall Tower Observatory, central Siberia.

There is an exciting opening for a PhD studentship at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany:

PhD project on the carbon cycle of northern Eurasia studied at the Zotino Tall Tower Observatory, central Siberia

The project

The fate of carbon pools in a warming climate is a pressing scientific and social question. What happens with the large amounts of carbon stored in the forests and soils, as well as in wetlands and the underlying permafrost in the boreal and arctic zone of Eurasia? How will the associated processes influence the regional and global climate?

The Zotino Tall Tower Observatory (ZOTTO; <www.zottoproject.org>) is a scientific platform consisting of a 304 m-tall mast, a partially underground measurement laboratory, and auxiliary infrastructure facilities located in the centre of the Siberian taiga (60°N, 90°E).

The student will acquire knowledge on atmospheric measurement techniques, be responsible for data quality, and participate in on-site maintenance campaigns. S/he will also participate in the forthcoming final installation phase of two CO2/CH4 eddy-covariance measurement systems in the nearby forest and bog. The objective of the study is to use the continuously growing ZOTTO data set, including vertically resolved high-precision CO2 and CH4 measurements, and eddy-covariance data to improve estimates of net CO2 and CH4 atmosphere-biosphere fluxes on local scale. Furthermore, the data will be used to better constrain flux estimates on regional scale by means of atmospheric modelling. The successful candidated will be guided by Jošt Lavrič, Olaf Kolle and Martin Heimann.

The Research School

The successful applicant will be part of the International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Research at the school focuses on the distribution of elements essential to life and the climate among the components of the Earth system and the interaction between biosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere, land and oceans.

Besides doing research for their PhD project, PhD candidates also benefit from a three-month external research visit, specialised courses in e.g. statistics, Earth observation, modelling and analytical techniques, as well as in soft skills. The school is thus an excellent starting platform for a successful career in a field related to global biogeochemical cycles and Earth System Science.

Requirements

We welcome applications from well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all countries. Applicants hold (or are about to receive) a Master of Science, German 'Diplom' or equivalent degree in natural sciences, preferably with knowledge on atmospheric sciences. Experience with operation of scientific instrumentation and processing of large data sets is an advantage. You are proactive and able to work in a project-oriented way. Being a team player that is motivated for field work under challenging conditions in a remote location rounds up your profile.

Proficiency in English is required since English is the official language of the program. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

How to apply

Application deadline for this fully funded PhD position is August 05, 2012. Top candidates will be invited to take part in our selection symposium (Oct. 10-12, 2012)

Find out more and apply online: <http://www.imprs-gbgc.de>

(several other PhD project are announced on this page as well)

Best regards,
Anna Goerner

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