2 PhD positions in ITN Interfaces

Position 1: Airborne and ground-based upscaling of findings on groundwater-surface water interactions at aquifer-lake and aquifer-stream interfaces

Position 2: Hot spots of turnover along ventilated burrows of macrozoobenthos

Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions are available to be trained and perform research in hydrological and biogeochemical processes at aquatic interfaces within the Marie-Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) INTERFACES at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin (IGB), Germany. The successful candidates will tackle scientific and technical challenges spanning from lab experiments to remote sensing, from biology to mathematics, from centimetre scales to catchments. The ultimate goal of the project is to improve the interdisciplinary understanding of processes at aquatic-terrestrial interfaces which are commonly considered as hot spots of turnover and as relevant for the ecological state of both adjacent compartments.

ITNs aim to improve career perspectives of ESRs in both public and private sectors, thereby making research careers more attractive to young people. They aim to work through trans-national networking through a partnership of public and private enterprises in the field.  In particular, the networks aim to add to the employability of the recruited researchers through exposure to both academia and enterprise, thus extending the traditional academic research training setting and eliminating cultural and other barriers to mobility.

The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is the largest freshwater research institute in Germany (ww.igb-berlin.de). It is a member of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB) and the Leibniz-Association (www.wgl.de). The FVB manages 8 large research institutes in Berlin that have close links to all three major universities in the German capital. IGB offers excellent laboratory and field facilities for interdisciplinary research, large-scale experimental facilities, and long-term research programs and data sets. Furthermore, IGB has an intensive PhD training programme and more than 50 PhD students are employed at IGB.

Within the 7th Framework programme the ITN INTERFACES focuses on “Ecohydrological interfaces as critical hotspots for transformations of ecosystem exchange fluxes and biogeochemical cycling”. The INTERFACES consortium assembles an unprecedented network of world-leading research centres, universities, private sector companies and public sector partners to provide outstanding joint expertise and training environment in the fast-moving field of ecohydrology. The participants of INTERFACES are internationally renowned experts and have long-standing interdisciplinary expertise in the research of complex transport and transformation processes of water and energy fluxes and interlinked biogeochemical cycles at ecohydrological interfaces. The main research goal of INTERFACES is to advance interdisciplinary development and application of innovative technologies for sensing and modelling heat fluxes, metabolism, biogeochemical turnover and ecological functioning to understand how and to what extent system interfaces act as critical hotspots for water-dependent environmental processes. Our vision is to generate new interdisciplinary understanding of interactions between heat fluxes, microbial metabolism, biogeochemical cycling and ecological functioning across coupled water-dependent system boundaries. It is our goal to quantify (a) the importance of these interfaces as critical hotspots for environmental processes dynamics and (b) the sensitivity of these hotspots to global change.

Applications will be reviewed in batches every month until all positions are filled. Application can be submitted until 15th February 2014.

Please see also: http://www.igb-berlin.de/stellenangebote-details/items/id-2-phd-positions-in-itn-interfaces.html

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