Germany: Ph.D. Student with a degree in agricultural or environmental engineering, physical geography, geo-ecology, hydrology or atmospheric sciences or equivalent studies.

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Job Description:

Climate change is expected to affect the earth water cycle and this changes the precipitation distribution and the evapotranspiration. These changes can affect crop productivity, ecosystems and drinking water supply. Important components of the water balance like actual evapotranspiration and groundwater recharge are very difficult to measure, and are estimated normally indirectly, using either models or measurements whose interpretation is complex. Weighable lysimeters have the advantage that they allow a direct assessment of these parameters. The specific task of this PhD project is the analysis of long time series of lysimeter data to detect changes in the mentioned components of the water balance. These analyses will be accompanied by hydrological model calculations. The time series show gaps, and a gap-filling procedure has to be developed to complete the time series. The project offers the opportunity to analyze new, interesting data sets which are relevant for climate change assessment and which have not been analyzed previously.

Your profile:

  • University degree in agricultural or environmental engineering, physical geography, geo-ecology, hydrology or atmospheric sciences (or equivalent), preferably with a very good grade for the MSc part
  • Strong motivation and enthusiasm for doing scientific research
  • Good background in quantitative approaches and statistics, programming knowledge is an advantage

What we offer:

  • Working in an interdisciplinary institute as well as excellent facilities for experimental research and numerical simulation studies
  • Opportunities to being part of the national and international scientific community
  • Specialized courses, summer schools, seminars by renown experts

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Harrie-Jan Hendricks-Franssen,

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Please submit your application with the relevant documentation quoting reference number D076/2013 to:

Institute for Bio- and Geosciences (IBG)
Mr. K. Beumers
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52425 Jülich

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