Doctoral Researcher (salary scale EG 13 TV-H) - at the University of Kassel - Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences - Group Organic Plant Production and Agroecosystems Research in the Tropics and Subtropics - by 01.10.2017

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The following position is to be filled:

At the University of Kassel - Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences - Group Organic Plant Production and Agroecosystems Research in the Tropics and Subtropics (Prof. Dr. Andreas Bürkert) - by 01.10.2017:

Doctoral Researcher (salary scale EG 13 TV-H)

Part-time fixed term-position (65%) for initially 14.04.2019, corresponding to § 2 Abs. 2 WissZeitVG, with a possible extension by at least 1.5 years. FOR2432 is a DFG Research Unit with a wide disciplinary scope, covering diverse dimensions of Social-Ecological Systems. Its research programme addresses transition processes in agriculture, ecology, economy, and society that are linked to rapid urbanization, using Bangalore, an emerging megacity in South India, as an example. Research will be carried out in close collaboration with our Indian partners. In the context of this project, a doctoral position is available addressing “Intensification effects on matter flows in rural-urban cropping systems – Field studies”. The position cannot be shared. Main place of service is Witzenhausen, regular field work in India for several months per year will be required. Fitness for service in the tropics is therefore mandatory.


  • The successful candidate will be responsible for:
  • Maintaining a factorial field experiment at the station of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, in collaboration with PhDs from other sub-projects and the local Indian partners
  • Assessing nutrient and carbon fluxes in the field experiment and on farm in the rural-urban interface of Bangalore, aiming at better understanding the system dynamics of intensification
  • Participating in project-related seminars and workshops, and in international conferences by presenting own results


  • MSc degree in agronomy or related fields
  • Experience in field work and experimental design and evaluation
  • Knowledge of processes determining nutrient fluxes and losses from agroecosystems
  • Fluent knowledge of English language (proven by internet-based TOEFL of at least 80 points or equivalent language certificate).
  • Ability and willingness to work in a dedicated team with an international and intercultural background in India and Germany

For further information refer to the project website or to Dr. Ellen Hoffmann, University of Kassel, Tel: +49 5542 98 1251, Email:



The University of Kassel is an equal opportunity employer and aims at increasing the proportion of women in research and teaching. Qualified women are therefore expressly invited to apply. In case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preferential consideration. Applications shall indicate the position number and title and shall contain a letter of interest, a CV, copies of all university degrees and contact details of two referees (full address including email). Hard copies should be sent to the President of the University of Kassel, Mönchebergstr. 19, 34109 Kassel, Germany. Digital applications (acceptable only as single pdf file!) should be sent to

Bewerbungsfrist: 31.08.2017
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