Research Assistent (EG 13 TV-H) - Group Soil Science

The Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences -

Deadline for submission:


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As soon as possible

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Part-time position with 65 % the working hours of a full-time employee. This is a fixed term-position for three years (§ 2 Abs. 2 WissZeitVG) in the DFG-Project “Localization and quantification of physical and mechanical rhizosphere properties using X-ray microtomography and micro-sensing techniques”. The opportunity for a PhD is given. Working place is Witzenhausen.



  • Services in research in above mentioned project. The project is part of a newly established DFG-Priority Programme (PP 2089) on Rhizosphere Spatiotemporal Organisation
  • Key aspects will be the application of X-ray μCT and quantitative image analysis tools to study patterns of soil physical/mechanical properties of the Rhizosphere and their interaction with root growth.
  • Non-invasive measurements will be complemented by lab measurements using microsensing techniques (eg. in situ oxygen concentrations) and mechanical soil testing.
  • Reporting of research results in peer-reviewed publications and at national/international conferences.



  • Completed course of academic study (Master degree) within the field of agricultural sciences, soil science, geoecology, physics or related fields


Of advantage is:

  • Good knowledge in statistical data analysis including the application of corresponding software tools (e.g. R)  
  • Experience in soil physical methods
  • Skills in quantitative image processing and analysis
  • Strong communication and excellent command of English, preferably also of German
  • Ability to work independently and self-organized
  • Motivated to work in an interdisciplinary team


For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Stephan Peth, Tel.: 0561-804-1594, E-Mail: peth[at]uni-kassel[dot]de. Further information on the soil science group can be found at: http://www.uni-kassel.de/go/boku


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The University of Kassel is an equal opportunity employer and aims at a clear increase of the proportion of women in research and teaching. Qualified women are therefore expressly requested to apply. Under the precondition of equal qualification, disabled persons will be preferred. Applications indicating the Position Number, which may be in digital form, should be sent to the President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany or bewerbungen[at]uni-kassel[dot]de, quoting the applicable reference number.