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ISOGEOCHEM  January 2013

ISOGEOCHEM January 2013

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Phd student position in soil science - subsoil organic matter composition

From:

Carsten Mueller <[log in to unmask]>

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Stable Isotope Geochemistry <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:25:01 +0100

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Dear All,

the soil science group at TU München has one position available for a 
Phd student with earliest starting date 1st of April 2013, with subject 
to final approval by the funding agency. Feel free to get in touch with 
me if you have questions about it. Please also note the deadline in 
January.

Best wishes,
Carsten

*PhD position in Soil Science / "**Organic matter composition in the 
subsoil: Contribution of root litter and microbial-derived compounds"***

We advertize a PhD student position in Soil Science with subject to 
final approval of funding at the Technische Universität München 
(Lehrstuhl für Bodenkunde, www.soil-science.com). The earliest starting 
date is April 1st 2013. Salary is TV-L E13 (65%) according to the German 
TV-L system (Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst der Länder). This 
position gives a 3-year opportunity to combine fieldwork and new 
conceptual applications with state of the art analytical techniques in a 
lab focusing on the fate and stabilization of soil organic matter. The 
group (Prof. I. Kögel-Knabner) is located at Freising-Weihenstephan, 
nearby Munich in southern Bavaria.

*Description: *

Although over 50% of the global terrestrial organic carbon pool is found 
in soils below 30 cm depth, the subsoil below the A-horizon is generally 
not considered in carbon turnover models and has received far less 
scientific attention than the topsoil, largely because subsoil processes 
related to carbon storage and turnover have been underrated in the past. 
One main reason is that the investigation of subsoil phenomena and 
processes poses major methodological, instrumental and analytical 
challenges. This project will face these challenges with a 
trans-disciplinary team of soil scientists applying innovative 
approaches and considering the magnitude, chemical and isotopic 
composition and ^14 C-content of all relevant subsoil C-flux components 
and C-fractions.

The main aim will be to separate the main sources of subsoil organic 
carbon (root; litter, microbes) by determining its composition at 
different distances to a tree. For the very first time, micro-scale 
processes in the subsoil will be tracked in intact soil compartments. 
The student will be trained and work with a variety of cutting edge 
analytical methods, as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and 
nano-scale secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS).

*Required experience:*

A diploma/master's degree in forest science, agronomy, geosciences, 
geoecology, environmental sciences or a related discipline is required. 
Fieldwork experience in geological and/or ecological sciences and 
laboratory research experience in geochemistry or biogeochemistry would 
be a desirable foundation. The candidate should be highly motivated, 
team-oriented and willing to work with advanced analytical techniques, 
such as gas-chromatography (GC-MS) NMR spectroscopy (NMR) and NanoSIMS.

*Applications:*

Applications for this position will be accepted immediately (between 
December 10^th and January20^th ), via email to: Dr. Carsten W. Müller 
([log in to unmask]).

*Start Date: *subject to final approval,anticipated earliest date 1st of 
April 2013

-- 
°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°
Dr. Carsten W. Mueller

TU München
Lehrstuhl für Bodenkunde
Emil-Ramann Strasse 2
(former: Am Hochanger 2)
85354 Freising
Germany

FON: +49(0)8161-71-4423
FAX: +49(0)8161-71-4466
http://www.soil-science.com/
http://www.soil-science.com/nanosims/

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