Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB)
Das Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB) ist ein national und international agierendes Forschungszentrum an der Schnittstelle von biologischen und technischen Systemen. Das ATB betreibt Forschung mit dem Ziel, Grundlagen für nachhaltige bioökonomische Produktionssysteme zu schaffen. Dazu entwickelt und integriert das ATB neue Technologien und Managementstrategien für eine wissensbasierte, standortspezifische Produktion von Biomasse und deren Nutzung für die Ernährung, als biobasierte Produkte und Energieträger – von der Grundlagenforschung bis zur Anwendung.
PhD candidate (m/f/d) (65%) for the topic
Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems
We are seeking - subject to final budget approval for a granted project - for a PhD candidate (m/f/d) (65%) for the topic Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems
for three years, starting in January 2020.
With ten international partners, the project funded under the EraNet Joint Call 2018 will build on a previous international project on estimation of livestock emissions and will improve existing farm-scale GHG decision support systems (DSS). Available as well as cutting-edge mitigation technologies in livestock systems will be assessed regarding costs and mitigation efficiency. The project will generate functional relationships between emissions and activity variables, enabling a refinement of national inventories and better assessment of the cost-effectiveness of a range of mitigation measures. The results being included in a prototype farm-scale DSS. On a national level, methods to calculate direct and indirect emissions from livestock systems shall be improved in close collaboration with the respective UN bodies.
Assess GHG and nitrogen mitigation strategies from livestock systems on the farm level, including current DSS and options for their improvement
Collate German and Austrian data for the establishment of functional relationships of livestock emissions
Establish functional relationships and analyse the effectiveness of mitigation options (e.g. feeding, manure storage/treatment, manure application)
Analyse and process data, including statistical analysis, research data management
Translate results into suggestions for emission inventory improvement
Publish results in peer-reviewed journals
Contribute to overall project activities: Collaborate with European, NZ and CHL partners, Support project management tasks, Support project dissemination activities
Your professional qualification profile:
University Master degree in natural sciences or related engineering disciplines
Knowledge in livestock systems
Data collection, data management, data exchange
National emission inventory preparation (focus on agriculture welcome)
Computer applications: proven knowledge of modelling and analytical software packages, of model verification, sensitivity analyses and parameter studies, MS Office applications
Experiences in project management and writing scientific publications are welcome
Fluent in written and spoken English
Independent, self-responsible, reliable and result-oriented way of working
Ability to analyse complex data and situations
Strong communication and teamwork skills, ability to cooperate, flexibility, commitment, ability to work under pressure, reliability
Willingness to travel, valid driving license for use in Europe (min. category B)
Willingness to do a PhD
Your participation in a transnational, excellent project consortium
Excellent infrastructure for carrying out scientific work
Attractive, interdisciplinary working environment and very good conditions to develop your own scientific career and your network
Experienced supervisory team for your PhD studies, and close collaboration with universities in the metropolitan area of Berlin/Potsdam
Family-friendly working conditions that foster the compatibility of work and family life
Hinweise zur Bewerbung:
The salary is based on your qualification and professional experience according to German public service salary scale (TV-L E13). This part-time position (65%) is limited to three years, based on the duration of the project, and supposed to start in January 2020. Please indicate your earliest availability. PostDocs who are interested in the topic might check online for an accompanied PostDoc job announcement https://www.atb-potsdam.de/en/meta/career/job-offers.html.
Further information regarding tasks can be obtained from Prof. UZ, PD Dr. Barbara Amon (e-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you would like to participate in our interdisciplinary research, please apply until November 17th, 2019 by e-mail to email@example.com quoting the reference number 2019-2-8 (in English; one single PDF document; max. 6 MB; containing a detailed CV, including personal contact information and three references, only relevant certificates, as well as a two-page research statement addressing your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the position (please address what skills and abilities would you bring to the team and what would you hope to gain from working on this position)).
Due to the tight time frame, interviews might be scheduled already in November, video interviews are possible.
Equality of opportunity is part of our personnel policy. Disabled applicants with adequate qualification will be preferentially considered.
With your application for employment you declare your agreement to store your application documents for at least three months even in case of an unsuccessful candidacy.