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The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

The job

The UFZ offers four PhD positions in the framework of the PhD college “Fostering pollutant-sink functions of blue-green infrastructures: towards local urban water cycles in climate-resilient cities - CLEANER” within the Thematic Area Environmental Engineering and Biotechnology. The aim of CLEANER is to identify the control options for biodegradation of urban pollutants in two blue-green infrastructures - tree trenches and root wetlands - and develop technical solutions based on the joint research within the PhD college (seewww. for more information).

Project start: 1 st May 2023.

Your tasks
  • You develop and construct a model tree trench system,
  • You assess the performance of the tree trench in terms of urban pollutants removal over an annual growth period by analyzing pollutant fate from rhizosphere to phyllosphere and leachate vessels,
  • You analyze shifts of the fungibiome and bacteriome to elucidate microbial key players,
  • You characterize pollutant transformation pathways by multi-element compound-specific isotope analysis (ME-CSIA) and metabolite analysis,
  • You conduct organic priming experiments to trigger the biodegradation of key urban pollutants,
  • You collaborate with all other PhD candidates of CLEANER,
  • You present results at international conferences and prepare publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • We offer
  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and close to being ready for application
  • Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams
  • Excellent links with national and international research networks
  • Excellent support and optimal subject-specific and general training with our HIGRADE graduate school
  • Remuneration in accordance with the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13
  • Your profile
  • A master degree in Environmental Science, Microbial Ecology, Microbiology or related areas
  • Knowledge in plant physiology, and/or stable isotope analytics is advantageous,
  • High motivation and teamplayer skills are expected,
  • Excellent communication skills (English required, German desirable),
  • A driver's license to drive in Germany is required.
  • Additional skills are of added value:

  • Skills in IT and data evaluation,
  • High degree of organisation and ability to work independently,
  • Motivation to work in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge in basic laboratory analysis.
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