PhD Position - Plant root water uptake and its dependence on soil types
Forschungszentrum Jülich
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PhD Position - Plant root water uptake and its dependence on soil types

  • PhD / Postdoc / Thesis (From 25 to 36 months)
  • Jülich (Germany)
  • Published on August 16 2021
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Would you like to contribute to solutions to climate change and resource scarcity? Work with us at the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences - Plant Sciences (IBG-2) on innovative use, production and technology concepts related to "plants", "sustainability" and "bioeconomy". Water uptake by plant via its roots and subsequent transpiration via the leaves is not only vital for the plants themselves but beyond that, also for the global water cycle as the plants transpire about forty percent of terrestrial precipitation. However, root water uptake is a very difficult process to measure in situ because of the opaque nature of soil. Thanks to a recent technological breakthrough (the Soil Water Profiler, SWaP) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, root water uptake can be monitored in far greater detail than before, which sheds fresh light on this topic. Combining the SWaP with unique detailed plant and soil hydrologic models, is bound to yield vital new insights into how plants control water uptake from different soils. These insights can help to improve plant performance for climatic conditions that are increasingly challenging.

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PhD Position - Plant root water uptake and its dependence on soil types

Your Job:

The goal of this project is to determine the influence of different soil types on root water uptake and plant development via different types of measurements combined with a sophisticated 3D computer model of plant soil systems.

Your tasks in detail are:

  • Using technologies like SWaP, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, leaf water potential sensors and a variety of other sensors to observe plant and soil hydraulic status
  • Use and adaptation of biophysical models of water and solute fluxes in the soil-plant system
Your Profile:

  • University degree (Master) in plant physiology, plant biophysics, soil hydrology, ecology or agronomy
  • Strong interest in plant hydrology
  • Affinity for technology and love process thinking
  • Ideally have a good understanding of plant and soil hydrology and experience with plant, crop, or soil models


The interdisciplinary nature of the project requires skills in 1) programming (python, C++), 2) modeling, 3) experiments with plants and soils, 4) working with sensor technology and automation. You should have some of these skills and be eager to learn the others.

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • Extensive company health management
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy
  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. through an extensive range of training courses; a structured program of continuing education and networking opportunities specifically for doctoral researchers via JuDocS, the Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors: https://www.fz-juelich.de/judocs
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is initially for a fixed term of 3 years. Pay in line with 65% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60 % of a monthly salary as special payment ("Christmas bonus"). Further information on doctoral degrees at Forschungszentrum Jülich including our other locations is available at: www.fz-juelich.de/gp/Careers_Docs

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