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Chair of Ecosystem Physiology, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg Germany

Open Position as a Post- Doctoral Researcher (2+1 years) and PhD (2+1 years) 1.10.2018


Biogenic VOC emissions in plants from metabolic to ecosystem scale

 We seek a highly motivated, experienced scientist (E13, 100%) and a PhD (E13, 65%) with interests in VOCs, plant ecophysiological processes and plant-atmosphere exchange, to study the ecophysiological mechanisms controlling VOC emissions and carbon metabolism in plants. Within the ERC-consolidator-project VOCO2, we use state-of-the-art PTR-TOF techniques coupled to stable isotope laser spectroscopy and 13C label techniques to trace VOC emissions and carbon allocation from the metabolic to the plant and ecosystem scale.  Experiments will be conducted in and automated cuvette system and plant chambers in our recently build walk-in climate chambers at the university of Freiburg, scaling from leaf to whole-plant (above and belowground) carbon fluxes. In autumn 2019, a large scale experiment will be conducted in the Biosphere II in Arizona, US. The position will be 2 year + 1 year upon extension of the project. 

Post-doc candidates should be experienced in PTR-TOF or related techniques both regarding instrument operation and data treatment, preferentially with a sound background in biochemistry/secondary plant metabolism or atmospheric VOC. Excellent communicational skills (in English), conference presentations and publication skills are requested. We have a very vivid working environment and are looking for a new team to complement our group. The Post-doc will be responsible for running and maintaining the PTR-TOF. Tasks will comprise the installation and conduction of experiments together with the PhD and other team members, data evaluation, preparation of publications and participation in international conferences and scientific meetings.

The Chair of Ecosystem Physiology offers excellent working conditions with new equipment (e.g. PTR-TOF, GC-MS-IRMS, 13C and 18O Isotope Laser, 13C , 15N, 18O, IRMS), climate chambers, green houses, laboratory space as well as expert knowledge in stable isotope ecology, ecophysiology and ecosystem research within a highly motivated team.


Women are encouraged to apply. Challenged applicants will be preferred over non-challenged, when having the same qualifications.


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Contact: Prof Dr. Christiane Werner


Please, send applications (CV, publication list, letter of motivation and 2 letters of recommendation, contact information of 2-3 References) via email to:


Prof Dr. Christiane Werner

c/o Annette Schlierenkamp