Research Associate (m/f/d)

Agroecology Group

Application deadline:

The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focus areas in research and teaching. The Agroecology Group at the University is currently seeking a

Research Associate (m/f/d)

for the ERC-Project “Mycorrhizal Types and Soil Carbon Storage: A mechanistic theory of fungal mediated soil organic matter cycling in temperate forests” to commence on 01.06.2024.

The position is available for a period of three years with the aim of enabling the incumbent to complete a doctoral degree. The salary will be in accordance with pay grade 13 TV-L (75%).

The project deals with the function of arbuscular and ectomycorrhiza fungi for carbon input and nutrient cycling in soils. The overarching aim is to gain a comparative, systematic understanding of the carbon allocation pattern and input dynamics of trees associated with arbuscular and ectomycorrhizal fungi. The research associate will mainly focus on isotope labeling approaches and soil CO2 efflux measurements in laboratory and field settings.

Your responsibilities: 

  • Independent research on carbon allocation in the plant-soil system
  • Independently plan and conduct laboratory and field studies
  • Conduct isotope natural abundance and labeling experiments and CO2 flux measurements
  • Responsibility for soil sampling, processing and chemical analyses
  • Method development and analysis
  • Statistical data analysis
  • Prepare and contribute to scientific publications
  • Presentation of research results at (inter)national conferences

Your profile: 

  • Master’s degree in biology, geoecology or a comparable field of environmental sciences
  • Expertise in soil science, CO2 flux measurements or isotope application is desirable
  • Solid understanding of statistics
  • Excellent English language skills are required
  • German language skills are an asset
  • Commitment, reliability and flexibility
  • Ability to work in a team and interest in interdisciplinary research

The University of Bayreuth appreciates the diversity of its employees as an enrichment and is expressly committed to the goal of equal opportunities for all genders. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are very welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the Best Practice Club "Familie in der Hochschule e.V.", and has successfully participated in the HRK audit "Internationalization of the University". Persons with severe disabilities will be given preferential consideration if equally qualified.


Your application

Please apply online with a motivation letter (max. 1 page), your CV, and copies of any certificates. Applications must be submitted by 30.04.2024 stating the keyword "MYCO-SoilC-PhD" via the University of Bayreuth's application platform.

The documents will be deleted after the position has been filled in accordance with data protection requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Johanna Pausch:, phone: +49 921/55-2292