Research Associate / Postdoctoral Researcher (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 / Postdoctoral Researcher (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 two years. The salary will be in accordance with pay grade 13 TV-L (100%).

The project investigates the role of mycorrhizal fungi in carbon input and nutrient cycling in soils. Our aim is to elucidate the mechanisms through which mycorrhizal fungi control element fluxes and turnover processes, and to analyze the associated impacts on carbon storage and nutrient availability in forest ecosystems with different types of mycorrhizae. The methodological focus of the position comprises the application of stable isotopes in laboratory studies involving arbuscular and ectomycorrhizal fungi.

Your responsibilities: 

  • Independent research
  • Independently plan and conduct microcosm studies in the laboratory
  • Conduct 13C/15N/2H isotope labeling experiments and enzyme analyses
  • Responsibility for sampling, sample 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: 

  • PhD degree in microbiology, soil science, ecology or a comparable field of environmental sciences
  • Expertise in arbuscular mycorrhizal research
  • Expertise in 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
  • Willingness to do field work abroad

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-Postdoc" 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:

johanna.pausch@uni-bayreuth.de, phone: +49 921/55-2292