PhD student (f/m/d) - iCSA-Project

Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e.V.

The mission of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to deliver solutions for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society.

ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and is located in Müncheberg (approx. 35 minutes by regional train from Berlin-Lichtenberg). It also maintains a research station with further locations in Dedelow and Paulinenaue.

Together with the Chair Group Plant Production Systems at Wageningen University and Research, we are offering a PhD position within the Leibniz Association funded project iCSA in close cooperation with the CliWaC project. The aim is to understand the drivers of crop yield failure in Germany and explore climate risk management strategies at farm level to enable more sustainable farming systems.

Based on the expertise of the selected candidate, the work may involve data analysis and process modelling to assess drivers of yield failure, integrated bio-economic farm level modelling to explore farm level risk management and or social sciences methods to understand farmer risk preferences and implications for farm level decision making.

While other team members focus on process based modelling of environmental outcomes of climate risks, a strong focus of this PhD work is to explore solutions at farm and or policy level to support long term sustainable cropping systems in the face of increasing climate risk.

We are offering a 65% position for 4 years at our location in Müncheberg as

PhD student (f/m/d)

- 01-2023 -

Your tasks:

  • assess drivers of crop yield variability and failure across Germany
  • compile and collect new farm system survey data
  • use integrated bio-economic modelling approaches to assess climate risk management options
  • perform scenario analysis together with relevant stakeholders of different risk management options
  • explore farmer’s risk preferences and responses to climate and other production side risks
  • publication of results in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agricultural economics, farm system analysis or related fields or in physical sciences (e.g physics or mathematics) with strong interest and understanding of farming systems
  • excellent quantitative skills and some previous experience with systems modelling
  • ability to work in an inter- and transdisciplinary research project and with a variety of stakeholders, primarily farmers
  • excellent communication skills in English, knowledge of German is beneficial

What we offer:

  • interdisciplinary working environment that encourages independence
  • opportunity to collaborate with leading international scientists and networks in cropping and farm system analysis
  • strong institutional commitment to a good work-life balance
  • classification according to the collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L) up to EG 13 with a 65% weekly working time (including special annual payment)
  • a collegial and open-minded working atmosphere in a dynamic research institution
  • company ticket

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. It is generally possible to work in the position on a part-time basis. Please send your application preferably online (see button online application below).

For e-mail applications, create a PDF document (one PDF file, max. 5 MB; packed PDF documents, archive files like zip, rar etc. Word documents cannot be processed and therefore cannot be considered!) with the usual documents, in particular CV, proof of qualification and certificates,

  • stating the reference number 01-2023
  • by January 31, 2023

to (see button e-mail application below).

  • If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Heidi Webber,

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Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e.V.
Eberswalder Straße 84
15374 Müncheberg
Prof. Dr. Heidi Webber
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