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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Faculty of Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­ces, Depart­ment of Forest Sci­en­ces, Insti­tute of Soil Sci­ence and Site Eco­logy, Chair of Site Eco­logy and Plant Nut­ri­tion

The TU Dres­den is one of ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an “excel­lence uni­ver­sity”. TUD has about 36.500 stu­dents and almost 5319 employees, 507 pro­fes­sors among them, and, thus, is the lar­gest uni­ver­sity in Sax­ony, today.

Having been com­mit­ted to sci­en­ces and the engi­nee­ring before the reuni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many, TU Dres­den now is a multi-disci­pline uni­ver­sity, also offe­ring huma­nities and social sci­en­ces as well as medi­cine.

Rese­arch Asso­ciate / Post­doc

(sub­ject to per­so­nal qua­li­fi­ca­tion, employees are remu­ne­ra­ted accord­ing to salary group E 13 TV-L)
The pro­ject posi­tion is part of the DFG-fun­ded pro­ject “Lin­king soil ero­sion dyna­mics with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of source areas and stra­ti­gra­phic-geo­che­mi­cal sedi­ment core ana­ly­sis for deci­phe­ring the impact of land-use change in the waters­hed of a drin­king water reser­voir in Cen­tral Kenya” star­ting Janu­ary 1, 2022. The posi­tion is limi­ted until Decem­ber 31, 2024. The period of employ­ment is gover­ned by § 2 (2) Fixed Term Rese­arch Con­tract Act (Wis­sen­schafts­zeit­ver­trags­ge­setz - WissZeitVG).

Working field:

The DFG pro­ject focu­ses on the impact of his­to­ri­cal land-use change and short-term hydro­lo­gi­cal events on soil ero­sion and the lin­ked mat­ter trans­port. It fol­lows a novel ‘source-to-sink’ approach com­bi­ning plot expe­ri­ments, river moni­to­ring, and detailed stra­ti­gra­phic-geo­che­mi­cal ana­ly­ses of dated sedi­ment cores. The waters­hed of the Ruiru River com­pri­ses a typi­cal rural land­s­cape in the high­lands of Cen­tral Kenya with a reser­voir that since the 1940s has been ope­ra­ted for the pur­pose of drin­king water sup­ply of Nai­robi. Ero­ded par­ti­cles are traced from source (plots with various land use) to sink (reser­voir sedi­ments) by means of phos­pho­rus frac­tions and selec­ted bio­mar­kers. The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will be in charge of the design and ope­ra­tion of a moni­to­ring sys­tem of dyna­mics of sus­pen­ded sedi­ments in the reser­voir. Fur­ther­more, undis­tur­bed sedi­ment cores will be taken and ana­ly­zed for sedi­men­to­lo­gi­cal and geo­che­mi­cal fea­tures (i.e., high-reso­lu­tion magne­tic sus­cep­ti­bi­lity con­nec­ted to μ-XRF core scan­ning, P frac­tions, lipid and sugar bio­mar­kers). Sedi­ment core chro­no­lo­gies will be estab­lished (7Be, 137Cs, 210Pb) and mode­led ages will then be com­pa­red with micro-sedi­men­to­lo­gi­cal infor­ma­tion (i.e., flood event mar­kers). Results from sedi­men­to­logy will be con­nec­ted with avail­able infor­ma­tion on his­to­ric land-use in the waters­hed (by means of his­to­ric and recent maps, aerial pho­to­graphs, satel­lite imagery). Out­co­mes of the rese­arch will be com­bi­ned with infor­ma­tion from plot-scale expe­ri­men­tal stu­dies and assess­ment of sus­pen­ded sedi­ment dyna­mics in the river in the waters­hed wit­hin the frame of an accom­pany­ing PhD pro­ject.


We are loo­king for a highly moti­va­ted sci­en­tist with an uni­ver­sity and PhD degree (Post­doc level) with a back­ground in earth or natu­ral sci­en­ces (e.g., phy­si­cal geo­gra­phy, geoeco­logy, geo­logy, envi­ron­men­tal sci­en­ces) or rela­ted sub­jects and with a rese­arch focus in the fields of sedi­ment (bio-), geo­che­mi­stry and/or paleo­lim­no­logy. Expe­ri­en­ces in field work, pre­fer­a­bly in sub-Saha­ran Africa, expe­ri­en­ces in rele­vant lab tech­ni­ques as well as know­ledge of the dyna­mics of sus­pen­ded sedi­ments in waters­heds are favor­able. Expe­ri­en­ces in the ana­ly­sis of satel­lite images and remote sen­sing data are con­si­de­red as asset. As this pro­ject is a joint effort with part­ners in Kenya (Jomo Ken­yatta Uni­ver­sity of Agri­cul­ture and Tech­no­logy; Nai­robi City Water and Sewerage Com­pany; Kenya Forest Ser­vice), Ger­many (TU Dres­den Geo­gra­phy, Helm­holtz-Centre Pots­dam - GFZ Ger­man Rese­arch Centre for Geo­sci­en­ces, Augs­burg Uni­ver­sity), and Switz­er­land (ETH Zurich) the poten­tial can­di­date is expec­ted to work in inten­sive col­la­bo­ra­tion with our part­ners inclu­ding field work in Kenya and rese­arch visits. Excel­lent know­ledge of spo­ken and writ­ten Eng­lish and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills are expec­ted.

What we offer:

We offer an inspi­ring inter­na­tio­nal and inter­di­sci­pli­nary atmo­s­phere with state-of-the-art ana­ly­ti­cal tools.
For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please, con­tact Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Feger by e-mail:

How to apply:

App­li­ca­ti­ons from women are par­ti­cu­larly wel­come. The same app­lies to people with disa­bi­li­ties. Please sub­mit your app­li­ca­tion by Octo­ber 22, 2021 (stam­ped arri­val date app­lies) by e-mail atta­ching one PDF docu­ment inclu­ding CV, moti­va­tion let­ter and the names (affi­lia­tion, tele­phone, e-mail) of two refe­ren­ces and your doc­to­ral the­sis via the TU Dres­den Secu­re­Mail Por­tal to or by mail to TU Dres­den, Fakul­tät Umwelt­wis­sen­schaf­ten, Fach­rich­tung Forst­wis­sen­schaf­ten, Insti­tut für Boden­kunde und Stand­orts­lehre, Herrn Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Feger, Pien­ner Str. 19, 01737 Tha­randt, Ger­many. Please sub­mit copies only, as your app­li­ca­tion will not be retur­ned to you. Expen­ses incur­red in atten­ding inter­views can­not be reim­bur­sed.

Refe­rence to data pro­tec­tion: Your data pro­tec­tion rights, the pur­pose for which your data will be pro­ces­sed, as well as fur­ther infor­ma­tion about data pro­tec­tion is avail­able on the web­site: