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Doctoral Scholarship, BTU Graduate Research School, Germany
The Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg will launch new Clusters of the Graduate Research School (GRS) as part of the strategy to strengthen the BTU research profile. Clusters are flexible units that shall contribute to the creation of critical masses in the core research areas of BTU. At the same time they are an important instrument of promoting young researchers.  

Against this backdrop the BTU will establish in October 2017 the Cluster “Signatures of Disturbed Landscapes – Case Study Post-Mining Landscapes”. Successful applicants are expected to begin their research in October 2017 and the scholarship will be tenable for 36 months. The amount of the scholarship is 1,600 euros per month. The GRS will also offer a child allowance for doctoral candidates with children (200 euro/child/month). Successful candidates will have access to additional funding of the GRS for their doctoral research (e.g. mobility grants etc.).

Description of the cluster:

The water balance of transient landscapes such as post-mining areas are dynamical systems that are strongly affected by atmospheric drivers, mainly precipitation and evaporative demand. Besides seasonal and diurnal fluctuation soil water storage and groundwater levels change over periods of years and decades resulting in hydrological regime shifts. These regime shifts will then affect biogeochemical processes and drive to some extent the carbon cycle. In mature functional ecosystems biogeochemical activities are often observed to occur in small areas so called hot spots and during intense short periods of time referred to as hot moments. This pattern can be viewed as a signature that will develop in transient landscapes in direct response to hydrological regime shifts. Accordingly this project will focus on developing a deeper understanding of how temporal variability of precipitation and evaporative demand affects the soil moisture dynamics and how this in turn affects the triggering of biogeochemical activity. The study will therefore involve statistical analysis of weather data and calibration of a rainfall generator. Based on field observation soil moisture dynamics and statistics will then be modelled to obtain general patterns of soil moisture dynamics in highly disturbed transient landscapes.

Requirements: A Master degree (or equivalent) in hydrology, geoecology, geophysics, environmental or civil engineering or equivalent.  

Experiences with statistical analysis, hydrological modelling and field work are desirable. Excellent English communication skills are required. Drivers licence  is desirable.

Working language: English Language of dissertation: English 
Required documents: 
− CV − Certificates and transcripts − Letter of motivation − Research proposal 
How to apply? Please note that the cluster only accepts complete applications. The application deadline is 4. August 2017. Please send your application (preferably via email as one PDF) to: fg-hydrologie@b-tu.de 
For further information please contact:

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Hinz

Hydrology and Water Resources Management

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg
P.O. Box 10 13 44
Siemens-Halske-Ring 8
D-03046 Cottbus
Phone: +49 (0)355 69 4233 (Secretary)
Fax: +49 (0)355 69 4235
email: fg-hydrologie@b-tu.de
Website of the GRS: www.b-tu.de/researchschool/
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