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Research Associate (PhD student, 65% 13 TV-H)

The Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition seeks for a three-year period a Research Associate (PhD student, 65% 13 TV-H) for the joint research project „Upgrading of Sewage Ponds for the Production of Irrigation Water on the Example of Cuvelai Etosha Basin in Namibia“ at the earliest possible date.


Your duties

  • Independent planning, implementation and conduct of scientific open field experiments on the effects of waste water irrigation on crop productivity and quality as well as soil properties
  • Collection, analysis and interpretation of experimental data
  • Independent management of experimental facilities (irrigation system)
  • Coordination of the activities on site and cooperation with the local project partners
  • Reporting and publishing of the results


Your profile

  • Master degree in horticulture or agriculture with a specialisation in plant sciences
  • Profound knowledge in plant cultivation experiments incl. statistical analysis
  • Knowledge and experience in tropical agriculture are desirable
  • Willingness to stay in Northern Namibia (Outapi) for extended periods
  • Strong communication - and cooperation skills in an international context
  • Excellent English skills, both written and spoken


Our offer

  • Interesting and challenging position in an international und multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and growers
  • Payment is made according to professional experience and qualification up to 13 TV-H
  • Applications of suitably qualified women are particularly desirable
  • Severely disabled applicants (§ 2 Abs. 2 and 3 SGB IX) with equal qualification and aptitude are given preferential consideration


Please direct your applications enclosing all relevant documents and quoting the reference number 02/2017 to our human resources department until January 31 2017 to Hochschule Geisenheim University, Abteilung Personal/PE, Von-Lade-Straße 1, 65366 Geisenheim or by e-mail to:

The first address for you questions is Ms Meurer, Tel. +49-6722 502-223, e-mail:
For content related issues please contact Dr. Johannes Max, Tel. +49-6722 502-433, e-mail: or Prof. Dr. Jana Zinkernagel, Tel.: +49-6722 502-511, e-mail:

Please send copies only, since your documents will not be returned. Otherwise please enclose an addressed envelope with sufficient postage for return.

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