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PhD position at the University of Kassel-Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, Germany


At the University of Kassel - Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, Group Grassland an Renewable Plant resources (Prof. Dr. Michael Wachendorf) - at 01.04.2016

PhD position (salary scale EG 13 TV-H)

Part-time position with 65 % the working hours of a full-time employee. This is a fixed term-position for initially three years, corresponding to § 2 Abs. 2 WissZeitVG.

FOR2432 is a newly established DFG Research Unit with a wide disciplinary scope, covering diverse dimensions of Social-Ecological Systems. Its research programme addresses transition processes in agriculture, ecology, economy, and society that are linked to rapid urbanization, using Bangalore, an emerging megacity in South India, as an example. Research will be carried out in close collaboration with our Indian partners. In the context of this project, a doctoral position is available addressing “Assessment of structural and functional characteristics of cropping systems using advanced terrestrial remote sensing applications”. The position cannot be shared. Main place of service is Witzenhausen, regular field work in India for several months per year will be required. Fitness for service in the tropics is therefore mandatory.


The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Assessing crop yields and quality traits in the field experiment and on farm in the rural-urban interface of Bangalore in collaboration with PhDs from other sub-projects and the local Indian partners.
  • Sensor measurements with VIS/NIR spectrometer, hyperspectral imaging camera and terrestrial laser at the same sites in collaboration with PhDs from other sub-projects and development of calibration models for the applied sensors based on yield and quality data of crops.
  • Maintaining a factorial field experiment at the station of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, in collaboration with PhDs from other sub-projects and the local Indian partners.
  • Participating in project-related seminars and workshops, and in international conferences by presenting own results and in peer-reviewed publications.


  • Completed university studies (MSc or Diploma) in agronomy, biology, geography or related fields.
  • Experience in sensor application and calibration, field work and experimental design.
  • Fluent knowledge of English language.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a dedicated team with an international and intercultural background in India and Germany.

The University of Kassel is an equal opportunity employer and aims at increasing the proportion of women in research and teaching. Qualified women are therefore expressly invited to apply. In case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preferential consideration. Applications shall indicate the position number and title and shall contain a letter of interest, a CV, copies of all university degrees and contact details of two referees (full address including email). Hard copies should be sent to the President of the University of Kassel, Mönchebergstr. 19, 34109 Kassel, Germany. Digital applications (acceptable only as single pdf file!) should be sent to For further information refer to the project website or to Dr. Ellen Hoffmann, University of Kassel, Tel: +49 5542 98 1251, Email:

Further Information

Application Deadline : 4 March 2016

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