Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Germany

The Geo-ecosystems in Transition on the Tibetan Plateau (TransTiP) department of the Technische Universitat Braunschweig is seeking highly motivated and qualified early career researchers holding a M.Sc. or equivalent degree with a suitable background in geophysical sciences, environmental sciences, biological sciences, or related fields. Applicants must have excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral, and should have strong affection to acquire interdisciplinary work and research experience. Application deadline is 31 May 2020.

The program includes a 6-month research stay at their partner institutions in China and offers excellent scientific and transferable skills training at all participating locations. They offer exciting modern research projects in well-equipped laboratories using state-of-the-art technologies, a communicative atmosphere within an excellent scientific network, mutual exchange with a broad range of institutions and participation in international and national conferences and workshops.

Start of the program:  1 January 2021
Application deadline: 31 May 31 2020

The open PhD positions (published here) are the following:

S6: Geophysical methods to constrain sediment and water transport models at Alpine Catchments

S7: Estimation of soil moisture using advanced remote sensing methods

C4: Resilience of grassland ecosystem services to abiotic stress depending on biodiversity: soil structure and carbon cycling

C5: Soil warming and timescales of carbon cycling in high elevation peatlands

C6: Assessing land-atmosphere heat and CO2 exchange with Eddy covariance

W4: Modelling data-driven impact of atmospheric and hydrogeophysical variables on water fluxes

W5a: The deep biosphere in lake sediments: distinguishing deeply buried microbial life and paleolimnological records

W5b: Understanding nitrification in high-altitude lakes

W6: Population dynamics in freshwater ecosystems under climate change - A combined ecological-molecular approach

W7: Lipid biomarkers and compound-specific isotope analyses at Nam Co - calibration and 2k

H1: Human-environment relations through time - an anthropological approach

H2: Historical changes in the regional flora related to increasing grazing pressures as based on sedimentary ancient DNA


Submit your application (in English), consisting of one pdf-document, via email to transtip(at) The application should include the following information:

  • letter of motivation, scientific interest and personal aptitude for the selected thesis topics (candidates may apply for a primary and secondary choice)
  • CV
  • transcripts, certificates, summaries of BSc and MSc thesis
  • contact details of two academic teachers/supervisors willing to provide reference letters.

It is highly recommended to also submit any additional information which you consider important for your application (e.g. publications, job references, certificates of workshops etc.) as well as a certificate to prove English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL), if available.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates are planned for the period between 29 June 29 and 3 July 3, 2020, in Braunschweig during their Candidate Colloquium.

Further information on the application process can be found here.

For further information contact the TransTiP Coordination Office.

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