PhD position: Modeling Cyanobacteria at TU Berlin (closes 8/9/2019)

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PhD position: Modeling Cyanobacteria at TU Berlin (closes 8/9/2019)


DFG-sponsored research center on urban water interfaces (UWI)

Deadline: 9. Aug. 2019


The pro­ject is part of the DFG Research Train­ing Group “Urban Water Inter­faces (UWI)” ( which is car­ried out in close col­lab­or­a­tion between the TU Ber­lin (TUB) and the Leib­niz Insti­tute of Fresh­wa­ter Eco­logy and Fish­er­ies (IGB). The research area is the eco­logy of cyanobac­teria in lakes, with a focus on pela­gic – lit­toral inter­ac­tions and feed­backs (e.g. the syn­er­gistic asso­ci­ation between cyanobac­teria and mac­ro­phytes). The over­all aim is to develop a pre­dict­ive under­stand­ing and model of lake cyanobac­teria eco­logy. Two of Ber­lin’s lakes (Tegeler See and Müggelsee) will serve as test­beds. Obser­va­tions will be obtained using in situ sensors and sampling and ana­lysis (cell counts, tox­ins). Mod­el­ing will build on past mod­els (IAM, PCLake, Salmo) and include rel­ev­ant mech­an­isms (phys­ical, chem­ical, syn­er­gism with mac­ro­phytes, pass­ive trans­port with mac­ro­phytes), and con­sider pela­gic – lit­toral feed­backs. There will be a close col­lab­or­a­tion with other UWI pro­jects study­ing invas­ive mus­sels (F1), sed­i­ment bed – water inter­ac­tion (F3) and green­house gas emis­sion (F4) in urban lakes, and pro­jects that focus on remote sens­ing (W3) and bank fil­tra­tion (H1) in urban areas.

Super­visors: Prof. Ferdi Hell­weger (TUB) and Dr. Sabine Hilt (IGB). Host organ­iz­a­tion: Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin. Please address enquir­ies to Prof. Ferdi Hell­weger (

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate holds a uni­versity degree (Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent) in Envir­on­mental Sci­ences or Engin­eer­ing with a focus on water qual­ity or a related field and is enthused about the pro­spect of work­ing in an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary col­lab­or­at­ive team of envir­on­mental engin­eers and sci­ent­ists. The can­did­ate should be exper­i­enced in the devel­op­ment and applic­a­tion of mod­els (e.g. pro­gram­ming skills, numer­ical meth­ods). Good eng­lish skills are desired.

How to ap­ply:
Please send your writ­ten applic­a­tion with the ref­er­ence num­ber and the usual doc­u­ments (includ­ing a let­ter of motiv­a­tion, CV/Resume, Bach­elor and Mas­ter tran­scripts, pub­lic­a­tions (eg art­icles, Bach­elor and Mas­ter Thesis), 2 ref­er­ences, and a let­ter of recom­mend­a­tion (prefer­ably from a pro­fessor)) to Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Fak­ultät III, Insti­tut für Tech­nis­chen Umwelts­chutz, FG Wasser­re­in­hal­tung, Prof. Dr. Hell­weger, Sekr.KF 4, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Ber­lin and as a single PDF to

To ensure equal oppor­tun­it­ies between women and men, applic­a­tions by women with the required qual­i­fic­a­tions are expli­citly desired. Qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies will be favored. The TU Ber­lin val­ues the diversity of its mem­bers and is com­mit­ted to the goals of equal oppor­tun­it­ies.

Please send cop­ies only. Ori­ginal doc­u­ments will not be returned.