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Early Stage Researcher position

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    Research Center Jülich (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH)
    Agricultural sciences
    Biological sciences
    Environmental science
    TechnologyRemote sensing
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    31/10/2018 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Germany › Jülich
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

One Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position (22 months) is offered in the frame of TRuStEE – Training on Remote Sensing for Ecosystem modelling, a Marie SklodowskaCurie Innovative Training Network Action.

TRuStEE aims to capacitate the next generation of scientists to understand and deal with the increasing pressure of environmental change on ecosystem functioning and landatmosphere interactions. Specifically, TRuStEE is training a new generation of scientists with complementary and interdisciplinary skills in ecosystem modelling, plant physiology, remote sensing technologies and big data analysis. The ESRs involved strongly benefit from the network of internationally recognized scientists and private companies with relevant expertise in these topics through training courses, summer schools and secondments.


Sun-induced and laser-induced fluorescence –novel indicators of vegetation stress and resource use efficiency.

In the frame of this project the Early State Researcher will use several new measurement approaches that all allow the quantification of fluorescence emission on the canopy and plot scale for a better understanding of dynamic vegetation stress response. He/she will aim for a better scientific understanding of vegetation stress response and the link to photosynthesis by applying existing and developing novel fluorescence measurement protocols and concepts. The knowledge will be used to further develop operational instruments and measurement concepts to further enhance our scientific understanding of the dynamic vegetation stress response.

This position is open for all early stage researchers, who meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in the general topic. Emphasis can be set on experimental approaches, scientific data analysis or instrument development. The Forschungszentrum Jülich offers a wide range of qualification option in addition to the training network of TRUSTEE and applications from highly qualified candidates from various backgrounds and having different educational levels are encouraged to apply.

TRUSTEE Network Partners: University of MilanoBicocca (Coordinator), Italy; University of Exeter, UK; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain; University of Twente, Netherlands; Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy; AeroVision BV, Netherlands; Max Planck Institut fur Biogeochemie, Jena, Germany; Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO), Belgium; Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany;

The candidate will be employed at the Research Center Julich (Institute of Bio- and Geosciences) under the supervision of Dr.Uwe Rascher 




Salaries are paid under the Marie Curie system. Salaries are not published but are considered

to be exceptionally generous in order that selected researchers have no financial burdens

during their period of study. As a guideline expect circa 35k to 40k euro.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should meet the following eligibility criteria:

– have the background and expertise required for the position;

– be at the time of recruitment in the first four years of research career (fulltime

equivalent research experience*) calculated from the date on which the Master degree was obtained;

– not have been awarded a Doctoral Degree;

– not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute for

more than 12 months in the last three years immediately prior to the reference recruitment


* ‘Fulltime equivalent research experience’ is measured from the date when the researcher

obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which

the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded) –

even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.


Selection process

To apply for the position, please email the following documents to u.rascher@fz-juelich.de  AND trustee@unimib.it by the deadline: 17th AUGUST 2018

i) A curriculum vitae, including contact details, education (at University level and other), work experience, prizes/awards, language skills, etc… (max. 2 pages). The CV should reflect a representative array of achievements and qualifications appropriate to the post for which application is being made.

ii) Official academic record of undertaken courses & grades for Bachelor and Master degree.

iii) A motivational letter in which the applicant describes his or her motivation to pursue postgraduate studies and to conduct the research project applied for. The applicant is asked to mention the ESR project in  the subject of the email.

iv) Contact details of three referees willing to write confidential letters of recommendation.

Applications received shortly after the deadline are likely to be considered. Priority will be given to applications received before 17 AUGUST 2018.

Offer Requirements

    Biological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Technology: Master Degree or equivalent
    Environmental science: Master Degree or equivalent
    Agricultural sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Geosciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


We are looking for a candidate with a degree in plant biology, agronomy, remote sensing, geosciences or related fields for the better understanding of the link between sun-induced fluorescence and vegetation traits. The applicant should use available algorithms to quantify fluorescence emission from active and passive fluorescence measurements and develop a scientific understanding on the mechanistic link between vegetation fluorescence on the one hand and plant / crop function and environmental stress on the other hand. The applicant should use existing measurement instruments to acquire new data as well as available data that were acquired in the past years and that are made available in the frame of this consortium.

We are seeking for a candidate who combines a background in optical remote sensing of vegetation and the interest to apply this technical knowledge in the field of crop stress physiology. Experience in the use of methods to analyze hyperspectral data and analysis of imaging approaches are welcome.

Specific Requirements

Ideal candidate:

  • Student with a Master degree in plant biology, agronomy, remote sensing, geosciences or a related field,
  • good theoretical and practical knowledge in the methods for optical remote sensing and the interpretation of vegetation parameters from hyperspectral data,
  • technical understanding and experience in using ENVI, IDL, MatLab or R or a related program that allows the analysis of hyperspectral data,
  • experience in interpreting optical remote sensing data,
  • ability to work independently and in an international research team,
  • good knowledge of written and spoken English

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Research Center Jülich (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH)

EURAXESS offer ID: 325377


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