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Scientist (m/w) Controlled Environment Horticulture Systems

Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ). Großbeeren, 07.03.2017

Leibniz Association Leibniz-Institute
The Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ carries out strategic research for sustainable production of vegetables and ornamental plants, and thus contributes to the conservation of natural resources and generation of high quality vegetable products.
Controlled Environment Horticulture, the cultivation of vegetables and ornamental crops inside structures such as greenhouses, is one focus of our institute. In these systems, high value crops can be produced in an efficient and environmentally friendly way. Particularly, Controlled Environment Horticulture may be a central part of future climate-saving food production systems. Vertical farming systems and plant factories depend on well controlled environments. The IGZ greenhouse systems group is an innovation platform for plant physiology, sensor technology and applied computer technology.
IGZ has a number of very advanced, partly unique facilities for growing plants under different climatic conditions. These facilities are designed for the measurement of the interactions of plants and micro-organisms with their environment. The complexity of these systems requires a sound knowledge of designing and conducting experiments and a deep understanding of physical and plant physiological processes.
For these demanding tasks a permanent full-time post is to be filled immediately in the Research Group "Sustainability and Stability of Horticultural Production Systems" at Großbeeren (near Berlin):

Controlled Environment Horticulture Systems
Reference number: 09/2017/4

The salary will be up to salary grade E 14 TV-L Tarifgebiet Ost (subject to qualifications and experience of the applicant)
The Tasks
  • Design and evaluation of facilities and of experiments to measure and control the conditions in the shoot and root environment of plants
  • Measurements of photosynthesis, transpiration and nutrient uptake
  • Process-based modelling of growth and yield of plants grown in greenhouses
  • Development and test of optimal control strategies for greenhouse climate and nutrient supply
  • Publication and presentation of research results
  • Collaboration with scientists from other disciplines who use the growth chambers and greenhouses at IGZ, leading to joint publications
  • Acquisition of project funds and scientific supervision of projects related to the topics mentioned above
  • Active networking and collaboration with national and international partners
We expect
  • A doctoral degree (or proven equivalent achievements) in biosystems engineering, horticulture, agriculture, environmental systems engineering, engineering science, agricultural engineering or related disciplines
  • Very good knowledge in greenhouse technology, measurement technology, plant gas exchange, plant production and mathematical modelling of plant growth
  • Ability to work in a team and experience in international cooperation
  • Very good knowledge of English; knowledge of German is an advantage
We offer
  • Research opportunities in an institute with excellent facilities together with a team of plant physiologists, nutritional scientists, modelers and technicians
  • Flexible working hours
  • A challenging and exciting job close to Berlin
  • Opportunities to collaborate with research institutes in the area on measuring and process-based modelling of plant physiological processes
More information on IGZ can be found at Please contact Prof. Dr. Eckhard George, Scientific Director of IGZ (033701-78131, for further information.
IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped applicants will be preferred in case of equal suitability and qualification. Please mention a severe disability in your application.
Written applications should be addressed until 31th March 2017 to IGZ Großbeeren/Erfurt e.V., Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, 14979 Großbeeren, quoting the reference 09/2017/4. For cost reasons, only applications provided with return postage will be returned. Applications by email should be sent to with an attachment in PDF format.

Bewerbungsschluss: 31.03.2017