Our colleagues at the Chair of Applied Mathematics at FAU, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg is looking for a PhD student with an interest in Reactive Transport and Structure Formation in Porous Media, within the DFG funded Priority Program PP 2089 “Rhizosphere Spatiotemporal Organisation – a Key to Rhizosphere Functions”.

Where: Department of Mathematik. Cauerstr. 11, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
Time limit: 3 years
Starting at: Earliest possible
Working time: 75%, remuneration according to the salary rules of the public sector in Germany (TV-L E13)

THIS CALL IS OPEN! (until position filled)

The project deals with modelling and simulation of multiscale processes for structure formation in the rhizosphere, which is the region of the soil influenced by plant roots. We use models on the basis of cellular automata and coupled partial differential equations. Check further information by the principal investigators PD Dr. Nadja Ray and Dr. Alexander Prechtel.


Required is an above-average master’s degree in mathematics, computational engineering or a related discipline. We suppose you have some knowledge in mathematical modelling, numerical methods for PDEs, and experience with programming and implementation of algorithms. In particular the interest for solving applied problems in a highly interdisciplinary cooperation with, e.g., soil physicists, chemists, or plant physiologists, is necessary. The candidate should attend regular project meetings in Germany and international scientific conferences.


FAU expects applicants to become actively involved in administering academic affairs and in developing strategic initiatives. FAU offers career development, mentoring and an attractive initial research budget. Based on international standards and transparent performance agreements, FAU ensures a comprehensive and fair evaluation process.

FAU promotes equal opportunities, diversity, and the compatibility of work and family. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. Disabled Persons will be given preferential consideration in cases of equal professional qualifications and personal suitability.

How to apply

Please apply this position by submitting an email to Dr. Alexander Prechtel, prechtel@math.fau.de, sending:
-Cover letter
-Your CV
-Official listing of your grades
-Contact information (incl. email addresses) for an academic reference
Please, refer this call on the Subject of your email as: Application for PhD


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