PhD position plant insect interaction in agricultural fields in Germany

The University of Kassel is a modern and growing University with round about 23.000 students. The university’s wide range of expertise covers subjects in the natural, applied, cultural and social sciences.

At the University of Kassel, Faculty of Biology, Group Botany (Prof. Dr. Birgit Gemeinholzer), the following position is to be filled by 1th of April 2024 or later:

Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d), EG 13 TV-H, temporary, part-time (currently 26 hours per week)

Application deadline: 15.03.2024
Date of hire: 01.04.2024
vacancy number: 36992

Part-time position with 65 % of a full-time employee. This is a fixed-term position for three years, corresponding to §2 Abs. 2 WissZeitVG.

TRIO (Transformative Mischkultursysteme für One Health) is a “Hessen LOEWE” excellence Project with a wide interdiscipli-nary scope, aiming to investigate the potential of mixed cultivation of wheat with medicinal plants to address possible solu-tions for climate-change-induced drought in agriculture. In the context of this project, a doctoral position is available address-ing the “Development of remote sensing based methods to monitor agronomic parameters and heat-related stress of mixed cropping systems of wheat”. The main place of service is Witzenhausen, but extended fieldwork in different parts of the state of Hesse, mainly during summer, will be required. Fitness for service in the field is, therefore, mandatory.


• Collection of pollinators to identify plant-insect networks using metabarcoding analyses

• Implementation of plant metabarcoding and insect barcoding

• Documentation, evaluation, analysis and assessment of the experimental results

• Working in partnership with project partners to develop joint research results

• Participation in project-related seminars, workshops and international conferences by presenting the results

• Preparation and presentation of research results in internationally recognized journals


• Master’s or Diploma degree in Biologie, or related fields The required degree must be obtained by the recruitment date at the latest.

• Knowledge and experience or willingness to learn in the field of vegetation and insect identification

• Knowledge and experience in the molecular laboratory and with the analysis of molecular data

• Ability to statistically analyze and publish own research

• High interdisciplinary willingness to learn and cooperate

• A high degree of organizational talent and ability to work in a team.

• Good verbal and written communication skills in English and/or German

Advantageous are:

• Experience in field surveys, experimental design, and data evaluation.

• Scientific expertise, preferably demonstrated by a degree in a field of activity relevant to the project activities

• Attention to detail and commitment to produce high-quality, scientifically rigorous results

• EU class B driver’s license

• Experience in knowledge transfer and inter- or transdisciplinary collaboration

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Birgit Gemeinholzer, University of Kassel, Tel: +49 561 8044601,

Email: b.gemeinholzer(at)

Our Offer:

As an employee of the University of Kassel

  • you will be offered an interesting and diverse range of tasks within the framework of a modern and ambitious university,
  • you will be part of an interdisciplinary team with a good and collegial working atmosphere,
  • you will have the opportunity to participate in professional and interdisciplinary further education measures,
  • is your workplace with good connections to public transport, which you can currently use free of charge.

In addition, you will benefit from the advantages of employment in the public service such as:

  • an additional company pension (VBL),
  • an optional child supplement in accordance with TV-Hessen, a family-friendly university (including childcare for emergencies),
  • an annual bonus
  • an entitlement to capital-accumulation benefits,
  • a promotion of voluntary commitment,
  • low-cost participation in university sports and a full range of fitness activities as part of Unifit, as well as workplace health management

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