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 PhD position in soil landscape modelling

The Collaborative Research Centre (CRC), SFB 1070 Resource Cultures Chair of Soil Science and Geomorphology offers a PhD position in soil landscape modelling

The focus of the collaborative research centre (CRC) is the sociocultural
dynamics deriving from the use of resources. The CRC offers the unique opportunity to work with scientist from different disciplines like geosciences, archaeologies, philologies and anthropology.
CRCs are part of a high-impact funding scheme of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The PhD candidate will analyse complex interaction of soils and human activities, based on soil functions and services in different time periods from prehistory to modern times. The research in this project is organized in two lines, field work on soils in different countries including sampling and computer work on data analysis and spatial modelling. Data from remote and proximal sensing technologies will be combined with field data to link landscape scale related soil information with archeologically related findings on chronological different subsistence strategies and different spatial perceptions in early societies (e.g. changing human-environmental relationships in mobile and sedentary societies). Mathematical and (geo-)statistical modelling approaches will be used for data analysis to quantify the soil landscape interrelationship (including sampling strategies). The methodology is mainly based on data-driven machine learning approaches evolved from pattern recognition and computational learning theory. It is an approach where new spatial soil Information is generated by coupling soil data at survey locations with exhaustive grid-based proxy information.

The appointment will be limited to June 2021 (45 month).
Work place is Tübingen.
Salary will be according to the German public service (TVL E13, 65 %). In case of equal qualification and experience physically challenged applicants are given preference. The CRC aims to increase the share of women in research and encourage female scientists to apply.

For more information contact Dr. Karsten Schmidt or Prof. Dr. Thomas Scholten.
Please send your application (one pdf-formatted document) with detailed curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests, certificates/transcripts before 24 July 2017 to Margaretha Baur

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