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Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Agrar­tech­nik und Bio­öko­no­mie e.V. (ATB)

The Leib­niz Insti­tute for Agri­cul­tural Engin­eer­ing and Bioeconomy is a pion­eer and a driver of bioeconomy research. We cre­ate the sci­entific found­a­tion to trans­form agri­cul­tural, food, indus­trial and energy sys­tems into a com­pre­hens­ive bio-based cir­cu­lar eco­nomy. We develop and integ­rate tech­niques, pro­cesses and man­age­ment strategies, effect­ively con­ver­ging tech­no­lo­gies to intel­li­gently cross­link highly diverse bioeco­nomic pro­duc­tion sys­tems and to con­trol them in a know­ledge-based, adapt­ive and largely auto­mated man­ner. We con­duct research in dia­logue with soci­ety - know­ledge-motiv­ated and applic­a­tion-inspired.

Sci­ent­ist (m/f/d) (100%)

  • Data Sci­ent­ist, Agro­nom­ist, Agri­cul­tural Engin­eer–
for the research field „Site-spe­cific, com­bined organic-min­eral N-fer­til­isa­tion“

Working field:

The object­ive of the col­lab­or­at­ive pro­ject is to test, invest­ig­ate and demon­strate a digit­al­ised pro­cess chain for know­ledge-based and site-spe­cific crop pro­duc­tion in a mixed farm in Branden­burg. You will meas­ure the nutri­tion status of soil and plants as well as nitro­gen (N) applic­a­tion by organic fer­til­isers (manure) and min­eral fer­til­isers dur­ing on-farm exper­i­ments at the Leib­niz Innov­a­tion Farm. You will apply innov­at­ive data sci­entific meth­ods in order to assess pre­ci­sion of nutri­ent applic­a­tion, N uptake and N use effi­ciency for site-spe­cific min­eral and organic fer­til­isa­tion. The pos­i­tion is assigned to the ATB’s research group “Auto­ma­tion and Digit­al­isa­tion” in the “Engin­eer­ing for crop pro­duc­tion” depart­ment in close cooper­a­tion with the “Tech­no­logy Assess­ment and sub­stance cycles” depart­ment, and external part­ners at Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin, Uni­versity of Pots­dam and Ger­man Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).

Your respons­ib­il­it­ies
  • Organ­ising, execut­ing and eval­u­at­ing an on-farm field exper­i­ment includ­ing manure, plant and soil sampling and lab ana­lyses
  • Track­ing of total nitro­gen applic­a­tion and nitro­gen uptake of site-spe­cific, com­bined min­eral and organic fer­til­isa­tion, and ana­lysis of nitro­gen use effi­ciency
  • Ana­lysis of tech­nical pre­ci­sion of nutri­ent applic­a­tion
  • Devel­op­ment of optim­ised applic­a­tion strategies for com­bined organic-min­eral N-fer­til­isa­tion
  • Present­a­tion of pro­ject res­ults at sci­entific con­fer­ences and stake­holder meet­ings
  • Writ­ing pro­ject reports and sci­entific pub­lic­a­tions


  • PhD in the fields of agri­cul­tural engin­eer­ing, agro­nomy, data sci­ence or related sub­jects
  • Know­ledge and exper­i­ence or will­ing­ness to become famil­iar with most advanced meth­ods, in par­tic­u­lar meas­ur­ing N con­tent in manure (Vis-NIR) and data sci­ence meth­ods
  • Sci­entific soft­ware devel­op­ment, exper­i­ence in pro­gram­ming in either one lan­guage Python, C/C++, or MAT­LAB/Sim­ulink or sim­ilar
  • Know­ledge in machine learn­ing and stat­ist­ical data ana­lysis
  • High interest in inter­dis­cip­lin­ary cooper­a­tion at the inter­face of agro­nomy and digital tech­no­lo­gies
  • Very good writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish skills, Ger­man is of advant­age
  • Abil­ity to work in a team and will­ing­ness to cooper­ate, reli­ab­il­ity, flex­ib­il­ity, per­sonal com­mit­ment and inde­pend­ent work
  • European Driv­ing license class B

What we offer:

  • An attract­ive, inter­dis­cip­lin­ary work­ing envir­on­ment in a mixed team of exper­i­enced and young sci­ent­ists and tech­ni­cians
  • Excel­lent infra­struc­ture for car­ry­ing out sci­entific work
  • Access to national and inter­na­tional net­works for your sci­entific career
  • Fam­ily-friendly work­ing con­di­tions that pro­mote the com­pat­ib­il­ity of work and fam­ily life
  • Com­pany-owned elec­tric bicycles and busi­ness cars for work trips
  • Par­ti­cip­a­tion on the VBB com­pany ticket
  • Our insti­tute is loc­ated on the edge of a pic­tur­esque park-like land­scape and is easy to reach by pub­lic trans­port or by bike

The pos­i­tion is full-time (100%) and lim­ited to three years. An exten­sion for a fur­ther two years is pos­sible sub­ject to the approval of the reques­ted fund­ing.
Remu­ner­a­tion depends on your qual­i­fic­a­tions and pro­fes­sional exper­i­ence accord­ing to TV-L up to salary group 13.

How to apply:

For fur­ther inform­a­tion please con­tact Prof. Dr. Cor­ne­lia Welt­zien (E-Mail: and visit our web­site

If you would like to par­ti­cip­ate in our inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research, please apply by August 31th, 2022 using ATB’s online applic­a­tion form for the job advert­ise­ment, code 2022-4-12, at

Equality of oppor­tun­ity is part of our per­son­nel policy. Dis­abled applic­ants with adequate qual­i­fic­a­tion will be pref­er­en­tially con­sidered.

By sub­mit­ting an applic­a­tion, you agree that your job applic­a­tion doc­u­ments will be stored for a period of six months, even in the case of an unsuc­cess­ful applic­a­tion. Fur­ther inform­a­tion on the pro­cessing, stor­age and pro­tec­tion of your per­sonal data can be found at