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BBW ForWerts Graduate Program

Bioeconomy Baden-Württemberg: Exploring Innovative Value-Added Chains

Open call for two Ph.D. Positions

(Agricultural Biology and Political Sciences)

Deadline for Application: 15. September 2020

In the frame of the interdisciplinary research project AgroBioDiv and within the Graduate Program BBW ForWerts, two Ph.D. positions are currently available at Heidelberg University. The project will be funded by the Ministry of Science of the State of Baden-Württemberg, and is embedded into the research program Ökologischer Landbau, with the goal to explore the transformation processes towards an ecologically-oriented agriculture at different levels.

Fluent spoken and written German is mandatory for both positions. For more information please see current list of projects.

The Application Process

Motivated candidates may apply for one of the offered positions in English or German here in application portal. Application documents will be forwarded to the respective project leaders by BBW ForWerts administration.
Please use the Register for Application-button on the left menu panel.

To be eligible, candidates must:
- have completed their diploma/master studies (before starting their doctoral training)
- have a strong background in the research discipline of the chosen project(s) as documented by very good to excellent scores in their diploma/master studies
- fulfil (most of) the specific qualification requirements as depicted in the chosen individual projects (see project descriptions)
- be able to communicate fluently in English and German (oral and in writing)
- have a genuine interest in interdisciplinary exchange

The BBW ForWerts Graduate Program

The BBW ForWerts Graduate Program (Bioökonomie Baden-Württemberg: Erforschung innovativer Wertschöpfungsketten) is integrated into the Bioeconomy Research Program Baden-Württemberg, which has been launched in 2014. This innovative research program addresses the complex challenges of a sustainable bioeconomy, based on

- excellence in a broad range of disciplines
- unique selling points of bioeconomy-relevant research hubs in Baden-Württemberg
- continuous dialog with local bioeconomy-related industrial partners
- platforms for collaboration, fostering exchange of concepts and methods

The Graduate Program coordinates state-of-the-art research activities for the graduate students, which are distributed across different universities and research institutions in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg and fosters the education of scientists with strong focus on interdisciplinarity. This systemic approach encompasses the analysis of entire value chains including genotype/biomass selection, biomass production and conversion, and product development as well as analysis of economic, ecological, ethical, and societal aspects. The administration of the graduate program is located at Heidelberg University (coordinator: Prof. Dr. Thomas Rausch). Doctoral degrees will be awarded by the institution where each individual project is based. Additionally, a BBW ForWerts certificate will be issued.

The funded projects are embedded into several focus areas, including:

Lignocellulose –an alternative commodity platform for new materials and products

Biogas – development of sustainable and flexible value added chains

Microalgae - integrated use for nutrition and feeding stuff industries or as a fuel

Microbial biotechnology - generating new platform chemicals by using microorganisms

Plant molecular physiology – exploring molecular mechanisms defining the lignocellulose quality and quantity

Economic and political aspects - social transformation towards a sustainable bioeconomy

The interdisciplinary approach and networking are fundaments of the graduate program, allowing successful candidates to enter their professional careers later on with broad and solid knowledge in both, their specific subjects and crucial bioeconomy issues.

BBW ForWerts offers all assets of an excellent graduate program, including

- supervision of each PhD student via a thesis advisory committee
- participation in regular interdisciplinary workshops
- participation in summer schools
- training courses in specialized methods
- excursions to industrial partners - participation in an international meeting
- participation in soft skill courses (scientific writing etc.)

Please visit our webpage for further information about the BBW ForWerts Graduate Program.