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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program: Project 5/2024: PhD Project Title: Effect of root residue decomposition of winter cover crops on maize N nutrition

Topic Description: Cover crops are increasingly used to promote soil C sequestration, but serve also as “highways to the subsoil”, promoting access to subsoil nutrient resources. Winter-hardy versus winter-killed cover crop species are thereby not yet studied regarding their implications for plant nutrition: i) Does the biomass of winter-killed cover crops lose significant amounts of its nutrients by early spring residue mineralization? ii) Do not-yet degraded root residues of winter-hardy cover crops block access to the root channels? The fellow will assess under which conditions these cover crop traits support maize N nutrition best and which potential lies in combination of winter-hardy and winter killed cover crops

Faculty: Faculty of Sciences
Institute/Section/Subject: Department of Geosciences & Department of Biology, Group: Geo-Biosphere Interactions

Supervising Professor(s): Prof. Dr. Michaela Dippold

About the Supervisor(s): Prof. of Geo-Biosphere Interaction; main disciplines: soil biogeochemistry and molecular microbiology; work in natural and agro-ecosystems; emphasize on isotope applications at the root-soil-microbe continuum: https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/232301

Requirements for the application:
Required Degrees: M.Sc. in Resource and/or Environmental Sciences, Geoecology, Agriculture, Plant Biology, Plant Nutrition, or comparable. Expertise with biogeochemical transformations (preferably residue decomposition) and plant nutrition
Language Requirements: English (IELTS 6,5 or TOEFL equivalent)
Notes: none

For further instructions on how to apply, more information on the program and contact details please see below.
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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program
The University of Tübingen have established a PhD Program which supports Korean nationals from partner Universities wishing to carry out all or part of their PhD study in Tübingen.

  • Cheju National University
  • Chonbuk National University
  • Chungnam National University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Hanyang University
  • Korea University
  • Pusan National University
  • Seoul National University
  • Sogang University
  • Sookmyung Women's University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Yonsei University


  • Aims:
    • providing high quality research training to qualified students from Korean universities
    • developing education and research collaborations between the University of Tübingen and Korean universities and research institutions

    Target group:
    Excellent postgraduate and doctoral students from Korean partner universities who are citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Korea at the time of application

    Application Process:
    • June 30: Application deadline. Applications must be handed in through the online application system of the University of Tübingen
    • between July 4 and 7: round of interviews in English
    • by July 30: Successful applicants will be officially informed and provided letters of admission.
    • by Oct 1: Program participants arrive in Tübingen

    • How to Apply:
      In order to apply you need to upload the following documents combined in 1 PDF
      • Cover/Motivation letter with the description of academic characteristics that qualify you to complete the PhD project successfully
      • CV
      • Academic transcripts*
      • Proof of proficient English language skills - TOEFL iBT 95 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

      *List of required Academic transcripts (including official translation into German or English for documents issued in Korean)
      1) Bachelor’s Degree Award Certificate / Bachelor Gradverleihungsurkunde
      2) Transcript of the subjects and marks / Fächer- und Notenübersicht for your Bachelor’s degree/ für das Bachelorstudium
      3) Master’s Degree Award Certificate / Master-Gradverleihungsurkunde
      4) Transcript of the subjects and marks for your Master’s Degree / Fächer- und Notenübersicht für das Masterstudium


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