Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Ph.D. position in Forest Adaptation

The advertised position is part of the project “Forest Adaptation and Restoration in NE Germany (FARSeeING)”, a research cluster formed by working groups of the universities of Rostock and Greifswald and funded by the excellence program of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.The project focuses on the susceptibility of sites to drought and inundation as important consequences of climate change in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Within the project the task of the PhD student will be to generate a map of the edaphic drought and inundation susceptibility of sites in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as well as the description of the long term soil moisture dynamics for an elevated greenhouse gas emission scenario. Goal of the Ph.D. projects is the scientific qualification on an international level by, e.g. gaining skills in modern research and methodologies, publishing papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and participate on international conferences on the related topics.
We are looking for a highly motivated and team-oriented candidate with a strong background in landscape ecology and soil physics who has a M.Sc. or Diploma degree in environmental sciences or a related discipline. Experience in soil science, hydrological modelling (eg SWAT), and GIS and database management, would be a major asset. Successful applicants should be motivated to carry out intense computer work and detailed statistical analyses. The ideal Ph.D. candidate has a proven record of scientific achievement and will develop his/her own ideas within the framework of the project.
The preferred starting date is April 1st 2009. The deadline for applications is 06.03.2009, although the positions will remain open until filled. Salary is according to TVL 13/ 13Ü (east) (pending final approval by the state of Mecklenburg Vorpommern). The University of Rostock advocates gender equality. Women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified severely handicapped applicants will be given preference.
Enquiries can be directed to Prof. Dr. Stephan Glatzel (Tel. 0381-4983220, stephan.glatzel(at) and Prof. Dr. Bernd Lennartz (Tel. 0381-4983180, bernd.lennartz(at) should send the application either in English or German to: Universität RostockDezernat für Personal und PersonalentwicklungD-18051 Rostock
The application should include a cover letter that includes a statement describing your experience and motivating your application, your curriculum vitae with publication list, copies of certificates. Please do not send original documents as the applications will not be send back.

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