PhD Position in Treeline Seedling Ecophysiology, University of Oldenburg, Germany

PhD Position in Treeline Seedling Ecophysiology, University of Oldenburg, Germany

PhD position treeline seedling ecophysiology

We invite applications for a 3-year PhD position (E13, 65%) in a DFG-funded project addressing ecophysiological limitations for germination and seedling performance of a range of tree species at the alpine treeline. The goal of the project is to understand the processes that determine treeline dynamics in different tree species, distinguishing generalised and species-specific responses.

Approaches used include field and laboratory germination experiments, field experiments with small seedlings, and various ecophysiological measurements (growth, chemistry, chlorophyll fluorescence). The position is based in Oldenburg, northern Germany, and involves extensive fieldwork in the French Alps.

The successful applicant will hold an MSc-degree or equivalent in Biology or a related discipline and have an interest and, preferably, experience in plant ecophysiology and ecology and/or seed and seedling biology. Further requirements include an analytical and critical mindset, the ability to work independently in potentially harsh field conditions, good English oral and writing skills and a willingness to learn French.

Closing date for applications: July 9, 2010.

Starting date: autumn/winter 2010, or a.s.a.p.

For further information: maaike.bader[ at ]

Please send your application, including CV and the contact details of three references, to the email address above or to: Dr. Maaike Bader, Functional Ecology of Plants, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg, P.O. Box 2503, D-26111 Oldenburg, Germany.

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. In order to increase the percentage of female faculty members, female candidates with equal qualification will be given preference. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.

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