22 December 2011

PhD position (65 %) Tree and palm water use characteristics in rainforest transformation systems (D-37077 Göttingen)

The Department of Tropical Silviculture and Forest Ecology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is offering a PhD position in the Scientific Project of the CRC 990

A02 Tree and palm water use characteristics in rainforest transformation systems

The position will be limited for 3 years and should be filled as soon as possible. Salary: Pay grade PhD 65 % TV-L 13 of German state regulated public service salary scale.

Your duties / the project

Rainforest transformation will most likely alter ecosystem water cycles with respect to associated magnitude of fluxes, within-system variability and temporal dynamics. The objectives of the this study are: to determine the degree of complementarity in soil water resource use, to estimate whole-plant water use rates in trees and palms, and to derive water use efficiencies. The study will be conducted in tropical lowland rainforests, jungle rubber, and rubber and oil palm plantations in Jambi province (Sumatra, Indonesia). The methods include a stable isotope based approach (deuterium, 18O) to study plant water uptake and an assessment of sap flux and transpiration with thermal dissipation probes.  The PhD project thus includes field work in Indonesia, and analytical or theoretical work in Germany.

Your profile
•       a Master degree in Ecology, Forestry, Agriculture or related disciplines
•       research focus on plant ecology and / or ecohydrology
•       willingness to collaborate with other researchers of the CRC
•       proficiency in English
•       working experience in the tropics is desired
•       ability to work in the tropics and under field conditions
•       knowledge in xylem sap flow or similar techniques, lab work, and data processing are a plus

The project will be based in Göttingen, but fieldwork is done in Indonesia (approximately 18 months).

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favoured.

Please send your application electronically as a single pdf containing the usual documents by January 15th, 2012 to Prof. Dr. Hölscher, E-mail: dhoelsc@gwdg.de.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Dirk Hölscher (phone: +49 551 3922121, e-mail: dhoelsc@gwdg.de). More information about our working group can be found under: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/67092.html.

Prof Dirk Hölscher
Burckhardt-Institute Tropical Silviculture and Forest Ecology Büsgenweg 1 D-37077 Göttingen

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