27 December 2011

PhD position in ecological and socio-economic impacts (D-37077 Göttingen)

The groups of Biodiversity, Macroecology & Conservation Biogeography
 and Tropical Silvicukture and Forest Ecology at the Georg-August-
Universität Göttingen jointly offer a PhD position in the Scientific
 Project of the CRC 990

B11 / Biodiversity enrichment in oil palm plantations: ecological and
 socio-economic impacts (Forestry/Plant Ecology)

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 will investigate the botanical constraints on and
consequences of an enrichment planting experiment establishing
ecological islands of trees within oil palm plantations. The PhD will
be responsible for coordinating the establishment of the planting
experiment. Research will focus on on seed rain, successional dynamics
 of gap plant communities, and determinants of growth and survival in
 the planted trees. In collaboration with other projects of the
enrichment planting experiment, this project will help to evaluate the
effectiveness of proposed designer plantation landscapes, and it may
contribute to the development of ecologically improved and socio-
economically viable management concepts in oil palm landscapes. The
PhD project includes field work in Sumatra (Indonesia) and analytical
or theoretical work in Germany.

Your profile
•       a Master degree in Forestry, Biology, Ecology or a similar discipline,
•       research focus on Ecology,
•       experience in tropical reforestation, determination of plant species, analysis of ecological data and skills in R are desirable,
•       willingness to collaborate with other researchers of the CRC and local stakeholders,
•       proficiency in English,
•       working experience in the tropics,
•       ability to work in the tropics and under field conditions.

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, Dirk,
 Email: dhoelsc@gwdg.de.

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

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