Einrichtung: Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute for Plant Sciences (ID 15648)
Ansprechpartner: Dr. Robert Weigel
The group Plant Ecology and Ecosystems Research at the Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute for Plant Sciences, Georg-August-University Göttingen welcomes applications for a
Research Assistant (PhD position) (f/m/d)
with 65 % of the regular working time (corresponding to 25,87 hours/week) with a limited contract for 3 years (36 months). The earliest starting date will be 01/10/2021. The position is remunerated with E 13 TV-L. The position can serve the qualification of young scientists and offers the possibility of a doctorate.
Due to climate change, the weather in temperate regions is becoming more variable, affecting soil temperature in winter in particular. Paradoxically, colder soil temperatures and more soil frost are expected in the future, because an insulating snow cover is continuously declining due to increasingly warm winters, while single frost events will still occur. In the DFG-funded project Winter cold sensitivity of European temperate broadleaf forest trees in the face of climate warming: Spatial patterns, mechanisms and effects of genotype, the candidate will first focus specifically on soil–plant interactions to determine the physiological mechanisms underlying the winter cold sensitivity of trees in climate chamber and field experiments at the Experimental Botanical Garden in Göttingen (e.g. investigation of aboveground growth rates, root vitality, nutrient uptake capacity, and non-structural carbon allocation). Second, the candidate will apply a dendroecological study (mostly work with large tree-ring databases, complemented with own sampling) to clarify to what spatial extent major tree species react sensitively to changes in winter climate and to frost extremes across Europe. In doing so, the project aims at a better assessment of the consequences of winter climate change for European forests.
- Very good degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in biology, geo-/landscape ecology, environmental sciences, geography, forestry or in a similar field of study
- Scientific background in plant ecology and/or dendrosciences
- Willingness and ability for multi-day business travel and for taking samples independently in the field
- High degree of organizational skills and ability to work in a team in order to coordinate the extensive experiment
- Ability to perform statistical data analysis
- Very good command of written and spoken English
- Car driver's license or willingness to acquire in the near future
Ideally desired skills:
- Experience with dendrochronological methods, i.e., a good understanding of tree growth–climate relationships
- Experience in experimental plant ecology (climate chambers/experimental garden)
- Solid knowledge of R or comparable statistical program and experience with analysing larger data sets, if applicable
- Knowledge in fine root analysis
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 in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.
Applications with the usual documents are requested until 9 August 2021, preferably in electronic form by e-mail (a single PDF file), to Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Abteilung Pflanzenökologie und Ökosystemforschung, Dr. Robert Weigel, Grisebachstr. 1, 37077 Göttingen, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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