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Job Opportunity: Postdoc in Quantitative Plant Ecology, Yale University

Apr 18, 19
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Postdoctoral Research Position – Quantitative Plant Ecology

Comita Lab – School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University

A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Dr. Liza Comita (https://comitalab.yale.edu/) to work on an NSF-funded project to examine mechanisms of species coexistence in diverse tropical tree communities. The objectives of the project are to:
(1) determine the key abiotic and biotic drivers of tropical tree seedling performance,
(2) assess how the relative importance of those drivers varies along a strong rainfall gradient in central Panama,
(3) link data on plant functional traits to species’ responses to environmental variables within and across sites along the rainfall gradient, and ultimately
(4) develop novel forest simulation models, parameterized with field data, to assess the relative importance and combined influence of abiotic factors and biotic interactions on tropical tree species diversity.

The position will involve extensive statistical analysis of spatially-explicit, long-term tropical forest dynamics data, as well as travel to field sites in Panama to oversee data collection. The successful applicant will join a productive and supportive lab group and will benefit from the large scientific community and excellent resources on campus. The postdoc will gain skills in data analysis and scientific communication and will also have opportunities to mentor undergraduate and graduate students and gain teaching experience (if desired). 

Qualifications:  Applicants should have a PhD in Ecology or a related field (by the start date), with strong quantitative skills. Excellent knowledge of R is essential, and experience with Bayesian models is strongly preferred. A demonstrated track record of publication is required. Excellent written and oral communication and inter-personal skills are essential.

Duration and start date: The initial appointment is for one year, with funding available for up to two additional years depending on performance. The position can start as early as June 1, 2019 and as late as January 6, 2020.

Compensation: Salary will be based on Yale’s postdoctoral compensation scale, which ranges from $47,960 for first year postdocs to $54,770 for postdocs having up to 5 years of prior postdoctoral experience. Full details on postdoctoral compensation and benefits can be found here:https://postdocs.yale.edu/policies

To apply: Applications, including a CV, cover letter stating research interests and experience, and the names and contact information of three references, should be sent by email to Dr. Liza Comita at liza.comita@yale.edu. Informal inquiries are also welcome via email.  Review of applications will begin May 13, 2019 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, persons with disabilities and protected veterans.

PhD student in Precision Agriculture – Site Specific Tillage at Ghent University (UGent) in Belgium

Apr 04, 19
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Last application date:            May 31, 2019 10:26

Department:  LA20 – Department of Environment Employment category Doctoral fellow

Contract:  Limited duration

Degree: MSc in Mechatronics Engineering, Agriculture Engineering (not agronomy), Biosystems Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.

Occupancy rate: 100%

Vacancy Type:  Research staff

Job description

Addressing food security issues in the light of the rapid population growth is an increasingly important global challenge. More food will have to be produced in the next 50 years than has been over the past 10,000 years (2008 UN sustainable development forum). One way to achieve this is by managing farm resources site specifically using advanced technologies in precision agriculture. Precision agriculture technologies play an important role in addressing the conflict between producing more whilst operating within a sustainable framework.

A fully funded PhD scholarship in Site Specific Tillage is available in Precision Soil and Crop Engineering Group (Precision SCoRing), within the Department of Environment, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University (UGent) in Belgium. We are looking for a top MSc student, to work as PhD candidate under a project funded by the Flemish Scientific Research (FWO) under the Odysseus I call for proposal 2016, with a total budget of €3.5 M: Towards Establishing a Centre of Site-specific Technology for Soil and Crop Management. The aim of the project is to establish a research platform combining cutting-edge soil and crop sensors, modelling and system control technology for managing farm resources (seeds, fertilisers, pesticides, water, and manure) site-specifically, with the final goal of establishing a precision agriculture centre in Flanders.

We are looking for top students with a MSc degree obtained between September 2019 and not earlier than September 2016. Successful candidates will have the following responsibilities:

  •  Run your PhD project and deliver the project results in a timely manner.
  •  Submission of high quality publications in international journals.
  •  Link and integrate with research project of the other PhD students in the group as deemed appropriate.
  •  Contribute to group activities as requested by your promoters that are within the remit of the role and the grant, and the associated grade. This may include:
  1.  Supporting and collaborating with MSc and PhD students.
  2.  Contribution to teaching programmes if requested to do so.
  3.  Assist in other activates in the group as deemed necessary.

Profile of the candidate

The candidate should fulfil the following requirements:

  •  Have or will soon have a MSc degree Mechatronics Engineering, Agriculture Engineering (not agronomy), Biosystems Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.
  •  Should have knowledge in the use of basic engineering software and modelling languages, such as, MATLAB Toolbox, LabVIEW, DaisyLab, AutoCAD, or C++…..
  •   Should have knowledge in engineering drawing, machine design and control theory including but not limited the design and use of microcontrollers.
  •  Desirable to have knowledge in sensing technologies, modelling and data mining.
  •  Good contextual understanding of agricultural systems, precision agriculture and the ability to work in the field with agriculture machinery.
  •  The candidate should have a high level of proficiency in English sufficient to communicate effectively with colleagues and write papers and reports.
  •   Good practical problem solver / Ability to find appropriate solutions to academic and technical problems.
  •  Ability to work as a member of a team within a dynamic research group.

How to apply

• We offer a fully funded PhD scholarship starting anytime between 1st June 2019 and 1st October 2019. We offer approx. €2000 per month based on a full working week (38 hours).

• Candidates will have the opportunity to work within a stimulating research environment within the Precision SCoRing Group with interdisciplinary team comprised of agricultural engineers, mechatronics engineers, electrical engineers, soil scientists, agronomists and data mining experts, where many international collaborations are foreseen.

Applications should be submitted by not later then 31st May, 2019, enclosing the following documents:

  •  Cover letter outlining your motivation, research and teaching experience.
  •  Detailed CV and publication record.
  •  Your MSc degree or an interim document if you are still finishing your MSc.
  •  A verified transcript of your MSc and BSc degrees.
  •  Two reference letters from academic members.

Applications need to be submitted via email with subject ‘PhD in Site Specific Tillage’ to project promoter Prof. Abdul Mouazen (E-mail: abdul.mouazen@ugent.be).
For information, visit: https://www.ugent.be/en/work/vacancies/scientific/phd-student-in-precision-agriculture-site-specific-szm7v

Postdoctoral Position in Precision Agriculture – Ghent University

Apr 04, 19
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Last application date: Apr 15, 2019 13:49
Department: LA20 – Department of Environment
Contract: Limited duration Degree PhD in Mechatronics Engineering, Agriculture Engineering (not agronomy), Biosystems Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
Occupancy rate: 100%
Vacancy Type: Research staff

Job description

Addressing food security issues in the light of the rapid population growth is an increasingly important global challenge. More food will have to be produced in the next 50 years than has been over the past 10,000 years (2008 UN sustainable development forum). One way to achieve this is by managing farm resources site specifically using advanced technologies in precision agriculture. Precision agriculture technologies play an important role in addressing the conflict between producing more whilst operating within a sustainable framework.

A 3-year postdoctoral position is available in Precision Soil and Crop Engineering Group (Precision SCoRing: https://www.ugent.be/bw/environment/en/research/precision_scoring), within the Department of Environment, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering in Ghent University (UGent) in Belgium. We are looking for an enthusiastic young engineer to work under a recently funded project by the Flemish Scientific Research (FWO) under the Odysseus I call for proposal, with a total budget of €3.5 M: Towards Establishing a Centre of Site-specific Technology for Soil and Crop Management. The aim of the project is to establish a research platform combining cutting-edge soil and crop sensors, modelling and system control technology for managing farm resources (seeds, fertilisers, pesticides, water, and manure) site-specifically, with the final goal of establishing a precision agriculture centre in Flanders. You will be responsible for leading the Precision SCoRing Group’s engineering research towards the design and implementation of precision agriculture technologies. This will include design and building new measurement systems and associated accessories and software, using advanced optical, geophysical and electrochemical sensing infrastructure. You will also be responsible for the integration of these novel measurement systems onto various agricultural machinery (e.g., planters, fertiliser spreaders, manure injectors, tillage equipment) to allow the control on farm input site specifically.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Assisting PhD and MSc students for field measurement, and design and implementation of new measurement or control systems.
  •  Submission of high quality publications in international scientific journals.
  •  Link and integrate research of different PhD students in the Group as deemed appropriate.
  • Contribute to group activities as requested by your promoter that are within the remit of the role, the grant, and the associated grade. This may include:

1. Supporting the supervision of MSc and PhD students.

2. Contribution to teaching programmes.

3. Contribute to the writing of research proposals to the EU and various national funding schemes.

4. Assist in attracting new partners/members and students to the group.

5. Provide guidance to other staff and students of the Department e.g., advise students on their progress and establish new research ideas.

Profile of the candidate

The candidate should fulfil the following requirements:

  •  Have or will soon have a PhD degree in Mechatronics Engineering, Agriculture Engineering (not agronomy), Biosystems Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
  •  The candidate should have demonstrable knowledge in the use of basic engineering software and modelling languages, such as, MATLAB Toolbox, LabVIEW, DaisyLab, AutoCAD, C++…..
  •  Basic knowledge in sensing technologies and measurement systems.
  •  Advance knowledge of control theory, micro controllers and robotic technology.
  •  Basic knowledge in data fusion and modelling tools is preferable.
  •  A track record of publishing high-impact journal articles.
  •  Working in interdisciplinary environments, good contextual understanding of agricultural systems and the ability to work in the field is desirable.
  •  Possessing excellent project and time management skills to ensure that milestones and deliverables are achieved to time and to high quality.
  •  The candidate should have a high level of proficiency in English sufficient to communicate effectively with colleagues and write papers and reports.
  •  The candidate should be prepared to work in close collaboration with the supervising team as well as the PhD students working within the project, in the group or in the department.
  •  Good practical problem solver / Ability to find appropriate solutions to academic and technical problems.
  •  Ability to work as a member of a team within a dynamic research group.

We offer a 3-year full-time postdoc position (1,0 fte), starting ASAP but not later than 1st July 2019. This will consist of 12 months interim period, to be extended by 2 years, after satisfactory first year performance. We offer approx. €4156 per month based on a full working week (38 hours) and depending on relevant work experience. Only a limited amount of work experience can be taken into account.

The postdoc will have the opportunity to work within a stimulating research environment within the Precision SCoRing Group with interdisciplinary team comprising of agricultural engineers, soil scientists, agronomists and data mining experts, where many international collaborations are foreseen.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted by 15th April, 2019, enclosing the following documents:

  •  A cover letter outlining your academic interests, research experience and reasons for wishing to work on this project
  •  Detailed CV and publication record
  •  Two reference letters from academic workers
  •  Your PhD degree or an interim document if you are still finishing your PhD
  •  Verified transcripts of your MSc and BSc degrees

Applications need to be submitted via email with subject ‘Postdoc 1 under Odysseus project’ to project promoter Prof. Abdul Mouazen (E-mail: abdul.mouazen@ugent.be).
For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact project leader Abdul Mouazen, Prof. in Precision Soil and Crop Management via Email: abdul.mouazen@ugent.be or Tel: +32 9 264 6037.

PhD Assistantship in Forestry or Forest Ecology at Utah State University with ForestGEO plots

Mar 28, 19
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The Western Forest Initiative at Utah State University seeks to fill a PhD position funded by the T. W. Daniels endowment. The selected student will work on projects in the T. W. Daniels Experimental Forest near Logan, Utah, and in the three largest annually-surveyed, spatially-explicit forest plots in the West, located in Yosemite, CaliforniaWind River, Washington, and Cedar Breaks, Utah. Prospective candidates can enroll in the either the Forestry or the Ecology program.


The PhD student can conduct research on a variety of topics, for example: spatial relationships among woody plants, forest community resistance and resilience, forest canopy-snow interactions, fuel dynamics, climate-mediated forest change, plant-soil interactions, carbon sequestration, seedling dynamics, understory-overstory interactions, silviculture, or mechanisms and consequences of tree mortality. There will be considerable opportunity to interact with students, scientists, and academics affiliated with the Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory.


Five years of funding is available—eight semesters of research assistantship and two semesters of teaching assistantship. Those potentially interested should read the ‘Lab’ tab athttp://jamesalutz.com for further details. Required qualifications include an MS degree in a forestry-, ecology-, or biology-related field; exceptional candidates progressing from a BS or from a different field of study will also be considered.


The position will begin on a mutually agreeable date; review of candidates is ongoing. To apply, email the following information in a single PDF file to james.lutz@usu.edu: (1) a cover letter
describing your experience and rather specific research interests, (2) a CV, (3) unofficial transcripts, (4) GRE scores (and TOEFL, if required), and (5) contact information for three
professional references.

Positions in ecosystem modelling

Mar 27, 19
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CENTER FOR COMPUTATIONAL AND THEORETICAL BIOLOGY

University of Würzburg

BSc/MSc projects:

Topic 1:How does the regime of pollination loss affect plant extinctions?

Project description:

Events of habitat perturbation are seldom isolated occurrences. Be it climate change, habitat destruction or species invasions, the conditions necessary for species persistence are constantly being altered.

Independently of the regime of perturbation, however, species extinctions are not immediate. Different species will respond differently to the changes in habitat conditions and perish at different rates. In addition, the extinction processes of interacting species can affect each other, since their persistence depends on the services they exchange.

In this project, we will use a computer model to study the impact that different regimes of loss of pollination services can have on the extinction dynamics of a plant community. More specifically, we will verify whether metrics of plant extinction (e.g. total number of extinctions, time to extinctions, extinction order) change in scenarios simulating pulse (single occurrence), constant and increasing loss of pollination services.

Requirements: Experience or willingness to work with ecological simulation models and acquire computational skills (R and Julia programming languages, software version control)

Application: a letter of motivation to PhD candidte contact Ludmilla Figueiredo (ludmilla.figueiredo@uni-wuerzburg.de) and to Prof. Dr. Juliano Sarmento Cabral (juliano.sarmento_cabral@uni-wuerzburg.de).

Topic 2: Does temperature preference in species emerge as metabolic trade-off?

Project description:

Species typically exhibit preferences for particular environmental conditions (fundamental niche). Niche-explicit models take this into account by forcing species to specific niches. Some of these models, however, use yet another temperature dependence: the metabolic theory of ecology (MTE). In MTE biological rates are determined by the body mass of an organism and its system temperature. In general, the smaller an organism and the hotter the temperature, the higher the biological rate.

In this project, we will use a computer model to study how species distribute along temperature gradients without enforcing a fundamental niche. Instead, temperature dependence follows from species’ biological rates governed by MTE. Specifically, we will investigate how species body masses distribute along the gradient and whether we will find co-existence of strategies.

Requirements: Experience or willingness to work with ecological simulation models and acquire computational skills (R and Julia programming languages, software version control)

Application: Contact Ludwig Leidinger (ludwig.leidinger@uni-wuerzburg.de) and/or Prof. Dr. Juliano Sarmento Cabral (juliano.sarmento_cabral@uni-wuerzburg.de).

Topic 3: Can assortative mating emerge from post-zygotic reproduction barriers?

Project description:

In many species, individuals are more likely to successfully mate if they are similar to each other. This is accomplished by, e.g., visual cues or physical properties of reproductive organs. Additionally, offspring may qualify as unviable because of genetic incompatibilities or unfit phenotypes.

In this project, we will use a computer model to study how population structure and mating systems are affected by post-zygotic barriers (e.g. unviable or unfit offspring) and whether particular mating systems are more prone to producing isolated subpopulations than others.

Requirements: Experience or willingness to work with ecological simulation models and acquire computational skills (R and Julia programming languages, software version control)

Application: Contact Ludwig Leidinger (ludwig.leidinger@uni-wuerzburg.de) and/or Prof. Dr. Juliano Sarmento Cabral (juliano.sarmento_cabral@uni-wuerzburg.de).

Fully funded, 3-year PhD position in soil organic Carbon dynamics

Feb 07, 19
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The PhD study will be conducted at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Sciences at the Charles University in Prague, practical work and research conducted during the PhD studies will be realized in close cooperation with the SoWa Research Infrastructure, a newly established part of the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Background

Recent estimates propose that only a small increase in global soil Carbon (C) sequestration may mitigate recent rises in atmospheric CO2. However, there remains a gap of knowledge in the formation mechanisms and chemical composition of stable, mineral-protected soil organic matter (SOM), whose understanding is crucial for effective C sequestration as well as for better conceptualization of global C models.
The project aims to close these knowledge gaps and determine the predominant C sources and controls on mineral-protected SOM formation. The successful applicant will conduct field experiments in a common garden and laboratory incubations of soil with isotopically labeled plant tissue. Samples from the experiments will be investigated for their chemical and microbial composition combining physical fractionation, chemical extraction, DNA sequencing, and gas-chromatography based methods. 
The project ultimately aims at improving recent conceptualizations on soil C dynamics, which may advance our options for C sequestration and thus climate change mitigation.

Requirements

The applicant should hold an M.Sc. degree in Soil Science, Organic Geochemistry, or related fields and must be highly motivated to learn and employ new methods and work independently in the field and laboratory. Proficiency in English is essential. Previous knowledge on soil organic matter dynamics and methods (e.g., soil fractionation, GC-based methods) is desirable but not a prerequisite.

Applicants should send a CV (no more than 2 pages), a statement of interest/motivation for the position, and the contact details of at least 2 professional references via e-mail to: gerrit.angst@bc.cas.cz.

Evaluation of applications will start immediately until the position is filled (latest 31.3.2019).
Earliest starting date will be May 2019.

Contact

Dr. Gerrit Angst
Soil & Water Research Infrastructure and Institute of Soil Biology
Biology Centre CAS
Na Sádkách 7, 370 05 České Budějovice
Czech Republic
E-mail: gerrit.angst@bc.cas.cz.

About the institution and location

The PhD study will be conducted at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Sciences at the Charles University in Prague, which is with 17 faculties and more than 50 thousand students, the biggest and oldest university in the Czech Republic (est. 1348). Practical work and research conducted during the PhD studies will be realized in close cooperation with the SoWa Research Infrastructure, a newly established part of the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, whose research predominantly addresses ecological topics. The SoWa research involves collaboration across disciplines, the use of diverse methodological approaches, and a combination of analytical and holistic approaches to problem solving. While conducting the major part of his/her PhD work at the SoWa Research Infrastructure, the successful applicant will join a vibrant team of young Scientists and Technical Assistants, working on soil organic matter dynamics in post-mining and forest soils. The SoWa labs are located in a modern facility at the edge of České Budějovice, which is a medium-sized town ca. 150 km south of Prague with 100,000 inhabitants, a relaxed atmosphere, and a growing community of foreign scientists at the University and the Biology Centre. Three faculties and five research institutes dealing with aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems are located on the same campus, allowing easy access to other researchers and resources. Both the town and the surrounding countryside provide numerous opportunities for research and leisure activities. Living costs are low by international standards. Courses of the Czech language are offered for international staff to reach a basic level of proficiency in everyday situations.

ARPPIS-DAAD PhD scholarships for study at ICIPE

Jan 17, 19
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Three-Year Doctoral Training in Insect and Related Sciences for Development

Deadline for applications: 11th February 2019

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD1) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme and African university partners, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for PhD scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS).

icipe (www.icipe.org) is an international scientific research institute, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya that works towards improving lives and livelihoods of people in Africa. The Centre’s primary objective is to research and develop alternative and environmentally-friendly pest and vector management strategies that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and which are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities. icipe’s mandate extends to the conservation and use of the abundant insect biodiversity found in Africa. icipe is the only international centre in sub-Saharan Africa working primarily on arthropods. icipe works in a holistic and integrated approach through a 4H paradigm (Human, Animal, Plant and Environmental Health) with the aim of improving the overall health of communities in tropical Africa by addressing the interlinked problems of poverty, poor health, low agricultural productivity and degradation of the environment.

ARPPIS

The primary objective of ARPPIS is to prepare young researchers from Africa to compete in an internationally competitive research environment within national, regional and international research programmes. At icipe ARPPIS scholars are provided with excellent research facilities in an interdisciplinary environment within a structured, three-year PhD programme that includes research, training, developing research partnerships, writing scientific papers and grant proposals, and attending scientific meetings and international conferences. Scholars conduct their innovative research at icipe’s laboratories and at field sites located in various agro-ecological zones.

  • Six ARPPIS-DAAD PhD scholarships are available to nationals of sub-Saharan countries for the following projects: LIST OF PROJECTS
  • The scholarships cover all costs of the PhD programme, including travel, living expenses, medical insurance, university fees and all research and training costs.
  • Successful candidates will develop a full proposal and register with an ARPPIS partner university in Africa after they start the PhD programme at icipe.
  • The ARPPIS PhD programme will commence from September 2019.

Eligibility criteria

  • The applicant must be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa. Some country restrictions apply. See LIST OF PROJECTS for more details.
  • A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum pass of second-class, upper division.
  • A Master’s degree taken with both coursework and research in the field of natural sciences or other field relevant to the PhD project.
  • The Master’s degree must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application.
  • Qualified female candidates and candidates from less privileged regions or groups as well as candidates with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Qualified nationals of French- and Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa are also encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a maximum age of 36 years (men) or 40 years (women) by 31st December 2019.
  • Additional specific entrance requirements will be considered for admission depending on the eligible PhD project(s) selected by the candidate. For information on applicant requirements for each project, go to LIST OF PROJECTS.
  • A working knowledge of English (written & spoken).
  • Completed application forms and accompanying supporting documents. Note: please start the application process as soon as possible, especially if some of the supporting documents are difficult to obtain.

Application Procedure

Full instructions and online application: LINK

Deadline

Deadline for applications: 11th February 2019

Questions

In case of any questions regarding the ARPPIS PhD programme or your application, kindly contact: Ms. Vivian Atieno, Capacity Building Officer, Capacity Building and Institutional Development Programme, icipevatieno@icipe.org Tel: +254 20 863 2272

We look forward to receiving your application.

  • DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation, and offers programmes and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education. They also represent the German higher education system abroad, promoting Germany as an academic and research destination, and help build links between institutions around the world. For more information, go to http://nairobi.daad.de/en/.

Source: http://www.icipe.org/news/arppis-daad-phd-scholarships-study-icipe

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation – International Climate Protection Fellowships – Closing 1 March 2019.

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With the International Climate Protection Fellowships, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables prospective leaders in academia and industry to implement a research-based proposal in the field of climate protection or climate-related resource conservation during a one-year stay in Germany.

Up to 20 International Climate Protection Fellowships are granted annually, funded under the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety’s (BMU) International Climate Initiative. The fellowships target prospective leaders from non-European transition and developing countries (see list of countries). Candidates draw up their own research-based proposal which they then implement in collaboration with a host in Germany. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation runs the programme in cooperation with the Federation of German Industry (BDI), the Centre for International Postgraduate Studies in Environmental Management (CIPSEM) at TU Dresden, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Renewables Academy AG (RENAC).

Submit an application, if you

  • are a future leader from a non-European transition or developing country (see list of countries)
  • are active in any of the following areas: scientific, engineering-based, legal, economic, health-related or social aspects of climate change
  • are interested in spending a year working with a host of your choice in Germany on a research-based project you have developed yourself in the field of climate protection and climate-related resource conservation

We offer you

  • a monthly fellowship of between €2,150 and €2,650, depending on your qualifications
  • individual mentoring during your stay in Germany
  • additional financial support for items such as family members accompanying you, travel expenses or a German language course
  • a three-week introductory phase, during which you will have the opportunity to make contact with other climate protection fellows and visit companies, research institutions and cultural events in Germany
  • extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career

Please see the Programme information (PDF | HTML) for details of the application requirements and fellowship specifications.

Prospective applicants who have been in Germany for more than six months at the time of the application deadline are not eligible. Applicants who have been in a country that is not on the relevant list of countries for more than 12 months are requested to contact the Humboldt Foundation (info@avh.de) before submitting an application as they may be ineligible on formal grounds.

The closing date for applications is 1 March 2019.

20 fellowships can be granted.

 

 

PhD position in Tree Ecophysiology at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany

Sep 11, 18
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A joint PhD position is available to start on January 1, 2019 at the Chair of Ecophysiology and Vegetation Ecology of the Julius-von-Sachs-Institute for Biosciences, University of Wuerzburg, Germany (https://www.biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de/bot2/startseite/) and the Ecosystem Modelling Group of the Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology (CCTB), University of Wuerzburg, Germany (https://www.biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de/cctb/research/ecosystem-modeling/). The salary will be paid according to TV-L (50% position) for the duration of three years.
Project description
Given impeding climate warming and the increase in frequency and intensity of heat waves in Central Europe, identification of tree species that can cope with these environmental pressures and understanding how they respond to drought-stress are of great importance. Although several tree physiological attributes are related to drought-stress resistance and survival after severe heat, recent studies highlight the importance of plant hydraulic traits for predicting drought-induced tree mortality and their potential to forecast species’ distribution in a changing climate. However, most plant hydraulic traits are labour-intense, hindering the compilation of large global datasets needed for the systematic inclusion of tree species in predictive mechanistic models. To fill this gap, a set of plant functional traits related to drought survival will be measured for 50 native and non-native temperate broad-leaved tree species, including structural, hydraulic, an!
atomical,  and foliar traits. The PhD candidate will characterize the drought-stress resistance of these species and search for trade-offs between vascular, hydraulic and foliar traits. These ecophysiological traits will be used to calibrate already available structurally-realistic ecophysiological models for tree growth and structural traits will be used to validate model assumptions on trait trade-offs and trait syndromes. The PhD candidate will then use the calibrated model to identify what traits or trait syndromes jointly co-evolved and to forecast tree performance under future climate scenarios.
Requirements
Applicants should hold a master or diploma degree in biology, forestry, environmental sciences, or a related discipline. Candidates with field and laboratory research experience in plant hydraulic and/or wood anatomical measurements are preferred. Advanced command of English and the ability to write scientific manuscripts is essential. Basic knowledge in mechanistic modelling and scientific programming (e.g. GIS, R, C++) is a plus. We are looking for an outstanding and highly motivated candidate, who is team-oriented and willing to learn and work independently and precisely. The University of Würzburg is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for female scientists and scholars.
Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude for the position will be favoured.
Application
Applications including a letter of motivation, research experience, CV with degree certificates and grades, and copies of publications if available should be sent by October 10, 2018 as single pdf-document to Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schuldt (bernhard.schuldt@uni-wuerzburg.de) and Prof. Dr. Juliano Sarmento Cabral (juliano.sarmento_cabral@uni-wuerzburg.de).