PhD position in seedling development research at Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany

PhD position in seedling development research at Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany

Jun 09, 17
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The Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use at the Georg-August-University Göttingen in Germany, is currently inviting applications for

1 PhD position in seedling development research (65% E 13 TVL)


within the new Research Training Group (RTG) 2300 ‘Enrichment of European beech forests with conifers: impacts of functional traits on ecosystem functioning’, starting on October 1, 2017. The position is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for 3 years.

The highly interdisciplinary Research Training Group addresses ecosystem functioning of mixed forests. One possibility to meet the challenge of contrasting societal demands in forest management may be to establish mixed forest stands composed of locally occurring native tree species and highly productive tree species growing outside of their native range. Here we focus on European temperate forests. In more detail European beech forests and mixtures of European beech (Fagus sylvatica, native in Europe) and Norway spruce (Picea abies, native in Europe) and European beech and Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii, non-native in Europe) will be studied. It is hypothesized that mixtures of European beech with conifers show higher functional diversity than pure European beech stands, resulting in changing ecosystem functioning.

The Research Training Group offers an aspiring academic environment of joint supervision and a structured study program, consisting of methodologically oriented interdisciplinary research seminars, skills courses, as well as including a career enhancement program for female PhD students. It involves working groups from silviculture and forest botany, plant ecology, soil sciences, animal ecology, zoology and wildlife sciences, forest modelling and spatial and temporal statistics. For more information, please visit www.uni- The advertised position is located in the forest structure and forest regeneration   group   of   Dr.   Peter   Annighöfer   (

The subproject of the RTG is titled ‘Resource availability and seedling establishment’. The main goal of this subproject is to quantitatively assess the impact of mature tree species composition and density, and of soil properties on tree seedling establishment, growth and biomass partitioning, i.e. studying indicative response traits of the seedlings to a varying above- and belowground resource availability.

By the time of appointment, the successful candidate will already have completed a very good M.Sc. degree (minimum 2.0 on the German grade scale or equivalent) in ecological sciences, biological sciences, forest sciences, or a related field with skills/knowledge in ecological concepts, statistics, programming and ecological fieldwork. Fluency in English is required, as well as the willingness of foreign applicants to learn some German.

The Georg-August-University 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. Further, the University firmly intends to raise the number of disabled persons in its employment. In the case of equally qualified applicants, disabled persons will be preferentially considered.

To apply for this position, please upload your application via the online application site Further application details are available on that webpage. The closing date for applications is June 30, 2017.

Contact: provisional coordinator Prof. Dr. Michael Bredemeier (


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