PhD position for research project "Short-rotation forestry (SRF) on organic soils carbon balance and net climate effect – Phase II"

Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences

The PhD position is embedded in the research project "Short-rotation forestry (SRF) on organic soils carbon balance and net climate effect – Phase II", funded by the Bavarian State Ministry for Food, Agriculture, and Forestry.

In compliance with the regulations for the German energy turnaround former grassland on drained peatland near Rosenheim, Bavaria, is now used for SRF. Trees grown there will provide wood chips for a future heating plant at the Federal Administration of Experimental Farms in Grub, Bavaria. The goal of the project is to determine whether short-rotation forestry can be considered an environmentally sustainable alternative for the use of fen peatlands. Taking into account the results from the study site other areas suitable for conversion into short-rotation plantations should be identified.

The PhD student will be fully responsible for manual GHG and tree growth measurements, identifying and determining drivers of GHG emissions as input parameters for GHG exchange models (e.g. groundwater dynamics, soil properties, vegetation composition etc.), as well as GHG and allometric modelling. The PhD student will be supported by a team of technicians and voluntary helpers.

The position is limited until December 31, 2020 and should be filled as soon as possible. Salary will be 50% of a TV‐L E13 position. Applications (written in English or German) including curriculum vitae, certificates, a short outline of own interests and skills regarding the position's profile, and contact information of two professional
referees received by March 6, 2017 will receive full consideration.
  • You are a highly‐motivated individual with a Master or Diploma in Environmental Sciences, Landscape Ecology, Geoecology, Earth Sciences, Biology or other relevant subject, allowing you to conduct a doctoral study at the Technische Universität München ( bewerberinnen/bewerbung/voraussetzungen/).
  • Strong background in environmental trace gas measuring techniques (e.g. Near‐Infrared (NIR) laser, infrared gas analyzers, gas chromatography, custom‐made measuring devices).
  • Good knowledge of GIS.
  • Experience in statistical modelling and data analysis, ideally with R.
  • Vegetation surveys skills are considered an asset.
  • Sense of responsibility and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Fondness for both working in the lab and field within a multi‐disciplinary and international research team.
Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences
Chair of Vegetation Ecology, Institute of Ecology and Landscape
Am Hofgarten 4
85354 Freising
Prof.Dr.rer.nat. Matthias Drösler
+49 (0)8161 86262-70
+49 (0)8161 86262-97
Code Number M222
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