3 PhD students in tree-ring research / dendroclimatology

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz


3 PhD students (TV-L 13, 65%) in tree-ring research / dendroclimatology

The ERC project MONOSTAR seeks to explore tree growth at multiple sites across the Northern Hemisphere and develop forward models to explain non-stationary growth responses at regional to continental scales. The PhD students will develop and maintain networks of tree-ring and monitoring sites in North America, Europe and Asia, aggregate and analyze state-of-the-art tree-ring density chronologies, and collaborate with international teams to assess 20th century growth divergence.

We offer an exciting research atmosphere in a vibrant international team of interdisciplinary dendrochronologists and climatologists aiming towards an improved understanding of tree growth dynamics over the past decades to centuries. Working in a committed environment with access to a state-of-the-art tree-ring laboratory including radiodensitometric and wood anatomical facilities, participation as a lecturer in our bachelor and master programs, and education on conducting and disseminating scientific research in international journals, the candidates will have a unique opportunity to develop their research abilities.

The deadline for applications is March 10th, 2021. Later applications will be considered until the positions are filled. Please send your application including a CV and certifications as a single PDF to Heike Zimmer-Zachmann (hzimmerz@uni-mainz.de). Applicants are asked to specify their desired starting date and provide contact details of 1-2 academic referees. In case of questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Jan Esper (esper@uni-mainz.de). The Johannes Gutenberg University is committed to increase the proportion of women in science and therefore encourages female students to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered if equally qualified.


We are searching for highly motivated students ready to conduct field work in Northern Hemisphere tree-line environments and learn X-ray-based wood density measurement techniques. Ideal candidates already gained knowledge in dendrochronology and/or natural proxy archives, and are interested to produce and assess large tree-ring density and environmental monitoring datasets. An excellent university degree (Master of Science or equivalent) in geography, climatology or related field is required.

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Geographisches Institut
Becherweg 21
55099 Mainz
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