Research Associate / PhD Student (Chair of Forest Growth and Woody Biomass Production)

Dresden (DE)
03 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
02 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

At the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Department Forest Sciences, Institute of Forest Growth and Forest Computer Sciences, the Chair of Forest Growth and Woody Biomass Production invites applications for the position of a

Research Associate / PhD Student
(Subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

The position is available immediately, entails 50% of the fulltime weekly hours and is fixed-term for a duration of three years. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz - WissZeitVG). The position aims at obtaining further academic qualification (e.g. PhD).

Short project description: In cooperation with State Forestry Service Mecklenburg-Pomerania, effects of global change, in particular effects of climate change and increased nitrogen deposition, will be investigated on the growth and vitality of forests in Mecklenburg-Pomerania. Monitoring data on crown condition and diverse site factors (e.g. nutrient status), which was collected since 1986, is available to the project for 59 sites, mainly stocked with Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.). The existing dataset will be extended with tree-ring data (tree-ring width and wood anatomical parameters), allowing for multifactorial analyses on numerous timely questions, e.g. how trees cope with co-occurring changes in environmental conditions, such as acidification, increased nitrogen deposition and global warming.

Tasks: Independent and cooperative scientific research activities in the field of dendrochronology (tree-ring science); Implementation of the research project, evaluation and interpretation of the results; Publication of results in scientific journals. Teaching experience can be obtained based upon interest.
Requirements: A university degree (M.Sc. or similar) in forestry, biology, geography, landscape ecology or a closely related discipline (experience with dendrochronology is useful). We are looking for first-class university graduates with good statistical knowledge (multivariate statistics), very good written and oral English language skills (knowledge of the German language is an asset), and with a high motivation and ability to accomplish intensive field and laboratory work, independently and in a team. Experience with the R programming language is desirable, as is a driver’s license (class B).
Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.

Please send your application documents (motivation letter, CV, copies of certificates, names and contacts of two references) latest 02.05.2018 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies) to: TU Dresden, Fakultät Umweltwissenschaften, Fachrichtung Forstwissenschaften, Institut für Waldwachstum und Forstliche Informatik, Professur für Waldwachstum und Produktion von Holzbiomasse, Frau Prof. Dr. M. van der Maaten-Theunissen, 01062 Dresden or preferably as a single PDF-document via the SecureMail Portal of TU Dresden ( to Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.

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