Research Associate / PhD Student in Forest Hydrology (m/f/x)

Dresden, Sachsen (DE)
12 Jun 2024
10 Jul 2024
Fixed Term
Part Time

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At the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Department of Forest Sciences, Institute of Soil Science and Site Ecology, the Chair of Forest Sites and Hydrology offers a position as

Research Associate / PhD Student in forest hydrology (m/f/x)

(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

starting October 1, 2024. The position is limited to three years which entails 50% of the full-time weekly hours. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz - WissZeitVG). The position aims at obtaining further academic qualification (usually PhD).

The Chair of Forest Sites and Hydrology represents the field matter and water cycling in forests. Research focuses on the challenges of global change for establishment, transformation and management of forests linked to matter and water cycles.

Tasks: Scientific teaching and research activities. The aim of this PhD position is to contribute to research focusing on isotope (eco)hydrology with a focus on water and isotope fluxes through forest ecosystems. Tasks encompass field data collection of all relevant ecohydrological fluxes and a model-based assessment of water cycling through forests with a strong emphasis on hydro-climatic extremes (e.g., droughts). Within this research field, the PhD will be able to further develop their own scientific profile, e. g. through courses offered by TUD’s graduate academy; as well as independently supervise BSc/MSc students.

Requirements: university degree in hydrosciences, (eco)hydro(geo)logy, forest ecology, geoscience (or related fields); preferably with some field and/or lab experience; proven experience in working in diverse teams, scientific publishing skills (see required documents), interest or experience in (eco)hydrological modelling; basic knowledge of German is desirable. A driver’s license is mandatory.

We offer: an inspiring, international working environment with state-of-the-art (soil) hydrological and isotopic analytical tools; attractive working conditions and opportunities for further professional development at TUD; flexible working hours and the possibility to combine family and career.

For questions, please get in touch with Prof. Dr. Natalie Orlowski (

TUD strives to employ more women in academia and research. We therefore expressly encourage women to apply. The University is a certified family-friendly university and offers a Dual Career Service. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. If multiple candidates prove to be equally qualified, those with disabilities or with equivalent status pursuant to the German Social Code IX (SGB IX) will receive priority for employment.

Please submit your detailed application (incl. cover letter, CV, written example of an English publication e.g., BSc. or MSc. thesis or first publication, certificates, diplomas, and the names and contact details of two references) by July 10, 2024 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service or the time stamp on the email server of TUD applies) to: TU Dresden, Fakultät für Umweltwissenschaften, Fachrichtung Forstwissenschaften, Institut für Bodenkunde und Standortslehre, Professur für Waldstandorte und Wasserhaushalt, Prof. Dr. Natalie Orlowski, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden, Germany or via the TUD SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf file 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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