Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany.

The Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management Group, part of TUM’s School of Life Sciences, offers a Postdoc position studying the effects of compound climatic extremes on tree regeneration.

 Application deadline 27 June 2021.

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of young scientists. The Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management Group (https://edfm.wzw.tum.de), part of TUM’s School of Life Sciences, focuses on understanding the impacts of global change on forest ecosystems. We apply a wide range of methods, from experimentation, empirical research and landscape modeling to remote sensing and artificial intelligence. In the context of a collaborative research project funded by the European Research Council we offer a Postdoc position studying the effects of compound climatic extremes on tree regeneration.


Your tasks

You will contribute to a better understanding of how extreme events (e.g., drought, late frost) limit the success of tree regeneration under current and future environmental conditions. To that end you will
  • conduct an experiment on the effect of climatic extremes on tree seedlings across an elevation gradient from the submontane to the subalpine elevation belt,
  • replicate and extend the experiment (e.g., with regard to future climate conditions) in next generation walk-in climate chambers (http://www.tummesa.de/en/)
  • analyze the interactive effect of climatic extremes on regeneration success and failure for different tree species
  • scale experimental findings up in space and time using simulation modeling to understand implications on the assembly of future tree communities, and
  • publish results in international peer-reviewed journals.

Your profile

  • Excellent PhD in experimental ecology, extreme events ecology, disturbance ecology or a related field

  • Experience with conducting experiments in situ as well as in controlled environments (climate chambers) 

  • An understanding of mountain forest ecology is a plus

  • Experience with using ecosystem models is beneficial

  • Team player, excited about future forest development

  • Willingness to publish and present research at workshops and conferences

  • Prior experience in collaborative research settings is beneficial

  • Fluency in English

We offer

  • work within a multidisciplinary research group at the frontier of the field

  • the possibility to further develop your research agenda within an international network of collaborators

  • a diverse and inclusive work environment

  • flexibility with regard to office solutions and working hours


The position is available from October 1st 2021 onwards. It is a full-time position for two years, with an option for a one-year extension. The salary is based on group TV-L E13 of the payment scheme for the German public sector. Place of work is Freising, Germany.
 
The Technical University of Munich is committed to equal opportunity and diversity. TUM aims for an increase of the proportion of women, and women are therefore especially encouraged to apply for the position. Applications from people with disabilities / special needs will be considered preferentially.

 

Please send your application before June 27th 2021 to:
Technical University Munich
Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management Group
Ms Violeta Aramayo
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2 85354 Freising
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For questions related to the project and description of work feel free to contact Rupert Seidl (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


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