Our Group Functional Ecology of Plants is interested in a broad range of ecological questions, from the level of plant organs to the scale of populations or evenecosystems. Particular emphasis is paid to the direct connection between these different levels of integration:
We invite applications for a 3-year PhD position (E13, 65%) in a DFG-funded project addressing ecophysiological limitations for germination and seedling performance of a range of tree species at the alpine treeline. The goal of the project is to understand the processes that determine treeline dynamics in different tree species, distinguishing generalised and species-specific responses. Approaches used include field and laboratory germination experiments, field experiments with small seedlings, and various ecophysiological measurements (growth, chemistry, chlorophyll fluorescence). The position is based in Oldenburg, northern Germany, and involves extensive fieldwork in the French Alps.
The successful applicant will hold an MSc-degree or equivalent in Biology or a related discipline and have an interest and, preferably, experience in plant ecophysiology and ecology and/or seed and seedling biology. Further requirements include an analytical and critical mindset, the ability to work independently in potentially harsh field conditions, good English oral and writing skills and a willingness to learn French.
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