PhD position

at the Collaborative Research Centre 990,  Georg-August-Universität Goettingen

The position is in the scientific project A02 “Tree and palm water use characteristics in the working group Tropical Silviculture and Forest Ecology”.

The position will be limited to 3 years and should be filled as soon as possible. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (TV-L E13) with 65%, which corresponds to 25.87 working hours per week.

The project / your duties
Rainforest transformation alters ecosystem water cycles with respect to the magnitude of fluxes, their spatial heterogeneity and their temporal variability. We address the spatial and temporal variability in plant water use across sites as well as mechanisms controlling tree and palm water use. The methods include different sap flux techniques and an airborne screening of canopy leaf temperatures.

Your profile
•       Master’s degree in forestry, ecology or agriculture.
•       Research focus on plant ecology and eco-hydrology.
•       Proficiency in English.
•       Willingness to collaborate with other researchers of the CRC.
•       Ability to work under field conditions in the tropics.
•       Advanced knowledge in eco-physiological methods and data processing will be a plus.

The project will be based in Goettingen, but field work is done in Indonesia.

The University of Goettingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favoured.

Please send your application with the usual documents in electronic form as a single pdf-file by January 15, 2016 to Dirk Hölscher,

If you have any questions, please contact Dirk Hölscher (phone: +49 (0)551 3922121,e-mail:

The documents will be destroyed after a holding period of three months.