PhD position on Forest Vulnerability to Repeated Climatic Stress (3 years)

100%, Zurich, temporary

Grassland Sciences is a vibrant and international working group at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences at ETH Zurich. We conduct research on ecophysiology and biogeochemistry at different levels, from single plants to ecosystems.

Job description

The Project “FEVER (Forest Vulnerability to Extreme and Repeated Climatic Stress)” focuses on understanding the response of Swiss forests to frequent heat events. The project will combine data-synthesis and observations (eddy covariance, stable isotopes, sap flux) to bring new insights into the ecophysiological response of trees and the ecosystem as a whole, to repeated climatic stress (i.e. heat events).

Your profile

We are looking for a dynamic, reliable, and highly motivated student with a M.Sc. degree in agricultural or environmental sciences, micrometeorology, ecophysiology, physics, or related disciplines. The PhD student should be enthusiastic about understanding ecophysiological feedbacks between vegetation and climate and be willing to carry out regular fieldwork in the forest. Good statistical skills, experience with large data sets, and programming experience (e.g. in R, Matlab, or Python) are highly beneficial. Driving license and English language proficiency are required.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: CV, copies of all Bachelor and Master certificates and transcripts, letter of motivation, and reference letters. Please apply exclusively via the online application portal. Applications sent by e-mail or post will not be considered. The evaluation process will start on the 1st of September 2019 and will last until the position is filled. Salaries and benefits are paid in accordance with the standards of ETH Zurich.

Further information about the Grassland Sciences group can be found on our website: Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Mana Gharun: (no applications).


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