Tailored opportunities: Post Doc in Forest Ecology -Switzerland


The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is a part of the ETH domain. Approximately 500 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.

The research unit Forest Resources and Management analyses the state and development in forests. Within the framework of “Forest reserve research” the group “Stand Dynamics and Silviculture” is looking per August 2018 for a two-year.
The postdoc candidate will examine the Swiss-wide long-term monitoring data collected on over 170 permanent plots in 49 forest reserves with a focus on forest dynamic processes. This data set is unique due to its long observation period of up to 60 years and the wide range of ecological conditions and forest types covered. You will combine the terrestrial data set with information derived from remote sensing and link your findings to existing succession theories. You will have the possibility to contribute to scientific proposal writing, present results at conferences and publish in international scientific journals. The candidate will closely collaborate with the forest reserve research team at WSL and the forest ecology group at ETH Zurich.


Applicants should hold a PhD in forest science or a related field in ecology with a corresponding publication record. You have excellent knowledge of forest ecology, data analysis and statistical modelling with R. Experience with empirical and dynamic modelling, remote sensing or spatial ecology would be an advantage. Excellent written and oral communication skills in Englisch are necessary, knowledge of German or French is an asset. Furthermore, you are a team-oriented person with good communication skills, and used to work independently and in a well-organized way.


Deadline for application is 25 April 2018


Please send your complete application to Stefania Pe, Human Resources WSL on this application portal. The evaluation process will start April 25, 2018. Dr. Martina Hobi (martina.hobi@wsl.ch), and Dr. Peter Brang (peter.brang@wsl.ch) will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.

For more information on the project   https://www.wsl.ch/en/forest/biodiversity-conservation-and-primeval-forests/natural-forest-reserves.html

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Author: African Academic/Researcher

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