Tailored opportunities: PhD position in silviculture and forest ecology


The Forest Management Group at ETH Zurich is a dynamic and young team that is engaged in teaching and research of multifunctional silvicultural concepts. We offer world-class facilities in a relaxing work atmosphere in the heart of Zurich with lots of opportunities for national and international collaboration. The Forest Management group seeks to appoint, by 1 July 2018 or by mutual agreement, a PhD Student in Silviculture and Forest Ecology to study the interactive effects of species mixture and forest management on tree growth and stand productivity at diverse spatiotemporal scales along environmental gradients. You will combine long-term forest inventory data and annually resolved tree-ring data from sites covering a large gradient of productivity and environmental conditions in Switzerland to assess the dynamic complementarity effects of mixed forests across a range of spatial and temporal resolutions. You will identify the different temporal scales at which species mixing influences tree growth, stand productivity, and provide crucial information on the mixture processes that are needed for the management of mixed-species forests under a range of environmental conditions. You will publish your results in international scientific journals and present them at conferences. You will closely collaborate with the “Stand Dynamics and Silviculture” group at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and with the Forest Ecology Group at ETH Zurich.
You hold a Master’s degree in forest science or a related field in ecology. You ideally have already gained field experience and have some experience in data analysis and statistical modelling (preferably in R) of ecological data. You have excellent written and oral communication skills in English; knowledge of German or French is an asset. Furthermore, you are a team-oriented person with good communication skills and you are used to working independently and in a well-organized way.
Deadline for application is 29 April 2018
We look forward to receiving your online application in English or German including cover letter explaining your interests, a comprehensive CV, list of publications (if available), diploma transcripts (BSc/MSc) from which the grades are evident, and the names and addresses (including e-mail) of three reference persons. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal.
For further information please contact the group leader Dr. Mathieu Lévesque by e-mail: mathieu.levesque[at]usys.ethz.ch (no applications) or visit our website: http://www.wm.ethz.ch.

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