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 studies forest resource availability and optimal procedures for their use. The research group “Stand Dynamics and Silviculture” is presently offering a
PhD position in old-growth forest dynamics
The PhD aims at explaining the extreme dominance of beech in the large old-growth forest of Uholka-Shyrokyi Luh in the Ukrainian Carpathians. The PhD student will investigate processes such as seed dispersal, growth and mortality of beech and of its competitors. You will complement existing inventory data with targeted sampling campaigns and make use of statistical and simulation models. You will publish your research findings in international journals and participate in scientific conferences. More information about the project is available under: www.wsl.ch/fe/waldressourcen/dossiers/ukraine/index_EN.
You have a Master degree in Environmental Sciences, Forest Sciences, Biology or a related field, and strong interest in forest dynamics. In your work, you employ a rigid scientific approach and are highly motivated to analyze data with sophisticated statistical methods. Good communication and organization skills, an excellent team spirit and good command of English are fundamental. You are also ready to acquire a basic knowledge of the Ukrainian and German language. The position also requires extended stays in the western Ukraine and includes intense field work in remote wilderness areas. Familiarity with GIS and R would be an asset.
Please send your complete application toMonika Lips, Human Resources WSL, Zuercherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland. Dr. Peter Brang, tel. +41 (0)44 739 24 86 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, will be happy to answer your questions or provide further information. WSL strives to increase to proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply.