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 Dynamics explores the functional significance of forest diversity with respect to the ecology of managed and unmanaged forests and evaluates future forest development in temperate regions and high mountain systems. From 1 April 2018, the Research Group Dendrosciences offers a position for 2 years as
Postdoc Oxygen Isotopes in Tree Rings
You will coordinate and conduct a project that aims at seamlessly disentangling leaf water and source water signals in oxygen isotope records of tree rings for their ultimate use as climatic and tree physiological proxy. To achieve this aim, you will build upon a unique, already existing data set of precipitation, soil, xylem and needle water measured at our long-term monitoring site Lötschental/Swiss Alps. In addition you will produce a well-replicated set of highly resolved tree-ring records, and conduct an irrigation experiment with glacier water. Combining this great set of empirical data with the most advanced mechanistic isotope models will allow you to gain unrivalled integrated insight into the pathways and environmental dependencies of tree-ring signals. You will be part of a lively interdisciplinary team of inter-/national scientists, present your results at international conferences and publish in ISI-journals.
You have a PhD in environmental sciences or related disciplines, and corresponding publication record. You have knowledge of the mechanisms of isotope fractionation along the atmosphere-soil-plant continuum, and good experience in applying statistical and mechanistic models. You enjoy field and lab work, data analysis and writing. Teamwork within the group and with project partners requires very good spoken and written English language skills. You work self-dependent, structured, innovative and are communicative and team oriented.
Please send your complete application to Stefania Pe, Human Resources WSL. Dr. Kerstin Treydte, phone +41 (0)44 739 2662, 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.