Germany : PhD Position in Dynamic Vegetation Modelling

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The Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) has been founded by the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, and additional partners. It is funded by the Federal State of Hessen through its Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE). The mission of the centre is to carry out internationally outstanding research on the interactions of biodiversity and climate change at the organism level.

The Data and Modelling Centre (Research Area E) of BiK-F invites applications for a

PhD position in dynamic vegetation modelling
(Ref. #E39)

to contribute to the âœLimpopo Living Landscapes†project, funded within the SPACES initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The position is subject to prior budgetary approval, which will be expected within the next weeks.
The project aims to understand the combined effects of land use and climate change on rangeland vegetation, biodiversity and rural livelihoods in the Limpopo Province, South Africa, and to identify farm and policy level intervention strategies that support rural livelihoods and the natural resources. Subproject 1 will adjust the next-generation dynamic vegetation model aDGVM2 for the study region and combine the model with land use models to project future vegetation dynamics and sustainable management policies.

Your tasks:
Improve the description of vegetation and biodiversity in the dynamic vegetation model aDGVM2
Adjust and benchmark the aDGVM2 for the Limpopo Province
Project future vegetation state, biodiversity and biome boundaries in the study region
Cooperate with partners of the “Limpopo Living Landscapes†project

Your profile:
Masters or diploma in biology, ecology, physics, mathematics, geography or related fields
Interest or experience in dynamic vegetation modelling and plant ecology
Experience in programming (preferentially C++) and high performance computing are an advantage
Good skills in written and oral English

Salary and benefits are in accordance with a public service position in Germany (TV-H E13, 65%).  The contract shall start March, 1st 2014 and will be limited to a 3-year term. The Senckenberg Research Institute supports equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The type of handicap should not prevent work needed to conduct the research. The duty station will be Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung.

Please send your application before January, 15th 2014 preferably by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document), mentioning the reference of this position (Ref. #E39) and including a letter outlining your suitability for the post, a detailed CV, and, if available, publications to the address below.

Dr. Johannes Heilmann
Administrative Director
c/o Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main

Further Information

Application Deadline : 15 January 2014


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