PhD positions in tree biodiversity-ecosystem functioning (BEF) research

18 positions for doctoral researchers offered

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and its partner universities Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) and University of Leipzig (UL) in cooperation with the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) are jointly starting the new International Research Training Group "TreeDì - Tree Diversity Interactions: The role of tree-tree interactions in local neighborhoods in Chinese subtropical forests". Each 9 positions will be offered to German and Chinese side. For more informations about "TreeDi" see

Offered research activities

  • Cutting-edge research projects in one of the largest tree diversity experiments
  • Outstanding and integrative research environment offering many networking opportunities
  • Individual supervision by internationally recognized scientists in BEF research
  • Tailored international qualification programme

Requirements/expected profile

  • M.Sc degree in ecology, environmental science or a related discipline
  • Very good ecological knowledge and great interest in forest biodiversity research
  • Good quantitative and statistical skills
  • Fluent in English communication, including writing and speaking. Knowledge of German and/or
  • Chinese is an advantage
  • Motivated to be a proactive team player in an international research consortium.
  • Applicants must be prepared to spend substantial time abroad for field work and lab visits
  • Willingness to work under subtropical field conditions. Field work experience would be advantageous.

Applications are accepted until 31 January, 2018, 12:00 Central European Time

For detailed informations about the applications see or





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