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Post-doctoral position on functioning and resilience of mixed-species forests

Post-doctoral position on functioning and resilience of mixed-species forests

SLU Alnarp, Sweden

 

 

Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

The Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre is part of the Faculty of Forest Sciences and located in Alnarp. It is a leading research group regarding forest ecology and management, and it cooperates with national and international projects related to different silvicultural systems, forest inventory and planning, forest production, nature conservation and natural resource economics. The Department has an international character both in research and teaching. It currently has about 50 employees, including approximately 25 scientists and 15 postgraduates. We are now recruiting a person who will work within the ERA-NET SUMFOREST project REFORM. This project consortium consists of 12 partners from 10 European countries, and aims at developing silvicultural prescriptions for mixed species stands that are highly resistant and resilient to biotic and abiotic disturbances.

 

Duties:

A better understanding of functioning and resilience of mixed forests has the potential to accommodate measures in forestry for adaptation of forest management, mitigate climate change and to increase biodiversity. It is known that functional complementarity associated with higher diversity may increase productivity in terrestrial ecosystems, but knowledge about casual relationships behind these effects in many different forest types is still basically unknown. This project will work with mixtures and monocultures of spruce and pine, oak and pine, and beech and pine. These plots are established within triplets along gradients through Europe. The project will also utilize national forest inventory data and various eco-physiological methods. This post-doc will work within the European research team of REFORM and is expected to initiate, plan and lead research, write scientific articles and supervise graduate students.

Qualifications:

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years at most.
The applicant should hold a PhD in forest ecology, silviculture or similar. The applicant should also have experience of field work, data handling and mathematical tools for the evaluation of large data sets. Emphasis is placed on personal characteristics such as interpersonal skills, analytical and problem-solving skills as well as the ability to work independently.

 

More information to be found here

Location: 
SLU Alnarp, SE
Deadline: 
01/10/2017

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