Treeline Ecology and Spatial Analysis: Post-Doctoral Research Position

slflogoApplications are invited for a post-doctoral position in treeline ecology and spatial analysis. The successful candidate will work primarily on analyzing existing long-term ecological data from the Stillberg treeline research site in Davos, Switzerland and on publishing results from this analysis. The goals of the project include an improved understanding of tree growth at treeline and the role of subalpine forests in avalanche protection. Available data sets include monitoring data of a systematic afforestation with 92’000 trees planted in 1975 and a large number of spatially and temporally high resolution data of climate and other environmental variables. Depending on the interests of the candidate, she or he will complement these unique data sets with additional experiments.

Candidates should have expertise in spatial analysis with GIS, strong statistical and writing skills and interest in treeline ecology. A background in dendroecology and/or spatial modelling would be an asset. A completed (or imminent) Ph.D. in forest ecology or a closely related field is required.

Our group is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, SLF in Davos. This position is funded for two years with a possibility for a third year of funding. The salary is approximately 66’000 CHF per year.

To apply, please submit your application (cover letter describing your background and interest in the position and your CV including photo and list of publications) using reference number 594 to Mrs. Madleine Oberhänsli, Human Resources SLF, Flüelastrasse 11,7260 Davos Dorf, Switzerland. For further information please contact Dr. Peter Bebi, SLF, e-mail: b… tel. ++41 81 417 02 73.