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  • From: <chaloupkovam AT fld.czu.cz>
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  • Subject: [ITRDBFOR] PhD positions Forest Ecology CULS in Prague
  • Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:14:55 -0400 (EDT)

Two Ph.D. positions in forest ecology
Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague
We are seeking two highly motivated Ph.D. researchers to join our team within
the Forest Dynamics Lab of the Department of Forest Ecology, Czech University
of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic. Our current research is focused on
how disturbance regimes drive structural variability, carbon dynamics, and
biodiversity at stand and landscape scales in primary mountain forests in
central and eastern Europe.
Despite the long history of land use, this region of Europe still has
extensive remnants of primary mountain forests, particularly in the Carpathian
and Dinaric mountain ranges. The large sub-continental region covered by the
current research project includes the two dominant forest types in Europe,
Norway spruce and mixed broad-leaf forests dominated by European beech. The
aim of the current project is to quantify how disturbances influence forest
structure, C dynamics, biodiversity and the multiple pathways of stand
development that contribute to complex structure across these two forest
types. Based on a unique set of established plots across several forest
landscapes, detailed reconstructions of past disturbance histories will allow
us to quantify spatio-temporal structural patterns and C dynamics along forest
development pathways at stand, local, and landscape levels, as well as across
environmental and climatic gradients.
The activities, together with our team, will include field work, laboratory
processing of samples (mainly tree cores), statistically analyzing data,
compiling results, and preparing peer-reviewed publications in international
science journals. Two positions are available: 1) Forest Ecology Ph.D. - the
first position will focus on reconstructing disturbance histories using tree
ring data and examining links with current forest structure, composition, and
indicators of biodiversity. This position will include field work; 2)
Dendroecology Ph.D. - the second position will focus more on dendroecological
analyses of existing tree ring data (current database of 20,000 tree cores
from 1000 forest plots across the study region) to examine links between tree
growth and abiotic and biotic factors. Although the candidate for the second
position is not expected to participate in field-work, there will be
opportunities to visit impressive locations of old-growth forests across the
region.
We are a young and energetic research team with close collaborations with
international partners. Opportunities exist for exchange visits and meetings.
To obtain more information about our team, visit
http://scholar.google.cz/citations?user=DaBJTM4AAAAJ
Applicants should have a MSc (or equivalent) in environmental or related
sciences (biology, ecology, geography, forest sciences), and good English
communication and writing skills. Ideal candidates would have strong
analytical skills, experience with large datasets and R, and some past
experience working with tree rings, particularly for the second position. Both
positions include a monthly salary of 800 Euros.
Applications: Please indicate which position you are applying for and attach a
CV listing your skills and qualifications. Applicants should also provide a
short statement outlining why they believe themselves to be suitable for the
above positions, as well as contact information for at least one reference.
Applications are due by May 15th, 2017, and successful candidates would start
in October 2017.
Send the application by email to both of the following contacts:
Miroslav Svoboda, Email:
svobodam AT fld.czu.cz
Thomas A. Nagel, Email:
tom.nagel AT bf.uni-lj.si
Postal address: Czech University of Life Science, Faculty of Forestry and Wood
Science, Kamycka 129, Praha 6 Suchdol, 16521, Czech Republic


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