PhD Student Mountain/Alpine Soils and Global Warming, Zurich
Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ART
A PhD position is open for an enthusiastic person interested in the response of high elevation grassland ecosystems to global warming. You will be working in the Air Pollution / Climate Group at Agroscope Reckenholz-Tдnikon Research station ART (http://www.art.admin.ch), one out of three Swiss Federal Research Stations for Agriculture. We are an interdisciplinary group of 15-20 scientists (head Prof. J. Fuhrer) working on the issues of global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, and ecosystem responses to disturbances and use both field experiments and simulation models. The Air Pollution / Climate Group participates in several European research activities.
The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The goal is to understand key drivers of soil organic matter accumulation and turnover at higher elevations in order to reduce uncertainties in the estimate of their response to global warming. This will be achieved by taking soil and plant samples along elevation gradients both below and above the treeline. Several analytical methods (isotopes, spectroscopy, respiration measurements) will be applied to improve the understanding of site characteristics and residue quality on organic matter turnover.
The successful candidate will be supervised at ART in Zurich and participate in the PhD-programme of the University of Zurich (group Prof. M.W.I. Schmidt).
We are looking for a result-driven person with:
a university degree (Master, Diploma) in Physical Geography, Environmental Sciences, Ecology or Agriculture with focus on soils
first experience with lab and/or field experiments
affinity with experimental equipment
good English writing and presentation skills
Basic GIS skills are an advantage
Date of entry: as soon as possible
Conditions of employment
Three-year appointment at ART
Estimated mean annual salary: CHF 34’000 – 40’000
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Working place: Zurich
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:
Dr. Jens Leifeld
Telephone number: +41 44 3777 510
Please apply for this job before 20-April-2007 by sending your application including letter of motivation, CV, and name and address of 2 potential referees to:
Agroscope Reckenholz-Tдnikon Researech Station ART
Acknowledgement of applications will not be made. Potential candidates will be contacted for interviews by end of April.
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