The Department of Spatial Structures and Digitization of Forest at the Faculty of Forest Science and Forest Ecology at the Georg-August-University, Göttingen is looking to fill the position of a post-doc (100%) (all genders welcome).

This position should be filled as soon as possible with a limited contract until 30.04.2026. Salary: Pay grade 13 TV-L.

Position`s duties and what we offer:
Numerous studies have found negative or positive effects of forest management on biodiversity, but a causal explanation for these contradicting results is lacking. One reason might be that relationships between forest structure, the microclimate and its effect on biodiversity has poorly been studied in the past because of the difficulty to describe the three-dimensional (3D) structure of a forest stand. The novel laser scanning technique is able to fill this gap by deriving quantitative, 3D data on forest structure and its complexity at high resolution. This is particularly promising because all animals live in a 3D physical habitat, which is directly tied to the microclimate. In this context, it is important to investigate the effects of different forest management practices, as well as interventions to increase heterogeneity between stands, on local microclimate and its effects on biodiversity.

This project will quantify (i) the structural changes caused by management interventions to increase the structural complexity of forests, (ii) which microclimatic properties are affected by these changes, (iii) how structural complexity of forest stands changes over time including the role of forest regeneration development, and (iv) whether recently developed indices of structural complexity can be used as proxies for changes in microclimatic conditions.

We focus on the relationship between structural complexity and microclimate for mechanistically understanding the relationship between forest structure heterogeneity and biodiversity. In addition to these tasks, the post-doc working in this subproject will provide silvicultural conclusions for forestry practice and the transfer of knowledge to forest management in close cooperation with the synthesis post-doc, who mainly works on an analytical basis.

What we are looking for:
We are looking for candidates with deeper interest in both, 3D laser scanning and 3D measurements of the microclimatic conditions. In addition, we seek a candidate who is familiar with forest management approaches and analytical skills. You should enjoy field work, analyzing the 3D data and transferring results into practice, a driving license is a prerequisite. The prerequisite for employment is a completed master’s degree in the subject of Geography, Biology, Forestry or closely related subjects. You should possess a solid track record of publications and an excellent PhD. We offer you a pleasant working environment in Göttingen, team spirit and great support by the team (Prof. Dominik Seidel, Prof. Bernhard Schuldt, Prof. Christian Ammer) and a unique dataset to work with.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.
Please send your application with the usual documents (Motivation, CV, relevant Certificates) in electronic form as a single PDF to dseidel@gwdg.de. Application deadline is May 19th 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Prof. Dr. Dominik Seidel
E-mail: dseidel [at] gwdg.de

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