PhD student position in Tropical and Functional Ecology

Betreuer: Bettina Engelbrecht

The Tropical and Functional Ecology group at the Plant Ecology department in the University of Bayreuth (Germany) anticipates a 3 year Doctoral Researcher position (65% TV-L E13) starting in March/April 2017, funded by DFG. The doctoral researcher will participate in a research project on drought and land use effects on grassland ecosystems, through the study of functional traits and their link to plant species vulnerability and distribution.

Candidate’s qualifications: (1) M. Sc. Degree (or diploma) in Ecology, plant sciences, environmental sciences, or equivalent, (2) methodological knowledge and experience in plant physiological ecology and experimental field research, (3) a strong statistical background, (4) good oral and written communication (English is required, German a plus), (5) skills and desire to communicate and interact with other scientists.

The project will be based at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. People with disabilities will be taken into consideration. The University aims to increase the proportion of women and therefore explicitly invites women to apply.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Bettina Engelbrecht ( or Dr. Leonor Alvarez-Cansino (, and send a PDF file with: interest letter, CV, copy of your BSc and MSc records, and contacts of three references. The application review process will start October 17th. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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