Ph.D. student in forest genetics

The working group “General Botany and Plants Systematics“ at the University Greifswald, northeastern Germany, is seeking a Ph.D. student in the area of boreal forest ecology and population genetics. It is one of two projects focusing on white spruce (Picea glauca) within a research training group for PhD students funded by the German Science Council (DFG) on questions about phenotypic plasticity and adaptation of trees at drought and cold limited treelines in Alaska. We will use a combined approach, including field work and tree genotying by SSR and SNP analyses in an attempt to disentangle the relationships between individual performance (measured in conjunction with the second project by dendroecological methods) and fitness (number of offspring assigned by parentage analysis).

We offer:

a doctoral researcher position (TV-L E13, 65%) funded for three years based on the regulations of the German Science Council as well as fringe benefits and generous research funding
a fully equipped molecular lab within the working group (see and, especially for field work and dendrochonology, support by an energetic and enthusiastic research working team of a cooperating group („Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics“)
a comprehensive mentoring program with supervision by a team of advisors in the framework of the structured doctoral program RESPONSE (

We are looking for a highly motivated, team-oriented candidate with a M.Sc. in a relevant field, e.g. Biology, Ecology, Population Genetics, or Forest Sciences. Necessary requirements include excellent study records, very good English skills, as well as creativity and interest to shape your own thesis project and good bioinformatics skills. Starting date is April 1st 2018.

Your contact:

Send your application materials (Cover letter, CV, publication record / awards if applicable, degree certificates) until the 19th of January 2018 as one pdf file to Incomplete applications and applications not conforming to the guidelines can not be considered. Suitable candidates might be required to provide two letters of recommendation (which can, given the short application time, as well be send later). Interviews will likely take place fromFebruary 1-3 in Greifswald, Germany. In case of questions, please contact Prof. Martin Schnittler,

Applications of women are especially encouraged. Women will be hired preferentially, given similar level of experience and excellence, all other qualifications being equal (required by German law). Handicapped applicants will be hired preferentially, given similar level of experience and excellence, all other qualifications being equal (required by German law). The legally binding text of this announcement is the German version, published under the “Stellennummer” 17/Wi23 at Greifswald University, Germany (see for English translation).