Ph.D. student in Treeline ecology

The working group “Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics” at the University Greifswald, Germany, lead by Prof. Martin Wilmking, is seeking a Ph.D. student in the area of boreal forest ecology / dendrochronology. You will work within a German Science Council (DFG) funded project on questions about phenotypic plasticity and adaptation of trees at drought and cold limited treelines in Alaska. You will be using a combined approach of field work, dendro-ecology (especially wood anatomy), common garden experiments and germination trials in controlled climatic condition.

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 generous research funding
  • a highly communicative working atmosphere within a scientific network providing top-level research facilities. We run the state-of-the art dendroecological laboratory “DendroGreif” and a general ecological lab. For more comprehensive information on our research group and equipment, please see:

  • support by an energetic and enthusiastic research team in Greifswald and in the field.
  • 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, Landscape Ecology, Physical Geography, Forest Sciences. Necessary requirements include excellent study records, very good English skills, a valid driver’s license, as well as creativity and interest to shape your own thesis project and very solid statistical skills. Field work in remote areas and under harsh conditions is a requirement of this position. Prior experience in dendroecology is an asset.

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 will not be considered. Suitable candidates might be required to provide two letters of recommendation. Interviews will take place February 1-3 in Greifswald, Germany. In case of questions, please contact Prof. Martin Wilmking,

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.