The selected candidate will be encouraged to develop original research involving field, lab, or greenhouse experiments to understand local plant and soil community responses (notably tree seedlings and understory moss vegetation) to extrinsic disturbance factors, such as fire, forest management or climate warming, and the resulting consequences for ecosystem attributes, plant-microbial interactions and soil processes.
We seek a highly motivated individual with good communication skills in English, both written and verbal, and a strong work ethic. We seek a group member who is capable of developing scientific publications targeted towards international journals. The applicant should provide evidence for their capacity to do this in their CV and/or cover letter. We also seek someone with good interpersonal skills, who can work in both a team context and independently to develop research projects and execute experimental work. We are searching for someone with a PhD in an Ecology or Applied Ecology related field, with emphasis in subjects such as plant community ecology, soil ecology, microbial ecology, and/or forestry. Previous research lab-, greenhouse or field-work experience in forested ecosystems and vegetation ecology, as well as experience in measuring soil properties and processes, plant community variables (e.g. composition, plant growth and physiological response, etc.) and/or microbial associations (e.g. cyanobacteria, fungi) is desirable. The position is intended for junior scientists and we are preferably looking for applicants that have received their PhD not later than three years ago.