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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Faculty of Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­ces, Depart­ment Forest Sci­en­ces, Insti­tute of Forest Growth and Forest Com­pu­ter Sci­en­ces, Chair of Forest Growth and Woody Bio­mass Pro­duc­tion

The TU Dres­den is one of ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an “excel­lence uni­ver­sity”. TUD has about 36.500 stu­dents and almost 5319 employees, 507 pro­fes­sors among them, and, thus, is the lar­gest uni­ver­sity in Sax­ony, today.

Having been com­mit­ted to sci­en­ces and the engi­nee­ring before the reuni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many, TU Dres­den now is a multi-disci­pline uni­ver­sity, also offe­ring huma­nities and social sci­en­ces as well as medi­cine.

Rese­arch Asso­ciate / PhD Stu­dent

(Sub­ject to per­so­nal qua­li­fi­ca­tion employees are remu­n­e­ra­ted accord­ing to salary group E 13 TV-L)
The posi­tion is avail­able imme­dia­tely, ent­ails 50% of the full­time weekly hours and is fixed-term for a dura­tion of three years. The period of employ­ment is gover­ned by the Fixed Term Rese­arch Con­tracts Act (Wis­sen­schafts­zeit­ver­trags­ge­setz - Wiss­ZeitVG). The posi­tion aims at obtai­ning fur­ther aca­de­mic qua­li­fi­ca­tion (e.g. PhD).
Short pro­ject descrip­tion: In coope­ra­tion with State Fore­stry Ser­vice Meck­len­burg-Pome­ra­nia, effects of glo­bal change, in par­ti­cu­lar effects of cli­mate change and increa­sed nitro­gen depo­si­tion, will be inves­ti­ga­ted on the growth and vita­lity of forests in Meck­len­burg-Pome­ra­nia. Moni­to­ring data on crown con­di­tion and diverse site fac­tors (e.g. nut­ri­ent sta­tus), which was collec­ted since 1986, is avail­able to the pro­ject for 59 sites, mainly sto­cked with Scots pine (Pinus syl­ves­tris L.) and Euro­pean beech (Fagus syl­va­tica L.). The exis­ting data­set will be exten­ded with tree-ring data (tree-ring width and wood ana­to­mi­cal para­me­ters), allo­wing for mul­ti­fac­to­rial ana­ly­ses on nume­rous timely ques­ti­ons, e.g. how trees cope with co-occur­ring chan­ges in envi­ron­men­tal con­di­ti­ons, such as aci­di­fi­ca­tion, increa­sed nitro­gen depo­si­tion and glo­bal war­ming.

Work­ing field:

Inde­pen­dent and coope­ra­tive sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch activi­ties in the field of den­d­ro­chro­no­logy (tree-ring sci­ence); Imple­men­ta­tion of the rese­arch pro­ject, eva­lua­tion and inter­pre­ta­tion of the results; Publi­ca­tion of results in sci­en­ti­fic jour­nals. Teaching expe­ri­ence can be obtai­ned based upon inte­rest.


A uni­ver­sity degree (M.Sc. or simi­lar) in fore­stry, bio­logy, geo­gra­phy, land­scape eco­logy or a clo­sely rela­ted disci­pline (expe­ri­ence with den­d­ro­chro­no­logy is use­ful). We are loo­king for first-class uni­ver­sity gra­dua­tes with good sta­ti­s­ti­cal know­ledge (mul­ti­va­riate sta­ti­s­tics), very good writ­ten and oral Eng­lish lan­guage skills (know­ledge of the Ger­man lan­guage is an asset), and with a high moti­va­tion and ability to accom­plish inten­sive field and labo­ra­tory work, inde­pendently and in a team. Expe­ri­ence with the R pro­gramming lan­guage is desi­ra­ble, as is a dri­ver’s license (class B).

How to ap­ply:

App­li­ca­ti­ons from women are par­ti­cu­larly wel­come. The same app­lies to people with disa­bi­li­ties.
Please send your app­li­ca­tion docu­ments (moti­va­tion let­ter, CV, copies of cer­ti­fi­ca­tes, names and con­tacts of two refe­ren­ces) latest 02.05.2018 (stam­ped arri­val date of the uni­ver­sity cen­tral mail ser­vice app­lies) to: TU Dres­den, Fakul­tät Umwelt­wis­sen­schaf­ten, Fach­rich­tung Forst­wis­sen­schaf­ten, Insti­tut für Wald­wachs­tum und Forst­li­che Infor­ma­tik, Pro­fes­sur für Wald­wachs­tum und Pro­duk­tion von Holz­bio­masse, Frau Prof. Dr. M. van der Maa­ten-Theu­nis­sen, 01062 Dres­den or pre­fe­r­a­bly as a sin­gle PDF-docu­ment via the Secu­re­Mail Por­tal of TU Dres­den ( to Please sub­mit copies only, as your app­li­ca­tion will not be retur­ned to you. Expen­ses incur­red in atten­ding inter­views can­not be reim­bur­sed.