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Research Scientist (f/m/d) in forest resilience to climate change
Work location: Garmisch-Partenkirchen


Job description

We are recruiting a new colleague to contribute to our research in the field of forest functioning in climate change. The position is within the Plant Ecophysiology Group ( We are seeking for a highly motivated and communicative scholar that supports the team’s activities in data analysis and ecosystem model development and takes a lead role in writing scientific publications. The overarching research focus will be on the impacts of climatic extremes on carbon and water fluxes in temperate trees and forests.

We offer a stimulative working environment in a highly collaborative team well connected to national and international networks and research activities. You will have the opportunity to develop your own research profile within the field of forest functioning to climate change. The KIT-Campus Alpin is located at the foothill of the German Alps surrounded by wonderful nature and offers a multi-disciplinary research environment with excellent infrastructure and support. Salary and benefits will be based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service Sector depending on experiences. The position is available from beginning of 2024 for 3 years initially with the potential for extension beyond this period.

Personal qualification

You will have a PhD degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Environmental Sciences, Geography, Biology, Physics) with strong skills in programming (e.g., Fortran, C++, Python), data processing and statistical data analyses. Proficiency in ecosystem modelling or forest dynamics are advantageous, but not essential. Experiences in student supervision and grant writing will further complete your profile. Excellent communication skills in English are mandatory, proven also by scientific publications. A basic knowledge of German is an advantage in everyday working life. The willingness to travel and to interact with other researchers and project partners is also required.


Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.


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