Postdoctoral Researcher Phenology of Alpine Plants WSL Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research Switzerland

The Mountain Ecosystems and Climate Research teams at the Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research seek a Postdoctoral Researcher for a project entitled "Warmer temperatures, less snow, earlier plant development? Using a long-term meteorological network to unravel temperature and snow effects on mountain vegetation." The position will have a duration of two years starting in January 2015, and be based in Davos, Switzerland.

The project takes advantage of a unique and extensive set of climate monitoring stations in the Swiss Alps that provide c. 20 years of climate, snow, and plant growth data. Project leaders plan to extend the approach to other regions of the Alps or world. The successful applicant will investigate how temperatures and snow cover influence plant phenology along geographical gradients within the network of climate stations to determine how changed climate conditions such as accelerated snowmelt control phenology and the distribution of plants. 

A PhD in the field of biology, ecology, or botany is required and applicants must have experience in field work and statistical analyses.
Ability to handle and analyze large and long-term data sets is critical, and English fluency is required. 

For full consideration, apply by: 5 November 2014.

For further information or to apply, please go to:

For questions, please contact:
Christian Rixen
Emaill: rixen@slf.ch 

Martine Rebetez
Phone: +41 (0)32 718 18 12

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