Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
8903 Birmensdorf
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The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is part of the ETH Domain. Approximately 600 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.
PhD Student in Environmental Science (f/m/d)

The Research Unit Forest Soils and Biogeochemistry is looking for a
The project will measure carbon fluxes in the forest floor along climatic gradients to estimate its vulnerability to climatic changes. The forest floor is at the interface between the above- and the belowground part of forest ecosystems and acts as central ecosystem hub where organic matter, nutrients, and water are stored and transformed. This project is part of a larger interdisciplinary research network “Forest Floor”, studying how sensitive forest floors respond to changes in climate and management. The project will quantify the pathways of carbon cycling within the forest floor and in the uppermost mineral soil, and to identify their controlling factors. The experimental approach is (1) to measure carbon fluxes and the natural stable isotope signatures of carbon pools and fluxes along environmental gradients in Switzerland and Germany (2) to trace isotopically labeled litter in carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen fluxes in in a joined experiment. The PhD Student will closely collaborate with other project assessing the water fluxes, faunal and microbiological activities.
You have a Master’s degree in the field of environmental science (biology, soil science, ecology). You are highly motivated, initiative, creative, enjoy to work in an international team and you have good experiences in biogeochemical analyses, interpreting data, and communicating results.
Please send your complete application to Beatrice Lamprecht, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Frank Hagedorn, and Patrick Schleppi, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.

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