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PhD position in plant ecology
We are seeking an excellent student for an ambitious PhD project on belowground
functional traits of plants as drivers of biodiversity and ecosystem functions. The major
objectives of this project are (1) to determine the contribution of belowground root-trait
diversity to ecosystem functioning, and (2) to assess the contribution of functional root traits
to global and regional commonness and local abundance of plant species. We plan to do this
by assessing root traits for a large number of central European grassland species, and relate
them to measures of species commonness and abundance and ecosystem functions as
measured in the Biodiversity Exploratories. This project will be done in collaboration with PD
Dr Judy Simon at the University of Konstanz, and Prof. Matthias Rillig and a PhD student in
his group at the Free University of Berlin. Our project will include large greenhouse
experiments, in which we will use imaging software to measure root morphological traits,
stable-isotope feeding experiment to measure nutrient uptake efficiencies and microscopy
to measure mycorrhization. Advanced statistical analyses will be applied to address the
research objectives mentioned above.
The successful candidate should have an interest in plant ecology, and particularly in plant
functional diversity. She or he should have strong writing and statistical skills. The position
will be funded for three years (pending final confirmation by the DFG), and the salary will be
at scale 13 TV-L (65%). The position should start in March or April 2017.
The University of Konstanz is one of the Universities of Excellence in Germany. Konstanz has
a beautiful historical center, is situated directly at the shore of Lake Constance, and is in
close vicinity to the Alps. The Ecology Group is young and very international, and works on a
wide range of topics, including among others mating system evolution, plant responses to
global change and determinants of plant invasiveness.
If you are interested in this position, send a PDF with the the following contents to
•  a motivation letter (why do you want to do a PhD?, why this one?, why in this
•  your CV
•  the contact details of two references
•  a writing sample (e.g. a publication that you wrote, the abstract and introduction of
your Master thesis)
Merge all these documents into a single PDF, and include your name in the file name (for
example: Smith_John_Application.pdf). The application deadline is 15 January 2017. For
more information, contact

Date de publication 08/06/2017
Contributeur Arsène Koffi
Mots-clefs plant, ecology, phD

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