Tuesday, December 28, 2010

PhD Scholarship

Ph.D. Position - Plant Ecology Department, University of Bayreuth

The department of Plant Ecology, University of Bayreuth is currently seeking to fill an open Ph.D. position within the project “Kilimanjaro ecosystems under global change: Linking biodiversity, biotic interactions and biogeochemical ecosystem processes”, funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) for a period of three years. The field research is based on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and addresses “Biodiversity of the Mt. Kilimanjaro region relative to patterns in water and carbon flux controls – differentiation along climate gradients and with land use”. (

The main research objective is to define the pathways for carbon and water exchange and their relative capacities for 14 ecosystem types along the gradient from savanna to alpine scrub on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The project start date is October 2010.

The ideal candidate should have:

1. M.Sc. Degree (or equivalent) in Plant Ecology or a related discipline.

2. A strong background in plant water relations and ecosystem CO2 fluxes.

3. Fluency in English.

4. An ability to work under harsh field conditions, including high altitudes (up to 4,500 m a.s.l.) and working at night.

5. Willingness to stay in Tanzania for a considerable part of the project period.

6. High motivation and ability to fit into a team.

Interested persons should contact

Dr. Manoko

Unv. of Dar es salaam.

Department of Botany

2 floor R 204

Applicants should submit:

1. A cover letter and a statement of interest (no more than 2 pages in length).

2. Curriculum vitae.

3. Contacts of two referees.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of the strength of academic course work, research and teamwork experience.

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