Ph.D. Positions (TU Munich)
Investigation of Trace Gas and Energy Exchange in Windfall Areas of Spruce Forests in Bavarian National Parks, Germany.
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Two Ph.D. student positions are available at the Chair for Atmospheric Environmental Research, Technical University of Munich (TUM, Germany), in co-operation with the Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK/IMK-IFU, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany). The positions are available as of April 2008.
The project is part of a cross-disciplinary collaboration to study the role of biogenic VOCs in the colonization and communication of bark beetles, and the ecosystem-atmosphere exchange of VOCs, carbon, water and energy in areas of extensive wind-damage in the National Parks ?Bavarian Forest? and ?Berchtesgaden? in Bavaria, Germany. The successful candidates will conduct Ph.D. thesis research and contribute to work including
? Construction and operation of micrometeorological trace-gas and energy flux measurement sites, and VOC sampling stations in windfall areas in rugged mountainous terrain.
? Establishment and analysis of biogenic VOC source/receptor relationships.
? Development and application of VOC emission and dispersion models at high temporal and spatial resolution.
? Measurement and modelling of ecosystem carbon exchange following a major disturbance (with all biomass debris left intact on the ground).
Methods: mobile and stationary micrometeorological systems, gas sampling on adsorbent tubes, thermo-desorption-GC/FID/MS analysis, eddy covariance techniques, footprint analysis, dispersion modelling.
The successful candidates must have a university Master of Science degree (or equivalent) with documented expertise in at least one of the following fields: ecological chemistry, eco-physiology, micrometeorology, biogeochemistry. The project work involves extensive field- and team-work in remote, rugged terrain and requires outstanding technical, analytical and social skills. TUM is an equal opportunity employer.
Please send your application and CV (including contact information for three professional references) to:
Prof. Dr. Hans Peter (HaPe) Schmid
Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU),
Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH,
82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany