PostDoc Sustainable ecosystem services in forests

Full time General in Agricultural Science , in Engineering
  • Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf View on Map
  • Post Date: August 21, 2019
  • Apply Before : August 21, 2020
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Environmental Science, Ecology, Forestry Job Opportunity

The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is a part of the ETH domain. Approximately 500 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards(Environmental Science, Ecology, Forestry Job Opportunity)

The research unit Forest Resources and Management analyzes state and development in forests. In the project “Sustainable development of ecosystem services in Swiss forests (SessFor)“ of the National Research Program 73 we investigate the effect of forest management and climate on different forest services. In this framework we are looking for a two-year

PostDoc Sustainable ecosystem services in forests (80-100%)

To plan the provision of sustainable ecosystem services (ES) in forests you will develop a prototype of a decision support system (DSS). The aim of this prototype is to support forest practitioners in real management decisions. Your work is based on a climate sensitive stand simulator which is currently further developed by a PhD student. You will combine the simulation results with a recently developed set of indicators, as well as with weighting factors and value functions of divers ES. In close collaboration with forest practitioners you will evaluate and iteratively enhance your R based DSS prototype using two case studies. The results are expected to be published in international scientific journals. Further project information can be found at: http://www.nfp73.ch/en/projects/forestry/ecosystem-services-in-forests

You hold a PhD in forestry sciences, or a related field in ecology with a corresponding publication record. You have good knowledge in the management of European forests, its ecological and economic development and experience with ecosystem services in forests. You have knowledge of sustainability impact assessment of forest-wood chains and you are familiar with the calculation of indicator values and value functions. Excellent knowledge in statistics (R) is mandatory. You exhibit very good command of the English language, good knowledge of the German language is advantageous.

Please send your complete application to Stefania Pe, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Janine Schweier (janine.schweier@wsl.ch) and Esther Thürig (esther.thuerig@wsl.ch) 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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