Two Ph.D. positions in forest ecology
Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague
We are seeking two highly motivated Ph.D. researchers to join our team
within the Forest Dynamics Lab of the Department of Forest Ecology,
Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic. Our current
research is focused on how disturbance regimes drive structural
variability, carbon dynamics, and biodiversity at stand and landscape
scales in primary mountain forests in central and eastern Europe.
Despite the long history of land use, this region of Europe still has
extensive remnants of primary mountain forests, particularly in the
Carpathian and Dinaric mountain ranges. The large sub-continental region
covered by the current research project includes the two dominant forest
types in Europe, Norway spruce and mixed broad-leaf forests dominated by
European beech. The aim of the current project is to quantify how
disturbances influence forest structure, C dynamics, biodiversity and
the multiple pathways of stand development that contribute to complex
structure across these two forest types. Based on a unique set of
established plots across several forest landscapes, detailed
reconstructions of past disturbance histories will allow us to quantify
spatio-temporal structural patterns and C dynamics along forest
development pathways at stand, local, and landscape levels, as well as
across environmental and climatic gradients.
The activities, together with our team, will include field work,
laboratory processing of samples (mainly tree cores), statistically
analyzing data, compiling results, and preparing peer-reviewed
publications in international science journals. Two positions are
available: 1) Forest Ecology Ph.D. – the first position will focus on
reconstructing disturbance histories using tree ring data and examining
links with current forest structure, composition, and indicators of
biodiversity. This position will include field work; 2) Dendroecology
Ph.D. – the second position will focus more on dendroecological analyses
of existing tree ring data (current database of 20,000 tree cores from
1000 forest plots across the study region) to examine links between tree
growth and abiotic and biotic factors. Although the candidate for the
second position is not expected to participate in field-work, there will
be opportunities to visit impressive locations of old-growth forests
across the region.
We are a young and energetic research team with close collaborations
with international partners. Opportunities exist for exchange visits and
meetings. To obtain more information about our team, visit
Applicants should have a MSc (or equivalent) in environmental or related
sciences (biology, ecology, geography, forest sciences), and good
English communication and writing skills. Ideal candidates would have
strong analytical skills, experience with large datasets and R, and some
past experience working with tree rings, particularly for the second
position. Both positions include a monthly salary of 800 Euros.
Applications: Please indicate which position you are applying for and
attach a CV listing your skills and qualifications. Applicants should
also provide a short statement outlining why they believe themselves to
be suitable for the above positions, as well as contact information for
at least one reference. Applications are due by May 15th, 2017, and
successful candidates would start in October 2017.
Send the application by email to both of the following contacts:
Miroslav Svoboda, Email: [email protected]
Thomas A. Nagel, Email: [email protected]
Postal address: Czech University of Life Science, Faculty of Forestry
and Wood Science, Kamycka 129, Praha 6 Suchdol, 16521, Czech Republic

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