*we are seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher with focus
on **Peatland
Phenology and Carbon Dynamics.*

*Project and Tasks*

The postdoc will explore vegetation phenology and composition controls on
the carbon dioxide (CO2) exchanges in peatlands using a network of several
sites distributed across Europe. The core study site is the Degerö peatland
near Vindeln, Northern Sweden, where CO2 flux measurements since 2001, a
suit of meteorological and soil environmental sensors, a multi-year archive
of images based on digital repeat photography and spectral reflectance
measurements are available to explore peatland carbon, climate and
vegetation phenology dynamics. The goal is to disentangle the effects of
vegetation phenology and abiotic controls on the peatland carbon cycle. In
addition, the postdoc will synthesize vegetation phenology data based on
digital repeat photography and CO2 flux data from several peatland sites
located across Europe to explore peatland phenology and its control on the
peatland carbon cycle along climate and peatland type gradients within the
PhenoPeatCam network.

The main task of the successful candidate will be to process, analyze and
synthesize data from phenology cameras, chamber and eddy covariance
measurements of CO2 fluxes, and climate variables from multiple years and
sites, and to publish findings in relevant high-rank scientific journals*.*


The postdoc location is at the Faculty of Forest Sciences at the Swedish
University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Department of Forest Ecology &
Management, in Umea, Sweden. The core field site is the ICOS Degerö
flux station (www.icos-sweden.se/station_degero.html) where research related to
peatland biogeochemistry has been carried out for two decades. This
excellent research infrastructure including permanently employed and
skilled technical staff will provide the postdoc with access to
state-of-the-art field instrumentation and long-term data, and offer ample
possibilities for scientific interactions and career development.


– The candidate must have a PhD awarded in environmental sciences,
physical geography, biogeochemistry of trace gas exchange and/or plant
physiological ecology, or any other closely related subject

– The candidate must have demonstrated experience with CO2 exchange
measurements using eddy-covariance and/or static chamber methods,
preferably in peatland ecosystems

– The candidate must have interest and experience in exploring ecosystem
vegetation dynamics

– The candidate must be able to independently conduct field work (which
also requires a driver’s license valid in Sweden).

– The candidate must be fluent in English to be able to write,
communicate and interact in an English-speaking environment

– Experience from analyzing images from digital repeat photography,
vegetation inventory and/or spectral reflectance measurement, and/or with
handling and processing of large, multiple-source, data sets is a merit

*Documents that should be included with the application: *CV, publication
list, PhD diploma, copies of no more than three publications. A short
motivation letter (< 2 pages) outlining previous research, current research
interests and other activities of relevance for the position. Names and
addresses of at least two academic reference persons. All application
documents should be written in English.

Please submit your application via email directly to Matthias Peichl (
[email protected]) no later than *February 22, 2016*.

*Position type, length and starting date:*

The position is a two-year scholarship from the Kempe Foundation with an
annual tax free salary of 270,000 Swedish kroner. The anticipated starting
date is May 1, 2016.

* About the Department of Forest Ecology and Management, SLU*

The Department of Forest Ecology and Management (
http://www.slu.se/en/departments/forest-ecology-management/) conducts
research and education in both basic and applied science in the areas of
Vegetation Ecology, Soil Science and Forest Management. The major research
focus is on the boreal landscape, including peatlands, forests and surface
waters, but we have activities also in other biomes. The current position
is in Soil Science/Biogeochemistry. In the latest evaluation (2009) of the
university the Soil Science/Soil Biogeochemistry group was ranked among the
top seven out of a total of 130 groups at the university. The department
has about 85 members of staff of which 12 are professors. Research areas
include plant-soil interactions, surface water hydrogeochemistry, soil
chemistry, soil biology, biosphere-atmosphere exchange, forest history,
forest management, forest regeneration, plant population and community
ecology. The department has modern technical facilities, close
collaboration with several state-of-the-art technical platforms at Umea
University, and close and easy access to unique long-term forest ecosystem
experiments and other field sites. SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Matthias Peichl
Associate Professor
Forest Landscape Biogeochemistry
Department of Forest Ecology & Management
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Postal Address: 901 83 Umea, Sweden
Visiting address: Skogsmarksgrand
Phone: +46 (0)90 786 8463
Fax: +46 (0)90 786 8163
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.slu.se/Matthias-Peichl

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