Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d) – GRK 2324 (TreeDì) • Universität Halle • Halle (Saale)

Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d) – GRK 2324 (TreeDì) • Universität Halle • Halle (Saale), Germany.

Open Positions 9

Time Span 01 Jun 2021 for 3 years

Application Deadline 14 Feb 2021

Financing yes

Type of Position

  • PhD – Doctoral Programme

Field of Research

  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences

Subjects Ecology (Biodiversity Research)

Description The International Research Training Group “TreeDì – Tree Diversity Interactions: The role of tree-tree interactions in local neighborhoods in Chinese subtropical forests” (GRK 2324), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), invites applications for 9 doctoral researchers in Germany.

TreeDì ( is operated by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and its partner universities Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) and University of Leipzig (UL) in cooperation with the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). The aim of TreeDì – 林地 (lín dì, forest land) is to understand how tree-tree interactions in local neighbourhoods of varying diversity translate into observed tree species richness effects on key ecosystem functions at the community scale. In addition, TreeDì seeks to understand the role of the forest understorey (shrub species composition and diversity) for ecosystem functioning. All research projects are carried out on the BEF-China platform in subtropical China- the largest forest BEF experiment worldwide (

By bringing together experts and doctoral researchers from leading research institutions located in Germany and China, TreeDì creates a stimulating network of excellence. TreeDì features an international qualification programme involving an intensive Chinese-German cultural exchange during a 6-month research visit in the partners’ countries, a joint PhD advisory committee (PAC) composed of Chinese and German experts, and unique offers to meet, study and discuss with figureheads in biodiversity research.

Within the International Research Training Group TreeDì (GRK 2324) we offer positions in the following subprojects:

P1G: Spatial aboveground complementarity
P2G: Complementarity through trait variation
P3G: Diversity signals in tree interaction
P4G: Bottom-up and top-down drivers of herbivory
P5G: Drivers of fungal endophyte richness
P6G: Biodiversity effects on leaf and litter metabolomes
P7G: Rhizosphere and root microbes
P8G: Functional diversity of soil organisms
P9G: Modelling generalized diversity interactions

All positions are detailed on

We offer:

-Cutting-edge research projects in one of the largest tree diversity experiments
-Outstanding and integrative research environment offering many networking opportunities
-Individual supervision by internationally recognized scientists in BEF research
-Tailored international qualification programme

Requirements/expected profile:

-Excellent in a project-related field (e.g. ecology; environmental sciences)
-Very good ecological knowledge and great interest with regard to forest biodiversity research
-Good quantitative and statistical skills in R
-Excellent communication skills in English – writing and speaking. Knowledge of German and/or Chinese would be advantageous.
-Motivated to be a proactive team player in an international research consortium
-Applicants must be prepared to spend substantial time (approx. 2-4 months per year) in China for fieldwork, lab visits and courses.
-Willingness to work under subtropical field conditions. Fieldwork experience would be advantageous

All applications should include:

-Cover letter in English describing the motivation for the project, research interests, and relevant experience
-Curriculum vitae in tabular form
-Digital copy of the master`s certificate and transcript of records or equivalent
-Names and contact details of at least two scientific references

Please submit your application for TreeDì positions in Germany only in English and via our application portal under It is possible to apply for several projects. Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability. Selected candidates will be invited to the joint online recruitment symposium taking place in March 2021 (22-23 March 2021). Queries concerning the application process should be directed to Dr. Stefan Trogisch (; for project-related questions, please contact the relevant project leader.

Working Language

  • English

Language of Dissertation

  • English

Required Documents

  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Motivation
  • List of Publication
  • Others : Names and contact details of at least two scientific references

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