The Chair of Ecosystem Physiology is seeking a junior scientist to study stress impacts on forest trees within the new Collaborative Research Center ECOSENSE (DFG SFB 1537): Scientific researcher (PhD student) (m/f/d)

The PhD position is integrated in the subproject B1 applying chlorophyll fluorescence measurements to quantify stress effects in forest trees. You will work in collaboration with PhDs from the Technical faculty of the University of Freiburg which develop new autonomous chlorophyll fluorescence sensors. The work will be conducted on the joint field research site near Freiburg, as well as under controlled climate change experiments at the university.

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic candidate with excellent capacity for teamwork. Applicants must hold a MSc in Biology, Environmental science or related disciplines ideally with experiences in plant ecophysiology, physiology or ecology. You should have knowledge of data analysis and basic ecological statistics, good writing and communication skills. You should enjoy fieldwork and conducting experiments with plants, work independently with high self-motivation and interest in interdisciplinary projects. Fluency in written and spoken English and a high motivation to learn the basics of the German language are required.

We offer collaboration in a highly motivated team embedded in an exciting, newly approved large-scale project that brings together researchers from the engineering and environmental sciences. ECOSENSE explores impacts of climate change and stress in forests integrating soil-plant-atmosphere exchange by developing a novel autonomous intelligent sensor network to measure forest processes.

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a complete curriculum vitae, copies of your qualifications and names of two references 

The position is limited to 30.06.2026. The salary will be determined in accordance with E13-TVL.

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.


Please send your application in English including supporting documents mentioned above citing the reference number 00002374, by 25.07.2022 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:


Universität Freiburg
Professur für Ökosystemphysiologie
Georges-Köhler-Allee 53/54
79110 Freiburg

For further information, please contact Frau Prof. Dr. Anja Christiane Werner Pinto on the phone number +49 761 203-8301 or E-Mail

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