Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Gottingen

At the University of Göttingen, Bioklimatologie, there is a position as

Research associate (all genders welcome)

to be filled. Starting date is as soon as possible. The position is limited to 31.12.2026. The position can either be as postdoc or as PhD
 The successful candidate will work on Carbon and non-carbon climate regulation functions of tropical landscapes in Indonesia. The project is led by Prof. Dr. Alexander Knohl and Prof. Dr. Dirk Hölscher. It is part of a group of five projects investigating conversion of tropical
rainforest into rubber and oil palm plantations in Sumatra, Indonesia, focusing on landscape-scale changes in biodiversity and ecosystem
functioning, and restoration pathways.

What you will do
The project aims to quantify CO2, H2O and energy fluxes of an oil palm plantation using the eddy covariance technique and to assess climate regulation functions of landscape mosaic using multi-spectral as well as thermal imagery from drones. From the results you will evaluate climate regulation functions from tropical landscapes and study their interactions with landscape type and structure. In this project the candidate’s tasks will include operating and analyzing eddy covariance measurements for H2O and CO2; analyzing multi-spectral and thermal images from airborne missions; presenting results nationally and internationally, and publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

Qualifications you should have
– Completed M.Sc. degree (Ph.D. preferred) in environmental science or
related disciplines (meteorology, physics, geography, plant ecology,
forestry, etc.)
– Research experience in eddy covariance flux measurements or other
micrometeorological methods and/or experience with drone-based ecosystem
analysis (required)
–  Experience with data analysis in R, python, matlab, or other relevant
programming languages (preferred)
–  Skills and interest in working scientifically and quantitatively
–  Ability and willingness to perform fieldwork in Indonesia (required)
– Driving license (preferred)
–  Proficiency in English (required)

The position is based in Göttingen, Germany, with temporary visits in Jambi/Indonesia.

For any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Alexander Knohl (e-mail: with Subject ClimReg). Information about
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Please upload your application in one pdf file including letter of
motivation, CV incl. publications, references until 21 May 2024 on the
application portal of the university using this link:;!!KGKeukY!x12f4QAJFDFGAYElZPrNp8vJiQaNHDtniAjWDOS95InlZIFNhLdJqNVhm-EthvTzE_JuX0Iaq8xrvIQPnS6DVMMew6E$

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