Doctoral Researcher in Environment and Natural Resources

University of Freiburg Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources


The Chair of Ecosystem Physiology is seeking two junior scientists Doctoral Researcher of the Research Unit RU 5571 – PhytOakMeter
  • Application deadline: 30.06.2023
  • Publication date: 09.05.2023
  • Start-date: 15.09.2023
  • Part-time position (65 %)
  • Id no.: 00003025


The Chair of Ecosystem Physiology is seeking two junior scientists to study stress impacts on oak trees within the new Research Unit (RU 5571).Both PhD positions are integrated in the subproject 3 conducting experiments on drought memory and multiple abiotic and biotic stress under controlled conditions in the lab and in the field and applying ecophysiological measurements (chlorophyll fluorescence, water potential, gas exchange, stable isotopes) to quantify stress effects in oak. You will closely collaborate with doctoral researchers from our cooperation partners within the RU. Controlled climate change experiments at the university and joint field campaigns in Germany and along an European transect will be conducted.

We are looking for two highly motivated, enthusiastic candidates with excellent capacity for teamwork to join our motivated team in the green city Freiburg.

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 andcommunication 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 different biological disciplines (

PhytOakMeter explores the impacts of climate change in combination with biotic stress in oak trees integrating several *omics approaches and plant ecophysiology.

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The position is limited to four years. The salary will be determined in accordance with E13 TV-L.

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 00003025, by 30.06.2023 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

University of Freiburg
Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources
Ecosystem Physiology (CEP)
Dr. Jürgen Kreuzwieser
Georges-Köhler-Allee 053/054
79110 Freiburg (Germany)

For further information, please contact Dr. Jürgen Kreuzwieser on the phone number +49 761 203-8310 or E-Mail

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