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PhD Student in Plant Ecology

Hochschule für Agrar-, Forst- und Lebensmitteltechnologie

Closing Date
WorkplaceZollikofen, Länggasse 85, Bern region, Switzerland
Duration3 Jahre
Occupation rate100%
Job Start01.07.2019

The Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) offers a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s courses. Its school of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) is an innovative and flexible research and service institution, specialized in the fields of plant productions systems, livestock systems and horse care, international agriculture and rural development, agricultural economics, sustainability and ecosystems.

The Grassland Ecology Research Group at HAFL, in collaboration with the Plant Ecology Section of the Institute of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern, is offering the following vacancy starting on June 1, 2019 limited to 3-4 years

PhD Student in Plant Ecology

Your Tasks

Change in grassland functional composition via resource shifts driven by climate extremes

  • Perform plant trait measurements and collect plant community data from a precipitation exclusion experiment across multiple sites in Switzerland
  • Assemble plant communities from seed and conduct an experiment in a common garden to assess the thresholds of grassland drought resistance
  • Collaborate in research projects of the grassland ecology group at BFH-HAFL


  • Enthusiastic and independent student with a strong interest in conceptual issues of ecology
  • Excellent Master’s degree in a relevant field of research
  • Experience in experimental ecology and in the design and statistical analysis of ecological experiments
  • Good command of English and ambition to publish in international journals
  • Good knowledge of species in grassland and interest in working in the field

We offer

  • Collaboration and support in a team with plant community ecologists at HAFL
  • Support and general training with the plant ecology group at University of Bern
  • Salary in accordance with the Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact and Address

The position is with PD Dr Andreas Stampfli (BFH-HAFL) and Prof. Dr Markus Fischer (University of Bern).
Your contact for any questions you may have about this job: andreas.stampflibfh.ch

Please apply via www.bfh.ch (vacancies: find ‘apply online’ in yellow field below job ad) or send your application to andreas.stampflibfh.ch

Evaluation of applications starts on 20 May 2019



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