Open PhD position at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) Leipzig

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Hello everybody,
the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig/Germany has an open PhD position in the field of image/sensor data processing, analysis and modelling. Please find further details below.

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The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

In a framework of 10 Integrated Projects (IPs) scientists address key environmental challenges following a solution-oriented approach. In order to strengthen its interdisciplinary work, UFZ is currently offering 12 PhD positions. One position will be dedicated to the following subject:

PhD position (m/f)
Subject: Smart sensor and data technologies to test mechanisms of plant community response to global change
Project start: 1st July 2017, working time 50% (19,5 h/week); limited for three years

Your tasks:

This PhD project will test smart sensor technologies as a tool to understand the mechanisms underlying plant community responses to global change. Therefore, established experimental infrastructure manipulating global change factors (climate, nitrogen) will be used, and novel sensor technology will be employed, to explore the role of non-linearity and thresholds in ecosystem responses to environmental drivers. Combining this data-driven approach with modelling will open new opportunities to evaluate changes in plant growth and the interaction between biotic and abiotic processes.

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