PostDoc in Stable Isotope Physiology and Global Change Ecology

Dec 12, 2017
Jan 31, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The Physiological Plant Ecology group (Prof. Kahmen) of the University of Basel investigates the ecophysiological processes in plants that determine the fluxes of water, nitrogen and carbon in natural and agricultural ecosystems. The goals of our research are to understand how plants operate in the context of their environment and to reveal how plants shape the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. The open position is within the ERC project HYDROCARB, where we seek to determine the potential of stable hydrogen isotope ratios (δ2H values) to assess long-term metabolic responses of plants to global environmental change.


Your position

The key objective of the advertised position is to design experiments that will allow to identify the metabolic processes in plants that are reflected in the δ2H values of different plant compounds. This information will then be applied to interpret δ2H time series obtained from herbarium specimen and tree ring chronosequences to identify long-term metabolic changes in plants as a response to environmental changes during the past century.


Your profile

We are looking for a dynamic, reliable and motivated candidate with a PhD in biology, environmental sciences or related disciplines. Strong interest in process-oriented research in plant physiology, the ability to work analytically with large datasets and experience with process-based modelling are beneficial. Teamwork within the group and project partners requires spoken and written English language skills.


We offer you

We offer a three-year position in an international and interdisciplinary research environment at the University of Basel. The position will initially be for one year with the option of a two-year extension, depending on the performance of the candidate. Salary and social benefits are provided according to University of Basel rules.


Application / Contact

Application deadline is January 31th 2018. Further information on the project can be obtained from Prof. Kahmen (

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