Research Fellow - Institute of Forest Research
What is the role of droughts in mediating tree mortality across the globe? How does this mortality vary in space and time? What are the potential feedbacks with the carbon cycle and climate? These questions are of fundamental importance for our understanding of how climate change will evolve because forest ecosystems are huge stores and sinks of carbon. This project will investigate these questions, developing, evaluating and applying a treatment of drought-induced mortality within a state-of-the-art global ecosystem model (LPJ-GUESS). The position is part of the ERC-funded project TreeMort, which aims to understand and quantify how rates and drivers of tree mortality vary across the globe, and thus better constrain projections of terrestrial carbon uptake.
The successful candidate will become a member of a young and dynamic team of researchers at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, where they will also benefit from the exciting training opportunities and international activity resulting from the huge recent investment in the first temperate forest FACE (Free Air CO2 Experiment; http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/bifor/face/index.aspx), which has recently been established at Birmingham. They will develop skills in quantitative ecosystem modelling, scientific code development and data analysis. There will be substantial opportunities for travel and to build strong international links, collaborating with partners from across Europe.
- PhD degree in a natural or physical science subject (e.g. ecology, environmental science, physics), or similar, or equivalent qualifications. Training or experience in plant physiological processes desirable, but not essential.
- High level analytical capability
- Experience in scientific coding (C++ an advantage) and ability to contribute to developing new code.
- Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
- Willingness to contribute to the planning and organising of the research project and related activities, including project administration.
- Ability to co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English, and ability to communicate complex information clearly
- Willingness to travel, and work as part of an international team.
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