PhD Scholarships in the Research Cluster “Multifunctional Landscapes under Climate Change” (MultiLand)BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg • Research Dept. / Unit for Young Academics • Cottbus

Germany Universities


August 1, 2021


Open Positions 2

Time Span 01 Apr 2022 for 3 years Application Deadline 01 Aug 2021 Financing yes Type of Position

  • PhD - Doctoral Programme
  • Field of Research

  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
  • Subjects atmospheric processes, ecological-economic modelling Description The idea of "multifunctional landscapes" is a promising concept for reconciling food production with the provision of ecosystem services and the protection of biodiversity. This idea is related to the concept of “ecological intensification” which according to a definition by FAO may be considered as “a knowledge-intensive process that requires optimal management of nature's ecological functions and biodiversity to improve agricultural system performance, efficiency and farmers' livelihoods.”

    In this research cluster, we investigate selected aspects of multifunctional landscapes respectively ecological intensification as a concept for combining food production with ecosystem service preservation (in particular pest control) and biodiversity conservation under climate change. Our study systems are fruit orchards in Brandenburg, Germany.

    The research cluster combines the work of four PhD students from the fields of economics, ecology, climate science and modelling. All PhD students investigate the study system from a joint perspective but applying their disciplinary knowledge. Supervisors have excellent networks all over the world and all supervisors and PhD students work closely together.

    This call is for one PhD scholarship in atmospheric processes and one in ecological-economic modelling. Participants in the research cluster are as follows:

    Department of Atmospheric Processes, Prof. Katja Trachte

    Topic 1 “Spatio-temporal microclimates and feedback effects at the land surface - atmosphere interface of fruit orchards”: Spatially explicit microclimatic conditions and land surface properties shall be derived using climate model data and remote sensing products to assess environmental impacts on agricultural products and the distribution of animal and plant pests.

    The ideal candidate has good knowledge in the field of environmental sciences with a focal point on e.g. microclimatology, eco-climatology and good knowledge in the application of remote sensing and spatial data analysis (e.g. machine learning approaches). Experiences in programming (Python or R) is advantageous.

    Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Dept. of Ecological Modelling, and Hon. Prof. of Ecological-Economic Modelling at BTU, Prof. Martin Drechsler

    Topic 2 “Ecological-economic modelling of biological pest control measures including adjacent semi-natural ecosystems in fruit orchards in a changing climate”: A spatially explicit agent-based model shall be developed to integrate information from the ecological, economic and climatological subprojects of Multiland, taking into account, among others, spatial interactions and human behaviour. The model shall be used to evaluate strategies for biological pest control.

    The ideal candidate has good knowledge in the mathematical modelling of spatio-temporal processes, and computer programming in at least one higher language like C++, Python or Java. Some knowledge of one or more of the fields of economics, game theory and ecology is an advantage.

    Department of Environmental Economic, Prof. Frank Wätzold

    Department of Ecology, Prof. Klaus Birkhofer

    GENERAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS You show an excellent academic profile matching either Topic 1 or Topic 2 You meet BTU´s application requirements for the PhD Programme in ERM (see below) and submit your complete application before the deadline At the time of nomination to DAAD, the last final exam (Master Degree or equivalent) must have taken place no more than six years ago and applicants must not have resided in Germany for more than 15 months According to DAAD policies, qualified applicants from emerging countries are given priority

    APPLICATION DOCUMENTS 1. Completed and signed application form: https: // www- 2. Up-to-date and complete CV 3. 1 page letter of motivation showing that you understand our research focus and how you fit in with your academic profile and experience 4. 1 page summary of your knowledge, capacities and experience either on Topic 1 or Topic 2 5. 2 reference letters by professors from your home university 6. Certified copies of your higher education entrance qualification (e.g. high school diploma) and complete and final Bachelor and Master certificates and transcript of records (including a grading scale by your university) – BTU only accepts candidates who have completed university degrees (Bachelor and Master combined) of at least 300ECTS and with a final grade of 2.3 or better according to the German grading scale 7. Certificate of English proficiency (for accepted tests, levels and possible exemptions see here) 8. Completed and signed declaration: https: // phd/public/Formulare/DeclarationApplicationPhDProgrammesBTUCottbus.pdf 9. If applicable: Certificates of internships, list of publications, German language certificates

    Please submit your complete application in one single pdf-file to phd- by August 1, 2021, the latest. Incomplete or late applications or submitted in multiple pdf-files will not be considered.

    Working Language

  • English
  • Language of Dissertation

  • English
  • Required Documents

  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Research Proposal
  • List of Publication
  • Others : application form (template), 2 recommendation letters by university professors (template), English proficiency test, if applicable: list of publications, German proficiency test
  • More Information https: // www. call-2022

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