PhD Position in Land Use Science

Posted by GIS talk On Thursday, March 03, 2011
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The Geomatics Lab, Geography Department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin seeks highly qualified and motivated candidates for PhD Position in Land Use Science (Ref-#: DR/007/11)

(duration 36 months; payment according EGr. 13 (half time position) TV-L HU, starting date: 1st April 2011 or earlier)

The successful applicant will develop his/her research in the EU-funded international research project ‘VOLANTE: Visions of Land Use Transitions in Europe’. VOLANTE seeks to develop a roadmap for future land resource management in Europe by developing novel, integrated approaches to understand analyze human-environment interactions, understand feedbacks in land use systems, assess land use transitions, and identify critical thresholds in land system dynamics.

VOLANTE brings together a team of leading scholars in European land system science and is closely linked to the IGBP/IHDP Global Land Project. The Geomatics Lab participates in this project to map hotspots of recent land use transitions, analyze the drivers of these transitions, and to develop an understanding of archetypical pathways of land use transitions in Europe.

We seek a candidate with an above-average MSc degree or equivalent in Geography, Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Economics, Landscape Ecology or related fields. This position will assess changes in land use intensity by integrating land use, environmental, and socio-economic data. A second task will be to analyze patterns and drivers of recent land use transitions in Europe. We expect a strong interest in land system science, sustainability science, and global change issues.

Prior research experience in land use science and with spatial-statistical models is an asset. A sound background in geodata processing and statistics, as well as proficiency in relevant software packages is required. Excellent command of the English language, good communication skills, and willingness to integrate yourself in an international research environment are mandatory.

Note:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is located in the Berlin-Brandenburg research area and closely linked to neighbouring institutions like the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) or the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). The German capital Berlin is Germany’s largest city with an inspiring metropolitan flair and great scientific networking opportunities.

Researchers of all nationalities are welcome to apply. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin strives to increase the share of women in research, is a certified family-friendly university and strongly encourages women to apply. We are committed to promoting handicapped individuals and applicants with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favored.

Applications including a letter of motivation, full CV, a sample writing representative of the candidate’s work (e.g. a scientific article), and the names and contact details for two references shall be sent in a single PDF file to Dagmar Wörister (dagmar.woerister@geo.hu-berlin.de). Please include the reference number in the content line of your email.


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