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Job advertisement Research associate in eddy covariance flux measurements

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Research associate in eddy covariance flux measurements

Research associate in eddy covariance flux measurements

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University of Goettingen

The Bioclimatology group at the University of Goettingen focuses – in research and teaching – on the interaction of ecosystems and atmopshere. We aim to understand the ecophysiology and biogeochemical cycles of terrestrial ecosystems and to investigate how they respond to a changing environment and to land-use management using field and laboratory measurements and models.

The Bioclimatolgy group operates research sites (eddy covariance flux towers and meteorological stations) in Germany (Hainich, Leinefelde, Reinshof, Göttinger Wald) and in Indonesia.


Göttingen, Germany


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Biogeosciences (BG)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time


German salary scale (TV-L 13), approx. 35 to 60 000 Euro p.a. depending on qualification

Preferred education

Application deadline
21 May 2024

14 May 2024

Job description

At the University of Göttingen, Bioklimatologie, there is a position as

Research associate (all genders welcome) in eddy covariance flux measurements

to be filled. Starting date is as soon as possible. The position is limited to 31.12.2026. The position can either be at the postdoc or as PhD student level.

The successful candidate will work on Carbon and non-carbon climate regulation functions of tropical landscapes in Indonesia. The project is part of a group of five projects investigating conversion of tropical rainforest into rubber and oil palm plantations in Sumatra, Indonesia, focusing on landscape-scale changes in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and restoration pathways.

What you will do
The project aims to quantify CO2, H2O and energy fluxes of an oil palm plantation using the eddy covariance technique and to assess climate regulation functions of landscape mosaic using multi-spectral as well as thermal imagery from drones. From the results you will evaluate climate regulation functions from tropical landscapes and study their interactions with landscape type and structure. In this project the candidate’s tasks will include operating and analyzing eddy covariance measurements for H2O and CO2; analyzing multi-spectral and thermal images from airborne missions; presenting results nationally and internationally, and publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

Qualifications you should have
- Completed M.Sc. degree (Ph.D. preferred) in environmental science or related disciplines (meteorology, physics, geography, plant ecology, forestry, etc.)
- Research experience in eddy covariance flux measurements or other micrometeorological methods and/or experience with drone-based ecosystem analysis (required)
- Experience with data analysis in R, python, matlab, or other relevant programming languages (preferred)
- Skills and interest in working scientifically and quantitatively (required)
- Ability and willingness to perform fieldwork in Indonesia (required)
- Driving license (preferred)
- Proficiency in English (required)

The position is based in Göttingen, Germany, with temporary visits in Jambi/Indonesia.

How to apply

Please upload your application in one pdf file including letter of motivation, CV incl. publications, references until 21 May 2024 on the application portal of the university using this link: