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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Position in Modelling Carbon Allocation and Tree Hydraulics (INRA Nancy, France)

From Matthias Cuntz <>
Date Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:11:38 +0200

Sorry for cross-posting.

Postdoctoral Position in Modelling Carbon Allocation and Tree Hydraulics (INRA 
Nancy, France)

We are looking for a postdoc to model carbon allocation and tree hydraulics. 
The position is within the European project ForRisk, which studies the 
interactions of drought and tree population density on the resistance and 
resilience of tree growth of Norway spruce (Picea abies) and silver fir (Abies 
alba). It combines a large dataset from long-term experimental management 
stands in Germany, France and Switzerland with a mechanistic ecosystem model 
and a forest succession model including forest management and ecosystem 
services, yielding economic risk-assessment at different spatial and temporal 

The postdoc will provide mortality rates for the risk-assessment model ForClim 
(Rasche et al. 2011) by modelling tree mortality with the ecosystem model 
MuSICA (Ogée et al. 2003) under different forest management strategies and 
climate change scenarios. MuSICA is among the most advanced multi-layer 
soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfer (SVAT) models, based on ecophysiological 
process representations and includes, among others, species competition for a 
limited number of resources such as light and water. The postdoc will enhance 
MuSICA by incorporating carbon allocation including carbohydrate stores, 
yielding carbon starvation during drought, as well as tree hydraulics, which 
may lead to hydraulic failure during drought.

ForRisk combines researchers from the NFZ.forestnet that connects six research 
institutions from Nancy (France), Freiburg (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland). 
The postdoc will work with the partner institutions, forming the link between 
the data-centred work packages and the economic risk-assessment tool. S/he will 
also work closely with the main developer of the ecosystem model in Bordeaux (J 
Ogée). MuSICA is written in Fortran. Strong programming skills are required.

The position is based at INRA Nancy (France) in the Joint Research Unit (UMR 
1137) of Forest Ecology and Ecophysiology (EEF). It is for a duration of three 
years, starting as soon as possible. Salary level will correspond to “Chargé de 
Recherches, 1ère classe”.

Applications to Matthias Cuntz (matthias.cuntz (at) should include a 
CV, the publication list, a letter of motivation, as well as telephone numbers 
and e-mail addresses of possible references. Applications will be accepted 
until the position is filled.

Matthias Cuntz
INRA Centre de Nancy
UMR1137 Ecologie et Ecophysiologie Forestières
Rue d’Amance
54280 Champenoux
Tel: +33 (0)3 83 39 73 03
Mob: +33 (0)6 46 07 15 19
E-Mail: matthias.cuntz (at)

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