Doctoral Position at the Professorship of Forest Operations Overview

The Professorship of Forest Operations at TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan invites applications for a

Doctoral Position at the Professorship of Forest Operations


The Professorship of Forest Operations at TUM is seeking a qualified and highly motivated student interested in pursuing doctoral studies in the field of forest operations and logistics.

Project outline

On-board computers of harvesting machines are state-of-the-art and offer significant and valuable information that remains under-utilized by most actors along the supply chain. Exploring and expanding the use of harvester data as basis for improving supply chains, organizational and business processes, and market flexibility is the goal of the project with the following research objectives:

  1. Develop information logistic processes with the integration of harvester data to improve efficiency of timber production chains.
  2. Perform an economic evaluation for the whole supply chain to support the decision-making process for different forest holdings and enterprises.
  3. Validate the modified and improved processes through case studies with companies with different structures.

Your profile and qualifications

You have a MSc in forestry or closely related discipline. You show great interest in forest operations / logistics and seek to work on a multi-year research project with the goal of obtaining your doctoral degree. You are motivated and possess excellent skills in communicating concepts and results in literate English. German proficiency in speaking and writing are strong assets.

Our offer


We offer a TV-L E 13 (60%) position with funding for three years. The conditions of employment follow the rules of the German tariffs of public services (TV-L). As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM explicitly encourages nominations of and applications from women as well as from all others who would bring additional diversity dimensions to the university’s research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.


Applications in German or English (in one pdf document), submitted to, should include:
● Cover letter
● Curriculum Vitae
● Transcript of record
● Writing sample (Master thesis or publication)
● Names and contact details of two professional references

Applications received by 15.03.2017 will receive full consideration. Selected student is expected to begin July 1, 2017.

For further inquiries, please contact Prof. Dr. Eric R. Labelle (+49 8161 71 4760).