The Potential of Smart Chainsaws in Motor-manual Timber Harvesting

Location: remote / Roding (Bavaria)


As part of the “Smart Forestry” project funded by the German Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR), we are developing and integrating digital twins into large forestry machines as well as hand-held equipment such as chainsaws.

Your topic: Determination of the Potential of Smart Chainsaws in Motor-manual Timber Harvesting

In a time study, STIHL’s flagship chainsaw MS500i equipped with advanced sensor technology is tracked during logging. Information about the execution of the work (work phases), but also about the work objects (attributes of the trees to be felled, attributes of the produced stem sections) will be recorded. In the course of your scientific work, you will analyze these data sets in different respects, evaluate them statistically or geostatistically, and visualize them. You can build on previous research activities and on the expertise of iFOS GmbH. You will receive professional support from an in-house mentor at any time.


  • BSc. or MSc. student in the field of forest science / forest engineering or comparable
  • knowledge in the field of motor-manual harvesting
  • interest in time studies
  • knowledge in the field of statistics
  • knowledge in the field of GIS

If you are…

  • reliable,
  • can work independently and in a structured manner,
  • like to venture into new and unknown territory without hesitation,

…we offer:

  • working in a young, dynamic company,
  • personal freedom and flexible working hours,
  • space for creativity in solving technical issues,
  • the possibility of subsequent employment in interesting projects with impact in the forestry and environmental sector.

iFOS and Smart Forestry

iFOS GmbH is an internationally operating industry-related research, engineering, and advisory company in the field of forestry. We cooperate closely with renowned partners in German and European forestry such as equipment manufacturers, universities, state forests, and wood manufacturers.

You will contribute to the Smart Forestry project funded by the German Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR). The goal of this research project is to develop cross-cluster approaches for intelligent, fully-integrated forest harvesting based on Forestry 4.0 principles. We cross-link all actors along the wood harvesting network with digital twins. These freely configurable networks enable all actors to communicate more effectively and on equal terms. The aim is to improve control, valuation, and optimization of the forest harvesting process for everyone involved and enables integration with related processes.

Are you excited to transform forestry?

  • Then prepare your CV and point out how you match the requirements listed above,
  • e-mail your application documents to lukas.schreiber[[at]]
  • and we will get back to you within a week to schedule an interview.

We are looking forward to hear from you!