Postdoctoral Researcher in Evolutionary Ecosystems Ecology

ArbeitsortDübendorf, Region Zürich, Schweiz


Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.

The Department of Fish Ecology and Evolution (FishEc) located in Kastanienbaum (Lucerne) has a vacancy for a

This is a 24 months postdoctoral position. The position will be hosted by the River Fish Ecology group and the FishEc Department . The project includes collaboration between research groups of Jakob Brodersen, Ole Seehausen, Carlos Melian and Blake Matthews. We aim to do fundamental research on fish ecology and diversity in order to answer current and future applied questions regarding conservation of fish diversity in Swiss lake/river systems. We are aiming at hiring people with complementary skills, who are able to collaborate and take advantage of synergies between research disciplines to produce novel synthesis. Excellent communication and writing skills in English and ability to work in a team are essential.

The postdoctoral researcher will be associated with the Eawag-funded project "Drivers of biomass distributions in aquatic food webs along anthropogenic gradients". With this project, we will investigate the correlates and drivers of biomass distribution in contrasting food webs that can be arranged along gradients of energy availability, biotic richness and disturbance. We will specifically focus on the role of nutrients, community structure and evolutionary processes, such as evolution of alternative migratory forms, ecotype formation and adaptive radiation and investigate effects of anthropogenic influence on biomass distribution via its effects on evolutionary diversity. Specifically, we will focus on lake- and stream food webs in Southern Greenland and The European Alps, with additional work on systems in Scandinavia and East Africa. The position includes a field trip to Southern Greenland in the summer 2020.

Applications are sought from individuals with research experience in ecology and evolution and should have an earned doctorate (or expect to finish their PhD early 2020) in a relevant field of biology, ecology, or environmental science and a strong interest in fish evolutionary ecology, life history, population structure and food webs. Skills in stage-structured and/or ecosystem modelling is especially beneficial for the position.

The work place is at Eawag’s Center for Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry (CEEB) in Kastanienbaum, Lucerne, which besides the Fish Ecology and Evolution Department hosts research groups from the Department Surface Waters - Research & Management and offers a beautiful workplace at the shores of Lake Lucerne, a friendly international working climate and a strong cross-disciplinary research environment. Both departments within CEEB share a common interest in understanding the principles of the functioning of aquatic ecosystems and their susceptibility and adaptability to changing environments, and a common concern for sustainable management of ecosystems and biodiversity. Each department on its own aims at contributing cutting edge science to the development of theory in ecology, evolution and environmental sciences. Building on the synergies that emerge between these fields, the CEEB aspires to contribute to a future synthesis of evolutionary biology and ecosystem science.

Eawag offers a unique research and working environment and is committed to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work. Applications from women are especially welcome. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> and ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> .

Applications must be submitted by 15 November 2019 and should include an application letter describing your interests and their relevance to this position, a CV and list of publications, and the names and contact information for three references.

The position should optimally start in the beginning of 2020. For further information, please con-tact Jakob Brodersen (jakob.brodersen [at] eawag[.]ch; 0041 (0)58 765 22 04).

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