Two postdoctoral fellowships in Global Ecosystem Modeling

     
EmployerEidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ
Published11 August 2017
WorkplaceZurich, Zurich region, Switzerland
CategoryEnvironment / Sustainable Development
Life Sciences
PositionSenior Researcher / Postdoc

Description

The research group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Crowther at the Institute of Integrative Biology, ETH Zurich, invites applications for

We offer an opportunity to conduct highly competitive research on quantitative ecosystem ecology at a global scale. The research will aim to improve our understanding of how the physiology/activity/composition of biological communities affects ecosystem functioning (primarily carbon cycling) at a global scale. We seek ecologists who are familiar with Earth System Models that will enable them to identify critical uncertainties that can be addressed through experimental or observational research. The ultimate goal of this work will be to improve our capacity to project climate change by generating an ecologically-informed understanding of Earth system dynamics.
Consistently ranked in the top 10 universities in the world, ETH Zurich provides an ideal location to perform this quantitative research. The Department of Environmental Systems Science boasts a highly interdisciplinary group of world-leading experts in a range of topics that provide a unique opportunity for collaboration. This will be reflected in this research lab, which will bring together experts with highly different skillsets to promote interdisciplinary projects.
Post-doctoral research is the best time for academic ecologists to focus on research, take risks and develop big research ideas. These positions are intended to provide an opportunity to do this. Post-docs will have the opportunity to design projects for, work with, and advise PhD candidates who can help to develop their broader research lines.

The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in a related topic. All research will require strong quantitative/analytical stills, with considerable experience handling big datasets and generating models. Experience in Earth System Modeling or complex system analysis will be favorable. The researcher should be driven to lead experimental/observational studies or meta-analyses that generate the empirical data needed to parameterize ecosystem models. Interested candidates should show good evidence of independent research, generating and leading their own projects. No researchers in the lab will share the same skillsets, so each individual will be responsible for developing their lines of research that connect to the overall lab research goals.

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