Postdoc in Community Ecology

WorkplaceDübendorf, Zurich region, Switzerland


Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, and WSL, the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, are internationally networked research institutes within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology).

The Department of Aquatic Ecology of Eawag and the Mountain Ecosystems Group of WSL seek to recruit a

to study warming-related community turnover in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.

A critical challenge in ecology is to understand how changes in biodiversity and community composition across the Earth’s biomes will keep pace with the rapid rate of anthropogenic climate change. With rising temperatures at a given location, the presence or abundance of species adapted to higher temperatures is expected to increase, whereas species adapted to lower temperatures may decline and eventually become excluded. Such directional shifts in community composition in favor of warm-affinity species are referred to as "thermophilization". This project will focus on a comparative analysis between terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and across trophic guilds, investigating the drivers of variation in rates of thermophilization.

A PhD degree in biology or related area is mandatory. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in ecology, previous experience compiling data from the literature, is proficient in data-cleaning, harmonization and analysis using R or similar platforms, is independent but also enjoys collaboration. This position is part of a larger Blue-Green Biodiversity (BGB) initiative, funded by the ETH Domain, in which numerous postdocs will be hired to work on data-analysis projects focusing on questions bridging freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. The position is funded for one-year and will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found (earliest starting date is 1st August, 2020).

This project is supervised by Anita Narwani (Department of Aquatic Ecology, Eawag ) and Christian Rixen (Mountain Ecosystems, WSL ), and is part of a larger collaboration between both institutes. The Department of Aquatic Ecology of Eawag is situated in Dübendorf (near Zürich) and offers an enjoyable and dynamic working environment with broad expertise in ecology and evolution ( ?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eawag.ch%2Fen%2Fdepartment%2Feco%2F&module=jobs&id=48157" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.eawag.ch/en/department/eco/ ). The WSL is situation in Birmensdorf and Davos. The working language is English. The selected candidate will benefit from interactions across both institutes. The workplace will be Dübendorf and/or Davos. For further information contact Dr. Anita Narwani or Dr. Christian Rixen .

Additional information
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The closing date for applications is 7thth July 2020.

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