The group of Landscape Ecology at ETH Zurich ( and WSL Birmensdorf ( under the supervision of Prof. Loïc Pellissier is invites applications for :

PhD position in biodiversity modelling

The successful candidate will develop mechanistic models including speciation and extinction to explore how landscape dynamic history shaped extant biodiversity patterns. Ultimately the model will inform on ecosystem responses to global changes. The new approach will be applied to several ecosystems with an emphasis on tropical marine reef fishes. The PhD position will be embedded within the group’s core research interests focused on three main themes: 1) Developing spatial models of biodiversity. 2) Understanding the effect of history on extant biodiversity patterns. 3) Monitoring and forecasting biodiversity and ecosystem responses to global changes.

Applicants must hold a Master degree in ecology, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics or another relevant discipline. Significant experience in programming (e.g. in R, Julia, C++) is expected. Experience in Geographic Information System (GIS) would be an advantage. Strong oral and written communication skills in English are required. The expected starting date is February 2016 with a funding for three years.

The chair of Landscape Ecology is shared between ETH Zürich and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). This project is part of an international research collaboration with the team of Dr. Fabien Leprieur in Montpellier (France).

Please provide a maximum two-page cover letter that explains your motivation, research experience and interest, a CV including publications, and a list of three professional references. Application review will begin in January 1, and continue until the position is filled. Please address your application online with attention to: ETH Zurich, Mr. Olivier Meyrat, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zürich.

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