The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is a part of the
ETH domain. Approximately 500 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the
environment and on the handling of natural hazards.
The Research Unit Biodiversity and Conservation Biology investigates the diversity of life in
its various forms, from genetic diversity to the diversity of species and ecosystems as well
as their interactions. The Research Group Conservation Biology is seeking for April 1, 2017 a PhD position on Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning.
You will test the relative effects of taxonomic and functional macro-detritivore diversity on
multiple ecosystem functions such as leaf litter decomposition and plant performance using
mesocosm experiments. Furthermore you will create different species assemblages of
snails, earthworms and isopods as model taxa and use uni- and multivariate models to
analyse the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem processes. You will write your
PhD thesis in collaboration with the Laboratory of Functional Ecology at the University of
You have a Master’s degree in biology, environmental science or close related fields. Some
theoretical and/or empirical knowledge of the « Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function »
debate, including trait-mediated plant-animal interactions are desirable. Practical experience
and taxonomic knowledge on soil inverte-brates and soil biochemical analyses is favorable,
as well as a good back-ground in quantitative analyses with R. Fluency in English is
essential and German is of advantage. You hold a driving license cat. B, you are able to
work independently, structured and precise, you are flexible and like being part of a team.
Please send your complete application to Monika Lips, Human Resources WSL. Marco
Moretti, tel. +41 (0)79 237 07 13 or email: [email protected], will be happy to answer
any questions or offer further information. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of
women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to
apply for this position.