Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is a Swiss-based and internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institute of Science and Technology). It is committed to the ecologically, economically and socially responsible management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems.
The Department of Fish Ecology and Evolution (FishEc) located in Kastanienbaum LU has vacancies for Two Postdoctoral Researchers in Fish Evolutionary Ecology
Applications are sought from individuals with research experience in ecology and evolution. Applicants should have an earned doctorate in a relevant field of biology, ecology, or environmental science and a strong interest in fish evolutionary ecology, life history, local adaptation and stream ecology.
One position will focus on how trout life history is related to stream sediment regime and how potential match-mismatch scenarios affect trout populations and ultimately trout intraspecific diversity. The position is part of the transdisciplinary research project “Riverscapes – Sediment Dynamics and Connectivity” financed by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and with research partners from river engineering (VAW- ETHZ, LCH-EPFL) and terrestrial ecology (WSL).
The other position (funded through the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Supply of Electricity; SCCER-SoE) will focus on temperature ecology of trout and ultimately, how altered river temperature regimes, as a consequence of future changes in hydropower operation, may impact Swiss river fish diversity. We anticipate a certain focus on population specific variation in reproductive dynamics. For this position, we further expect collaboration with a post-doctoral researcher in river temperature modelling.
For both positions, there will be a relatively high degree of flexibility in terms of specific research questions and methods as long as they are within the overall frameworks. 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 rivers. We are aiming at hiring people with complementary skills, who are able to collaborate and take advantage of synergies between research disciplines.
These are non-tenure-track positions with an appointment for 26-30 months. The positions will be hosted by the River Fish Ecology group (http://www.eawag.ch/en/department/fishec/main-focus/river-fish-ecology/) within the FishEc Department (http://www.eawag.ch/en/department/fishec/). We further expect substantial interactions with the departments “Aquatic Ecology” and “Surface Waters – Research & Management”. Excellent communication and writing skills in English and ability to work in a team are essential.
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 group from the Departments Aquatic Ecology and 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. All three 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 www.eawag.ch and www.eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/employment.
Applications must be submitted by 2 February 2018 and should include an application letter describing your interests and their relevance to this position, a short description of potential research themes, a CV and list of publications, and the names and contact information for three references. The starting date for both positions should optimally be around July 2018. For further information, please contact Jakob Brodersen ([email protected]; +41 58 765 22 04).
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