Post-Doc BGB in “Biodiversity Conservation” (80-100%)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Jun 2021

The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is part of the ETH Domain. Approximately 600 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.

The ETH Board has funded a research initiative on Blue-Green Biodiversity (BGB) in 2020. Its goal is to strengthen interdisciplinary biodiversity research of WSL and Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) in order to find answers to urgent social challenges of species loss as quickly as possible. The project is now in its second phase. Please find more information on our homepage at:

BGB Initiative WSL


In the framework of this project, the Dynamic Macroecology Group of WSL within the Land Change Science Research Unit in collaboration with the Evolutionary Biodiversity Dynamics Group at Eawag, is searching for two years, with start between August and October 2021 a (f/m/d)

Post-Doc BGB in “Biodiversity Conservation” (80-100%)

You will assess spatial biodiversity patterns jointly for aquatic and terrestrial realms for a range of organism groups and for current and projected future conditions. Furthermore, you will evaluate how conservation networks can be optimized to conserve the Swiss biodiversity (taxonomic, phylogenetic) consistently between the two realms, now and in the future. You will tightly collaborate with a PhD student on this topic in the same labs. In this position, you should have a sound scientific understanding of biodiversity and be willing to join an interdisciplinary team. You will be based in the research group at WSL in Birmensdorf, but will work in close collaboration with Dr. Seehausen from Eawag, Kastanienbaum and in close exchange with a team of 13 internationally-oriented scientists from WSL and Eawag.

You hold a PhD in biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or related fields. Ideally, you have a strong background in macroecology and/or biodiversity and previous experience in conservation planning and/or phylogenetic comparative methods and/or species distribution modelling. Strong skills in working with large data sets and modelling, preferably using R (Python) are also required. Furthermore, you have excellent knowledge in statistics and programming, a good command of English, as well as a demonstrated capability of writing scientific papers. You are ambitious and highly motivated, used to a high standard of independent, structured, and careful work, and demonstrate a high level of team spirit.

Please submit your complete application online by

end of May 2021

to Jeanine Gehrig, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. For further information, contact Dr. Niklaus E. Zimmermann (

) or Dr. Ole Seehausen (

). 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.

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