Job announcement
University of Zurich, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies,

Postdoc Position - Meta-Ecosystem Ecology

Application deadline: 30.05.2017
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The Altermatt lab at the Department of Aquatic Ecology (Eawag) and Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental studies (UZH) has avacancy for a

Postdoc Position in Meta-Ecosystem Ecology (2 years)

Project title “Bridging biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in dendritic networks: a meta-ecosystem perspective”

Understanding the causes and consequences of biodiversity is among the most challenging goals in ecology. Recent results indicate a generally positive effect of diversity on ecosystem processes. Up to now, almost all work on biodiversity-ecosystem functioning has been conducted from a localized perspective. Natural ecosystems, however, are spatially explicit, and there is substantial flow of material and organisms among patches and ecosystems. This project aims at combining theoretical and experimental work and applying the concept of meta-ecosystems to spatially explicit landscape networks.

The postdoctoral fellow will use a combination of theoretical modelling and protist microcosm experiments to experimentally test interacting effects of habitat network structure and ecosystem functioning. A high independence and intellectual contribution to the project is desired, with the opportunity to build on existing data and to integrate into an ongoing project (

Competitive applicants have previous experience in theoretical or experimental ecology and biodiversity research. Expertise in spatial ecology and network theory is desired. Applicants will be highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent scientists. They must have a good conceptual understanding of ecological theory, a strong background in quantitative modeling and/or experimental skills. Excellent communicational and writing skills in English, experiences with publishing scientific articles, good work ethics, and creative thinking are desired. A PhD in Ecology or related subject is necessary for admission.

The Altermatt lab has a shared base at Eawag and UZH and the working language is English. Zurich hosts many other research groups in ecology and biodiversity research, and is among the world’s leading cities in terms of science, culture and quality of life. The positions will be for a period of two years, and could start in the second half of 2017. The project is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

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 and

For further information about the position please consult or contact Prof. Dr Florian Altermatt, Email

Applications must be submitted by 30 May 2017. Your application should include a motivation letter with a description of pertinent experience, a complete CV (incl. publication list), the names (with e-mail addresses) of three academic references, and copies of certificates of academic qualifications.

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