Job announcement
University of Innsbruck, Institute of Zoology

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Animal Physiology

Application deadline: not specified

The Institute of Zoology at the University of Innsbruck invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Research Assistant working in the Interreg-Projektes ITAT1041 ALFFA: Gesamtheitliche (skalenübergreifende) Analyse der Einflussfaktoren und ihre Wirkung auf die Fischfauna im inner-alpinen Raum.

Starting date: as soon as possible.

Duration: 1.5 years (with the possibility of extension for another 6 month).

Short description of the ALFFA - project:

River ecosystems are strongly influenced by landform and human activities within the surrounding valley at multiple scales. Most rivers are contaminated by a combination of different interventions, leading to a dramatic change in the aquatic habitat and the organism community. Fish are an established biological indicator in the European Union. Through information about species assemblage, abundance, dominance and population structure it is possible to make reliable predictions about the whole river ecosystem. In contrast to most of the previous research where only individual originators were examined, in this project we will determine the influence of (as far as possible) all influence factors and make them visible through geostatistic and multiscale models. We plan on incorporating the gained findings into river management plans, which can be used to influence future decisions on environmental protection.

Assigned functions of this position comprise cooperation with all project partners and self-responsible analysis of the influence of endocrine disruptors on fish collected in the context of this project.

The University of Innsbruck is an equal opportunity employer.Applications should include (1) a cover letter with short statements of motivation and research interests, (2) scientific CV with degree certificates, (3) list of publications, (4) contact details of two academic referees. Applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to

For any enquiries please contact Bernd Pelster via e-mail.

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