Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
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 Group Insubric Ecosystems is based in Ticino (Cadenazzo) and is dealing with past and present landscape and land use changes in the southern Alps and in the neighboring areas of Central Europe and the Mediterranean. From November 1st 2017 on, the WSL Research Group Insubric Ecosystems in collaboration with the Institute of Plant Sciences and Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research of University of Bern (group Prof. W. Tinner) is looking for a
PhD student in Numeric Paleo-Ecology
You will contribute to develop a first quantitative index of human-impact intensity for paleoecological records. The task is to develop a quantitative, reproducible index of human-impact intensity that can be applied to well-dated, high-resolution sedimentary palynological data sets to reconstruct changes in land-use intensity at decadal to centennial scales over the past 10,000 years.
You have a Master’s degree in biology, forestry, environmental sciences or closely related fields. Excellent knowledge in data management and complex statistical analyses with R and good English skills are essential. Experience or knowledge in palynology, good taxonomic and autoecology knowledge on Central European and Mediterranean vascular plants are desirable. You like to work independently, in a structured, precisely way and are team-oriented, flexible and willing to travel from time to time from Cadenazzo to University of Bern.

Please send your complete application to Sabine Hirt, Human Resources WSL. Marco Conedera ( will be happy to answer any ques-tions 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.
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