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 unit Forest Dynamics investigates the effects of global change on forest ecosystems. Starting January 2019, we offer a position for 2 years as

Experienced PostDoc/Scientist in Vegetation Assessment and Modelling

This position aims at preparing the 3rd vegetation assessment in the frame of the Swiss National Forest Inventory. The new assessment serves to derive a national forest vegetation map at high resolution. Preparing the assessment will include the integration of existing vegetation information such as relevés, tree species presence/absence data, factor maps, tests of distribution models, and the evaluation of robust field methods to assess both vegetation and tree regeneration in grid- and close-by gap-plots. Existing data of two former national vegetation assessments serve for preliminary tests and offer publication opportunities. You are part of an interdisciplinary team assisting you regarding model evaluation, field assessment and factor selection.

You hold a PhD degree in natural sciences, and have a strong proven research background preferably in vegetation ecology and spatial modelling. Experiences in botany and forest ecology are favourable. You are skilled in dealing with large datasets and complex analyses mainly in the statistical software R. You are a team player, communicative and own a driver's licence. Speaking a Swiss language is advantageous.

Please send your complete application to Stefania Pe, Human Resources WSL. The evaluation process will start 15th November 2018, but the position remains open until filled. Dr. Thomas Wohlgemuth, phone +41 (0)44 739 23 17, will be happy to answer any questions 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. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

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