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 assesses the effects of changing environmental conditions on forest ecosystem functioning. Within a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, we offer a 2-year position for a

PostDoc in Plant physiology and Tree-ring research

You will be responsible for carrying out lab and field experiments to better understand the responses of trees to drought. You will apply novel stable isotope methods to decipher the impact of climate on isotope fractionations in different plant parts, with the goal to develop new methods to assess the health status of trees under climate change. The project requires a combination of experimental data and models.

You hold a PhD degree in plant physiology, dendrochronology, environmental science or in an equivalent field. Proven experience in experimental work is mandatory, while knowledge in stable isotope research is favorable. You possess strong skills in analyzing data and in writing scientific articles. Furthermore, you have a high standard of independent, structured and careful working style and are fluent in English. You are ambitious, highly motivated and have a high level of team spirit.

Please send your complete application to Stefania Pe, Human Resources WSL. Matthias Saurer (, phone +41 (0)44 739 21 98) 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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