The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is part of the ETH Domain. Approximately 600 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.
The ETH Board has funded a research program on Blue-Green Biodiversity
(BGB). Its goal is to strengthen interdisciplinary biodiversity research of WSL and Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) in order to find answers to urgent social challenges of species loss as quickly as possible. The project is now in its second phase. Please find more information on our homepage at: BGB Initiative WSL
In the framework of this Project, within the Biodiversity and Conservation Biology Research Unit and the Biodiversity Group of WSL, in collaboration with the Environmental Chemistry of Biomolecules
Group at Eawag, we are searching for two years
, with a start between August and October 2021
Postdoc BGB in “Blue-Green Cyanobacteria: Diversity, Toxins and alpine Tourism” (80-100%)
The selected candidate
is responsible for developing research in the field of cyanobacterial species diversity and composition on rock surfaces in the Swiss Alps, and the study of their cyanotoxin and secondary metabolite profiles. In particular, you (i) assess the cyanobacterial Tintenstrich (TC) species richness and community composition as an important part of biodiversity colonizing semiaquatic rock surfaces (meta-barcoding of collected samples) and (2) characterize their cyanotoxin and secondary metabolite profiles. Comparing recent data with the species lists established in 1945, a possible altitudinal shift of TC and as a consequence, altered cyanotoxin profiles leading to an increasing risk of cyanotoxin water pollution in the alpine zone will be addressed in our collaborative study together with Eawag.
With a passion for scientific understanding of biodiversity to join an interdisciplinary team spread over several institutions, the successful applicant will be based in the research group at WSL in Birmensdorf, but will work in close collaboration with Elisabeth Janssen from Eawag, and close exchange with a team of internationally-oriented scientists from WSL, Eawag and ETH Zürich.
The successful candidate
is expected to hold a PhD degree in Biology, Limnology or Environmental Chemistry and is specialized in metabarcoding and/or metabolomics of cyanotoxins. Other desired skills include an ample knowledge and skills in the analysis of genomic and metabolomic data, experience with liquid chromatography high resolution mass spectrometry, and a familiarity with mountaineering. Furthermore we expect good knowledge in statistics and programming, a good command of English, as well as the capability for scientific paper writing. Conceptual skills, an independent and structured way of working and a demonstrated high level of motivation and team spirit complete this profile.
Please send your complete application by end of May 2021 to Michèle Bucher, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Christoph Scheidegger (WSL), christoph.scheidegger(at)wsl.ch, phone +41 (0)44 739 23 39, or Elisabeth Janssen (Eawag) Elisabeth.janssen(at)eawag.ch, phone +41 (0)58 765 54 28 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.