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 Research Unit Biodiversity and Conservation Biology studies the diversity of life in its various forms, from genetic diversity to the diversity of species and ecosystems as well as their interactions. In the framework of the Swiss Forest Lab project RemHybridMon the Evolutionary Genetics Group
is looking from October 1st
or by arrangement, for 12 months
for a (f/m/d)
PostDoc in ecological/evolutionary data science (80-100%)
RemHybridMon is aimed at developing a cost-effective remote sensing tool to monitor the hybridization between different forest tree provenances or closely related species upon their introduction. Monitoring the rate of hybridization and the spread of adaptive genetic variants using field sampling and genetic evalua-tion is impractical and expensive. This project will use state-of-the art genomics and optical spectroscopy to develop a protocol based on machine learning to uncover the relationship between the two. Field data will be collected by our team at three sites during the summer of 2022. Although the position will be based at the WSL, the future postdoc will closely interact with Prof Dr Meredith Schuman and her research group in Spatial Genetics
at the University of Zurich. Desk space will be available at both institutions.
Ideal candidates hold a PhD degree in a subject related to field or imaging spectroscopy, data science, and/or population genomics/bioinformatics. Experience with machine learning, fluency in python and in R are essential for this position. Fluency in English (oral and written) as well as experience in writing scientific publications is expected. The language of the group is English.
Please send your complete application to Michèle Bucher, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Katalin Csilléry, katalin.csillery(at)wsl.ch, will be happy to answer any questions. 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.