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.
WSL’s research unit ‘Forest Health and Biotic Interactions’ studies biotic and abiotic factors relevant for the protection of forests and their biological diversity. For a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, we are seeking from 1 March or 1 April 2023, for a period of 4-10 months (duration flexible depending on availability), for a
Research Assistant ‘Bird effects on urban tree health’ 60-80% (f/m/d)
You will study bird communities in different urban and peri-urban environments, and the effects of birds on tree-feeding insects and tree pathogens. You will contribute to publications on the findings in peer-reviewed journals. You will join a small interdisciplinary team of ornithologists, entomologists and molecular biologists at WSL in collaboration with the Swiss Ornithological Institute (Vogelwarte Sempach). The position is based at WSL in Birmensdorf near Zurich.
You have a master’s (or equivalent experience) in biology, ecology, or related fields and previous experience in ornithology. You have a passion for scientific understanding, an interest in bird and urban ecology, and ideally a Swiss qualification for handling birds (e.g., bird ringing). Experience in molecular biology and strong skills in statistical data analysis, preferably using R is desirable. Furthermore, you have a good command of English and a demonstrated ability to carry out research projects. Knowledge of German and/or Italian would be a plus. You are ambitious, used to a high standard of independent, structured, and careful work, and have a high level of self-motivation and good team spirit.
Please submit your complete application online to, Michèle Bucher, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our website. Applications via email will not be considered. For further information, contact Dr Eckehard Brockerhoff, eckehard.brockerhoff(at)wsl.ch. Evaluation of candidates will begin as soon as possible, and the position will remain open until filled. WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in their employees, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.