Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
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 Land Change Science studies patterns, causes and processes of landscape change. The research group Land-Use Systems is looking for spring 2023 within the Blue-Green Biodiversity Initiative of WSL and Eawag for the duration of two years for a (f/m/d)
Research Associate in Biodiversity Promotion in Urban Areas 80-100% (f/m/d)
Municipalities are important actors in the promotion and protection of biodiversity. With targeted attention to biodiversity concerns in spatial planning and building permit procedures, as well as in the wise management of their own facilities, cities and municipalities can create and maintain biodiversityrich settlements. Several large cities offer good examples of this. However, little is known about the challenges and opportunities in medium-sized Swiss municipalities in creating biodiversityrich settlements. 

This project explores implementation practices to understand the conditions, actors and resources, as well as leverage points in creating biodiversityrich settlements. You will conduct case study research in selected Swiss municipalities. You will use interviews and document analysis to develop an in-depth, multi-layered understanding of complex local biodiversity implementation practices. Your workplace will be at WSL and Eawag within the Blue-Green Biodiversity Initiative.
You have a Master’s degree or a PhD in environmental sciences, geography, political science or a related field. We are looking for candidates with good skills in qualitative social science research and an interest in biodiversity and local governance. We welcome applications from people who have a good command of German and English, while knowledge of another national language is an advantage. You are interested in developing innovative, problem-oriented and pragmatic research and are motivated to work in an interdisciplinary working environment at the interface between science and practice. 

Anna Hersperger, phone +41 (0)44 739 25 15 and Rolf Holderegger, phone +41 (0)44 739 25 27, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. Please send your complete application to Eawag by uploading the requested documents through their webpage with the following link: Applications via email will not be considered. 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. The job advertisement remains online until the position is filled.
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