Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.
The Department of Aquatic Ecology is offering a
Postdoctoral fellowship: the evolution of competitive ability in phytoplankton
This postdoctoral position is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Competition has been acknowledged as one of the major forces structuring ecological communities, and in particular, communities of freshwater phytoplankton. The goal of this project is understand how competitive traits evolve. More specifically, we will investigate to what degree evolution of competitive traits alters the outcome of competition both in terms of community structure and in terms of species’ relative contributions to ecosystem functioning. To answer these questions we use competition experiments both the lab and in natural lakes. These investigations will have the opportunity to leverage existing resources in my group from prior resource limitation evolution experiments (e.g. descendant populations and whole genome sequences).

The successful candidate has completed a PhD in related topics of community, population, microbial or evolutionary ecology.

Suitable candidates have a PhD, with no more than 2 years of work experience post-PhD. The applicant should have at least two of the three following qualifications: (1) a background in competition and coexistence theory, 2) quantitative data analysis skills including familiarity with statistical and modelling techniques using R, Python or similar platforms, 3) experience with modern molecular methods including DNA/RNA extraction, qPCR and library preparation for next generation sequencing and basic bioinformatics. Knowledge of standard methods in aquatic ecology and algal culturing is an asset. Excellent written and spoken English with a track record of publishing in international journals is required.

Eawag offers a unique research and working environment and is committed to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work. Applications from women are especially welcome. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult www.eawag.ch and www.eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/employment.

If you are excited about working on this timely and challenging research topic within an international and interdisciplinary research team and with the excellent research facilities that Eawag has to offer, then we are looking forward to hearing from you.

For additional information, consult www.eawag.ch or contact Dr. Anita Narwani, E-Mail: anita.narwani@eawag.ch (no applications).

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2017. Applications should include a cover letter, CV and the names and affiliations of three references. Please send your application through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. Please click on the link below, this will take you directly to the application form.
Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology