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 (ECO) has an open position for a
PhD research student in River/Floodplain Ecology

The PhD position is part of a transdisciplinary research project “Riverscapes – Sediment Dynamics and Connectivity” financed by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and with research partners from river engineering (VAW-ETHZ, LCH-EPFL) and terrestrial ecology (WSL). The Riverscapes Project aims at understanding the complex interactions between sediment dynamics and floodplain functioning of regulated rivers, towards supporting the ecological restoration of sediment regimes in rivers as requested by the Swiss Water Protection Act.


The focus of the PhD research is to examine the linkage between sediment dynamics and floodplain function in regulated rivers. More specifically, addressing how sediment regimes influence riparian arthropods and resource subsidies (trophic dynamics) of water bodies in floodplains along a gradient of fluvial connectivity. One aspect is to examine the functional properties (e.g., ecosystem metabolism) of floodplain side-channels and backwaters (ponds) along a gradient of fluvial connectivity in floodplains with contrasting sediment regimes.


Applicants should have a Master’s degree in a relevant field of biology, ecology, or environmental science and a strong interest in research application and interdisciplinary, practiceoriented research. Applications are sought from individuals with research experience in stream/river or floodplain ecology, with an interest in the ecohydrology, function and management of riverine floodplains.


The position is financed for 3.5 years in theDepartment of Aquatic Ecology (ECO), and interacting with the Department of Surface Waters (SURF) of Eawag and our partner institutions WSL, VAW-ETHZ, LCH-EPFL and FOEN.Excellent communication skills in English and experience in team work are essential.Working knowledge in German or French is an advantage.


Eawag offers aunique 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.


The starting date for the position is March 2018. For further information, please contact Christopher Robinson (no applications).


The deadline for applications is 30 November 2017.
Applications should include a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for 3 references.We look forward to receiving your application through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. Please click on the button below, this will take you directly to the application form.
Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology