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 Surface Waters - Research and Management (SURF) has a vacancy for a
Postdoctoral Researcher in River/Floodplain Ecology
The position is part of the 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 ecosystem functioning of rivers, towards supporting the ecological restoration of sediment regime in rivers as requested by the Swiss Water Protection Act. Scientific articles and practical outreach products (e.g. factsheets) are expected products of the postdoc.

The focus of the postdoctoral position is to assess how sediment depletion affects habitat diversity and turnover in riverine floodplains, with particular consideration of refugial habitats for aquatic organisms during drought. The successful candidate will have excellent opportunities to develop own research activities in the context of the Riverscapes Project and to assist in the supervision of PhD and Master/Bachelor students.

Applications are sought from individuals with research experience in river ecology, specifically the linkage between sediment dynamics and functional attributes of streams and floodplains. Applicants should have an earned doctorate in a relevant field of biology, ecology, or environmental science and a strong interest in research application and interdisciplinary, practiceoriented research.

The position is a two year postdoc researcher employment in the SURF Department of Eawag, and interacting with the Department of Aquatic Ecology (ECO) 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 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.

Applications must be submitted by 30 November 2017 and should include an application letter describing your interests and their relevance to this position, a CV and list of publications, and the names and contact information for three references. The starting date for the position is anticipated to be in March 2018.

For further information, please contact Dr Christine Weber.

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Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology