Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
8903 Birmensdorf
The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is a part of the ETH domain. Approximately 500 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.
Post-Doc BGB2020 Invasion Ecology (80-100%)

The Blue-Green Biodiversity 2020 is a new initiative between WSL and eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology). Please find more information on our homepage at: press release BGB2020 . In the framework of this initiative within the research unit ‘Forest Health and Biotic Interactions’ of WSL, we are searching for one year (possibility of extension), with a start between August and October 2020 a

You will compare invasions in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems primarily at large (national) spatial scales and among several higher-level taxa (insects, molluscs, crustaceans, all major vertebrate classes, and plants), test the biotic resistance hypothesis, and explore the role of factors that could influence invasiveness and invasibility. With a passion for scientific understanding of biodiversity to join an interdisciplinary team spread over several institution, the successful applicant will be based at WSL in Birmensdorf, but will work in collaboration with Marco Baity-Jesi from eawag, Dübendorf.
You have a PhD in biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or related fields and, ideally, a background in biological invasions or biodiversity. You have strong skills in working with large data sets and modelling, preferably using R (Python would be a plus). Furthermore, you have a good knowledge in statistics and programming, a good command of English and a demonstrated ability to write scientific papers. You are ambitious and highly motivated, used to a high standard of independent, structured, and careful work, and demonstrate a high level of team spirit. 

Please submit your complete application online to, Susanne Jost, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. For further information, contact Eckehard Brockerhoff, eckehard.brockerhoff(at) or Marco Baity-Jesi, Marco.BaityJesi(at) The evaluation process will start in July 2020, but the position will remain open until filled. 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.
Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf
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