Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
8903 Birmensdorf
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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.

PhD Student in ecological impacts of light pollution
The Research Unit "Land Change Science" assesses ecological consequences of environmental change. In the framework of the new interdisciplinary research initiative "eXtremes" 2021-2024", we are looking for the duration of four years, starting in October 2021 for a (f/m/d)
Artificial light at night has been identified as a primary driver of environmental change in the 21st century with key consequences for both, ecological systems and humans. You will assess the impact of different LED lighting properties on insect communities using a variety of metrics such as abundance and taxonomic and functional diversity as well as community composition in terms of species and functional traits. In addition, you will conduct experiments on specific plant-herbivore interactions and herbivore predation.
You hold a Master’s degree in the field of environmental science, ecology or biology. You have experience in entomology and in field work. You are physically fit and able to work in demanding conditions in the field. You are highly motivated, good at analysing and interpreting data and at writing scientific texts. As a team player, you have good oral and written communication skills, are well organised and able to work independently and efficiently.

Please send your complete application to Jeanine Gehrig, Human Resources WSL. Janine Bolliger (, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. 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.
Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf