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.

The Research Unit Community Ecology is interested in how above- and belowground ecosystem patterns and processes influence communities and their dynamics. For the Research Group Plant-Animal Interactions we are looking for a duration of 2 years, starting December 1, 2022 or by agreement, for a PostDoc in belowground ecology 80-100% (f/m/d)

You collect and process data on belowground organisms (microbes, invertebrates) and ecosystem functions in already established experiments. You like fieldwork (Switzerland, overseas), but also enjoy data analysis and laboratory work that you carry out independently and in collaboration with scientific staff. You supervise students, publish the results in international scientific journals and present them at international conferences.

You have a PhD degree in biology or environmental, natural or soil sciences and you have a well-founded taxonomic, ecological and conceptual knowledge on all aspects of soil microbes and soil fauna, how they interact with the soil system and how these interactions feedback to producers, aboveground living consumers and ultimately to ecosystem functioning.

You are competent in state-of-the-art procedures to collect and analyze sequencing data and are experienced in processing such data. You are familiar with designing innovative field and laboratory experiments, have strong skills in the statistical analysis of data as well as in publishing scientific articles. As a highly motivated and creative team player you enjoy working in an international and dynamic research team, but also independently. You speak and write English fluently and have a valid driving license.

Please send your complete application to Beatrice Lamprecht, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. PD Dr. Anita C. Risch, phone +41 (0)44 739 23 46, 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.

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