The loss of biodiversity is, next to climate change, one of the biggest challenges humanity is facing. Research and action to reverse and mitigate the loss of biodiversity and associated ecosystem functions and services are thus crucially needed. In order to tackle this scientifically and societally urgent topic, the ETH Board has funded a research program on Blue-Green Biodiversity (BGB). Its goal is to strengthen interdisciplinary biodiversity research of WSL and Eawag in order to find answers to urgent social challenges of species loss as quickly as possible.
For the first round of calls, BGB2020 is now looking to fill twelve 1-year postdoc-positions. All of these positions will be set in a highly collaborative framework at both institutions, and tackle scientific projects for which data are at hand and can be readily used. Postdoctoral researchers will be hired to identify drivers of biodiversity patterns and dynamics in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. This effort should provide rapid output and visibility. A second phase and funding of the BGB initiative is foreseen for 2021–2024, and will provide additional postdoctoral opportunities.
Postdocs will be employed at WSL or Eawag and will profit from a highly dynamic and international research community in biodiversity, environmental and social sciences.
We invite interested candidates with a background and interest in biodiversity sciences, ecology, evolution or related fields to apply. Projects are fully funded for one year, and should start as soon as possible. Salary and benefits are very competitive. Candidates interested in multiple positions can apply for several projects, but should cross-reference this in their applications. Details about individual projects can be found at the respective links; questions can be addressed to the respective project leaders. Both WSL and Eawag offer unique research and working environment and are committed to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work.