Postdoctoral Researcher on Impacts of pollutants on aquatic ecosystems ~

30 de octubre de 2012

Postdoctoral Researcher on Impacts of pollutants on aquatic ecosystems

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology,
is a Swiss-based and internationally networked aquatic research
institute within the ETH domain (Swiss Federal Institute of Science
and Technology). It is committed to the ecologically, economically and
socially responsible management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems.

The Department of Aquatic Ecology has a vacancy for a three year
position as

Postdoctoral Researcher on Impacts of pollutants on aquatic ecosystems
The contamination of freshwater systems with micropollutants (MPs)
is a key environmental problem, but the basic principles of how MPs
impact aquatic ecosystems are poorly understood. The specific goals of
this project are therefore to test i) whether MPs have ecosystem level
consequences and ii) how these effects are mediated across different
hierarchical levels in ecosystems (from individuals and populations
to communities and ecosystem function). The postdoctoral project is
embedded in a large collaborative and interdisciplinary effort that
encompasses research from environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology to
evolutionary ecology and ecosystem ecology. The project is theory driven
and involves innovative experimental approaches combined with large scale
field surveys and the use of up-to-date methodology in measurements of
ecosystem function and ecotoxicology/chemistry.

A Ph.D. degree in biology or related area is mandatory. The main selection
criterion for this position is scientific excellence. The ideal candidate
has a strong conceptual basis in evolutionary ecology/ecosystem ecology
and their applications (especially environmental stress research and/or
environmental toxicology). Previous experience in designing and conducting
field and laboratory experiments is necessary. The position is funded
for three years and will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is
found (target date January-February 2013). The candidate will be based
at Department of Aquatic Ecology, Eawag Dübendorf, Switzerland.

The application should include an application letter (with a max. 1 page
statement of research interests and relevant experience), a CV and a
list of publications, copies of academic qualifications and the names,
affiliations, and e-mail addresses of three referees. The deadline for
applications is November 25, 2012.

The Department of Aquatic Ecology is situated in Dübendorf (near
Zürich). The department has broad expertise in ecology and evolution,
and offers a dynamic, international and socially active working
environment. It is well connected internationally and with other
departments at Eawag. The working language is English. The project is
conducted in the team of

Dr. Katja Räsänen in close collaboration with Dr. Christian Stamm
(Env. Chemistry, Eawag), Prof. Rik Eggen, (Env.Toxicology/directorate,
Eawag), Prof. Martin Ackermann (Env. Microbiology, Eawag/ ETH-Zurich),
Dr. Florian Altermatt (Aquatic Ecology, Eawag) and Prof. Jukka Jokela
(Aquatic Ecology/ETH-Zurich).

For further information consult or contact Dr. Katja
Räsänen, (

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We look forward to receiving your application. The
quickest way is to apply online. Please click on the Link
below. This will take you directly to the application form.

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