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3 de diciembre de 2022

Técnico de laboratorio para secuenciar muestras de ADN ambiental

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Lab technician (60–100%) with experience in molecular techniques (metabarcoding) in the field of ecology (position for 4–6 months)

You will be responsible and main executive for molecular tasks such as DNA extraction, application of PCR, amplicon sequencing, library preparation for next generation sequencing and beads cleanup within a well-defined project. The project encompasses library preparation and metabarcode sequencing of eDNA samples collected from rivers. You should also be willing to take over some general responsibilities of a shared molecular lab, such as biosafety, organization and data management.

To qualify for this position you have an education as a biology laboratory technician (Laborant/in Fachrichtung Biologie EFZ) or comparable qualifications. You have strong practical experience with metabarcoding techniques and are ideally familiar with working in a clean lab. Prior knowledge of the Illumina platform is an asset. You will be working in an international research environment, hence the ability to communicate and write in English and German is fundamental. You have a high degree of independence, and the ability to identify and solve problems autonomously. You have excellent skills in time management, are detail-oriented, and are a fast learner. You are organized, take care in recording data and documenting processes, and can optimize repetitive tasks while maintaining a high level of consistency.

Employment will be through University of Zurich, while the work place will be in the laboratories of Eawag in Dübendorf. You will be associated to a research project led by Dr. Luca Carraro and be part of the research group of Prof. Dr. Florian Altermatt. The position offers exciting activities in national and international research projects, which require enthusiasm, independence, flexibility and team play. University of Zurich and Eawag are both committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunities for underrepresented minorities, and to support the compatibility of family and work. Applications from women are especially welcome. For more information about UZH and Eawag and our work conditions please consult staff.uzh.ch and www.eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/employment. The Department of Aquatic Ecology is situated in Duebendorf (near Zurich).

For full consideration, please submit your application by 23 December 2022 and include a letter describing your motivation, CV, copies of your qualifications, and names and contact information of two references. Interviews are foreseen mid-January. The ideal starting date is 1 March 2022. Exact duration and level of employment of the position can be discussed. For additional information contact Dr Luca Carraro.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please send your application through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. Please click on the button below. This will take you directly to the application form.

1 de diciembre de 2022

Postdoc en Portugal estudiando las interacciones de los polinizadores con las plantas y su desarrollo en áreas urbanas

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Post-Doctoral fellowship (BPD) | Biological Sciences (Ecology)


Reference: BIOPOLIS 2022-78

Main research field: Biological Sciences (Ecology)


One Postdoctoral Fellowship is available at CIBIO-InBIO, on the scope of the project BIOPOLIS - Enhancing the transference of scientific and technological knowledge through a new Centre of Excellence in Environmental Biology, Ecosystems and AgroBiodiversity, reference NORTE-01-0246-FEDER-000063, funded by Norte Portugal Regional Operational Programme (NORTE2020), under the PORTUGAL 2020 Partnership Agreement, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), at CIBIO/Associação BIOPOLIS to develop work on the thematic of plant-pollinator interactions and the promotion of pollinators in urban areas, in the scientific area of Biological Sciences.

Requisitos de admissão/Admission requirements:
We expect to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated researcher with a PhD in biology or related fields, experience and solid background in ecology with special focus on plant taxonomy and/or entomology and plant-pollinator interactions. Extensive experience in fieldwork and driving license is expected. Experience in distribution modeling, statistical analysis using R and GIS software and taxonomic identification of plants is desirable. Candidates should have strong networking skills, be good communicators, have experience in in public engagement activities and speak and write English fluently.
Candidates must hold a Phd degree obtained within the three years prior to the date of submission of the application and with the signing of the grant in question, including possible renewals, does not exceed an accumulated period of three years in that type of grant, consecutive or interpolated.
The candidate may not have developed activities leading to the PhD in this institution.

Plano de trabalhos/Work plan:
The Post-doc researcher will join CIBIO-InBIO team within the framework of several ongoing projects related to promoting pollinators in urban areas and public awareness towards biodiversity and ecosystems services. The Post-doc will compile plant distribution and traits data and perform distribution models and data analysis. Furthermore, the Post-doc will carry out field sampling for collection of samples, perform species identification and data analysis. The successful candidate is expected to network with other researchers and to collaborate in writing technical reports, science dissemination materials for general public and scientific publications.


Legislação e regulamentação aplicável/Legislation and regulations:
Law nº.40/2004, 18th August (Research Fellow Statute) amended and republished by Decreto-Lei n.º 123/2019, 28th August; FCT Regulation for Research Studentships and Fellowships (https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/regulamento.phtml.pt).

Local de trabalho/Workplace:
The work will be carried out mostly at CIBIO - Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Vairão, Portugal, but fieldwork is planned in Portugal and abroad. The work will be developed under the scientific supervision of Dr. Pedro Beja.

Duração do contrato/Contract duration:
The work contract will have a duration of 6 months, eventually renewable until the end of the project, starting in January 1st, 2023.

Métodos de selecção/Selection methods:
The ranking of candidates will result from a global appreciation of the Curriculum vitae (40%), previous experience of the applicant relevant to the project and work-plan (40%) and motivation letter (20%). The jury may not award the position if the expected quality and requirements of candidates are not fulfilled.

Composição do Júri de Selecção/Composition of the Selection Panel:
Dr. Miguel Porto, Dr. Sónia Ferreira, Dr. Claudia Fernandes and Dr. Vanessa Mata.

Forma de publicitação/notificação dos resultados / Form of advertising/notification of results:
The final evaluation results will be published and the selected candidate will be notified by e-mail or telephone.

Prazo de candidatura e forma de apresentação das candidaturas / Deadline for application and presentation of applications:
The application period will be from the 21st to 5th December 2022.

The applications are formalized at the electronic address http://www.cibio.pt. The following documents are required in a digital form (PDF format):
i) Curriculum vitae;
ii) Motivation Letter (including a brief description of research experience and why you are suitable for the announced position);
iii) Qualifications Certificate;
iv) Other relevant documentation

30 de noviembre de 2022

Restauración de hábitats y monitoreo de fauna salvaje usando bioacústica con trabajo de campo en Kenia

Oferta compartida por Cristina


The role of soundscapes in monitoring ecological restoration


School: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Starting: 2023
Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded

Apply

Overview

The number of rewilding and restoration projects (sometimes conflated concepts) has dramatically increased globally since the start of the 21st century as a result of the growing need for transformative and landscape-level approaches to conserving and promoting biodiversity. To date, measures of progress (or otherwise) of such projects tend to centre around monitoring changes to vegetation, such as looking at rates of establishment of species and changes in diversity over time.

Monitoring changes in faunal biodiversity and communities composition presents inherent scientific complexity due to, for example, differences in body size, distribution (e.g. ground vs canopy dwelling fauna), movement capabilities and behaviours (e.g. nocturnal and elusive animals). Moreover, traditional monitoring methods are typically expensive because of the significant workforce involved and the multiple and complex arrays of different equipment required to detect a range of taxa.

An alternative to traditional monitoring methods of faunal communities is the use of passive acoustic recording, and this method is increasingly being used by researchers globally across a range of environments, given the ability of the current technology and associated analytical capabilities to conduct multidisciplinary investigations into species, sounds, and environment relatively quickly and cost-effectively. Increasingly the fields of bioacoustics and ecoacoustics enable study into a range of topics, including activity patterns, population dynamics, species distributions, detection of rare and cryptic species, anthropogenic impacts and the overall health and stability of ecosystems. The extension of bioacoustic monitoring beyond species counts towards acoustic habitat mapping, and soundscape monitoring will be vital for applied conservation management in the future. Monitoring along ecological gradients in multiple habitat types can enable an understanding of the relationship between environmental factors and the soundscape, and the influence this relationship has on diversity patterns, occupancy and behavioural changes in species across their range. Changes to the soundscape can often be subtle yet reflect important changes in ecosystem health. An understanding of the acoustic environment and its ecological stressors is, therefore, vital. Soundscapes represent a functionally important measure of an environment's changing ecological status and help us understand the impacts of anthropogenic alteration of habitats. Therefore, their recording and subsequent analysis offer a highly valuable opportunity to monitor the impacts of restoration and rewilding projects on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

This project aims to explore the use of passive recordings as a monitoring tool by examining its ability to monitor and characterise community composition and diversity of key faunal taxa in a large-scale restoration project.

To achieve this aim, the PhD researcher will work in Kenya and will be supervised 'At-Distance' by NTU academics in the UK, in collaboration with the Center for Ecosystem Restoration Kenya and local institutions to establish a network of acoustic monitoring devices within an active large-scale restoration project and potentially a recently developed second smaller-scale project. This network will be deployed to capture acoustic data in relation to a number of parameters that are likely to influence species/community composition (e.g. altitude, age of restoration plot, restoration plot vegetation composition). Bats, amphibians, terrestrial invertebrates and birds will be the key taxa studied, given that each of these groups can readily be monitored via acoustic monitoring and act as bioindicators of the health of ecosystems.

The acoustic data outputs will be compared to existing ecological/environmental datasets for the site to enable correlations to be investigated and the acoustic data to be placed in a wider context. Ultimately, this project will help to develop a long-term monitoring framework for restoration and rewilding projects more widely.

The PhD researcher's skills profile will be enhanced by an extensive 3-year doctoral training programme encompassing discipline-specific and generic scientific skills. Specifically, you will be supported in developing a professional skills profile that encompasses proficiency in field and laboratory environments, advanced approaches to analyse complex ecological data, and scientific writing and publication. Funding is available to support your attendance to training in the UK and attendance to conferences, providing opportunities to disseminate project results and build a network of colleagues that supports your post-doctoral career development. Based in Kenya, but with two scheduled visits funded by NTU's Eastern Africa Centre to the UK in years 1 and 4 of the project, you will belong to an active and diverse community in our School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences.



Staff profiles



Entry qualifications

The successful candidate will hold a first-class or 2:1 BSc Hons degree (or NARIC equivalent) in ecology, environmental biology, physical geography, or a related discipline, plus research experience and/or a MSc or MRes with a minimum of merit/commendation (or NARIC equivalent) in a relevant subject. The candidate must be able to drive in Kenya to access the research sites.

EU and International students must hold an IELTS English qualification at 6.5 or above, with minimum sub-scores of 6.0 in all component sections (writing, reading, listening and speaking).

The successful candidate is responsible for ensuring they have the legal right to reside in Kenya as a PhD Candidate.


How to apply

The application deadline is Friday 6 January 2023, 11:59 pm GMT.

The application deadline may be brought forward if sufficient applications are received.

For a step-by-step guide and to make an application, please visit NTU's how to apply page.

Interviews will take place on Microsoft Teams in the weeks commencing 16 and 23 January 2023


Fees and funding

This At-Distance PhD is funded by NTU's Eastern Africa Centre. The funding package includes a fee waiver, locally indexed stipend (Kenya) support for basic research expenses, travel to the UK for 8-weeks, and medical insurance (=KES960,000 in Year 1).




27 de noviembre de 2022

Trabaja e investiga en conservación y gestión de fauna salvaje.

Oferta compartida por Nuria

The University of Primorska invites applicants for a three-year tenure track faculty position. We seek candidates with a PhD in Life Sciences(molecular biology, ecology, biology, forestry, veterinary, biochemistry etc.). Applicants with experience in wildlife genomics will have priority; postdoctoral and teaching experience are required. Work position is classified in 46th salary grade, from 1st April 2023 onward in 47th salary grade. Trial work is three (3) months. Expected starting date is February 2023 (https://www.famnit.upr.si/en/news/assistant-professor)

The candidate will become member of the Molecular Ecology group at the Department of Biodiversity in the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies. The group uses molecular tools to investigate many different topics and species, from wildlife monitoring to adaptation, and from conservation biology to wildlife management. The group has a keen interest also in citizen science in wildlife monitoring.

Your tasks:
A selected candidate will contribute to the management of national and international research projects and maintain and promote open science practices. The candidate will also teach a minimum of 1 course per semester, train, and supervise students. Work environment will include also international travel due to project meetings.

Your profile:
A relevant university education with a completed doctoral/PhD degree and a strong potential in research. Experience with conducting population genomics analyses is preferred but not required. Exceptional organizational skills and strong ability to accomplish tasks independently. Teaching or supervision experience required. Excellent spoken and written English is required.

Application instructions:
Interested applicants are requested to send the application in electronic form to razpisi@famnit.upr.si and "Tenure-track position" in the object.

Please attach in pdf format:
A cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how you fit the description a CV a list of publications highlighting the five most relevant ones.

Application deadline: 23rd December 2022

26 de noviembre de 2022

Beca de 2500$ para empezar el doctorado en biología evolutiva

Oferta compartida por Cristina


R. C. Lewontin Early Award
 

About

The Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) is pleased to announce the 2023 Graduate Research Excellence Grant (GREG) R. C. Lewontin Award competition. These awards offer up to $2,500 USD to assist students in the early stages of their PhD programs. These grants are part of the Graduate Research Excellence Grants award program.
Eligibility

Only PhD students in their first two years of their programs are eligible. Eligibility can be confirmed by the advisor or graduate director stating that the student is an early-stage doctoral student. Previous applicants to the GREG Rosemary Grant Advanced Award are no longer early in their programs, thus are ineligible to apply to the GREG R. C. Lewontin Early Award.

Student applicants must be members of SSE, and are advised to join SSE, if not already members, as soon as possible to facilitate their applications. To join, go to: https://payments.evolutionsociety.org/joinsse/.
SSE offers reduced or free membership fees for researchers in 152 countries and territories through the Global Membership Assistance Program.
Students who identify as racial or ethnic minorities, either in their country of origin or their country of residence, are eligible for free 2-year memberships through the SSE Membership Award.
Advisors who are SSE members can purchase 1-year Gift Memberships for their students for $10 USD.

Previous awardees of either GREG award may not re-apply. Previous applicants to the GREG R. C. Lewontin Award who were not selected for funding are welcome to re-apply if they still meet the other eligibility requirements.

This award is not limited to students in the United States.

Students do not have to be enrolled in an evolutionary biology program to apply, but proposals must address a topic in evolutionary biology.

Please direct any questions about eligibility to communications@evoutionsociety.org.


Funding

Funding is not limited to any particular aspect of research (but see FAQs below). Funds can be used to collect preliminary data (to pursue additional sources of support) or to enhance the scope of their research beyond current funding limits (e.g. by visiting additional field sites, or working at other labs). Recipients are not required to use the awarded funds by a certain time, and may deviate from any timeline described in their proposal.

Students should confirm that the proposed work is outside the scope of other funding held by either the student or their advisor.

Awards will range from $1,500 - $2,500 USD.

Indirect costs may not be charged to this award.


How to apply

Your research proposal, budget, and a letter from your advisor must be included in your application as a single file in .pdf format with one-inch margins (= 2.5 cm) and 12 point font.

The file must include: Research proposal, describing objectives, methods, significance, and schedule, (max. two single-spaced pages including literature cited and any figures and tables);
Budget (1 page; no justification necessary, just a clear budget);
Confirmation of eligibility as a signed letter from the thesis advisor or graduate director. This should include confirmation that the applicant is in the first two years of their Ph.D. program.

Note: This letter is *not* a letter of recommendation; only include the information requested.

Sample letter:
Dear Selection Committee,
This letter confirms that [Student Name] is eligible for the SSE GREG R. C. Lewontin Early Award. I am [Student Name]’s supervisor. [Student Name] is in the [first or second year] of their Ph.D. program.
Sincerely,
[Advisor/Graduate Director Name]


Research Proposal

In your research proposal, focus on convincing the awards committee of the importance of the question, how the funds will allow you to reach certain objectives, and how these objectives fit into your overall thesis schedule, while also demonstrating that the research is sufficiently independent that funds from your mentor cannot be applied.

Links to samples of successfully funded proposals are available on the award application form. Please note that these proposals are not meant to be prescriptive, and are not indicative of what proposals will be funded in the 2023 R. C. Lewontin award cycle. They are only meant to be examples of the structure and language used in previously successful proposals. These proposals are posted with permission of the authors. NOTE that these proposals only include the proposal and budget. Your proposal should also include the confirmation of eligibility as a signed letter from your thesis advisor or graduate director.

To access the application form and sample proposals, please follow the steps below.

Structure and length guidelines:

Background (250-500 words)
- Start with the big picture: What is the context of your proposed research? What is already known about this area of study?
- Summarize previous research in this field: What findings will your work build upon? What are the gaps in our knowledge that your research will try to answer?

Research Objective (100-150 words)
- State your specific hypothesis: What is your research question? What will you learn from this study? How will it address a gap in our knowledge of this field?

Methods (250-500 words)
- Data collection: What data will you collect, and how?
- Data analysis: How will you analyze your data?
- Connection to research objective: How will collecting these data allow you to answer your research question?

Significance/Impact (150-300 words)
- How does this research fit into your overall dissertation?
- What effect will these findings have on the field?
- How will this grant help you achieve your research goals?

References
- References may be submitted in any style or format, as long as it is consistent throughout the proposal.

Other notes:
- Use first-person singular pronouns (I, me, my, not we, us, our) to describe what you will do.
- Define any jargon terms that people outside of your specific area of research may not know.
- If possible, have someone else proofread your proposal to check for grammar and spelling errors.


Demographic Data Note

Beginning with the 2020 GREGs, SSE began requesting voluntary demographic information from award applicants in an effort to address bias and promote equity in awarding across multiple axes of diversity. Learn more about this process here.


Submitting Your Application: You must be an SSE member to access the application. To become a member or renew a lapsed membership, visit https://payments.evolutionsociety.org/joinsse/. (Tip: if you are joining SSE for the first time, you can ask your advisor to purchase a $10 gift membership for you.)
To access the application, go to http://awards.evolutionsociety.org.
In the top right corner of the page, log in with your SSE username and password.
Click the green “here” link where it says “Click here to see your current award options.”
Click “Submit new Proposal for 2023 R. C. Lewontin Early Award”.
Complete the form. All questions are required. Note that the form includes demographic questions. You may choose not to answer any of these by selecting “Prefer not to say.” Learn more about why we are collecting demographic data and how it will be used here.
Upload your proposal, budget, and note from your advisor as a single PDF (see instructions below).
To submit your application, click “Complete”.
To save your application and come back to it at a later time, click “Save.” If you click “Save”, be sure to come back to your application before the deadline and submit it by clicking “Complete”.
Whether you “Save” or “Complete” your application, you will receive an email at the address associated with your SSE membership (not necessarily the email address you provided on the Lewontin application form). This email will have a link to view and/or edit your application.

How to return to your application after clicking Save: Go to http://awards.evolutionsociety.org.
Click the green link where it says “Click here to see your current award options.”
Click “My Applications”.
Click the title of the application you wish to edit. Your application should appear.
At the top of your application, click “Actions.” A dropdown menu will appear. Click “Edit”.
Make any necessary changes.
The PDF you uploaded previously will not appear, even though it is saved. You do not need to do anything to keep your previous PDF. To upload a new PDF, click “Choose File” and upload a new PDF.
To submit your application, click “Complete.”
To save your application and come back to it at a later time, click “Save.” If you click “Save”, be sure to come back to your application before the deadline and submit it by clicking “Complete”.
Whether you “Save” or “Complete” your application, you will receive an email at the address associated with your SSE membership (not necessarily the email address you provided on the Lewontin application form).

You can edit your application even if you have submitted it (i.e. clicked “Complete”). To edit your application, follow the steps above and click “Update” after making any changes.

To tell if your application has been submitted, go to the My Applications page, where all your applications will be listed with their status. If your application has been submitted, there will be a green box next to your application title that says “Complete”. If your application has not yet been submitted, there will be an orange box next to your application title that says “In Progress”. Be sure to check that your application has the green “Complete” status before February 23.

You should receive an email confirmation of receipt of your materials within 72 hours. If you do not, please contact SSE-Manager@EvolutionSociety.org.

Please contact Kati Moore at communications@evolutionsociety.org with any questions about how to apply.

DEADLINE: February 15, 2023, 12:00 PM Noon Pacific Time (GMT-8:00)

25 de noviembre de 2022

65 contratos para hacer el doctorado en España o Portugal

Oferta compartida por Cristina


"La Caixa" Foundation Fellowships to join the GEDA!


Are you interested in obtaining a Ph.D. on seabirds ecology ? The La Caixa Foundation grantss 65 fellowships for talented early-stage researchers of any nationality to pursue their PhD studies in Spain or Portugal. Find our project on seabirds (here) and join the GEDAi

Research Project / Research Group Description

Seabirds are in rapid decline worldwide, but the relative importance of the multiple threats to their populations is not always clear, nor the birds’ response to current global changes. As top-predators their behavior, dynamics and life-history strategy reflect ocean state and condition and their decline is showing that the marine ecosystems is changing.

The research project aims to investigate the life-history strategy of seabirds under the current chemo-physical changes of the ocean. The project will take advantage of the long term monitoring databases collected by the team and the data collected by GPS and GLS devices to follow birds during their foraging movements and migratory routes. It will focus on two species of conservation interest, belonging to the order of Procellariformes, the European storm petrel Hydrobates pelagicus and the Scopoli’s shearwater Calonectris diomedea. Birds will be studied in the Balearic archipelago and Alicante region (Eastern Spain). The deployment of tracking devices will allow to investigate the individual and the species-specific movements in order to detect the important foraging and overwinter areas to help policy makers to reduce the threats to their populations.


If you need more information on the project: g.tavecchia-at-uib.es

24 de noviembre de 2022

Prácticas en la AEE para usar estructuras protectoras de animales en impacto de micrometeoritos

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Intern in the Systems Department


Job Req ID: 17001

Closing Date: 30 November 2022 23:59 CET/CEST

Publication: External Only

Vacancy Type: Intern

Date Posted: 1 November 2022


Internship Opportunity in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.


ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

Location

Noordwijk

Our team and mission

The Systems Department is responsible for System Engineering, Software Engineering, Attitude and Orbit Control, Digital Engineering, Cost Engineering, In Orbit Demonstration projects, Technology Transfer & the Business Incubation Initiative, the Advanced Concepts Team and the management of the General Study Program (GSP).


This internship will take place within ESA's Advanced Concepts Team (ACT). The ACT is a team of scientists who originate from a broad variety of academic fields and are aiming for an academic career. Its task is to monitor, perform and foster research on advanced space systems, innovative concepts and working methods. It interacts externally almost exclusively with academia and operates as a truly interdisciplinary team bound to high scientific standards. Through its research, the team acts as a pathfinder to explore novel, potentially promising areas for ESA and the space sector, ranging from applied to fundamental research topics. An important task of the team is to communicate scientific trends and results, as input to the strategic planning of the Agency.

For further information visit our web site: http://www.esa.int

Field(s) of activity for the internship


You can choose between the following topics:

1) Topic 1: Applying Machine Learning to trajectory design and system cartography in multi-body dynamics

The objective of this internship is two-fold: a) To explore the use of modern machine learning techniques to characterize connections between stable and unstable invariant structures given two multi-body dynamical systems and b) To perform AI-assisted systematic orbit cartography for such systems to facilitate preliminary mission analysis studies.



2) Topic 2: Olfactory system as a blueprint for novel neural architectures for spacecraft autonomy

In this internship, we will greatly extend previous studies by identifying interesting architectural and functional concepts observed in olfactory systems and applying those concepts to a variety of benchmark tasks that are relevant for the space sector, such as image classification and optimal control.



3) Topic 3: Bioinspired strategies for combating the impact of micrometeoroids and orbital debris

A biodiversity-based approach will be utilised to efficiently mine existing and novel biological strategies used by organisms to prevent or minimise the potentially damaging effect of impact forces. You will apply the acquired knowledge to propose biomimetic design solutions for relevant space applications.

Behavioural competencies


Result Orientation
Operational Efficiency
Fostering Cooperation
Relationship Management
Continuous Improvement
Forward Thinking

Education


You must have student status and be enrolled at university for the entire duration of the internship. You should preferably be in your final or second to last year of a university course at master’s level in a technical or scientific discipline.

Additional requirements


The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.



1) Topic 1: Aerospace engineering, machine learning.
2) Topic 2: Artificial Intelligence. Neuromorphic sensing.
3) Topic 3: Biology, biomimetics, bioengineering, system biology, Debris, hypervelocity impacts, simulations.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.



If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email contact.human.resources@esa.int.

Internships can take place remotely, on-site or partially on-site depending on the pandemic situation, and in line with the relevant Establishment’s policy (e.g. possible Green Pass requirement) applicable at the time of starting the internship.

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Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Nationals from Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria and Cyprus as European Cooperating States (ECS).

Postdoc coordinando y procesando muestras de DNA ambiental de lagos a escala global

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Postdoc position in assessing global eDNA hotspots
80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term
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The Environmental DNA Group of Prof. Kristy Deiner is seeking a Postdoc in assessing global eDNA hotspots.
Project background


The research will be conducted within the ERC project “LeDNA: Global measure of biodiversity by understanding biogeochemical cycling of environmental DNA in lakes”. The expected results will provide novel insights into the ability to use lakes across most ecoregions of the world to monitor biodiversity on large geographic scales. Lake watersheds cover about 25 % of the land mass of the earth. If lakes accumulate eDNA from their catchments, sampling them will provide the paradigm shift needed to vastly change the cost, speed and geographic scale with which species can be surveyed through time. The shift in where and what we monitor aims to generate knowledge on the state of biodiversity for global trend analysis, biodiversity discovery and impact decision-making to reverse the loss of life on Earth.
Job description


You are highly motivated for scientific research in molecular ecology with strong bioinformatics skills and evidence of successful coordination of large teams across cultures and geographies. You will be in charge of coordinating and processing a global sample of eDNA from lakes. As part of a larger team, you will contribute to the development of novel approaches for investigating whether lakes are accumulating eDNA from their watersheds on a global scale. You will learn methods for high-throughput eDNA metabarcoding using state-of-the-art analytical techniques and robotics.
Your profile
You must hold a PhD degree in a related field and possess a strong background in the molecular analysis as well as a documented record of previous research accomplishments.
Experience in one or more of the following techniques would be an advantage but is not required: eDNA metabarcoding, coordinating field surveys and transport modelling.
Good knowledge of spoken and written English as well as excellent communication and team skills are expected.

The ideal starting date is March 1, 2023, but with some flexibility for an earlier start.
We offer


ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits. chevron_right Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich
We value diversity
In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.


Curious? So are we.


We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: 1-2 page cover letter describing your motivation for the position
a CV including contact information of 2-3 potential referees
a list of publications

Evaluation of applications will start December 1, but later applications will also be considered until the position is filled and until the online application window has been closed.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information please visit our website. If you have any further questions about the position, please, contact Prof. Kristy Deiner by e-mail (kristy.deiner@usys.ethz.ch) (no applications).

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