Postdoc position in “Global Biomass flows of Aerial Migrants (GloBAM)” , 100% ~

29 de marzo de 2021

Postdoc position in “Global Biomass flows of Aerial Migrants (GloBAM)” , 100%

The Swiss Ornithological Institute in Sempach is a private foundation for the study and conservation of birds. Renowned in Switzerland and internationally, the institute unites basic research, applied research and implementation of conservation measures under the same roof.

We seek a highly enthusiastic Post-doctoral researcher (100%) to join our GloBAM-team

at the Swiss Ornithological Institute.


GloBAM is a BioDivERsa ( research project with partners in Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, The Netherlands and the USA –

Within GloBAM, we aim at quantifying the biomass flows of aerial migrants from regional to continental scales in Europe and North America and over time-scales from days to years from weather radar data. We are particularly interested in identifying the drivers of movements and migrant abundances and will relate the timing and intensity of movements to a suite of atmospheric, climatic and landscape/habitat variables. For these external variables, we will use their past and present distributions but also develop scenarios of potential future changes and explore their implications for aerial migrants. 


Your tasks (Depending on the candidate's interest)

  • To compile datasets for past and present patterns of climatic variables, land use, wind energy installations, artificial light and to develop scenarios for their future changes
  • To conduct a comparative analysis of bird and insect biomass flows at various spatial and temporal scales and/or among continents 
  • To estimate nutrient transport from bird and insect movements
  • To develop behaviour-based models for passerine migration 
  • To develop network models for the demographic consequences of (changes in the distribution of) anthropogenic stressors


The ideal candidate has

  • A PhD in ecology;
  • Background in radar aeroecology, migration ecology or related fields;
  • Strong quantitative skill and proficiency in a programming language, preferably in R and C++;
  • Experience in developing and analysing migration and network models;
  • Excellent communication skills and interest in working in a collaborative project

The position is for two years preferably starting as soon as possible. Salary is in accordance to the regulations of the Swiss National Science Foundation ( and to the salary scale of the Swiss Ornithological Institute.


Your application

Further information on GloBAM and this position can be requested from Silke Bauer ( The Swiss Ornithological Institute is committed to increasing the represen-tation of women in research and specifically encourages applications from qualified women. Applications should include a letter of motivation detailing research interests and experience, a CV with publication list and contact information of two academic referees. We look forward to receiving your online application before 10 April 2021. Interviews will tentatively take place in the second half of April 2021.

HR, Irene Schumacher

041 462 97 80



Swiss Ornithological Institute
Seerose 1
6204 Sempach

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