PhD position on food webs in aquatic systems

LocationDübendorf, Zurich region, Switzerland
Closing Date

Your Mission

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.

The PhD position is part of an interdisciplinary research project funded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. The research team includes three scientists with different expertise, Carsten Schubert (isotope geochemistry), Jakob Brodersen (fish evolutionary ecology), and Blake Matthews (evolutionary ecology).

Project summary: Quantification and understanding of energy- and matter transfer across trophic levels in aquatic and terrestrial food webs are essential for our assessment of ecosystem response to environment change. Especially under the current pressure of global change we need to know if and how food webs react, change, or are resilient to higher temperature, pollution, etc. We will use both bulk and compound-specific stable isotopes of nitrogen and carbon isotopes to understand trophic level relationships in both natural and experimentally manipulated ecosystems. To this end, the PhD candidate will work in the state of the art organic geochemical and isotope geochemical laboratories at Eawag in Kastanienbaum.

Eawag’s Center for Ecology, Evolution & Biogeochemistry (CEEB) is located on the shore of Lake Lucerne and is a strong nucleus of Eawag research groups aimed at integrating ecology, evolutionary biology, and ecosystem science ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> .

The PhD candidate will interact with a diverse range of researchers studying evolutionary ecology, ecosystem science, and applied environmental science.

We are looking for an independent and motivated student with a broad background and interest in biogeochemistry and ecology. The candidate should hold an MSc degree in Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, or Ecology.

The position starts as soon as possible and will be part of the PhD program of the department of Environmental System Sciences of ETH Zurich. The duration of this PhD program is up to four years. For further information on the research team see ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> . For specific information, please contact Prof. Dr Carsten Schubert, carsten.schubert [at] eawag[.]ch .

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2020. We look forward to receiving your application including CV, motivation letter, copies of academic qualifications and the contact details of two references. Please send your application through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. A click on the button below will take you directly to the application form.


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 46641.