PhD position in Integrating environmental DNA (eDNA) and remote sensing to assess fundamental biodiversity and ecosystem processes, Switzerland

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Dübendorf, Switzerland), and University of Zurich (UZH) are internationally recognized institutes that are committed to the ecological, economical and social management of water. They offer excellent laboratory and field facilities for interdisciplinary research, large-scale experimental facilities, and long-term research programs and data sets. These institutions share common goals towards education, research, and technology transfer at the highest international level.

The Department of Aquatic Ecology (Eawag) and Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental studies (UZH) have a vacancy for a

PhD position in Integrating environmental DNA (eDNA) and remote sensing to assess fundamental biodiversity and ecosystem processes

We invite applications for this PhD position (position reference URPP-GCB-FA-17-01) in integrating environmental DNA (eDNA) and remote sensing to assess fundamental biodiversity and ecosystem processes. The position is part of the established interdisciplinary University Research Priority Programme on Global Change and Biodiversity (URPP GCB) at UZH (

Biodiversity is both a response variable affected by global change drivers and a factor modifying ecosystem processes and services that are essential to human well-being. An improved capability to predict the consequences of changes in drivers will aid improved prediction of the state of the environment. The URPP GCB implements innovative avenues in this research domain by using a latitudinal gradient approach based on interactions, feedback and scale, to provide a more reliable and robust knowledge of global change processes.

We are looking for a motivated candidate, capable of integrating two emerging research fields, namely environmental DNA (eDNA)-based diversity assessments using high throughput sequencing (HTS) and remote-sensing based assessments of plant diversity and related carbon stocks and fluxes. We therefore invite applications for a PhD position integrating eDNA and remote sensing research to fundamentally assess biodiversity.

This project builds on recent advances in molecular and remote sensing techniques, creating novel opportunities to assess biodiversity in a unifying and scalable way. Individually, eDNA and remote sensing offer unprecedented temporal and spatial resolutions of biodiversity information. The goal of this PhD project is to develop and test an integration of both approaches in a set of well-defined natural ecosystems, to get unified measures of biodiversity and ecosystem processes. You will assess and link biodiversity and ecosystem processes in a series of well-defined test sites using eDNA and remote sensing with a focus on tree diversity, decomposer diversity, and carbon stocks and fluxes. The ultimate goal is to upscale and predict diversity at the landscape level.

The successful applicant will be based in Zurich and embedded in a supervisory team including Prof. Dr Florian Altermatt (, and Prof. Dr Michael Schaepman ( You will work in the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental studies and the Department of Geography at UZH, and Eawag in Duebendorf. All of them host several research groups working on a variety of topics assessing the key drivers of global change and biodiversity.

To apply, all applicants must have a completed master’s degree in Ecology, Molecular Ecology, Geosciences or a closely related science field. Applicants must have proven previous laboratory and bioinformatics experience in eDNA or HTS approaches, and ideally should have some knowledge on spatial or remote-sensing based data analysis. Experience in programing and bioinformatics skills is an asset. A high standard of written and spoken English is required. The position can start as soon as a suitable candidate is found. The employment will be trough UZH. We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent person with a passion for science to join our team. We offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich, and an excellent support environment.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 15 May 2017

26 TOPoliTO Scholarships for International Students

The new TOPoliTO Scholarships are on offer for all new international students for the year 2017-2018 academic year. International students are eligible to pursue the undergraduate degree in the field of Engineering, Design and Visual Communication, Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning and Architecture.

TOPoliTO scholarships will be awarded to students passing the admission test with the best score, provided that the minimum score to enter in the ranking list is 60/100.

The Polytechnic University of Turin (Italian: Politecnico di Torino) is an engineering partially public university based in Turin, Italy. Established in 1859, Politecnico di Torino is Italy’s oldest technical university. The university offers several courses in the fields of Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design.

Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue the undergraduate programme.

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in the field of Engineering, Design and Visual Communication, Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning and Architecture.

Scholarship Award: The gross amount of the scholarship is 8.000 € per year for 3 years (duration of the Bachelor of Science program).

Number of Scholarships: 26 scholarships will be awarded.

Scholarship can be taken in Italy

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship.

The call is open to students who:

  • Will take the admission test in Italy
  • Obtained a Secondary High School Diploma outside Italy or are attending the last year of secondary high school located outside Italy
  • Will enroll for the first time in a Bachelor of Science Degree program at the Politecnico di Torino in 2017/2018 A.Y.

Nationality: Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Students must have obtained a Secondary High School Diploma outside Italy or are attending the last year of secondary high school located outside Italy.

English language Requirements: Students must meet the universities English language requirement.

How to Apply: The mode of application is online. In order to submit the application for the TOPoliTO scholarship, candidates must express their interest in their page of the application form Apply-at-polito.

Application Form

Application Deadline: Scholarship application deadline is September 14, 2017.

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology

Employer: Bates College

Job Number: 7046418 (Ref.#. R2719)

Application Deadline: 4/1/2017


Job Description

The Department of Geology at Bates College invites applications for a full time sabbatical replacement position, for academic year 2017-2018. The successful candidate must demonstrate potential for teaching excellence in a vigorous undergraduate program and welcome the opportunity for close interaction with serious students. The Bates Geology Department courses feature innovative project-based field and laboratory activities that introduce students to areas of active research and current interest in geological and environmental sciences and are vehicles for acquiring a basic understanding of processes that have formed and continue to shape the Earth and other planets.

In Fall semester 2017, the successful candidate will teach two lecture sections of the introductory course Plate Tectonics and Tectonic Hazards with two laboratory sections. In winter semester 2018 the candidate will be responsible for two laboratory sections in the introductory course Earth Surface Environments and Environmental Change. The candidate will also teach a five week intensive course of their own design during the late April-May Short Term. Short Term courses in geology offer students a unique immersive experience in developing skills in field and/or laboratory methods.

College and departmental facilities accessible for teaching and research include a well-equipped Introductory Geology laboratory, the Imaging and Computation Center, GIS and mobile GIS capabilities, and laboratories focused on facilitating work in experimental petrology, sedimentology, structural geology, and environmental geochemistry. A full-time departmental assistant in instruction provides logistical support for the introductory laboratories.

Bates College and the Geology Department are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are strongly encouraged to apply.

Review of applications begins April 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Completion, or near completion, of a PhD in the earth sciences is required for this position.

Applicants should submit electronically, in PDF format, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate school transcripts, a statement on teaching and inclusive pedagogies, and three letters of recommendation.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Contact:       Bates College
2 Andrews Rd
Lane Hall 121
Lewiston, ME 04240
United States
Phone: 2077866067

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