Department of Aquatic Ecology, Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology), Zürich, Switzerland.

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 Department of Aquatic Ecology has a vacancy for a Group Leader Position in Adaptation to Environmental Change in Freshwater Ecosystems (tenure track).
Application deadline 5 September 2021.

Topic: Environmental change is occurring at rates and along dimensions that are unprecedented in human history. The multifarious aspects of environmental change can act interactively, and should be studied together. We are looking for someone who will study the ecological and evolutionary effects of these drivers on freshwater ecosystems at multiple levels of biological organization. These may include populations, species interactions, communities and/or food web structures, and/or biodiversity and ecosystem-level functions. The successful candidate will establish an innovative, independent research program to advance the fundamental understanding of adaptation to environmental change in freshwater ecosystems, as well as its relevance for society and implementation in practice. 

To establish a group with a high international visibility, the candidate should have:

  • a PhD degree in ecology, evolution or environmental sciences or a related field
  • a successful track record of research on environmental change in aquatic ecosystems, preferably with a focus on population, community, food web or ecosystem ecology
  • experience with experimental approaches and a strong quantitative and/or modeling background
  • willingness to collaborating with multidisciplinary research teams at the institution level and externally with national and international partners
  • commitment to communicating relevant research to policy-makers and stakeholders

The position will be based in the Department of Aquatic Ecology at Eawag in Dübendorf/Zürich. Involvement in teaching and training of students is expected at either ETH Zurich or the University of Zurich. Eawag offers an exciting and stimulating research environment with excellent opportunities for collaborative research. By taking advantage of Eawag’s environment and its world-class infrastructure and facilities, the successful candidate is expected to acquire third party funding, build up a research group and contribute to Eawag’s mandate in teaching and expert consulting. Excellent communication in English and teamwork skills are essential. 

Eawag is a modern employer and offers an excellent working environment where staff can contribute their strengths, experience and ways of thinking. We promote cultural and gender equality and are committed to staff diversity and inclusion. The compatibility of career and family is of central importance to us. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult and

Applications must be submitted by 5 September 2021 and should include a brief application letter describing your interests and their relevance to this position, research (max. 2 pages) and teaching (max. 1 page) statements, also highlighting your contributions to diversity, a CV with list of publications, and the contact information for three references. 

For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application deadline 5 September 2021.


Image by Jörg Viele


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