PhD position “Floodplain structural-functional relationships in river restoration”

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is a Swiss-based internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Science and Technology). It is committed to the ecologically, economically and socially responsible management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems. The Department of Aquatic Ecology is offering a PhD position “Floodplain structural-functional relationships in river restoration”.

The position is open as part of an integrated federally-funded project investigating structural-functional relationships in river floodplains as a basis for optimizing and monitoring river management actions. The position will focus on altered sediment regimes  and ecohydrology on habitat properties, macroinvertebrates, food webs and ecosystem functioning. This interdisciplinary study will be conducted in conjunction with hydrologists, flow-habitat modelers and fishery scientists. The position involves intensive field work, experimental design, floodplain/habitat modeling, spatial and quantitative ecosystem analyses using GIS, and indicator development. One component will examine the use of structural and functional indicators as monitoring tools of sediment and flow management actions in regulated rivers.

The successful candidate is expected to hold an MSc degree. Preference will be given to applicants with basic knowledge in stream macroinvertebrates and GIS/computational modelling, field experience in river ecology, and a willingness to expand skills experimental work. Fluency in English is required. If you are excited about working on this timely and challenging research topic within an international team and with the excellent research facilities that Eawag has to offer, then we are looking forward to hearing from you. The duration of the position will be three years with a preferred start as soon as possible.

Deadline for applications is 31 July 2013

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