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 Fish Ecology and Evolution (FishEc) located in Kastanienbaum (Lucerne) has a vacancy for an
Internship in Fish Population Genetics (m/f/d)
In the research group ‘River Fish Ecology', we study the ecology and evolution of fish in riverine ecosystems. We work mainly at the interface between ecology and evolution and realize again and again that these two traditionally separate disciplines are interdependent. More specifically, we are working on adaptation, fish migration and river fish biodiversity at the genetic, phenotypic and community level. The overall objective of our work is to understand the interactions and potential feedbacks between ecology and evolution.
We are looking for an intern to work on research projects on fish. We are working on population structure of several freshwater species from across the Swiss lakes and streams, lake-ward migration of trout and on anadromous Arctic charr from several fjords and their tributaries in Southern Greenland. Lastly, we are starting up movement and migration studies on larger fish in the Rhine/Aare River network.
Prerequisite for the application is the enrollment at a university or college, ideally degree program Biology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering etc. (bachelor or master's degree, but not yet completed).
Your responsibilities are predominantly laboratory analyses of samples from several species of fish and support during fieldwork. Laboratory work primarily includes microsatellite analyses, with possibility of work in stable isotope analyses, stomach content analyses and morphological analyses. Fieldwork may include participation in installment of acoustic receivers in rivers, electrofishing, tagging of fish and additional monitoring of fish migration.
Time period: Start and end date of the internship is flexible, but we prefer a start as soon as possible. Duration of internship is between 4 and 6 months.
The main work place is at Eawag in Kastanienbaum, Lucerne, which besides the Fish Ecology and Evolution Department hosts research group from the Department Surface Waters – Research & Management and offers a beautiful workplace at the shores of Lake Lucerne, a friendly international working climate and a strong cross-disciplinary research environment. Both departments within CEEB share a common interest in understanding the principles of the functioning of aquatic ecosystems and their susceptibility and adaptability to changing environments, and a common concern for sustainable management of ecosystems and biodiversity.
Eawag is a modern employer and offers an excellent working environment where staff can contribute their strengths, experience and ways of thinking. We promote gender equality and are commit-ted 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 www. eawag.ch and www. eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/employment.
Applications will be evaluated as they arrive, starting 5 February 2024 and should include an application letter describing your interests and their relevance to this position, a CV and the names and contact information for two references.
For further information, please contact Dr Jakob Brodersen.
We look forward to receiving your application. Please send it through this webpage, as any other way of applying will not be considered. A click on the button below will take you directly to the application form.
Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology