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PostDoc Position at EAWAG
80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term
Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is a
Swiss-based and internationally networked aquatic research institute within
the ETH domain (Swiss Federal Institute of Science and Technology). It is
committed to the ecologically, economically and socially responsible
management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems.
Our Department Environmental Social Sciences is offering a PostDoc Position
(80-100%, 4 years) within the Swiss National Science Foundation Sinergia (a
funding scheme targeted to support collaborative, interdisciplinary projects
where breakthrough research is expected) Project ‘Transformation toward
resilient ecosystems: bridging natural and social sciences (TREBRIDGE)'.
This project addresses the challenge of transforming highly managed Alpine
watersheds toward more resilient ecosystems to meet societal and ecological
needs through an inter- and transdisciplinary approach. The project is
organized in five work packages (WPs), assembling inter- and
transdisciplinary scholars, geologists, geomorphologists, hydrologists,
ecologists, economists and policy analysts. Through a structured process of
science integration, the project:
combines different disciplinary perspectives involved in the project to
attain cohesive research results and tailored synthesis products (WP1)
develops and assesses scenarios through a participatory process by
engaging with stakeholders and project partners to co-develop policy and
management options (WP2). To do so, the project
quantifies the erosion and the sediment cascade in three case study
regions (WP 3) and assesses whether and how different forest management
practices have an impact on sediment production and transfer in the case
study regions (WP 4).
The project then draws on the quantitative findings from WP 3 and WP 4 to
assess the (non-)monetary values of material (e.g., sediment, timber)
and non-material Alpine resources (e.g. ecological functions) based on
societal preferences (WP 5). The project thus strives to provide a new
level of integration across different disciplines as well as science,
policy and practice to tackle one of the most important land management
challenges of heavily engineered landscapes in European mountain regions:
a transformation toward resilient ecosystems.
The PostDoc position is situated at the interface between different
disciplines, fields and sectors. It contributes to the integration across
boundaries of not only different disciplines but also policy and practice, by:
developing integrative boundary concepts (e.g., ‘resilience', ‘ecosystem
services', ‘transformation') as well as integrative methods and tools
(e.g., ‘context analysis', ‘scenario development'),
co-elaborating a common conceptual framework,
generating tailored synthesis products for different target audiences
(e.g. policy briefs), and
co-creating scenarios with different stakeholders through a participatory
The position requires panoptic perspectives and strong interactions with all
PIs, PostDocs and PhDs involved in the project as well as with stakeholders
from policy and practice from the local to the national level. Candidates
should be open-minded, flexible, creative, curious, and motivated to work in
an inter- and transdisciplinary environment.
Successful candidates must have earned an excellent PhD in integrative studies
(environmental sciences, sustainability science, social sciences - e.g.
sociology, political science -, science and technology studies, sustainability
transformation) and must have experience in inter- and transdisciplinary
research, and in the application of inter- and transdisciplinary concepts,
methods and tools. We expect good integrative skills, and social and emotional
intelligence. Fluency in German and English (spoken and written) is
required, skills in French are an asset.
Eawag is a leading institute world-wide for research in Aquatic Sciences &
Technology with some 600 collaborators including over 100 PhD students in a
stimulating multidisciplinary environment. We offer competitive salaries and
excellent facilities including child care. Eawag is committed to promoting
equal opportunities for men and women and to support working families,
applications from female scientists are strongly encouraged. For information
on working conditions at Eawag please consult
www. eawag.ch/jobs/arbeiten/indexen. The institute is located close to
Zurich, which provides ample possibilities for international education and is
known for its excellent quality of life.
For further information, consult www. eawag.ch or contact Dr. Sabine Hoffmann,
firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Eva Lieberherr, email@example.com.
Deadline for applications is February 28th 2022 with a potential start on
June 1th 2022. The duration of the project is four years. Please submit your
motivation letter and CV (including grades, diploma, publication list and two
references) in electronic form as one single PDF on our online portal. Please
click the button below – this will take you directly to the application form.
We look forward to receive your application
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