Scientist in Climate-Biodiversity Impact Science 80-100% (f/m/d)

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research
December 05, 2022
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Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL

The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is part of the ETH Domain. Approximately 600 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.

One of the main foci of the WSL is investigating the influence of a changing climate on ecosystems, especially on forests, on biodiversity, on natural hazards and on water resources, including snow and ice. We document the climatic alterations and explore solutions to minimize and mitigate the risks of climate change. To increase the interaction between climate science and biodiversity science, the WSL offers a tenure-track scientist position starting earliest in January 2023 as a

Scientist in Climate-Biodiversity Impact Science 80-100% (f/m/d)

The main tasks of the position will be to (1) assess current trends and needs in both biodiversity and climate science, (2) provide guidance, optimally tailored climate data, and methodological advice to WSL biodiversity researchers and beyond, and (3) study climate change impacts on biodiversity. The scientist is expected to lead the development of new climate data products for biodiversity and ecological science and provides scalable solutions for WSL researchers. The scientist builds and maintains a global pipeline to retrieve climate data from large-scale data infrastructures for on-demand biodiversity analyses and conceptualizes and implements the development of new climate data products useful for climate impact studies in biodiversity, ecology, and other environmental domains. The scientist represents WSL's expertise in climate-biodiversity impact science at international meetings, conferences, boards, or initiatives and establishes relationships with partners and stakeholders.

You have a PhD degree in natural sciences. You have a proven and extended knowledge of the (inter-)national scientific environment in both biodiversity and climate sciences. Additionally, you have in-depth knowledge in both the field of macroecology and climatology, and proven experience in scientific project management. You also have a track record of international cooperation, and you are experienced to set up inter(national) collaborative research projects. You have a good knowledge of at least one national language and very good written and spoken English skills. You have experience in acquiring third party funding, and in the supervision of staff and students. You are proficient in setting up large data infrastructures, in using large computing infrastructures such as high-performance cluster computers and cloud infrastructures and you are fluent in major programming languages such as R, Phyton, or C++. You have experience in publishing and curating large (global) data sets.

You have an outstanding demonstrated capability of writing scientific papers. You are ambitious and highly motivated, used to a high standard of independent, structured, and careful work, and demonstrate a high level of team spirit. And you are willing to travel sometimes frequently in response to the above listed expectations.

Please submit your complete application online to Beatrice Lamprecht, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Evaluation of submitted application starts on December 5th 2022, and the job advertisement remains online until the position is filled. For further information, contact Niklaus Zimmermann ([email protected]). WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.

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