PostDoc in the assessment of critical ecosystem transitions 80-100% (f/m/d) in Zürich

Die Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft (WSL) befasst sich vor allem mit dem Schutz von Lebensräumen in der Natur.


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.

The Research Unit Forest Dynamics assesses the effects of changing environmental conditions on forest ecosystem functioning. From February 2024, we are offering a two-year position as
You will investigate identifying novel thresholds for critical transitions and collapses of forest ecosystems thereby upscaling early warning signals of tree health decline and risk assessments for critical changes from the stand- to the landscape and country-level within the interdisciplinary SNF sinergia project UpScale.
This position requires independent and creative thinking to formulate hypotheses, familiarity with plant ecophysiology and a phd. Proven experience in forest ecosystem modelling and in the use of remote sensing products together with ground based information such as Eddy Covariance data is necessary. You have a very good command of English, knowledge of German is an advantage.

We offer the candidate to be part of a diverse group with complimentary expertise, relevant for this project and with a strong collaborative philosophy. You will benefit from a world-leading academic environment at WSL and ETH Zürich (joint SNF sinergia project) and the excellent quality of life in Switzerland. The funding for this project is 2 years. Your working place will be at WSL in Birmensdorf (approx. 20 min outside of Zurich) and there will be strong interactions with groups at ETH Zurich.

Interested? Please send your complete application to Stefania Pe, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. The 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.

For further information about the project please visit the UpScale project website . Questions regarding the position can be directed by email or phone (no applications) to project PI Arthur Gessler (, +41 44 739 28 18).

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