Postdoc position in assessing global eDNA hotspots

80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Environmental DNA Group of Prof. Kristy Deiner is seeking a Postdoc in assessing global eDNA hotspots.

Project background

The research will be conducted within the ERC project “LeDNA: Global measure of biodiversity by understanding biogeochemical cycling of environmental DNA in lakes”. The expected results will provide novel insights into the ability to use lakes across most ecoregions of the world to monitor biodiversity on large geographic scales. Lake watersheds cover about 25 % of the land mass of the earth. If lakes accumulate eDNA from their catchments, sampling them will provide the paradigm shift needed to vastly change the cost, speed and geographic scale with which species can be surveyed through time. The shift in where and what we monitor aims to generate knowledge on the state of biodiversity for global trend analysis, biodiversity discovery and impact decision-making to reverse the loss of life on Earth.

Job description

You are highly motivated for scientific research in molecular ecology with strong bioinformatics skills and evidence of successful coordination of large teams across cultures and geographies. You will be in charge of coordinating and processing a global sample of eDNA from lakes. As part of a larger team, you will contribute to the development of novel approaches for investigating whether lakes are accumulating eDNA from their watersheds on a global scale. You will learn methods for high-throughput eDNA metabarcoding using state-of-the-art analytical techniques and robotics.

Your profile

  • You must hold a PhD degree in a related field and possess a strong background in the molecular analysis as well as a documented record of previous research accomplishments.
  • Experience in one or more of the following techniques would be an advantage but is not required: eDNA metabarcoding, coordinating field surveys and transport modelling.
  • Good knowledge of spoken and written English as well as excellent communication and team skills are expected.

The ideal starting date is March 1, 2023, but with some flexibility for an earlier start.

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ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: 

  • 1-2 page cover letter describing your motivation for the position
  • a CV including contact information of 2-3 potential referees
  • a list of publications

Evaluation of applications will start December 1, but later applications will also be considered until the position is filled and until the online application window has been closed.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information please visit our website. If you have any further questions about the position, please, contact Prof. Kristy Deiner by e-mail (kristy.deiner@usys.ethz.ch) (no applications). 

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: 

  • 1-2 page cover letter describing your motivation for the position
  • a CV including contact information of 2-3 potential referees
  • a list of publications

Evaluation of applications will start December 1, but later applications will also be considered until the position is filled and until the online application window has been closed.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information please visit our website. If you have any further questions about the position, please, contact Prof. Kristy Deiner by e-mail (kristy.deiner@usys.ethz.ch) (no applications). 

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.