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PhD PositionsSwiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research

The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is a part of the ETH domain. Approximately 500 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.

The Research Unit Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, which deals with all aspects of biodiversity from genes to ecosystems and which has strong links into practical management, is looking, per August 1, 2015, for a PhD student in spatial ecology and habitat network modelling.

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The interdisciplinary project CHECNET focusses on coupling ecological habitat networks with land-use/transport networks. You will develop a new method for constructing habitat networks that predicts occurrences of animal species resulting from changes in land-use and/or traffic flows on the Swiss Plateau. You work with existing occurrence data from a range of animal groups. You publish your work in international scientific journals and present them at conferences.

You have a Master in Biology, Environmental Sciences or Geography, are interested in spatial ecology and have experience with the modelling of habitat connectivity, habitat suitability and/or networks. You also have experience with programming (R, Python, Matlab) and GIS (ArcGIS, QGIS). You enjoy communication and collaboration in an interdisciplinary project and are fluent in English.
For more information: https://apply.refline.ch/273855/0509/pub/1/index.html