mardi 19 juin 2012

Post-doctoral researcher in bird migration ecology (switzerland)

We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral scientist to join our team at the Swiss Ornithological Institute. Within the migration ecology department, we investigate the ecology of (small) long-distance migratory birds, focussing on the whereabouts during the non-breeding period and their consequences. More specifically, within the research project, we aim at (1) analysing individual (geolocator-derived) tracking data,
(2) describing movement patterns in relation to individual state and environmental factors, (3) developing models to identify causal relations between individual behaviour and environmental factors 

Requirements: PhD in ecology, evolutionary biology or biostatistics. The ideal candidate has a strong background in animal migration ecology and experience with (statistical) migration models, e.g. network models, as shown with a proven track record. Preference will be given to candidates with excellent statistical and programming skills (preferably in R) and good skills in scientific writing. The successful candidate is expected to work within the team as there are several existing datasets to be analysed.

The position is initially for 2 years, with the possibility of a one-year extension. Salary is according to the regulation of the Swiss Ornithological Institute. The intended starting date is November 2012 but can be negotiated if required. Place of work is Sempach, Switzerland.

Applications should be electronically submitted as one PDF or Word file to Felix Liechti (, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Seerose 1, CH-6204 Sempach, Switzerland, before 31 August 2012 and include a letter of motivation detailing research interests and experiences, a current CV and contact information of three academic referees. Interviews will tentatively take place in September. 
Questions should be directed to

The Swiss Ornithological Institute is a non-profit foundation supported by the public. It is the largest private field research institute in Switzerland. We regularly work together with different universities in Switzerland and abroad. The Swiss Ornithological Institute serves as counselling office for the public, media and authorities, works out scientific facts in ornithology and provides arguments for the conservation of birds. Together with our partners, we make sure that nature benefits from the existing knowledge and law. Further information can be found at

Dr. Felix Liechti
Programmleiter Vogelzugforschung
Tel. +41 41 462 97 82 (Direct)
Fax +41 41 462 97 10

Schweizerische Vogelwarte
Seerose 1
CH-6204 Sempach