The Biocommunication and Ecology research groupat the Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, invites applications for a
Postdoctoral position in ecology/ chemical ecology
Our research groupfocuses on the mediation of interactions among plants, insects, and microbes by chemical cues and signals, as well as related topics in chemical and sensory ecology and biological communication. We employ analytical chemistry and molecular biology techniques combined with behavioral studies and ecological fieldwork. Research topics are flexible and individuals with relevant backgrounds in chemical/molecular ecology, behavioral ecology, and evolutionary or population biology are encouraged to apply. Current focus areas that lend themselves to project development include: (1) Disease ecology and plant-microbe interactions, with a focus on understanding how the alteration of plant phenotypes by pathogens and other microbes influences subsequent interactions among plants and other organisms with implications for disease transmission and broader community dynamics.
(2) Plant-plant communication and priming, with focus in understanding the mechanisms of odor perception in plants, the evolution and fitness consequences of plant olfactory responses, and the implications of such responses for ecological interactions among plants and other organisms.
The selected candidate will develop independent research projects under the supervision of Consuelo De Moraes and Mark Mescher. Other outstanding research groups at ETH Zürich, the University of Zürich, and other nearby institutions offer abundant opportunities for interaction and collaboration. The postdoctoral position is for two years with a flexible start date during 2016 or early 2017. Work-related interactions will be conducted in English.
The ideal candidateshould possess a strong intellectual background in biology and ecology, as well as a documented record of previous research accomplishment. Relevant experience in analytical chemistry, molecular biology, and/or quantitative analytical techniques are highly valued.
For further information
about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Consuelo De Moraes by email firstname.lastname@example.org(no applications) and visit our website www.usys.ethz.ch.
We are lookingforward to receive your online application including a research statement (1 page or less) describing your research interests and career objectives, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Please address it to: ETH Zurich, Mr. Olivier Meyrat, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zurich. Application review will begin on October 1, 2016, and continue until the positions are filled.
Applications via email will not be considered.