Research Scientist and Program Coordinator 

Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology)

Dübendorf, Switzerland 🇨🇭

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.

We invite applications for a

Research Scientist and Program Coordinator (80-100%)

for “Climate Change and Freshwater Biodiversity”, a joint research program of Eawag and FOEN

Unfortunately, freshwater biodiversity is currently declining at unprecedented rates, faster even than on land and in the oceans. In addition to well-known problems such as habitat degradation, fragmentation, pollutant inputs and invasive species, freshwater habitats are particularly affected by global warming. Climate change is already changing water levels and seasonal discharges in Switzerland, and the high water temperatures in summer create direct stress for aquatic life. Warming also interacts with other stressors, often amplifying them. This research program examines the impact of climate warming on aquatic biodiversity in the context of other stressors and seeks ways to reduce the negative impacts. The goal is the long-term conservation of natural bio-diversity in aquatic habitats. Several Eawag research departments are involved in the interdisciplinary research projects.

Main tasks

  • Execution of research projects
  • Coordination of the research program
  • Co-supervision of students involved in the program (MSc/BSc)
  • Scientific publication
  • Writing reports to the participating institutions
  • Organization of meetings and events
  • Public relations for the research program

Your profile

  • University education with PhD in ecology, environmental sciences or a related discipline
  • Very good knowledge of the ecology, status and change of aquatic ecosystems
  • Interest and enthusiasm for biodiversity and nature conservation
  • Motivation for application-oriented research
  • Ability to work collaboratively across disciplines
  • Excellent written and oral communication in a Swiss national language and in English
  • Experience in project management
  • Research and publication experience

The position will be linked to the Department of Aquatic Ecology at Eawag in Dübendorf. We offer a stimulating and collaborative scientific environment with excellent links to practice. The appointment is for a maximum of 4 years and would ideally start in late spring 2023.

Eawag is a modern employer and offers an excellent working environment where staff can contribute their strengths, experience and ways of thinking. We promote gender equality and are committed to staff diversity and inclusion. The compatibility of career and family is of central importance to us. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult and

Applications must be submitted by 5 March 2023 and should include an application letter describing your scientific interests and work experience and their relevance to this position, as well as your CV, including a list of publications and the contact information for three references.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr Christoph Vorburger.

We look forward to receiving your application.Please send it through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. A click on the button below will take you directly to the application form.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development