Professorship in environmental science/ecology

My friend Owen Petchey passes on word of a very attractive job opportunity at the University of Zurich. Various universities and research institutes in Zurich and elsewhere in Switzerland have been expanding recently, so that Zurich in particular now is now home to one of the largest and strongest groups of ecologists and evolutionary biologists in the world. Here’s the ad:

Professorship in Environmental Science / Ecology


Faculty of Science – Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies


The Institute conducts research in the fields of ecology, evolution, behaviour and the environment. We seek an outstanding and innovative ecologist who is familiar with evolutionary concepts. Examples of areas of interest are animal ecology, community ecology, conservation biology, and functional ecology.

The successful candidate will have a record of excellent research for their career stage. She or he will develop a strong, independent program of empirical research on animals or animal-plant interactions, and will contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching (in English or German) in environmental science and ecology.

The position will be filled preferentially at the level of associate or tenure-track assistant professor.

The University of Zurich provides generous research support, including earmarked funds for personnel and running expenses, and competitive start-up packages. Zurich offers a stimulating scientific environment, and extensive opportunities for collaborations. Switzerland provides excellent opportunities for external funding of research.

Application packages should include a cover letter, a full curriculum vitae (see for guidelines), a vision statement of research interests and the names and addresses of three potential referees. Applications should be addressed to Prof. Dr. Michael O. Hengartner, Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Zurich, and submitted as a single PDF document at by 20 June 2013. For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Barbara König, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, at, or visit the homepage at

The University of Zurich is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from women are particularly encouraged.


Prof. Dr. Barbara König,

Application to be submitted as a single PDF document at

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