This position entails technical support of a research project investigating how environmental warming may influence competitive community assembly in phytoplankton. As lake ecosystems warm, resource limitation may also become more severe and together these abiotic changes individually and interactively reshuffle communities. Importantly, environmental temperature may fundamentally alter how taxa respond to resource availability in their environment (at the cellular level) and may thereby alter competitive hierarchies and dynamics among species. The experiments planned for this project therefore aim to tie together effects of warming at multiple levels of biological organization from cells to communities and ecosystems.
You will be responsible for a broad range of tasks typical of an aquatic ecology and a microbiology lab. These include (but are not limited to): culturing of phytoplankton under sterile conditions, setting up micro- and mesocosm experiments in the lab and in the field, measuring environmental parameters (light, temperature, pH, dissolved nutrients), routine sampling of water and aquatic organisms, high throughput imaging using light and fluorescent microscopy, programming a pipetting robot, and molecular biology procedures including DNA extraction and library preparation for next generation sequencing. The position includes some aspects of lab management including upholding biosafety regulations, training students and postdocs on standard protocols, organization and management of lab consumables and instruments as well as data management.
Your qualifications include an education as a biology laboratory technician (Laborant/in Fachrichtung Biologie EFZ) or a Master’s degree in biology or other relevant fields. You will be working in an international research setting, so the ability to speak and write fluently in English is essential. You thrive as a member of a team, communicating openly and regularly with team members and you are enthusiastic about supporting research projects. Ideally, you bring along excellent skills in aquatic ecology, microbiology or molecular biology, with experience running controlled and highly replicated experiments. You are confident in trouble-shooting problems in scientific workflows. You are proficient in time management, process documentation and organization and you learn fast.
This position is placed in the Department of Aquatic Ecology in the research group of Anita Narwani (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning) and the project will be a collaboration with a PhD student and a Postdoc. The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning Group holds it as a core value to foster inclusivity and to create a diverse, collaborative and open work environment.
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 www.eawag.ch and www.eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/employment. Eawag is located within the Zürich metropolitan area, and the city of Zürich is continuously ranked among the top cities in the world for quality of life and is within close proximity to the Swiss Alps.
The deadline for application is April 5, 2021. The application should include a cover letter with a concise statement about you interest in the project, and your previous relevant experience; curriculum vitae; academic qualifications (including course transcripts); names and contact information of up to 3 references (please do not include letters with the application).
The preferred start date will be late spring / early summer 2021 (given that Covid conditions allow).
For further information, please contact Dr Anita Narwani
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