See here for currently open positions and Bsc/MSc projects in my group. In addition, I encourage direct applications for projects that have an independent financing, such as Ambizione or Marie-Curie fellowships. For an overview of possible independent Postdoc funding, see here: UZH Postdoc funding.

If you have a project idea and a financing plan, please contact me, sending me your CV, two addresses of academic references as well as a 1–2 page summary of your project plan.


Open positions:

PhD position in Ecology: “Assessing biodiversity in the Yunnan River Network using environmental DNA”

The Altermatt lab at Eawag and University of Zurich and the Pellissier lab at ETHZ and WSL have a vacancy for a PhD position. The goal of the project is to apply environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding to uncover the biodiversity of fish in the Yunnan River Network in China. The goal is to get a high spatial and temporal coverage of biodiversity patterns across river systems in Yunnan river networks. The project is part of a large ETHZ initiative on Biodiversity, Earth, Climate Coupling in Yunnan (Western China) (BECCY), including ecologists, geologists, mathematicians, and involving Swiss and Chinese partner institutions. Application deadline 15 March 2020. More info. Apply here (deadline: 15 March 2020)


PhD-position in Applied Stream Ecology

The project aims at elucidating the effects of degradation of riparian vegetation on biodiversity and ecosystem processes in stream food-webs. It is based on replicate field experiments in Switzerland (sites north and south of the Alps) and in the Atlantic Forest, south-east Brazil. The PhD-student will mainly be based at SUPSI on the Mendrisio campus and be supervised by the head of the Stream Ecology Group, Dr. Andreas Bruder. He/she is expected to spend a substantial amount of time in Brazil for field work. The PhD-student will be enrolled at University of Zürich (Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies), which will be the degree granting institution. Prof. Dr. Florian Altermatt is the formal supervisor. More info and application details (deadline February 29 2020).

There is also a associated Postdoc position in the same project. More Info.


Available BSc or MSc projects:

    • Does the community matter? Species responses to environmental change in a community context. Details MSc project: Project description
    • Measuring aquatic biodiversity in the river Rhine using environmental DNA (eDNA). Details MSc projectProject description
    • Habitat matching under environmental stress: how population performance, niche construction and dispersal affect habitat- matching predictions. Details MSc project: Project description
    • Hidden in the dark: Ecology and faunistics of groundwater amphipods in Switzerland using a citizen science approach. Details MSc Project: Project description
    • Resilience of meta-ecosystems: how openness and diversity buffer for ecosystem functioning under perturbation. Details MSc project: Project description
    • Transport and decay of environmental DNA (eDNA) in rivers: Develop laboratory and field experiments to directly release and capture artificial eDNA molecules and compare their detection and quantification to model predictions. Details MSc project: Project description
    • Species responses to environmental stress: how eutrophication alters size and biomass distributions. Details BSc project: Project description