PhD position with
barn owls

Schweizerische Vogelwarte
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We offer a PhD position to address potential mechanisms and drivers underlying carry-over effects in the barn owl. The goals are to elucidate habitat use in winter and to link habitat quality and individual performance during winter to the following reproductive season.


The successful candidate is expected to develop and carry out field experiments, to conduct field work and to analyse existing data sets. A MSc in ecology, animal behaviour, evolutionary ecology or a related discipline is required. Candidates with good statistical skills (preferably in R), experience in bird handling and willingness and ability to work long hours in the field (also during the night) are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is also expected to lead a small team of field assistants and to supervise MSc students in the field. Good knowledge of French and English is required; knowledge of the breeding birds of Switzerland is welcome. Driving license is mandatory.

The position is offered for three years. Salary is according to the regulations of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Ornithological Institute. Starting date is 1. February 2018 or by agreement. Field work takes place primarily in Western Switzerland, working place otherwise is Sempach, Switzerland.

Your application should be submitted as one PDF file to Irene Schuhmacher and include a letter of motivation detailing research interests and experience and a current CV with contact information of two referees. Closing date for applications is 11 November 2017. Interviews are expected to be held in November/December.

For information contact Dr. Bettina Almasi.

1. Februar 2018
Schweizerische Vogelwarte
Seerose 1, 6204 Sempach
Irene Schumacher
Tel. 0041 41 462 97 80
bis 11. November 2017

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