Plant Ecology Field Assistant (50-80%)

ETH Zürich
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The Levine Plant Ecology group of the ETH Zurich is looking for field assistants to help primarily with the data collection of our field experiments in the mountains of Graubünden examining the influence of climate change on plant communities. The duties include different aspects of data collection, with the main task being vegetation relevées and demographic trait measurements.

In our new experiment funded by the SNF we face a very intensive data collection period from mid of June to mid of August. For this period, we need an additional person. From mid-May to mid-June, your presence is sporadically required for training. Office work and opportunities to assist with other projects in the Levine lab may also be part of the position.

Location: Several days per week will be spent in the mountains (Chur & Laax), sometimes in Eschikon (Lindau) and at the ETH Zentrum in Zurich.


  • Applicants should have a background in ecology, biology, environmental sciences or other related fields.
  • A very good knowledge of the Swiss flora and experience in vegetation surveys are required.
  • Scientific thinking, an ecological understanding, efficiency, accuracy, consistency and reliability are important parts of your data collection philosophy.
  • You are skilled in organization and good at keeping track of details.
  • You love to work outdoors in all weather conditions, and enjoy work that can sometimes be strenuous (e.g. hiking to reach field sites at high elevation, kneeling down several hours per day) and involve long working days in the field.
  • You are prepared to be flexible with work schedules, which often depend on the weather.
  • A valid driving license is a plus, but not necessary.
  • Working language is English and German.

Your application should include a short cover letter, CV, and contact information of one referee. Please send the application, and address any requests for further information, via email to Applications will be reviewed from now on with decisions made as soon as possible. The planned start for this research assistant position is mid-May for a couple of days of training.

For more Information about our projects:

15. Mai 2017
ETH Zürich
Professur für Pflanzenökologie CHN D29, Universitätstrasse 16, 8092 Zürich
Marc Jacques Mächler
Tel. 0797679783

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