PostDoc position assessing the influence of urbanization on the fungal microbiome

21 December 2023

You will plan, organize, and coordinate sampling in at least 20 European cities as well as several Asian and North American cities, in collaboration with international members of the EU COST Action CA20132 Urban Tree Guard. Further, you will be responsible for sample processing and preparation for PacBio sequencing in a modern and fully equipped molecular laboratory and with the help of experienced technicians. Finally, you will analyse the data and publish the results in international scientific journals with the support of several project partners. You will benefit from a world-leading academic environment at WSL and the excellent quality of life in Switzerland. We offer the candidate to be part of a diverse and dynamic research group.

You have a PhD in natural sciences with strong interest in microbial ecology and phytopathology. You have proven experience in studying microbiome and in analysing metabarcoding data. You are an open-minded person with good communication skills who likes to collaborate with international colleagues. You are well organized and operate independently in a structured and efficient way and are motivated to coordinate an international group of researchers. You have very good oral and written skills in English.

Please send your complete application to Michèle Bucher, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

Dr. Simone Prospero +41 (0)44 739 22 48, simone.prospero(at) or Dr. Iva Franić +41 (0)44 739 24 24, iva.franic(at) will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.