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Intern for the Biodiversity Monitoring South Tyrol (bat surveys with bat detectors)

The Eurac-Institute for Alpine Environment performs problem-oriented research on the conflicting priorities of ecology and economy in mountain regions. For the project "Biodiversity Monitoring South Tyrol" (BMS) we invite applications for the position of intern in the field of bats ecology. Besides profound knowledge of the inner-Alpine mammal fauna, the ideal candidate has gained experiences in bat monitoring with bat detectors, analyses of bioacoustic datasets, and good experience with geographical information systems (GIS). Investigation area will be the whole region of South Tyrol (ITA), working location is Bolzano/Bozen.

BMS is an ongoing survey of biodiversity that serves as basic research, but it is also intended to provide a scientific base for political decisions concerning spatial planning, agriculture, and nature conservation. BMS surveys animal and plant groups that react sensitively to climate and/or land-use changes, at habitat and landscape level. These surveys occur in 320 sites distributed over the entire province of South Tyrol (7400 km2), including a large share of the diversity of habitats in the region.



  • Support of the bat-loggers installation for the season 2021 within the monitoring standard program and within special projects of the Biodiversity Monitoring
  • Support of field work for other taxonomic groups, e.g. installing pit fall traps or grasshoppers' surveys
  • Support of bat data management, species identification, and preparation of datasheets
  • Elaboration of preliminary analysis for bats



  • Bachelor/Master's degree in Biology or Environmental Sciences or similar with the possibility to work on a MSc thesis within the framework of the project (degree obtained not more than one year ago)
  • Willingness and availability to work in alpine areas
  • Good knowledge of European bats
  • General skills in bat bioacoustics
  • Efficient organization skills
  • Good interpersonal and collaborative skills to integrate in a working group and to interact with associated researchers from various institutions and with stakeholders
  • Good English skills, additional skills in Italian or German are advantageous
  • Good knowledge in geographical information systems (ArcGIS/QGIS) is advantageous
  • Experiences in biodiversity monitoring programs is advantageous


We offer:

  • Internship contract for approximately 6 months (spring – summer 2021)
  • Opportunity to include the gained data into a master thesis
  • State-of-the-art technical facilities (soft- and hardware, communication tools)
  • Access to Eurac's numerous scientific and cultural facilities and events
  • Opportunity to work in a young interdisciplinary team
  • Attractive living and working conditions (Great Place to Work©)


How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their application (CV, cover letter and further relevant documents) within 24.01.2021 to the following address:

Eurac Research

Institute for Alpine Environment

Viale Druso 1 – 39100 Bolzano

Email: alpine.environment@eurac.edu - www.eurac.edu

For further information please contact Chiara Paniccia: Tel: +39 0471 055 827  


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