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Intern in the field of Ecology of running-waters in South Tyrol


At Eurac - Institute for the Alpine Environment, we conduct problem-oriented research at the interface of ecology and society in mountain areas. The person we are looking for will support our team in the field of Ecology of running-water within the "Biodiversity Monitoring South Tyrol" (BMS), a program set-up under the direction of Eurac Research in collaboration with the Museum for Nature South Tyrol and the province of South Tyrol's Nature Conservation Department.

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 habitats in the region.

Starting from spring 2021, surveys of aquatic environments will commence, with a focus on running-water environments. Around 50 sites will be visited, collecting benthic macroinvertebrates and water samples, and measuring abiotic parameters. In addition to the fieldwork, the person we are looking for will process the collected samples in the lab, assisting in the sorting and identification of the benthic macroinvertebrate samples, and analyzing water samples for different chemical species through the use of a spectrophotometer. Investigation area will be the whole region of South Tyrol (ITA), working location is Bozen/Bolzano.



  • Assist in limnological fieldwork campaign for the year 2021 (macrozoobenthos, set of water abiotic parameters)
  • Sorting of samples of macrozoobenthos
  • Assist and perform chemical analyses of water samples following detailed protocols (using a spectrophotometer)
  • Identification of the aquatic macrozoobenthos down to family/genus level
  • Assist in digitalization of field data



  • Bachelor/Master's degree in Biology or Environmental Science with at least one course in limnology (degree obtained not more than one year ago)
  • Willingness and availability to work in alpine areas
  • Knowledge of the aquatic macroinvertebrate fauna of the Alpine area
  • Previous experience of chemical analyses performed in a lab is advantageous
  • Good knowledge of English, and good command of Italian and/or German
  • Ability to work autonomously and in a team


We offer:

  • Paid internship for 3-6 months (spring 2021- autumn 2021)
  • Possibility to include the experience in a Master thesis
  • Access to Eurac Research's numerous scientific and cultural facilities and events
  • Opportunity to work in a young interdisciplinary team
  • Attractive living and working conditions (certified "Great Place to Work©")


How to apply:

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


Eurac Research

Institute for Alpine Environment

Viale Druso 1 – 39100 Bolzano

Email: alpine.environment@eurac.eduwww.eurac.edu

For further information please contact Alberto Scotti: Tel: +39 0471 055 347


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