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Internship: Modeling the distribution of alpine grasshoppers using Earth Observation data

​The Intitute for Earth Observation and the Center for Sensing Solutions of Eurac Research provides satellite-derived environmental information on mountain ecosystems and aim to understand how this information can be used to better understand spatial pattern and temporal changes in biodiversity in the view of land use and climate change. We are looking for an intern / junior researcher to support our research activities in this field. Specifically, the intern / junior researcher should model the spatial distribution of alpine grasshoppers (e.g. Anonconotus italoaustriacus, Aeropedellus variegatus, Melanoplus frigidus) in the region of South Tyrol by linking existing databases with Earth Observation data. The work is fully supported by the Natural Museum of South Tyrol and will be carried out in close collaboration with the scientific team of the museum.


  • Literature review on spatial-temporal habitat requirements of alpine grasshoppers
  • Implementing the study design
  • Field work to sample grasshoppers in case of missing database entries (optional)
  • Modeling spatial distributions of grasshoppers
  • Support to a scientific publication


  • Master student in Ecology, Biogeography, Environmental Science or similar with the possibility to work on a MSc thesis within the framework of the project (i.e. Co-supervision from University)
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in species distribution modeling 
  • A good knowledge of R and/or Geographic Information Systems (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS)
  • Good understanding of remote sensing data
  • High motivation for interdisciplinary research in mountain biodiversity
  • Very good English (oral and written)
  • Research experience in interdisciplinary working environments is an advantage
  • Team working, motivation to learn and personal initiative
  • Knowledge of an additional language (German, Italian) is an advantage

We offer:

  • An internship of the duration of 6 months
  • State-of-the-art technical facilities (soft- and hardware, communication tools)
  • Access to Eurac Research's numerous scientific and cultural facilities and events
  • An attractive working place in a vivid city in the heart of the Alps with endless opportunities for skiing, hiking, climbing


How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their online application (CV, cover letter and further relevant documents) within 17.05.2019 to the following email address: earth.observation@eurac.edu

 Eurac Research
Institute for Earth Observation

Viale Druso 1 – 39100 Bolzano
Email: earth.observation@eurac.edu- www.eurac.edu
Tel: +39 0471 055 370 / Fax: + 39 0471 055 389

For further information please contact Paola Winkler: Tel: +39 0471 055 370

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