River ecosystems are strongly influenced by landform and human activities within the surrounding valley at multiple scales. Most rivers are contaminated by a combination of different interventions, leading to a dramatic change in the aquatic habitat and the organism community. Fish are an established biological indicator in the European Union. Through information about species assemblage, abundance, dominance and population structure it is possible to make reliable predictions about the whole river ecosystem. In contrast to most of the previous research where only individual originators were examined, in this project we will determine the influence of (as far as possible) all influence factors and make them visible through geostatistic and multiscale models. We plan on incorporating the gained findings into river management plans, which can be used to influence future decisions on environmental protection.
The successful candidate will contribute to the mapping and assessment of landscape development, its effects on the fish fauna for the whole Tyrolean region and other project activities. He/she will specifically be responsible for (spatial-)data management, GIS-based modelling, geo-statistical analyses, results evaluation and project management.
- Literature review and analysis
- Data collection and harmonization, interviews
- Landscape mapping and evaluation
- (Spatial-)data management and metadata compilation
- Analysis of the spatio- temporal relationships between the fish fauna and the drivers through geostatistic and multiscale models
- Development of new landscape indicators
- Contribution to the guidelines for the future river management plans
- Contribution to the drafting of reports and publications
- Contribution to all other project activities, as needed
- Master degree in ecology, zoology, landscape planning or a related subject
- Excellent skills in ArcGIS, landscape modelling, data management, statistical applications and MS office
- Excellent knowledge of German, Italian and English (written and spoken);
- Excellent organizational, communication and social skills
- Ability to work autonomously, in a team and with project partners
- A full-time position until 30.06.2019 that is to be filled as soon as possible.
- An interesting scope of tasks in cooperation with international partners and stakeholders.
- The opportunity to work in a young and motivated team.
- Attractive living and working conditions
- Flexible working hours
How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit their application (CV, cover letter and further relevant documents) within 22.06.2018 to the following e-mail address:
Institute for Alpine Environment
Email: Alpine Environment – email@example.com – www.eurac.edu
Tel: +39 0471 055 333 / Fax: + 39 0471 055 399
For further information please contact Erich Tasser - firstname.lastname@example.org : Tel: +39 0471 055 343
The project ALFFA (Holistic (multiscale) analysis of the factors and their effect on the fish fauna in inner-Alpine space is financed by the Interreg V-A Italy-Austria programme - European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and by national public contributions.
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