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Researcher for Biodiversity Monitoring in South Tyrol (spider and harvestmen identification)

The Institute for Alpine Environment performs user-oriented research on the conflicting priorities of ecology and economy in mountain regions. In their research, the multidisciplinary team uses a combination of experimental field research, computer simulations as well as participative transdisciplinary approaches in the fields of functional biodiversity, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem services and sustainable development.

In the frame of the "Biodiversity Monitoring" project, which aims at intensively recording and monitoring species diversity in South Tyrol, we are looking for a researcher in the field of arachnology. Besides profound knowledge in identifying spiders and harvestmen the ideal candidate is experienced in monitoring programs and faunistic surveys. We are offering a contract for following specific tasks: 



  • Presorting of alcohol material from pitfall traps, soil extraction and sweep net catches
  • Identification to species level of all adult individuals belonging to the class of Arachnida, including spiders, harvestmen, scorpions and pseudoscorpions, excluding mites (Acari)
  • Labeling of sample tubes following the project standards
  • Data preparation of the identified animals following the project standards



  • Master degree in Biology or Environmental Science with specialization in arachnology
  • Profound knowledge of the arachnid fauna of South Tyrol and the Alps
  • Experience in presorting of alcohol material
  • Experience with sampling methodologies and with wet collections and with labeling of sample tubes
  • Excellent organization skills to manage laboratory work


We offer:

  • Contract until 31 August 2020 (with possibility of extension)
  • Opportunity to work in a young interdisciplinary team
  • Attractive living and working conditions (Great Place to Work©)
  • Flexible working hours


How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their application (CV, cover letter and further relevant documents) within 23.08.2019 to the following address:

Eurac Research
Institute for Alpine Environment

Viale Druso 1 – 39100 Bolzano
Email: alpine.environment@eurac.edu - www.eurac.edu
Tel: +39 0471 055 333 / Fax: + 39 0471 055 399

For further information please contact Andreas Hilpold: andreas.hilpold@eurac.edu;  +39 0471 055 345

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