PhD position at the Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva, Switzerland

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University of Geneva

Impacts of climate and land-use changes on floristic diversity and botanical services at a regional scale

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate for a PhD project at the Botanical Garden and University of Geneva, Switzerland. The project is supported by the University of Geneva (assistant position) for four years (2017-2021) and includes the usual social benefits.

Project: The project is about assessing and predicting the impact of climate and land use changes on the floristic diversity and ecosystem services of the Geneva region.

Profile: The ideal candidates should be a botanist who should have good basic knowledge of botany, spatial ecology, GIS, modelling and statistics. We are particularly interested in students that already have experience with ecosystem services and landscape management. Good writing skills in English are a must and familiarity with French is required.

Candidates must have a master’s degree in biology or environmental sciences. Skills and experience in botany/floristic is mandatory to supervise the practical works on plant systematics with biology students (second year bachelor students). The successful candidate will also participate to the supervision of Master and certificate of geomatics students in relationship with her/his PhD project.

Working environment: The Botanical Garden, with more than 175 years of history and fidelity to the spirit of its founders, carries out its missions of exploration, research, education and protection, while continually enriching its collections which confer on us one of the first places in the world among Botanical Institutions. The University of Geneva (UNIGE) is world-renowned for its research in Biology and Physics. UNIGE is among the top 1% best universities in the world and the Faculty of Sciences is ranked 32th (Shangai Academic Ranking of World Universities).

The PhD project will be co-directed by the GIS unit at the Botanical Garden ( and the enviroSPACE lab at the University of Geneva (

Applications: Candidates must send their application in the form of a single PDF file including a motivation letter, a CV, as well as contact information (not support letters) of two persons of reference. Applications (motivation letter, CV, email address of 2/3 reference persons) should be sent before April 7th, 2017 to: Nicolas WYLER (

Project starting from September 2017.


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