Grants & PhD offers in systematics

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Invasive Arten Klimaportal
Invasive Arten Klimaportal (Bild: Public Domain,

Postdoctoral Position - Conservation Biology

The Section of Conservation Biology of the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Basel, Switzerland is seeking a postdoctoral assistant from 1 August 2017 on for two years (prolongation +1.5 years). Working place is Basel. Salary will be according to the guidelines of Basel University.The successful candidate will join the urban ecology or invasive species group in our research group and complement their current research activities. She/he will apply for research grants and assist in supervising MSc and doctoral students. A moderate amount of teaching is required.


PhD in biology (conservation, ecology, taxonomy, population genetics, soil biology)
1–2 years of post-doc experience in research, and several significant peer-reviewed publications
Sound knowledge of a group of invertebrates or plants and of advanced statistics

Application / Contact

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation with a brief outline of research ideas (1–2 pages), and two letters of recommendation.

Applications should be sent to Prof. Bruno Baur (bruno.baur(at) until 18 April 2017, preferably by email as attached pdf-files.

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BioSyst.EU logo
BioSyst.EU logo

SSS Student travel grants

Starting in 2017, the SSS will award travel grants to students for attending an international meeting. The conditions are:

  • being a MS or PhD candidate in a Swiss research institution
  • having a research project that includes systematics
  • submitting a talk or a poster to the meeting

Please note that the grant might not cover all your expenses. We plan to support several students, and some years we’ll favour the attendance to a particular meeting. Projects of applicants who do not have support from their own institution will be favoured.

In 2017, preferences for support will be to students wishing to participate to the Meeting of the European systematics societies, BioSYS.EU in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 14-18 August 2017. Because deadlines are very short this year (abstract submission : 31 May 2017), we will consider requests from students whose abstract has not yet been accepted by the conference organizers.

To apply, please send by email before 15 April 2017:

  • A description of the project, including an abstract of the presentation or poster, the budget requested and your motivations to attend the meeting (maximum 2 pages, in English)
  • A short curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support of your supervisor, with indications about the
  • unavailability of internal funding for attending the meeting

Grants will be awarded in April 2017.

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Research and conservation of reptiles and amphibians in Switzerland: Grant Jean-Claude Monney

This grant supports all types of projects have a link with the protection of endangered species of the Swiss herpetofauna, both scientific projects of basic or applied research, as well as awareness related to one or more species or their habitats.

See the link below for details and application.