Open Position

Post-doctoral position in animal movement and forest regeneration in tropical landscapes


We are offering a postdoc position focused on animal movement and forest regeneration in tropical landscapes. This is part of a new collaboration between the Crowther Lab at ETH, Zurich and the Max-Planck Institute for Animal Behaviour, Konstanz. The aim of this project is to understand how landscape composition, species traits and biotic interactions combine to determine movement of frugivores and forest regeneration in human-modified tropical landscapes.

The project will involve integrating detailed observational data on animal communities, state-of-the-art remote sensing and novel animal movement, using cutting-edge statistical approaches to describe animal movement and seed dispersal across disturbance gradients, and to understand how animal mediated seed dispersal shapes secondary forest succession in these contexts. These data will enable us to map which areas within a landscape will regenerate unassisted, and where intervention is critical to meeting restoration and conservation targets.


Based at the Crowther Lab (ETH Zurich), this 12-month post-doc position will be reviewed on an annual basis with the possibility for extension. The position should be filled by April, but a later start date is negotiable. The successful applicant will be supervised by Prof. Tom Crowther and Dr. Daisy Dent. Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found. 


  1. Ability to work well in a collaborative setting
  2. Excellent communication skills in English
  3. Background in ecology, animal behaviour, forestry, environmental science, or other related disciplines. 
  4. Demonstrated skills in the processing and handling of satellite imagery, large datasets, statistical modeling, and GIS
  5. Prior experience analyzing animal tracking and wildlife data
  6. Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. at the time of appointment and have published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 

To apply: 

  • A 1-page cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact details of two references

After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters and official transcripts for shortlisted candidates.

Please send your application, before the 31st of March, to Dr. Daisy Dent: