The Swiss Ornithological Institute is a non-profit foundation for the study and conservation of birds, uniting basic research, applied research and implementation under the same roof. Due to an upcoming retirement, we are looking for a

Head of research division “Anthropogenic impact” (80-100%)

as of 1 September 2021 or by arrangement.

 Your tasks

You will build and direct a research unit to explore the effects on birds of anthropogenic influences with or without direct human involvement. You have in-depth knowledge in at least one of the following fields: disturbance ecology, ecotoxicology, or behavioural physiology. You will design and implement research projects, publish the results and raise funds. You will promote internal and external collaboration in your research division and contribute to the institute’s general activities.

What we expect

You are respected in your discipline and passionate about research. You are an innovative and creative person interested in new ideas and methods who seeks to advance the research area “Anthropogenic impact”. As an integrative researcher, you enjoy conceptual work, constructive and open communication as well as guiding your team members and supporting their development.

You have a doctoral degree in biology as well as several years of experience carrying out your own research. Experience leading research teams and sound ornithological knowledge are desired. You regularly publish in high-ranking journals and are an experienced fundraiser and supervisor of academic theses. You speak one of Switzerland’s national languages and have a very good command of English. Other requirements include team skills, excellent interpersonal skills and a detail-oriented and independent working style.

What we offer

We offer a varied and responsible position in an inspiring work environment. You can look forward to family-friendly and flexible working hours, plenty of opportunities for continuing education, and exemplary social security benefits. The place of work is Sempach.

Your application

The Swiss Ornithological Institute is committed to increasing the representation of women in leadership roles and research and specifically encourages applications from qualified women. For more details on the position, please contact Dr Michael Schaub (, head of the department for ecological research. We look forward to receiving your online application by 22 May 2021. Please send your application documents (cover letter, CV, list of publications, list of funds raised, copies of diplomas, three references with contact details) in a single PDF file.