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WasserCluster Lunz International PostDoc Fellowship

The inter-university research centre for aquatic ecosystems research WasserCluster Lunz (WCL) invites excellent young scientists to apply for the WCL PostDoc Fellowship Program.

WCL performs research in aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry and is committed to provide innovative research on structure and function of freshwater ecosystems, and to safeguard the sustainable use of resources. Ranging from microbial ecology to biogeochemistry, from restoration ecology to aquatic ecosystem management, and from ecotoxicology to aquatic food web and biodiversity research, WCL has established links with its partner universities to address topical research questions for freshwater ecosystems and their sustainable use. WCL is shared to equal amounts by the University of Vienna, the Danube University Krems, and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.

WCL offers a variety of excellent outdoor experimental facilities, laboratories, analytical instruments, and a diversity of field sites. WCL is performing high-level basic and applied research in the following research fields (for details see ):


·         Biodiversity of plankton communities (Ptacnik lab)
·         Stream Ecology and Catchment Biogeochemistry (Schelker lab)
·         Biogeochemistry and Ecohydrology of Riverine Landscapes (Weigelhofer lab)
·         Aquatic food web ecology and trophic biomarkers  (Kainz lab)


The PostDoc Fellowship Program supports high scientific quality and productivity and aims at a strong cooperation of the PostDoc candidate with the established working groups at WCL. Thus, successful candidates need to show how they link their proposed research to at least two core research fields at WCL. Applicants must have a PhD in Biology or related field (e.g., Ecology, Environmental Sciences, etc.) and demonstrate evidence of excellence in research by publications in top ranked and field relevant academic journals, presentations at international conferences, and strong endorsements by two referees. As the PostDoc Fellowship Program explicitly aims at promoting internationalization and scientific exchange, candidates that have been affiliated with WCL within the past 12 months are not eligible to apply.  



Please apply (in English) and send your documents to the following email address: postdocfellowship(at)

Required documents can be downloaded from the WCL homepage. The application deadline is

July 31st 2017


The application is a 2-stage process:

1)      Pre-proposal: candidates provide their CV with a list of publications, two letters of recommendation and the outline of the proposed research (max. 1000 words), including a short background and rationale, research questions, how their research links to at least two working groups at WCL and a tentative time schedule for the research project.

Successful candidates will be invited within 3 working weeks after the application deadline to submit their full proposal if their CV and pre-proposal has been positively evaluated.

2)      Full proposal (template will be available): Invited candidates contact the respective working group leaders to develop a detailed research plan. The full proposal should then be submitted within 8 weeks after notification and will be evaluated by an international scientific selection committee. Candidates will be notified within 2 months after submission.


The following criteria will be considered for the evaluation of the full proposals:

·         Quality and novelty of the proposed research and links to existing research groups at WCL
·         Potential to advance cooperation and expertise at WCL
·         Candidate's scientific record and potential to conduct the proposed research project at WCL
·         Potential to establish new international cooperation at WCL


The successful research project should start in agreement with the host. The working place will be at WCL in Lunz am See, Austria.

The fellowship is provided for 24 months. The salary is based on the Austrian Science Fund standards (see In addition, the WCL may provide budget for travelling and consumables. Successful candidates will be entitled to apply for these additional resources (maximum 10.000 EUR for the entire duration of the fellowship). WCL is determined to increase the proportion of women in science and therefore, particularly encourages female scientists to apply. Disabled persons with equal qualifications will be favoured.



WasserCluster Lunz International PostDoc Fellowship Program

The four working groups





Am WasserCluster Lunz suchen wir zum Eintrittsdatum 01.07.2017 eine/n engagierte/n

30 bis 40 Std./Woche


Ihre Aufgaben
·         Umsetzung von PR Aktivitäten
·         Betreuung der Homepage und der Projektdatenbank
·         Allgemeine Sekretariats- und Organisationstätigkeiten
·         Unterstützung bei Projektabrechnungen
·         Unterstützung bei der Organisation von Veranstaltungen


Ihr Profil
·         Abschluss einer höheren Schule
·         Hohe kommunikative und organisatorische Kompetenz
·         Berufserfahrung im Organisations- und PR-Bereich
·         Ausgezeichnete EDV Kenntnisse
·         Sehr gute Englisch-Kenntnisse
·         Fähigkeit zum eigenständigen Arbeiten und Teamfähigkeit
·         Flexibilität und Belastbarkeit
·         Erfahrung im Verfassen von Texten erwünscht


Ihre Perspektive
Es erwartet Sie eine anspruchsvolle und interessante Tätigkeit mit guten Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten in einem kreativen, hoch motivierten Team an einer international renommierten Forschungseinrichtung im Umweltforschungsbereich.

Die Stelle wird ab 01.07.2017 besetzt. Dienstort ist Lunz am See, Niederösterreich. Das Monatsgehalt beträgt EUR 2.000,00 brutto für 40 Std./Woche (EUR 1.500,00 brutto für 30 Std./Woche). Bereitschaft zu einer höheren Vergütung besteht bei entsprechender Qualifikation und Ausbildung.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre überzeugende Bewerbung bis 30.04.2017 an: WasserCluster Lunz – Biologische Station GmbH, Dr. Carl Kupelwieser Promenade 5, 3293 Lunz am See, office(at)




PhD Position on aquatic carbon cycling

A 3-year PhD position is available in the working group Biogeochemistry and Ecohydrology of Riverine Landscapes (former BIOFRAMES). The study focuses on the effects of land use, climate change, and contaminants on the activity of benthic microbial communities and organic carbon cycling in streams. The research will be done in experimental in-door flumes at the WasserCluster Lunz in cooperation with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU Vienna).

For further information, please visit our project homepage


Send your CV, a statement of your motivation, and names of two referees to gabriele.weigelhofer(at) until end of April 2017.

Full job announcement  (PDF)



PhD/PostDoc position on mixotrophic bacterivory

A 3-year PhD position is available in the AquaScale lab in Lunz am See. Depending on the qualification of the applicant, the available grant can also be spent as a  (shorter) PostDoc position. In this case the candidate is expected to apply for additional funding within the first year.

Background: Mixotrophic algae are key consumers of bacteria, and thus play a vital role in microbial food webs of lakes and oceans. Compared to photoautotrophic algae, our knowledge regarding their ecological traits is very limited. Open questions relate especially to their growth kinetics and resource requirements.

The aim of the project is to characterize elementary traits for selected mixotrophic bacterivorous phytoflagellates. In addition, chemostat experiments with natural and artificial communities along resource gradients are planned in order to validate expectations derived from trait data.

The candidate should have a good background in (aquatic) ecology and resource competition. Experience in cultivation of protists and /or microbes is desirable.

The AquaScale lab has excellent facilities for performing the proposed work. We host a culture collection with a representative number of mixotrophic phytoflagellates and other protsists (list of available cultures). The project is financed through the ongoing H2020 project AquaCosm and runs parallel with an effort to develop semi-automated chemostats. WasserCluster Lunz is a well-equipped research institute, affiliated with the University of Vienna and University of Bodenkultur, Vienna. The institute situated next to Lake Lunz in a recreational landscape, 2h driving distance from Vienna.

Further info can be found here


Send your CV, a statement of your motivation, and names of two referees to robert.ptacnik(at) until April 16.