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Doctoral position on “Ethohydraulics of small fish in streams”
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Doctoral position on “Ethohydraulics of small fish in streams”

The Institute of Environmental Engineering (IfU) together with the Laboratory for Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW), both in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at ETH Zurich, are seeking a dynamic and motivated doctoral student for a project on the ethohydraulics of small riverine fish.
Doctoral position on “Ethohydraulics of small fish in streams”
Fish, often in close association with communities of small benthic invertebrates, are particularly affected by one of the major anthropogenic impacts in streams, namely the release of water from hydroelectric power plants (hydropeaking). These release events generate high flow conditions and in some cases altered temperature conditions (thermopeaking), and can lead to drift of individuals in the surge, habitat fragmentation or stranding. The fate of small fish depends on the disturbance profile and the local habitat complexity (e.g. the presence of refugia and niches). Yet our understanding of the physiological and behavioral responses of fish communities to these flow and water quality disturbances remains poor, making it difficult to devise predictive models and to develop and implement adequate regulation. This project will focus strongly on laboratory experiments with live fish in a large hydraulic flume. The research will involve setting up and running flume experiments; establishing, maintaining and using fish in experiments; and performing cutting-edge measurements (fluid velocity measurements, dynamic imaging of fish behavior, image analysis). The broad goal of the PhD is to gain insight into the passive transport and active behavior of small fish during hydropeaking and thermopeaking events.
The successful candidate will have a strong engineering background and demonstrate clear interest/experience in ecology or biology and a desire to work experimentally at the interdisciplinary interface between hydraulics and ecology. The project will be jointly supervised by the groups of Prof. Roman Stocker, Prof. Robert Boes and Prof. Markus Holzner.
Please submit your application online with attention to Ms Corina Niescher, Human Resources. Complete applications will include a CV, full transcripts from undergraduate studies, a brief (1-page) statement of research interests, and at least 2 letters of reference. Applications will begin to be reviewed on December 1, 2017, with the position to start as soon as possible.

For further information please contact Dr. Vicente Fernandez by email at Fernandez[at]ifu.baug.ethz.ch (no applications please).

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