University Assistant – PhD Position (20 hours per week,
with the submission of the dissertation agreement the working hours will be 30 hours per week),
University of Innsbruck, Research Department for Limnology, Mondsee, Austria, duration 4 years.


In this position, you will experimentally examine the evolutionary ecology of the responses of the freshwater snail Lymnaea stagnalis to changing environmental conditions under climate change. The specific goals are to reveal (1) how selection imposed by heatwaves operates on snail phenotypes and (2) how snails evolve over generations when periodically challenged by high temperature. The project is linked to other work in the research group of aquatic evolutionary ecology (led by Prof. Seppälä) that focuses on the evolutionary adaptation of organisms to environmental change and natural enemies.


  • Master’s degree in Biology
  • Experience in laboratory and experimental work
  • Experience in statistical analyses
  • Communicative personality and ability to work in a team
  • Flexibility
  • Please attach a CV and a written idea to your dissertation project (max. 5 pages; only full applications will be considered)


The position is based at the Research Department for Limnology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Several research groups at the institute focus on evolutionary ecology and the consequences of climate change in aquatic systems. The institute is located on the edge of the Alps in a small town of Mondsee (Upper Austria). The nearest city is Salzburg, which offers history, culture and entertainment in a convenient distance from Mondsee.

Job profile: The description associated with this job duties and requirements can be found at,
Code BIO-11798.

We are looking forward to receiving your online application by 23rd of March 2021.

 For questions or more information concerning research, please contact Prof. Otto Seppälä:

Travel costs cannot be reimbursed. 

Salary: The minimum monthly gross salary for this position amounts to € 1.486,00 for 20 hours per week (14 times). For the employment of 30 hours per week the salary is accordingly higher (€ 2.229,00, 14 times). Furthermore, the university has numerous attractive offers.

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