Postdoc Researcher at ETH Zurich

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral scholar position in environmental sciences to join ETH Zurich. Applications will be evaluated immediately.

ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities specialising in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. The Agricultural Ecology Group and the Transdisciplinarity Lab are members of the World Food System Center, a competence center tackling current challenges of the food system. Through the Coop Research Program on Sustainability in Food Value Chains we are currently implementing a project entitled “Agroecosystem diversification for organic bean production in Macedonia” (DiverBeans). We seek a new position.The Agricultural Ecology group and the Transdisciplinarity Lab, in collaboration with The James Hutton Institute (UK), are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to lead the scientific activities of the project and oversee the implementation of the transdisciplinary approach with relevant stakeholders in North Macedonia. The candidate will (i) conduct stakeholder workshops to identify tacit knowledge of the stakeholder community on common bean production in Macedonia, (ii) perform greenhouse experiments at the greenhouse facilities of ETH Zurich testing potential diversification measures for a sustainable intensification of common bean production, (iii) oversee a participatory farmer trial in Macedonia where the most promising diversification measures identified in the greenhouse are tested at farm scale, with emphasis on identifying appropriate management schemes (in particular irrigation), and (iv) maintain regular knowledge exchange with the local and wider stakeholder community. Important aspects of the work will therefore be the work with the stakeholder community on the one hand and the ecological experiments in the greenhouse and in the field. Additionally, the candidate will have the opportunity to build up his or her own research expertise, for example through applications for research funding or supervision of students.

We offer an exciting job, a competitive salary, career development opportunities at a world-leading university and a dynamic international working environment.

You are expected to have a doctoral degree, preferably in agroecology, ecology, agronomy, plant sciences, environmental sciences or in a similar field. Transdisciplinary research experience is a plus. You have knowledge about fundamental ecological concepts such as plant competition and plant facilitation and about transdisciplinary research methods. You have an affinity for research at the interface between ecology and agriculture. You have experience in experimental work with plants, ideally combining research under greenhouse conditions and in the field. You are willing to travel frequently to our study location in North Macedonia. You are proficient in English and with scientific writing skills in English, while knowledge of Macedonian or Albanian is a plus.


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