Post-Doctoral Researcher (100%) for the RUNRES project

Country: Switzerland;

City: Zurich

Vacancy added: 03.01.2019

Employer: ETH Zurich

Vacancy type: PostDoc vacancy;


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 Sustainable Agroecosystems (SAE) Group and Transdisciplinarity Lab (TdLab) are leading the World Food Systems Center flagship project «Enhancing Resilience in Food Systems». As part of this flagship project, we are currently implementing a project titled «The rural-urban nexus: Establishing a nutrient loop to improve city region food system resilience» (RUNRES) in Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and South Africa. We seek a

Post-Doctoral Researcher (100%) for the RUNRES project

The SAE group and the TdLab are looking for a Post-Doctoral Researcher who will be one of the key personnel for the implementation of the RUNRES project. RUNRES focuses on developing rural to urban food value chain and waste recycling solutions to generate improved resource flows from the rural to the urban and back to the rural areas to improve the resilience of rural-urban food systems. The Postdoctoral Fellow will lead project science activities and oversee the implementation of transdisciplinary innovation platforms in Arba Minch, Ethiopia; Bukavu, DRC; Kamonyi, Rwanda; Msunduzi, South Africa. He or she will design and implement research for (i) mapping, (ii) analysing, and (iii) optimizing agri-food value chains, nutrient flows, and waste streams to build resilience of rural-urban food systems. An important aspect of this work will be to liaise with partners in the four case study locations to ensure that the project goals and outcomes are achieved. In this function, he or she will organise and attend stakeholder workshops, conduct field visits and document the progress of this project. Additionally, he or she will have the opportunity to build up his or her own research expertise. This will require, for example, supervision of PhD students and applying for research funding that serves to i) further collect and analyse existing and new experimental and survey-based agronomic, socio-economic and food systems data and ii) monitor, analyse and elucidate transdisciplinary processes in the four case study locations of the RUNRES project.
We offer an exciting job, a competitive salary, career development opportunities and a dynamic international working environment.

You are expected to have a doctoral degree, preferably in agronomy or agricultural economics or environmental sciences or in a similar field. Research experience in analysing multi-stakeholder processes is a plus. You have knowledge about the concept of resilience in food systems. You have an affinity for interdisciplinary research (natural-, engineer- and social sciences) and linking the three dimensions of sustainability (social, economic, environmental). You have field experience and are willing to travel frequently to our case study locations in Africa. You are an open-minded personality with outstanding communication abilities and intercultural sensitivity. You are proficient in English and French with scientific writing skills in English.

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents: a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas and certificates of employment. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the Resilience project and the groups please visit our websites:, and Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. J. Six and/or Dr. P. Krütli by email; (no applications) or phone +41 44 632 84 83; +41 44 632 63 24.

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