PhD student Socio-economic valuation of agroecosystem services (f/m/d)

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research
January 05, 2023
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Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL

The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is part of the ETH Domain. Approximately 600 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.

The Research Unit Economics and Social Sciences analyses economic, societal, and spatial processes and develops sustainable solutions for environmental problems. Per January 2023 or later, the Research Group Environmental and Resource Economics is looking for a

PhD student Socio-economic valuation of agroecosystem services (f/m/d)

The position is part of the larger interdisciplinary ‘Sinergia' project „Deliberative diets: Connecting producers and consumers to value the sustainability of Swiss food system scenarios“. In the project you will closely collaborate with PhD students and Postdocs at WSL, at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern. You assess selected valuation methods for agricultural ecosystem services (e.g., choice experiments), and apply them in a Swiss-wide representative survey. Your results feed into an integrated assessment of food supply chains through scenario analyses. You publish your results in international scientific journals as well as in practice-oriented journals in German.

You hold a master's degree in environmental-, agricultural-, resource economics or a related field, and are interested in survey experiments and the respective analytical methods. You have excellent written and oral communication skills in German and English. You are highly motivated, have an independent and team-oriented working style, and take pleasure in working in an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and practice-oriented research environment. Experience in the field of food markets and supply chains, and a good working knowledge of a further Swiss national language, beside German, are desirable.

Please send your complete application to Beatrice Lamprecht, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Prof. Dr. Roland Olschewski (, +41 (0)44 739 25 62) will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.

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