Resource Utilisation Strategies, Research Associate, Agroscope
Place of work: Zurich-Affoltern
Salary grade: 24
Employment level: 80-100%
Applications deadline: 31 October 2013
date: 1 January 2014
Agroscope is an innovative research station for
agricultural and nutritional sciences operated on New Public Management
principles. Agroscope belongs to the Swiss Confederation and reports to the
Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER. It carries
out its activities at various sites in Switzerland. The Environmental Life
Cycle Assessment Research Group is investigating the impact of the food chain
on the environment, with the focus on agricultural production.
The candidate will contribute to the development of ARTâ€™s SALCA Environmental Life Cycle
Assessment methodology and broaden it to include economic and social aspects in
order to create a method for assessing the sustainability of agricultural
production systems based on the life cycle approach. You will apply the methods
to Agroscopeâ€™s projects on a national and international level and support
Agroscopeâ€™s policy consultations in this field. In doing so you will be
collaborating closely with specialists in all three dimensions of
sustainability. Post B) You will develop a research concept for the sustainable
utilisation of limited environmental resources such as land, water, energy,
nutrients and biodiversity, focusing on the optimum use of grassland.
You will draw up basic principles for the development of sustainable production
systems, thereby contributing to the ecological intensification of agriculture.
We are looking for performance-oriented,
flexible individuals able to work in a team and possessing a Masterâ€™s degree
in Agronomy or Environmental Sciences and a PhD. Experience in agricultural
environmental life cycle assessments, sustainability assessments or in resource
economics is desirable. Other requirements for the position are a good
knowledge of two official languages and English as well as good IT skills,
strong communication skills and conceptual thinking.
We offer varied work and thorough on-the-job
training in an interesting, application-oriented working environment. You will
benefit from flexible working hours, a staff restaurant and good employee
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