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Resource Utilisation Strategies, Research Associate, Agroscope

28 Oct 2013 1:17 AM | Anonymous

Resource Utilisation Strategies, Research Associate, Agroscope
Place of work: Zurich-Affoltern

Salary grade: 24
Employment level: 80-100%
Applications deadline: 31 October 2013

Starting 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 ART’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 Agroscope’s projects on a national and international level and support Agroscope’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 Master’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 benefits. 

Apply to:

International Society for Industrial Ecology | Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies | 195 Prospect St. New Haven Connecticut 06511 USA | Contact us at 203.432.6953 or email

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