We offer a full-time 2-year postdoctoral position in our progressive and diversity-embracing new group, Food Systems Economics and Policy, which is led by Assistant Professor Dr. Eva-Marie Meemken.

Job description: In our group, you will contribute to and be part of our research on labor in global food systems. We collaborate to implement your and other team members’ ideas. Our team includes two doctoral students, who are implementing surveys of agrifood workers in Nigeria and Malaysia, providing ample opportunities to collaborate and to add research questions. Ideas based on secondary data are also very welcome.

You will work in an excellent and inspiring research environment, allowing you to strengthen your research record, scientific network, and skills and ideas.  For example, the group will happily support and finance your plans to travel to relevant conferences or to pursue other activities aimed at fostering your scientific or professional network and skills. 

The position involves a light load of supervision- and teaching-related tasks. You would be welcome (not a must) to write or be involved in grant applications, which could create opportunities for extending the two-year position. The position is to be filled as soon as possible, but the stating date can be discussed. Salary and social benefits are provided according to ETH Zurich rules.

Your profile

You hold (or will soon hold) a Ph.D. in agricultural economics or related field (e.g., development, labor, or food economics or development studies). You have excellent academic qualifications and strong writing and econometric skills. Additional experiences with qualitative data are welcome.

You are excited about global food production and social conditions in food systems, and you are keen to work on agrifood labor issues (please note that the group’s focus is not smallholder farm productivity/welfare). You have creative research ideas that you seek to pursue but you also see it as a great opportunity to collaborate with your junior colleagues (e.g., by contributing to ongoing projects).

German language skills are highly desired but not a requirement. Fieldwork experiences and related networks are a plus as well as experiences in teaching and supervision.

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application until September 19, 2022 with the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation (max. 2 pages)
  • CV (max. 3 pages)
  • Diplomas
  • Copies of 2 selected papers (published or working papers)
  • 2 scientific references (and contact details) who can be contacted (no letters!)
  • A research proposal outlining how you would contribute to our research (max. 2 pages)

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Eva-Marie Meemken: evamarie.meemken@usys.ethz.ch (no applications).

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