Research and teaching of the Agricultural Economics and Policy Group at ETH Zurich, led by Prof. Dr Robert Finger, is working at the interface of agricultural sciences and economics. The teaching and research of our group contribute to more sustainable and resilient farming systems in Europe. We especially focus on farmers’ decision making, agricultural policy design and policy evaluation as well as on climate risk and risk management. Our group has large experience with the economics and policy of low- and no-pesticide production systems.

Job description: We are looking for a PhD student with a background in agricultural economics. You will conduct research on farmers’ integrated pest management decisions in European agriculture. Furthermore, you will work on the project entitled Supporting the uptake of integrated pest management and low pesticide use (SUPPORT)’, financed by the programme HORIZON Europe.You are going to conduct and analyse European-wide surveys in the context of farmers’ uptake of integrated pest management practices. In the project, you are collaborating with interdisciplinary researchers from 10 European countries.

Your profile: You will have a Master’s degree (or will be close to completion), strong analytical skills and a background in agricultural economics. Knowledge of econometric analysis, integrated pest management and farmer behaviour is a plus. Good conduct in German or French is also a plus. The starting date is flexible, but preferably in January 2023.

We offer: We are offering a full-time position in a dynamic research team and excellent research and teaching environment. Social benefits are provided according to ETH Zurich standards. The position is scheduled for 4 years. You will work in an environment allowing you to develop your professional skills and a strong research record.

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 including:

  • a short letter of motivation
  • CV
  • diplomas
  • a copy of the master thesis (draft) and contact details of 2 referees (do not send a letter of recommendation).

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Katarina Kliestenec by email at (no applications). Please apply online until October 30, 2022.

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