Global climate change is leading to more frequent heat waves, even in moderate climate zones such as Switzerland. Grazing dairy cows are particularly susceptible to heat stress because they are exposed to direct sunlight. A project is to be set up to investigate how the availability of shade on pasture influences heat stress in dairy cows.

Agroscope is the Swiss Confederation’s centre of excellence for research in the agriculture and food sector. Its researchers carry out their activities at various sites in Switzerland. Headquartered in Bern-Liebefeld (from 2025: Posieux, Canton of Fribourg), Agroscope is affiliated with the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER.

The research group ’Ruminant Nutrition and Emissions’ has a presence at the Posieux and Tänikon sites and is concerned with ruminant nutrition and husbandry in roughage-based feeding systems with the aims of reducing nutrition-related production diseases, cutting emissions from animal husbandry, improving efficiency and maintaining high product quality.

The study will be carried out as an external dissertation of the Vetsuisse Faculty Bern and will be supervised by Prof. Olga Wellnitz.


  • Conducting a study with grazing dairy cows
  • Recording physiological characteristics
  • Preparing and evaluating data
  • Writing a scientific publication and dissertation thesis


  • Master of Veterinary Medicine
  • Good knowledge of farm animal physiology
  • Interest in scientific studies
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • Knowledge of two official Swiss languages; good knowledge of written and spoken English

We offer: We offer you a varied job in an interesting working environment, as well as thorough training. An excellent research infrastructure will be at your disposal and you will benefit from flexible working hours and good social benefits.

Contact and Address

If this challenge appeals to you and you meet the requirements profile, we look forward to receiving your online application at our jobs portal, Ref. No. 4714.

Frigga Dohme-Meier, leader of the Ruminant Nutrition and Emissions research group,  or tel. +41 (0)58 466 72 27, would be pleased to provide you with further information (please do not send any applications to this email address). Start date: 1.6.2023 or as agreed. The post is for a fixed period of one year. Reference number: JRQ$540-4714

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