The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is a part of the ETH domain. Approximately 500 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.
The Research Unit Economics and Social Sciences, which addresses economic, institutional and societal questions related to the WSL research topics of landscape, natural resources, spatial development and natural hazards, is seeking a
PostDoc in Policy-Analysis Land Use and Forest Policy (80%)
for the project „Analysing TRade-offs in forests between sustainable Economy and Environmental objectives (ATREE)“ as a part of the National Research Programme 73 (Sustainable Economy). You will collect data in municipalities, regions and constituent-states (cantons) on settlement or infrastructure development projects from which trade-offs between forest and land use goals emerge. Besides analysing the causes of these trade-offs, you will also engage in data collection, analyses and workshops with stakeholder groups in case study regions. The results are expected to be published in international scientific journals as well as in publications communicating to praxis. You will be involved in an interdisciplinary team together with 2 PhD students at ETH Zürich and HAFL and will be collaborating closely with the project management.
You hold a PhD in environmental economics, political science, sociology, economic geography or environmental sciences and have experience with conducting surveys (particularly choice experiments), spatial econometrics or agent-based modelling. Basic knowledge about forest and land use policies as well as a strong interest in acquiring further expertise in social network analysis are desirable. You have a very good command (spoken and written) of the German and English language. Additional language skills (French/Italian) are an advantage.
If you are excited about working on this timely and challenging research topic within an interdisciplinary research team and with the excellent research facilities that the ETH domain has to offer, then we are looking forward to hearing from you. The duration of the position will be three years with a preferred start in March 2018.
Please send your completed application to Monika Lips, Human Resources WSL. For further information please contact Tobias Schulz, +41 (0)44 739 24 47. WSL is aiming at increasing the proportion of female employees and thus explicitly invites qualified women to apply.