Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is part of the ETH Domain. Approximately 600 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.

The ETH Board has funded a research initiative about biodiversity and energy SPEED2ZERO. This project will generate crucial scientific insight and develop interactive visualizations, scenarios, toolboxes, action plans, and technology to enable a sustainable transformation to a net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) and biodiversity-positive Switzerland. The Ecosystems and Landscape Evolution in the Land Change Science Research Unit at ETH Zurich and WSL is looking for the duration of 2 years for a
PostDoc in Spatial Optimisation (f/m/d)
The goal of this project is to strengthen the transition from research to practice finding answers to the urgent challenge of maintaining biodiversity while ensuring the provision of energy in Switzerland. As a PostDoc in this project, you will have the opportunity to work with a team of experts in the fields of land use planning, energy production, and biodiversity conservation to develop sustainable land use strategies that balance the needs of the environment and the economy. You will be responsible for conducting spatial analysis, developing optimization models, and evaluating the trade-offs between different land use options.
The PostDoc will profit from a highly diverse team of experts composed of both basic science and practice in the fields of biodiversity, energy and climate research. The benefits of this position include the opportunity to work on a high-impact research project, access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and the chance to publish findings in leading academic journals. 

The successful candidate will also receive a competitive salary and benefits package, as well as support for professional development and career advancement. The successful candidate is expected to hold a PhD in mathematics, spatial optimisation or related fields, has a strong conceptual thinking, in-depth experience in data analyses. To be successful in this role, experience in data analysis and optimization techniques is required. Excellent communication and collaboration skills are also essential. 

The application should include: 1) a cover letter with a concise statement about your motivation to work on this project (one page maximum); 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) copies of your academic qualifications; and 4) names and contact information of 2 academic references. Please send your complete application to Beatrice Lamprecht, Human Resources WSL, by uploading the above requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Prof. Loïc Pellissier ( will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.
Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf