Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.
The Department of Environmental Social Sciences (ESS) at Eawag hosts an interdisciplinary team of about 30 researchers (http://www.eawag.ch/en/department/ess/). Highly motivated researchers are encouraged to apply for the position as
Postdoctoral scientist in decision analysis
The interdisciplinary project “Flood forecasts and alerts in West Africa” is an EU Horizon 2020 project with a European and West-African consortium. Flooding is a rapidly growing concern in West Africa. There is a great need for reliable access to flood forecasts and alerts produced by a robust and locally adapted information and communication technology (ICT) system. Aim is to reinforce the cooperation between West African and European hydrologists, ICT experts, decision analysts and end-user communities to provide a co-designed flood forecasting and alert pilot system for West Africa. Previously developed components of the ICT systems shall now be integrated, based on the needs and preferences of West African stakeholders and end-users.

This interdisciplinary project will start in the time between January and March 2018 for 2.5 years.

The work package “User needs and behavioural responses” aims at prioritizing and refining the technological adaptations, according to the objectives of users. The social science framework is based on Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA). There is a strong focus on Behavioural Operational Research (BOR) to understand user responses to the system and technology adoption. The position is based at Eawag in Switzerland, with several workshops in West Africa. Hereby, a co-design committee meets with system developers, West African organizations and end-users. Workshops may be complemented with face-to-face interviews for preference elicitation.

Your experience
We are looking for highly motivated, diligent, precise and co-operative candidates. Your background should be in decision analysis, the natural or engineering sciences or in quantitative social sciences (e.g. psychology). Priority is given to postdocs experienced in MCDA and/or behavioural research. Work experience in Africa, with interdisciplinary groups and experience with workshops and interviews is an asset. You need to be fluent in English and French, should have a solid research background, including good publishing skills and knowledge of MCDA programs and/or R.

Eawag offers
If you are excited about working on this timely and challenging research topic within an international team and with the excellent research facilities that Eawag has to offer, then we are looking forward to hearing from you. Eawag is committed to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work. Applications from women are especially welcome. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult http://www.eawag.ch/en/ and www.eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/employment.

For additional information on the project, please contact Dr. Judit Lienert, judit.lienert@eawag.ch, leader of the cluster “Decision Analysis” at ESS (no applications).

The deadline for applications is 25 November 2017. Applications must include a brief letter stating the motivation to carry out this research project, a curriculum vitae including a copy of your academic degrees documents, records of your work experience and reference letters and contact details of at least two reference persons from previous assignments.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please send your application through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. Please click on the link below, this will take you directly to the application form.
Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology