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
Research scientist 80–100%: flood related risk & behaviour in West Africa

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, predicted to increase with climate change. There is a great need for reliable access to flood forecasts and alerts produced by a robust, 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 stakeholders. The flood forecasting and alert ICT pilot system is co-developed based on the needs and preferences of West African stakeholders and end-users.

This interdisciplinary project FANFAR runs from 2018 to the end of 2020. Details see: http://fanfar.eu/

The work package “User needs and behavioural responses” aims at prioritizing and refining the technological adaptations, according to the aims and needs of users. The social science framework, based on Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) has been developed so far. We are looking for a scientist to lead the open research questions that focus on contextual factors that may explain behavioural responses of users to the ICT system and thus increase technology adoption. Additionally, we aim to research flood-related risk perception and risk communication in relation to response measures of stakeholders. The position is based at Eawag in Switzerland, with two large workshops in West Africa in 2020. Hereby, a co-design committee meets with system developers, West African organizations, stakeholders and end-users in interactive group sessions.

Your experience

We are looking for highly motivated, diligent, precise and co-operative candidates. Your background should ideally be in quantitative social sciences, preferably psychology; or in decision analysis or hydrology. Priority is given to postdocs experienced in behavioural research and/or decision analysis. Work experience in Africa, with interdisciplinary groups and experience with workshops and interviews is an asset. You need to be fluent in English and if possible French, should have a solid research background, including good publishing skills and knowledge of statistical analyses, and e.g. 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 31. August 2019. Ideally, you begin in October 2019. 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