Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH domain. It is committed to the ecologically, economically and socially responsible management of water resources, and aquatic ecosystems. The University of Geneva, founded in 1559, enjoys worldwide recognition and ranks amongst the top 100 best universities in the world. As a polyvalent institution, it fosters the emergence of inter- and multidisciplinary fields in both research and teaching.
The Environmental Health Psychology group at Eawag and the Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab at the University of Geneva invite applications for a
PhD position (100%, 4 years)
in the project ‘Make values matteR for EnVironmentAL health: A refinement of the valUE approach in the environmental domain (REVALUE)’. Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, REVALUE is led by Dr Nadja Contzen, Eawag, in close collaboration with Professor Dr Tobias Brosch,University of Geneva. REVALUE aims at (a) refining the value typology in the environmental domain and (b) developing and testing new value measures for environmental health. The refined value approach for environmental health will (a) increase our understanding of the factors underlying the environmentally friendly and healthy lifestyles that are needed to address current key environmental health issues and (b) help to promote such lifestyles.

We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and independent person with a passion for research. Candidates should hold a Masters Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field of Psychology or a related relevant discipline, or complete the degree in the spring semester of 2022. Previous research experience relevant to REVALUE is desirable, specifically: a background in environmental, health or social psychology, experience with different research designs, and sound knowledge of quantitative research methods. Proficiency in both written and oral English and preferably French, the ability to work independently, and skills in team work are essential.

The successful candidate will be actively involved in and independently contributing to all phases of REVALUE, such as literature review, study design, data collection, data analysis, scientific publications, and conference contributions. The start of the position is in April 2022 or according to agreement. The position will be affiliated with the Environmental Health Psychology group at Eawag, with research stays in the Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab at the University of Geneva. The PhD degree will be awarded by the University of Geneva.

We offer an exciting development opportunity in strong professional environments at two top-ranking research institutions, coupled with an attractive salary and excellent fringe benefits and support schemes, including full coverage of costs for participating in international conferences.  

Eawag is a modern employer and offers an excellent working environment where staff can contribute their strengths, experience, and ways of thinking. We promote gender equality and are committed to staff diversity and inclusion. The compatibility of career and family is of central importance to us. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult www.eawag.ch and www.eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/employment.

The deadline for applications is 10 December 2021 or until the position is filled. Applications should include a concise statement describing the candidate’s motivation to carry out a PhD project on this topic, curriculum vitae, copies of your academic qualifications and contact information of two references.  Selection interviews are scheduled for January 2022. We may ask you to submit a project proposal prior to the interview.

For further information on the open position, please contact Dr Nadja Contzen

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Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology