The Agricultural Economics and Policy Group at the Department of Management, Technology and Economics, ETH Zurich, seeks a
PhD Student in Agricultural Economics
We are looking for a PhD student with a background in agricultural economics, agricultural sciences or related disciplines to conduct research in the field of innovative tools for the management of extreme weather risks in European agriculture.
Research will be conducted in the project ‘Towards SUstainable and REsilient EU FARMing systems (SURE-Farm)’, which is funded in the framework of the Horizon 2020 program (European Commission) (more details can be obtained here). One of the goals of the SURE-Farm project is to develop better risk management tools for European agriculture. In the sub-project of the Agricultural Economics and Policy Group at ETH Zurich, the PhD student will conduct research in the field of ‘New Strategies for Extreme Weather Risks in Agriculture’. The goal of this thesis is to improve existing and develop novel private and public-private tools that are tailored to address the reduction of downside risks and mitigate the effects of extreme weather events on income in European Agriculture. We focus on two tools that have potential to be both efficient and able to overcome the asymmetric information problems of traditional insurance approaches: (1) weather index insurance (WII) and (2) the use of remote sensing data to design insurance solutions. Different case studies in European crop and livestock production will be considered. The research will take place in an exciting research environment at ETH Zurich and will be embedded in a large scale project with a consortium including 16 partners and a strong transdisciplinary approach with active roles for e.g. upstream and downstream value chain actors and insurance companies.
The successful candidate has a M.Sc. degree in agricultural economics, agricultural sciences or related disciplines, with a profound background in economics. Strong expertise in agricultural sciences and/or the analysis of remote sensing data as well as good statistical skills are required for the project and thus considered as plus. Proficient oral and written English skills are expected.
We are offering an interesting position in a large scale European project at the opportunity to work in work in a leading research group in the field of risk analysis and risk management in agriculture. The candidate is expected to start latest May 15, 2017. Salary and social benefits are provided according to ETH Zurich rules.
For further information please contact Katarina Kliestenec by email (no applications) and visit our website

We look forward to receiving your online application including a CV, transcripts, copies of all Bachelor and Master certificates, letter of motivation as well as two signed letter of recommendation. Please apply online (via the "Apply now" button below) to: ETH Zurich, Mr. Ueli Lott, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zurich, latest by March 10, 2017 (or until position is filled).