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Postdoctoral Position in Agricultural Economics

80%-100%, temporary

Research and teaching of the Agricultural Economics and Policy Group, led by Prof. Dr. Robert Finger, is at the interface of agricultural sciences and economics. The group is member of two departments of ETH Zurich: the Department of Management Technology and Economics (D-MTEC) as well as the Department for Environmental System Science (D-USYS). Our teaching is mainly in the Bachelor and Master of the ‘Agricultural Science’ program of ETH Zurich. Our research contributes to more sustainable and resilient farming systems in Europe by focussing on agricultural policy evaluation and design as well as risk and agricultural risk management.

Job description

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a background in agricultural economics. The successful candidate will teach at the undergraduate level (in German) and graduate level (in English) in an inspiring teaching environment. Supervision of bachelor and master students is also expected. Teaching and supervision tasks are limited to a level that allows the successful candidate to develop a strong research record in the field of the group’s focus. We are looking for a candidate with strong methodological expertise in one of these fields: econometrics, spatial econometrics, optimization models, agent-based models, surveys, economic experiments.

We are offering a full-time position with a competitive salary in a dynamic research team of agricultural economists offering an excellent research and teaching environment. Salary and social benefits are provided according to ETH Zurich standards. The starting date is upon availability, the position is scheduled for 3 years. You will work in an environment allowing you to develop a strong research record.

Your profile

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or will be close to completion), strong analytical skills and a background in agricultural economics. Proficient oral and written German and English skills are expected. Experiences in teaching and supervision are a clear plus. The preferred starting date is in September 2020.

ETH Zurich

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We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas, soft copies of two selected papers and contact details of 2 referees. Moreover, a one-page research proposal outlining how you would contribute to our research is required to consider the application. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the group please visit our website Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Robert Finger by email (no applications). Please apply online until June 01, 2020.

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