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Post-doctoral position: conditions for effective and equitable forest-focused supply chain policies

100%, Zurich, temporary

The Environmental Policy Lab at ETH Zurich invites applications for 1 Postdoc, 2.5 years – Start date: March 1 2021 or by agreement for a large interdisciplinary project titled: Identifying the conditions under which forest-focused supply chain policies (FSPs) lead to improved conservation and livelihoods: a pan-tropical analysis (please see:

She or he will work under the supervision of Prof. Rachael D. Garrett and alongside senior post-doc Dr. Federico Cammelli.

Project background

Tropical forests are critical for human wellbeing through their contributions to climate stability, biodiversity conservation, food production, and rural livelihoods. Despite numerous global commitments to help conserve and restore tropical forests, these areas are disappearing faster than ever. The goal of this research is to provide major advancements in our understanding of the conditions under which forest-focused supply chain policies can lead to improved conservation and livelihoods in the tropics.

Job description

We offer an intellectually challenging full-time position in one of the leading research centers in Europe. The salary is according to the ETH standard payscale, and increases with seniority.

The Postdoctoral scholar will be in charge of mostly qualitative research, including semi-structured interviews and comparative analysis with supply chain actors. As such, a strong social science theoretical basis in voluntary environmental governance and supply chain dynamics is desired. However, the ideal post-doc will have high competencies in fieldwork and quantitative analysis, to assist in advising PhD students on the project, as well as data synthesis for spatial modelling studies. The post-doc should have worked in tropical or sub-tropical regions at some point in her or his career.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in public policy, political science, economics, geography, land systems science, or a related field. Applicants are expected to have strong qualitative skills and at least moderate quantitative skills, excellent writing, and a strong command of English. Other bonus attributes are: experience working in the tropics, experience supervising students, and fluency in Indonesian, German, French, or Portuguese. Applicants from the study regions and applicants with professional experience in the field of supply chain policies are particularly welcome to apply. Women and other applicants from groups that are under-represented in academia are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Please submit a one-page letter outlining your motivation and skills for this position, as well as a  CV, 1 writing sample in English from your dissertation, and your Bachelor, Master, and PhD transcripts – all in one single .pdf file.

Please apply by January 15, 2021. In exceptional circumstances we will consider late applications, but we expect to create a short list of applicants shortly after this date. 

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about EPL can be found on our website: Please only contact Prof. Rachael D. Garrett at if you have a specific question. General inquiries like "am I a suitable candidate?" will not be answered.

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