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Funded PhD position; in climate-smart agriculture; at Institute of Agricultural Sciences; ETH Zurich; in Switzerland

The Institute of Agricultural Sciences at ETH Zurich, Chair of Grassland Sciences (Prof. Nina Buchmann), seeks a

Ph.D. student in climate-smart agriculture

Our research part within the joint InnoFarm project “Reconciling innovative farming practices and networks to enable sustainable development of smart Swiss farming systems” will focus on greenhouse gas (GHG) exchange of crop and grassland systems in Switzerland. The overall goal is to quantify GHG fluxes, GHG budgets and resilience for Swiss agricultural production systems, to identify their drivers, and to assess climate change mitigation options. This PhD project will (1) quantify GHG budgets and – based on existing data – assess the resilience of agricultural systems against climate change; (2) maintain a N2O mitigation experiment on grassland; and (3) set up a mobile GHG flux station (CO2, H2O, CH4, N2O). This project is carried out in a team with colleagues from crop science and agricultural economics, and is thus highly interdisciplinary. Tasks include meteo and flux data analyses; maintenance of a flux station (grassland); set-up and use of a mobile flux tower (grassland and arable land) in a team with technicians; ancillary measurements using drones and phenocams as well as soil N leaching with colleagues in the project. We expect participation in joint measurement campaigns, synthesis efforts and outreach to stakeholders.

We look for a dynamic, reliable and highly motivated student with a M.Sc. degree in agricultural or environmental sciences, micrometeorology, physics or related disciplines. The applicant should have a strong interest in process and system oriented research and should enjoy field as well as computer work. Good statistics skills and experiences with large data sets are highly beneficial. Driving license and English language proficiency are required. The research will be carried out within a 4-year project, starting in spring 2018.
We offer an interesting position (100%) in an international, interdisciplinary research group in a lively university environment in Zurich as well as an international working experience. Salary and social benefits are provided according to ETH Zurich rules.

We look forward to receiving your online application including CV, copies of all Bachelor and Master certificates, transcripts and letter of motivation until 1st November 2017. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. 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 institute please visit our website Questions regarding the position should be directed Prof. Nina Buchmann at (no applications).


Deadline: Unspecified

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