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Postdoc: Effect of grazing on soil carbon storage

Workplace8046 Zürich-Affoltern ZH, Zurich region, Switzerland
DurationThe duration of the contract is two years
Occupation rate
80% - 100%
Job StartJuly 1 2023 or by arrangement

Postdoc: Effect of grazing on soil carbon storage
80%-100% / 8046 Zürich-Affoltern ZH

good food, healthy environment
The CarboGrass project aims to assess the potential of improved grassland management for soil C, N cycling, and soil health across the globe. The project will create standardised, high-quality datasets on grassland soil C/N cycling as well as management- and environmentally-induced soil C stock changes. These data allow benchmarking of biogeochemical process models and provide an important basis for estimation of greenhouse gas emissions. The CarboGrass consortium consists of partners in South America (Argentina and Colombia), Europe (Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, and Switzerland), Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) as well as Oceania (New Zealand) and is funded under an international call by EJP Soil. Within CarboGrass, Agroscope will investigate soil C and N stocks (experimentally and in-field) at several mountain grassland sites with varying intensity of management in Switzerland.

Agroscope is the Swiss federal centre of excellence for research in the agriculture and food sector. Its researchers carry out their work at a number of sites in Switzerland. Headquartered in Bern-Liebefeld (as of 2025: Posieux FR), Agroscope is attached to the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER.

The research group “Integrated Agroecology", located in Reckenholz near Zurich, coordinates and combines the expertise of various groups for the calculation of a wide range of agri-environmental indicators.

Furthermore, we have large expertise in the collection and management of farm application data.


  • Field experiments and data collection at mountain grassland sites in the Alps
  • Data processing and analysis, greenhouse experiments and selected analysis in the laboratory (i.e. nutrient analysis, greenhouse gas measurements, eventually stable isotope data)
  • Continuous collaboration with international partners
  • Reporting on results in the form of project reports and scientific publications
  • Dissemination of research findings at scientific conferences, in policy briefs and social media


  • PhD in the field of environmental sciences, agronomy or related disciplines
  • Excellent knowledge in the statistical analysis of environmental data (R or python)
  • In-depth knowledge of nutrient cycling in eco-systems as well as field and lab experience is an asset
  • Ideally already familiar with soil sampling and measurements
  • Knowledge of two official Swiss languages

We offer

We offer a varied job in a fair and dynamic work environment as well as a modern research infrastructure. Flexible working hours and good social benefits are among the benefits of this position.

Contact and Address

The Federal Administration is attentive to the different needs and backgrounds of its employees and promotes diversity. Equal treatment is a top priority.

If you are interested in this position and fulfil the requirements, we look forward to receiving your online application including contact information of 2-3 referees on www.stelle.admin.ch, Ref. Code 4973 (English is not an official Swiss language, please select German, French, or Italian as correspondence language).

Additional information can be obtained from Anina Gilgen, head of the team «agri-environmental monitoring» anina.gilgenagroscope.admin.ch, Tel. +41 (0)58 484 96 48 (please do not send applications to this email address).


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