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PostDoc "Climate change and agricultural ecosystem services"

Workplace8046 Zürich, Zurich region, Switzerland
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Agroscope is looking for a:

PostDoc "Climate change and agricultural ecosystem services"

good food, healthy environment
The "Climate and Agriculture" research group investigates the impact of climate change on agricultural production and evaluate possibilities for adaptation. It monitors greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and explores mitigation options. In this project, you quantify the impacts of climate change on provisioning and regulating ecosystem services and further elaborate the results for dissemination in the form of climate services. The project is carried out in close collaboration with the National Centre for Climate Services (NCCS, ?url=www.nccs.admin.ch&module=jobs&id=58380" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=www.nccs.admin.ch&module=jobs&id=58380" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.nccs.admin.ch).

About us

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.

We offer an intriguing job in a dynamic work environment, as well as thorough training and a modern research infrastructure. Flexible working hours and good social benefits are among the perks of this position.


  • Use crop models to assess the effects of climate change on provisioning ecosystem services (yields of wheat, maize, rape and fodder quality) based on the CH2018 climate scenarios
  • Assess the impacts of climate change on carbon stocks in agricultural soils using the "RothC" model
  • Develop climate services in the form of maps and integrate the results into the web tool FORTE in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
  • Prepare synthesis reports and scientific publications
  • Ensure the contact to the project partners and stakeholders


  • University degree with doctorate in environmental sciences, agricultural sciences or related fields of study
  • Experience in the application and development of climate impact models and affinity for data analysis
  • Willingness to collaborate across disciplines, interest in applied agricultural issues
  • Ability to work independently, interest in project management and in representing own work to research partners and stakeholders
  • Knowledge of two official Swiss languages and English

Contact and Address

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.nr. 3113 (English is not an official Swiss language, please select German, French, or Italian as correspondence language).

Additional information can be obtained from Pierluigi Calanca, Deputy Head of Research Group Climate and Agriculture, pierluigi.calancaagroscope.admin.ch or phone +41 58 468 75 12 (please do not send applications to this e-mail).

Start: 01.02.2023 or by arrangement. The position is limited until the end of 2025. Reference number: JRQ$540-3113


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