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PostDoc Biodiversity for ecosystem services (BioSerSys)

Workplace8046 Zürich-Affoltern, Zurich region, Switzerland
DurationThe contract duration is for two years
Occupation rate
80% - 100%
Job Start01.02.2023 or per arrangement

Agroscope is looking for a:

PostDoc Biodiversity for ecosystem services (BioSerSys)

good food, healthy environment
Agroscope has launched the Research Program "Development of environmental indicators on farms for management and policy support" aiming at developing a system of indicators capable to assess achievements of agro-policy objectives with respect to natural resources, environment and animal welfare at farm level. These indicators are expected to rely on new technologies for data collecting and processing so that they are relevant for policy making and easy to collect for farmers. The Research Program consists of 8 projects that are closely interacting, complementing each other. The present post-doc will focus on indicators of ecosystem services and biodiversity, and integrate these indicators into an overall approach to measuring sustainability.

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 Agroscope Department for Agroecology and Environment at Zurich-Reckenholz conducts research for an environmental friendly and competitive agriculture. This Postdoc position will be affiliated to the research group Agricultural Landscapes and Biodiversity.


  • Run the toolbox established on a review of the recent literature on the use of simple indicators of biodiversity and the induced ecosystem services, and derive a list of the most relevant indicators at farm scale
  • Draft the manual describing methods for measuring and interpreting biodiversity indicators and regulating and supporting ecosystem services at the plot and farm level
  • Establish and validate the system of easily measurable indicators for biodiversity and regulating and supporting ecosystem services in a set of farms
  • Integrate the system of these indicators into the overall sustainability analysis bringing together the other indicators and concepts of the research program of Agroscope
  • Present project results at international conferences and in peer-reviewed papers, and conduct stakeholder consultations in Switzerland


  • PhD and publication records in Ecology, Agriculture, Environmental Science, or in a related field
  • Expertise in biodiversity indicators, and supporting and regulating ecosystem services, “R” programming, statistical and spatial analysis (GIS)
  • Achievement-oriented, communicative personality with a capacity for teamwork, interdisciplinary collaboration and a flair for project management
  • Knowledge of two official Swiss languages and very good written and spoken English skills

We offer

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

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

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. 3389 (English is not an official Swiss language, please select German, French, or Italian as correspondence language).

For further information, please feel free to contact Philippe Jeanneret, philippe.jeanneretagroscope.admin.ch +41 58 468 72 28, or Yvonne Fabian, yvonne.fabianagroscope.admin.ch +41 58 481 93 66 (please do not send applications to these e-mail addresses).

Reference number: JRQ$540-3389


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