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Postdoc - ’Costs of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Measures in the Swiss Agricultural Sector’

Workplace8046 Zürich (Reckenholz), Zurich region, Switzerland
Duration2 years
Job Start1 Sep 2023 or as agreed

Agroscope is looking for a:

Postdoc - ’Costs of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Measures in the Swiss Agricultural Sector’

Since 1990, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the agricultural sector have been reduced by 13%, and currently account for 14% of total emissions. For the implementation of further measures, the systematic evaluation of the economic dimension of GHG mitigation measures is an urgent necessity. In addition, costs for CO2 uptake via soils or agroforestry (carbon sequestration) should be included. This project will use various modelling systems to calculate GHG mitigation pathways for methane, nitrous oxide and CO2 as well as associated mitigation costs for the entire agricultural sector. The results will be included in an ETH domain cross-sectoral project (SCENE).

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 various sites in Switzerland. Headquartered in Bern-Liebefeld (from 2025: Posieux, Canton of Fribourg).
Agroscope is attached to the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER. Based at Agroscope’s Reckenholz site in Zurich, the ’Climate and Agriculture’ Research Group investigates the avoidance of agricultural greenhouse-gas emissions as well as climate-change adaptation, and is responsible for the Swiss Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The work is carried out in close collaboration with the ’Economic Modelling and Policy Analysis’ Research Group at the Tänikon site in Ettenhausen.


  • Literature review of the costs of GHG mitigation measures, soil C sequestration and agroforestry
  • Preparation of data for implementation of the costs in the ’SWISSland’ agro-economic model
  • Calculation of total GHG mitigation potentials and C sequestration rates for Switzerland
  • Drafting scientific publications and presenting the results at international conferences


  • Doctorate in natural, agricultural or environmental sciences
  • Experience in the field of greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector
  • Experience with process-based or agro-economic models an advantage
  • Good organisational and communication skills
  • Knowledge of two official Swiss languages. Very good (spoken and written) English

We offer

We offer you a varied job in an interesting international work environment as well as thorough training. You will enjoy flexible working hours, a staff restaurant and good employee benefits.

Contact and Address

If this challenge appeals to you and you meet our requirements profile, we look forward to receiving your online application, including the addresses of 2-3 referees, at www.stelle.admin.ch, Ref. code 6906. (English is not an official Swiss language; please choose German, French or Italian as your correspondence language).

Dr. Sonja Keel, sonja.keelagroscope.admin.ch, Tel. +41 58 468 71 25, would be pleased to provide you with further information (please do not send any applications to this email address).

Start date: 1 Sep 2023 or as agreed. The post is offered for a fixed period of 2 years.

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


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