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Post-Doctoral Researcher - Evaluating Food Systems Sustainability

100%, Zurich, temporary

The ETH Sustainable Food Processing Group uses a combination of innovative sustainability assessment and emerging food system approaches to target fundamental challenges in food science and society such as food security.

Project background

The project aims to improve existing or develop new sustainability evaluation methods and apply them to global food systems databases and future projections to identify areas of improvement for different countries and regions. An interdisciplinary approach in strong collaboration with other ETH research groups is foreseen.

Job description

We are looking for a candidate who is highly motivated to work in this project that aims to assess the current status and future scenarios of global food system sustainability through nutrition, environmental, economic and social dimensions.

Your profile

The candidate should have excellent academic qualifications, writing skills, strong self-motivation and ability to work in fast-paced interdisciplinary environment. Strong statistical, computer programming and big data analysis skills are necessary qualifications for the position. Experience in quantitative sustainability assessment and mathematical modelling of environmental systems will be considered a plus.

The successful candidate must have a Master and Dr./Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Sustainability Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Data Sciences, Bioscience Engineering or a closely-related area.

A two-page research proposal outlining the current challenges, important literature and possible approaches to tackle food sustainability challenges is required to consider the application.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application including:

  • CV
  • Diplomas
  • Short statement of research interests and motivation (one page)
  • Research proposal on the topic Food Systems Sustainability (two pages)
  • Contact details of two referees

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Furthermore, applications without a research proposal will not be considered either.

For further information about the group please visit our website Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Alexander Mathys by email (no direct applications).

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