Research assistant in spatial analyses and social-ecological systems modeling for landscape planning

80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Chair of Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS) at ETH Zürich is offering a research assistant position in spatial analyses and social-ecological systems modeling for mapping ecosystem services, soundscapes and ecological infrastructure.

The position is 80 – 100 % for one year, after which the position can potentially be extended or continued in the form of a PhD.

Project background

At PLUS, we are developing approaches that combine spatial datasets (including remote sensing data) with land-use models as well as expert and stakeholder knowledge to support land-use decision-making and landscape planning. Our projects address the information needs of governmental agencies and the broader public.

Job description

Your tasks will include:

  • working with GIS
  • processing satellite imagery
  • and developing models with experts and stakeholders

You will work in a dynamic and interdisciplinary group led by Prof. Adrienne Grêt-Regamey.

Your profile

  • a background (completed or soon to complete master's degree) in Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering, Geography, or a related field.
  • a deep understanding of landscape or social-ecological systems
  • highly skilled with GIS and have some experience working with remote sensing data.
  • experience with programming (e.g. in R or Python).
  • proficiency in English (written and oral).
  • proficiency in German or French (written and oral), experience in spatial modelling and Life Cycle Analysis are an advantage.

Your workplace

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents by July 31st 2022:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a complete academic transcript including undergraduate and graduate courses
  • copies of diploma/certificates
  • contact information of 2-3 potential referees
  • and a short description of research interests

We will evaluate the applications when they come in. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the group, please visit our website at Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr Maarten van Strien by email, vanstrien[at] (no applications).

About ETH Zürich

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.