Doctoral Student in "Digital Technologies for Sustainable Agricultural Development"


University of Lausanne


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Start Date

Friday, October 1, 2021



UNIL is a leading international teaching and research institution, with over 5,000 employees and 17,000 students split between its Dorigny campus, CHUV and Epalinges. As an employer, UNIL encourages excellence, individual recognition and responsibility.

Job information

Starting date: By agreement, earliest October 2021.

Employement Rate: Full time 

Contract duration: The initial contract is 1 year. The contract can be renewed for 2 x 2 years. The maximum funding period is 5 years.

Location: University of Lausanne, Faculty of Business and Economics, (HEC) Department of Strategy, Globalization, and Society (SGS).

Supervisor: Professor Sonja Vogt (joining SGS in September 2021, holding the Chair in Grand Challenges).

Salary:  External funding with the same salary scale as SNSF doctoral student position  (viz. under Assistant Doctorant FNS)

Project Background "AgriPath"

We are offering a PhD position for a researcher with an interest and experiences in conducting empirical research on applying digital solutions for promoting sustainable agricultural development. AgriPath aims to bring sustainable agriculture to scale by identifying, evaluating, and promoting promising pathways for digitally supported agricultural advisory services that effectively and efficiently empower female and male small-holders to make informed decisions and sustainably increase their agricultural productivity, income, and climate resilience through the uptake of sustainable farming practicesThe entire projects lasts 5 years, comprises several PhD and postdoc positions. A special focus will be on understanding the role of gender, age differences, and social networks in the uptake and engagement with digital solutions. The study will take place in India, Nepal, Burkina Faso, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will run field and/or lab experiments and analyse digital trace data (e.g. mobile app analytics) linked to the development of digital agricultural solutions in India, Nepal, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Tanzania. The Swiss based team will receive support on the logistics from local partners in each country.  

  • 100% of the doctoral student’s time will be dedicated to completion of doctoral studies either in Management or Economics within the project framework.