Postdoctoral Research Position in Political Ecology


University of Zurich


Monday, August 31, 2020

Start Date

Friday, January 1, 2021

The Department of Geography at the University of Zurich is advertising a position as Postdoctoral researcher (70-80%) in the field of political ecology and conservation geography. The successful candidate will be part of the Space, Nature and Society research group, led by Norman Backhaus, that focuses on social and spatial aspects of nature conservation and landscape development. Our regional focus is in Europe/Switzerland and Asia.

Your main tasks include developing your independent research, contributing to our teaching program and participating in our regular research-related activities, as well as carrying out limited administra-tive duties.

The successful candidate is expected to hold an excellent PhD degree in Human Geography, or other relevant social science disciplines engaged in political ecology. Applicants should demonstrate the willingness and ability to conduct internationally recognised and relevant research, have expertise in qualitative research methods and would ideally have experience in higher education teaching. Proficiency in English is an essential requirement, speaking German is an asset.

We offer a stimulating and supportive work environment that provides plenty of opportunities to develop an academic career. Funding for project-related fieldwork and conference visits is available. The wage is oriented at the standards of the University of Zurich. The position is for three years with possibilities for up to three years of extension.

Place of work: Zurich 

Start of employment: Starting date is 01 January 2021 or as agreed upon.

Please submit your application before 31 August 2020 including a letter of application briefly indicating your research plans as well as names and contact details of two possible referees, your curriculum vitae, a copy of your PhD diploma and a writing sample (your PhD thesis or relevant publications) in pdf-form.

Applications can be submitted in German or English.

Contact Name

Norman Backhaus

Contact Email