Postdoctoral Researcher on "Digital Tools for Sustainable Agricultural Development"


University of Lausanne


Sunday, August 15, 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.

Contract duration:  4 years full-time (the initial contract is one year and can be renewed).

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

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

Project Background “AgriPath”

We are offering a 4-years postdoctoral research 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 analyzing uptake and impacts of digital solutions through the lens of gender, social networks and age differences. 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 data, analytics) linked to the deployment of digital agricultural solutions in India, Nepal, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Tanzania. The position is primarily a research position and will receive support from local partners in each country.