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Stefan Williner

Stefan Williner

Ackerstrasse 113
CH-5070 Frick

Phone +41 (0)62 865-7278
Fax +41 (0)62 865-7273


The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau or FiBL) in Frick, Switzerland is one of the world’s leading centres for research and information dissemination on organic agriculture. Its greatest strengths are a highly skilled and competent multi-disciplinary research team, the rapid transfer of knowledge from research to extension, and practical application of agricultural techniques by collaborating farmers.

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Frick, Switzerland is offering the position of a

Organic Horticulture Expert for Arid Zones

We are looking for somebody who is interested in engaging in projects promoting organic agriculture in arid and semi-arid zones and in further elaborating organic agriculture techniques in such regions. At the beginning, the expert would be mostly engaged in an ongoing project in the United Arab Emirates. New projects mainly in Africa and the Near East are envisaged. The tasks require a lot of travelling and include capacity building for organic stakeholders in farming practices, practical advice and applied research.

Ideally you have the following profile:

  • A university education (or similar) in agronomy, horticulture or related fields;
  • Strong practical expertise in organic horticulture with interest to further deepen this competency both practically and academically;
  • Experience in arid agriculture would be an advantage;
  • Skills in and enjoyment of intercultural communication and international cooperation preferably with project management experience;
  • Oral and written fluency in English; knowledge of further languages such as German, Arabic or French is an advantage;
  • Ability to work independently with a significant level of personal responsibility.

We are offering:

  • An open-end employment (80-100 %) based in Switzerland;
  • An inspiring working environment and an exciting opportunity for career development;
  • An opportunity to work with a world class team of experts in the field of organic agriculture;
  • Attractive contractual terms and remuneration.

Interested? We are happy to answer any queries you may have.
Beate Huber or Gian Nicolay

Please submit your electronic application (motivation letter, CV, certificates, references) until 31st October 2016 to Stefan Williner, stefan.williner(at)fibl.org

The Department of Soil Sciences of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL searches a

Theme Leader Climate and Agriculture (80 to 100 %)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leader of the team on climate and agriculture.
  • Conducting research on climate adaption and mitigation of food and farming systems.
  • Inter- and transdisciplinary research cooperation within FiBL and with scientists of leading universities and research institutes.
  • Project acquisition at national, EU and international level.
  • Supervision of PhD and master students.
  • Active participation as speaker and lecturer at conferences and at universities.
  • Expert activities for Federal Offices, FAO, IFOAM etc.
  • Scientific lead of the lab for trace gas analyses.


You have completed your PhD in agronomy, biology or environmental science and you have profound project experiences in climate change. Your main competences are ideally in the research field of carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions as impacted by farming systems and management practices. A background in microbiology/molecular biology will help you understand the complex processes in nitrogen cycling. Skills in Carbon and Nitrogen Modelling would be of advantage. Furthermore, you have the ability to work in a self-reliant and target-oriented way with a dynamic team. We presuppose good knowledge of English language, with either German or French as the second language.

We offer

We offer an attractive work environment with flexible working conditions and ideal conditions for local, national and international networking. The work place and labs are located in Frick (Switzerland). The vacancy is from 1st of February 2017 on or according to individual agreement.

For further questions please contact Dr Paul Mäder, Head of Department of Soil Sciences.

Please send your application documents before 5th November 2016 to Stefan Williner, stefan.williner(at)fibl.org