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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 greatests 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) 5070 Frick is offering as of 1st January 2015

PhD scholarship in Soil Ecology/Molecular Biology

FiBL is one of the world’s leading organic farming research and technology transfer centres dedicated to sustainable agriculture with 150 staff members. It focuses on applied soil and crop sciences, socio-economic, livestock and veterinary research and the dissemination of scientific results.

The Department of Soil Sciences is looking for a highly motivated candidate interested in soil ecology and sustainable agriculture to work in the project “Sustainable provisioning of multiple ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes (ECO-SERVE)”. ECO-SERVE will be conducted by six different European research institutions and is embedded in the European Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) and the BiodivERsA initiative to promote synergies, and reduce trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services. The overarching hypothesis is that trait-based understanding of the influence of the vegetation and the soil biota on soil organic matter quantity and quality will allow farmers to manage ecosystem services in arable, grassland and agroforestry systems for adaptation to climate-induced changes in drought and rainfall frequencies and intensities.

The proposed study seeks to apply state of the art concepts and methodologies of molecular biology and soil ecology. The candidate will work in a dynamic and inspiring team with international project partners. Ideally you have the following profile:

  • A master-level degree in biology, environmental sciences, agronomy or others with a strong molecular biological background
  • Good knowledge of spoken and written English
  • Driving license
  • Experience in scientific writing and publishing  

The duration is three years starting in January 2015. The salary is according to the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation. The working place will be at FiBL Switzerland, CH-5070 Frick.

Interested? We are happy to answer any questions you might have: Dr. Andreas Gattinger

Please submit your job application including CV, statement of research interests, copy of certificates and addresses of 2 – 3 potential referees by 31th October 2014 to stefan.williner(at)fibl.org.