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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.

With a start date of 1 May 2015, FiBL’s Department of Crop Sciences is looking for a

PhD student
with an interest in habitat management and conservation biocontrol

The doctoral dissertation on “Impacts of habitat management on the control of cabbage pest Lepidoptera” is integrated into the FibL collaborative project on “Functional agrobiodiversity”. In intact ecosystems there are multitrophic interactions between host plants (first trophic level), herbivores (second trophic level), natural enemies of herbivores (third trophic level) and predatory carnivores (fourth trophic level). Cabbage has a long growing season and is attacked by pest species causing economically relevant damage but which also have a complex of antagonists (beneficials). As a result of the long growing period it is possible in a cabbage crop to use habitat management measures to build up populations of beneficials and to effectively control pest species. We have developed targeted habitat enhancement measures, such as sown flowering strips for beneficials and non-crop flowering plants, to promote certain parasitoids. This doctoral dissertation will focus on parasitoid wasps to control Pieris rapae. You will: 1) Establish insect breeding programmes, 2) conduct laboratory trials (plant-insect interactions) and 3)conduct field trials on commercial farms.

We expect:

  • An MSc Degree in agronomy, environmental sciences or biology.
  • A full driving licence.
  • Good German (native language) and English language skills and the ability to publish in both languages.

This PhD position will commence on 1 May 2015 with a 3.5 year duration. Remuneration will be commensurate with SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation) guidelines for PhD students.

Are you interested? Please direct any questions you may have to Dr. Lucius Tamm or Dr. Henryk Luka

Please submit your application including CV, statement of research interests, copies of certificates and contact details of referees by 31 March 2015 to stefan.williner(at)fibl.org

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland offers a Junior Scientist position in Animal Husbandry by 1st May 2015 or later a

Junior Scientist position in Animal Husbandry (70 % to 100 %)


  • Development of workable and ethically acceptable livestock management strategies including aspects of breeding, feeding and human-animal relationship.
  • Close collaboration and excellent networking with different partners including farmers, advisors, researchers, policy makers, and industry partners.
  • Acquisition and management of national and EU research projects.
  • Publications in peer reviewed journals and farmer-oriented media.


  • PhD (or MSc) degree in Livestock Sciences or Biology.
  • Competences in Animal Husbandry/Ethology with a keen interest to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team of nutritionists, parasitologists, and veterinarians.
  • Publications in peer reviewed journals and farmer-oriented media.
  • Language: German and/or French, and English proficient.
  • Work place in Frick, between Basel and Zürich.

Interested? We are happy to answer any queries you may have.
Dr. Veronika Maurer

Please submit your application (motivation letter, CV, certificates, references) until 31st March 2015 to stefan.williner(at)fibl.org, FiBL, Stefan Williner, P. O. Box 219, CH-5070 Frick

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