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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) is offering the position of a

Junior Scientist

Brussels, Belgium

FiBL is the European and worldwide leading institute on organic agriculture, animal welfare and agroecology. We work on applied research, innovative technologies, extension, training and information. For our new FiBL Europe Network Office, the four national FiBL in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Hungary (see www.fibl.org) seek a Junior Scientist.

You will work in a small team based in Brussels and advice institutional partners based on the extended portfolio of scientific and dissemination activities in organic agriculture and agroecology of 270 experienced and professional specialists at the national FiBL institutes.

Your profile

  • Scientific or Engineering university degree, preferably related to agriculture, environmental or political sciences, geography, macro- or microeconomics or life sciences;
  • Experience in external funding, preferably with European Framework Programmes (eg: Horizon 2020), in conducting research and drawing up of scientific, technical and market reports;
  • Insight and knowledge of resource acquisition, coordinating and operating project activities;
  • Good skills in network abilities and active dialoguing, team-oriented and ambitious personality;
  • Oral and written fluency in English; additional language skills (German, French, Spanish, Italian or Slavic) are desired;
  • Willingness to travel throughout Europe at short notice if required.

Your responsibilities

  • Offering scientific and technical information, data and services to partners on a European and global basis related to the portfolio of the national activities of FiBL;
  • Monitoring of funding opportunities on national, transnational and EU scale for research, dissemination and training activities;
  • Contribution to develop a consistent corporate positioning on the above mentioned topics and ensure a one voice policy;
  • Establishment of dialogue and networking activities within FiBL and with a diverse spectrum of external policymakers and stakeholders, including authorities, farmer associations, trade unions and NGOs;
  • Elaboration of science-based policy studies, written and spoken presentations of FiBL positions on important economic, environmental and trade policy topics;
  • Representing FiBL at both internal and external events and writing briefs for senior executives.

We are offering

  • An open-end employment (100 %) based in Brussels, Belgium;
  • An exciting opportunity for career development in an international working environment in the field of organic agriculture;
  • Attractive contractual terms and remuneration packages.

For any queries you may have please contact:
Urs Niggli, Director FiBL

Please submit your electronic application including motivation letter, CV and certificates until April 20, 2017 to Malgorzata Conder.