Interested in pesticide use? We have an exciting postdoc opportunity! 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated candidate to join the SPRINT project. The candidate will work in the field with the relevant stakeholders especially with the farmers to assess EPAH health through sampling and interviews/workshops to collect data necessary for the inventory of PPP distribution at the regional scale. 

General information

  • 60% (1 year, with possibility of extension to 2 years) postdoctoral position within the soil science group of the Institute of Geography, GIUB (University of Bern). 

Background

The overall aim of the SPRINT H2020 project is to develop, test, validate and deliver a Global Health Risk Assessment Toolbox for the integrated assessment of the impacts of PPPs [formulations (F), active substances (a.S.), metabolites (Me) and mixtures (Mi)] on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems (E), plant (P), animal (A) and human (H) health (EPAH). Three main attributes for the health status will be examined: resilience, reproduction/productivity and manifestation of diseases, while transition pathways towards sustainable use of PPPs will be identified in a multi-actor approach.

Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated candidate to join the SPRINT project. The candidate will work in the field with the relevant stakeholders especially with the farmers to assess EPAH health through sampling and interviews/workshops to collect data necessary for the inventory of PPP distribution at the regional scale. A second part of the work will the mining of the results and publications. Flexibility in work planning is foreseen to allow the candidate to optimize the coordination of all activities and the collaboration between the different project partners.

Your profile

The successful candidate should have a strong research interest in Plant Protection Products in general, and in pesticides impact on Environmental, Plant, Animal, and Human (EPAH) health in particular. Experience with a programming language (e.g. Python, R) and statistic skills is required. Applicants should hold a PhD degree in geosciences, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, animal sciences or disciplines related to the position. Contact with relevant stakeholders such as farmers, farmer associations, and other local actors, as well as the assessment of EPAH health in the Case Study Site at the Canton of Bern require good communication skills. The candidate should have good knowledge of English and experience in writing scientific papers, and participation in international conferences.

Interested?

We look forward to receiving your application with the following documents:

  • Cover/motivation letter that demonstrates your suitability for the offered position and addresses the research questions you would like to develop within SPRINT project at the University of Bern and Wageningen University.
  • Curriculum vitae with a complete academic record, copies of Bachelor and Master degrees
  • Name and contact information of two references.

Please send your applications via email or postal services to PD Dr. Abdallah Alaoui at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The start date will commence as soon as possible. The salary will be according to the Swiss National Foundation for Research (60-70%).

Further information about the SPRINT project can be found on the website https://sprinth2020.eu/. For further information, please contact: PD Dr. Abdallah Alaoui This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..