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PhD Student - Research group Grazing Systems

Closing Date
Workplace1725 Posieux FR, North Romandie, Switzerland
DurationThe post is for a fixed term of 4 years
Occupation rate
Job Start1st February 2023

Agroscope is looking for a:

PhD Student – Research group Grazing Systems

good food, healthy environment

Climate change increases the frequency and intensity of drought periods, which has serious implications for forage production (lower yields and lower forage quality).
The aim of this PhD thesis is to develop forage mixtures for permanent grasslands that are better able to withstand and recover from periods of drought, and will thus be better adapted to the future climatic conditions of the Swiss mountains in 2060.

About us

Agroscope is the Swiss federal centre of excellence for research in the agriculture and food sector. Its researchers carry out their work at a number of sites in Switzerland. Headquartered in Bern-Liebefeld (from 2025: Posieux, Canton of Fribourg), Agroscope is attached to the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER.
The ’Grazing Systems’ research group works in the research field of forage production. To this end, it maintains experimental plots on the Posieux site, and at different locations in French-speaking Switzerland.


Within the new Experimental Station for Mountain and Alpine Farming and in collaboration with the Cantons of Bern, Grisons, Ticino, Uri and Valais, you will take on the following tasks:

  • Defining an experimental design to simulate the impacts of future periods of drought on different forage mixtures in mountain areas;
  • Taking samples of forage to analyse yields, quality and botanic composition of the forage mixtures;
  • Analysing the community weighed mean functional traits and functional diversity of the forage mixtures and how they relate to drought resistance;
  • Taking soil samples for the analysis of chemical, physical and biological properties;
  • Evaluating and interpreting the data; communicating the results in the form of scientific articles and contributions at conferences.


  • Master from a University/ETH/UAS or equivalent diploma in Agronomy, Ecology or another relevant discipline
  • Very good knowledge of data management and statistical analysis
  • Enthusiasm for and a great interest in the fields of agronomy and ecology in connection with mountain grasslands
  • Very good communication, teamwork and work-organisation skills for managing a network of experimental sites in different Cantons
  • Knowledge of two official Swiss languages; very good knowledge of spoken and written English.

We offer

We offer you a varied job in an interesting field of work as well as thorough training. A modern research infrastructure, flexible working hours and good employee benefits are further benefits of this post.

Contact and Address

If this challenge appeals to you and you meet the requirements profile, we look forward to receiving your online application at www.stelle.admin.ch, Ref. No. 2353.

Have we piqued your interest? Would you like further information on this post?
Massimiliano Probo (Tel.+41 (0)58 483 60 18, massimiliano.proboagroscope.admin.ch) and Pierre Mariotte (Tel. +41 (0)58 468 65 82, pierre.mariotteagroscope.admin.ch), the respective Head and Deputy Head of the Grazing Systems research group, would be pleased to assist you.

Deadline for application: 30.09.2022
Reference number: JRQ$540-2353


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