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Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.
Civilian Servant, starting September or October 2022
The Department of Environmental Social Sciences (ESS) has a vacancy for a
Project description
The research group in Decision Analysis is looking for a Civilian Servant to support work in the group, and specifically in two projects. The project “Policy and Decision Analysis in Swiss Pesticide Governance” is part of a larger transdisciplinary project on “Transformation in Pesticide Governance”. We aim to investigate stakeholder’s preferences, risk attitude, influence, collaboration, and exchange for finding consensus options. The project follows a Multi-criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) process and builds on policy analysis theories, using Social Network Analysis (SNA). In the project “Model Validation and Evaluation procedures for integrated NBS-PSS”, we aim to develop evaluation approaches for planning support systems to improve strategic planning of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) in cities. We will investigate the preferences of both developers and prospective users of planning tools, to create widely accepted evaluation procedures.

The civilian servant will be supporting work of the decision analysis group in general, and specifically in the two research projects. Tasks:
  • Data gathering through surveys and/or interviews with stakeholders and experts
  • Literature research
  • Data processing including: data entry, statistical analysis, and data visualization
  • Possibly assist the preparation of workshops and produce workshop materials
  • General administrative support (e.g., writing protocols, preparing material for online tools)
The project is supervised by Dr Judit Lienert (group leader), Dr Martijn Kuller (Postdoc), and Milena Wiget (PhD student).

Your profile
The prospective candidate for this position has a Master degree in a Social Science discipline or in Environmental Sciences. Other disciplines (and possibly Bachelor degree) will be considered, depending on the skill set. The position requires good statistical skills, and preferably experience with stakeholder interviews, online surveys, literature research, and environmental indicators in agriculture or urban planning. Fluent oral and written German and English is required, French is a plus.

For more information about Eawag and the department, please visit If you require any further information please contact Melanie Alonso.

Deadline for applications is 28 February 2021. We look forward to receiving your application. A click on the button below will take you directly to the application form.
Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology