Monday, December 1, 2008

PhD Position in Agricultural Economics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland 2009/2010

The Agri-food & Agri-environmental Economics Group of ETH Zurich
( invites applications for a Ph.D position.

The Ph.D. student will work in the project “Climate change and
agricultural production risks – AGRISK” in the framework of the
National Centre of Competence in Research on Climate (NCCR Climate),
which is an interdisciplinary scientific network bringing together
researchers from various partner institutions

The goal of AGRISK is to investigate the
prospective role of climate-related risk management in Swiss
agriculture. To this end, relevant future climate-related risks (for
instance, droughts, heavy rainfalls, and hail) will be identified and
potential risk management strategies will be derived and analyzed. The
particular focus of the project will be the evaluation of financial
market instruments (such as index based insurance schemes) and
agronomic measures to manage future climate related risks in agriculture.

The candidate is expected to hold a Diploma or Master degree in
agricultural economics, economics or a quantitative discipline by
spring 2009. Profound knowledge in economic theory, mathematics,
statistics, and econometric analysis is expected. In addition,
candidates must have excellent writing and communications skills. Very
good language skills in English are required.

Knowledge of German is not a prerequisite but would be an advantage.

Please send applications per post, including a cover letter, a CV, and
two letters of recommendation to: Robert Finger, ETH Zürich,
Sonneggstrasse 33, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland.

Applications have to be received by the 6. January 2009.
JEL Classification(s): A, C, D, G, Q
Application has to be received by 6. January 2009.
The preferred starting date is April 01, 2009.

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