PostDoc position in modelling N2O emissions of agricultural soils


Nitrous oxide (N2O) is responsible for a large share of agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In Switzerland's National GHG inventory, the estimate of direct N2O emissions from agricultural soils is associated with high uncertainty. In addition, the current N2O emissions estimate is not spatially explicit, meaning mitigation options are difficult to assess. For a methodological improvement of the inventory, we are seeking a highly motivated person with a flair for applied science, who enjoys working in a team.


  • Evaluate, if necessary modify and apply one or several process-based N2O models (e.g. DNDC, DayCent, STICS, Ecosys) to estimate N2O emissions of cropland and grassland soils
  • Perform simulations for different management practices representative for Switzerland
  • Prepare the implementation of a model-based N2O inventory to be used for national GHG reporting
  • Produce international and national publications


  • PhD in agricultural, environmental or natural sciences
  • Expertise with modelling nitrogen cycle in agricultural systems and good knowledge of soil processes
  • Programming experience
  • Fluent in English (orally and in writing). Knowledge of German is an advantage

Information on Agroscope

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, Agroscope is attached to the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER. The research group Climate and Agriculture (KLIM), at the location Reckenholz in Zurich, conducts research to mitigate agricultural GHG emissions, adapt to climate change and is in charge of the agricultural sector of the National GHG inventory. We offer a varied job in a dynamic work environment, as well as thorough training and a modern research infrastructure. Flexible working hours and good social benefits are among the assets of this position.

Place of Work: 8046 Zurich-Affoltern (Switzerland)
Salary Category: According to the standards of Agroscope
Employment Level: 80%

Application Address

If you are interested, we look forward to receiving your online application (documents in a single PDF file) at (Ref. 39535) by 22 September 2019. Starting date: 1 November 2019 or as per arrangement. The contract duration is limited to 3 years.

For further information, please feel free to contact Dr. Sonja Keel,, Tel. +41 58 468 71 25 (do not send applications to this e-mail address).

posted: 12 September 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.