Postdoctoral Position in Economic Geography, Department of Geography, University of Zurich

Postdoctoral Position in Economic Geography, Department of Geography, University of Zurich

Researching pesticide production networks in the global South

The Economic Geography Research Group at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich invites applications for a postdoctoral position to conduct research on pesticide production networks in the global South, with a focus on Argentina and/or China. The position is state-funded and will be integrated in a research project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). There is close collaboration with scholars in an interdisciplinary network dedicated to global pesticide research ( Involvement in teaching and supervision on BA and MA level is expected.

You will be a member of the Economic Geography Unit in the thriving Human Geography Thematic Area. We combine STS/ANT and critical political economy to study uneven geographies of marketization, global commodity production, and financialization.

What we offer :

The Economic Geography Unit forms part of the Human Geography Thematic Area in the Department of Geography, which hosts research groups working in diverse fields including political ecology, labor geographies, critical urban studies, development and geographies of education.

We are looking for highly motivated original young scholars, with a desire to consolidate a research career and with a passion for theoretically informed empirical research. In return we offer excellent working conditions, a stimulating environment and Zurich’s high quality of life. As well as carrying out research in connection with the SNSF-funded pesticide research project, we will provide you with the opportunity to develop your own research and publications in preparation for the next stage of your academic career.

Your profile :

The appointed candidate will :

  • have completed a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. Human Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Ecology) ;
  • show evidence of publishing in international journals ;
  • speak and write English fluently ;
  • have sufficient language skills in Chinese (Mandarin) and/or Spanish to conduct project-related fieldwork (e.g. conducting interviews)
  • ideally have experience with corporate/company research in China and/or Latin America ;
  • have good interpersonal and team skills ;
  • value and contribute to diversity and inclusion.

Further information and application

The position is available for three years. Your application should include a curriculum vitae including a publication list, contact details for two referees (including e-mail addresses), a motivation statement relating to the position and degree transcripts. Review of applications will commence from 30th November, with an expected start date in March 2022. For further questions with respect to the position, please contact Christian Berndt (christian.berndt[at]
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