Department of Geography

Postdoctoral position in Social Science/Human Geography
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For our interdisciplinary project Spotlight on the impact of light pollution on humans and the environment we are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with a background in social sciences.
The Space, Nature and Society unit at the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich addresses questions and perceptions of nature and landscapes using social theory and methodology. Spotlight is an interdisciplinary research project (SNF Sinergia) and a collaboration of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), the Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS), Elektrizitätswerke Zürich (EKZ) and the University of Zürich (UZH). The project links ecology, social sciences and light engineering to mitigate the impact of light pollution on humans and the environment. For the duration of four years – starting on 1. September, 2024 – we are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with a background in social sciences (full time).

Your responsibilities

You coordinate the social scientific work package in which we assess people's perception of different lighting situations (every day and experimental) in close collaboration with the other project partners. You apply qualitative and quantitative methods both in everyday lighting situations (i.e. by go-along interviews, participatory observations, expert interviews) and an experimental set-up (i.e. using survey techniques) in the greater Zurich area and you are responsible for their analysis. It is important to note that a substantial part of the methods needs to be applied during the night and that an excellent grasp of the German language is compulsory. As member of the Department of Geography you will also have a small teaching commitment.

Your profile

You have a PhD degree in social science (i.e. Human Geography, Anthropology, Sociology) and are well versed in the application of qualitative and quantitative methods. You, moreover, have research experiences in the wider field of human-environmental relations. You have either experiences or a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaborations with ecologists, engineers and practitioners. You need to be interested in an active involvement in the planning and advancement of the Sinergia project. You have excellent knowledge of German and English.

What we offer

We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment.
Diversity and inclusion are important to us.

Place of work

University of Zurich Irchel, Winterthurerstrasse, Zürich, Switzerland

Start of employment

The position will start on 1. September, 2024
Please submit your application by 31.03.2024 via the UZH job portal, containing a letter of motivation, your CV, names and addresses of at least two references, and your degree certificates.

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