Postdoctoral Researcher on "Digital Tools for Sustainable Agricultural Development"

Company:University of Lausanne

Location:Switzerland / Lausanne

Discipline:Digital Tools for Sustainable Agricultural Development

Employment Type:4 years full-time


Postdoctoral Researcher on "Digital Tools for Sustainable Agricultural Development" (17644)


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Job information

Starting date: By agreement, earliest October 2021.

Contract duration: 4 years full-time (the initial contract is one year and can be renewed).

Location: University of Lausanne, Faculty of Business and Economics, Dept. of Strategy, Globalization, and Society (SGS)

Supervisor: Professor Sonja Vogt (joining SGS department in September 2021, holding the Chair in Grand Challenges)

Project Background “AgriPath”

We are offering a 4-years postdoctoral research position for a researcher with an interest and experiences in conducting empirical research on applying digital solutions for promoting sustainable agricultural development. AgriPath aims to bring sustainable agriculture to scale by identifying, evaluating, and promoting promising pathways for digitally supported agricultural advisory services that effectively and efficiently empower female and male small-holders to make informed decisions and sustainably increase their agricultural productivity, income, and climate resilience through the uptake of sustainable farming practices. The entire projects lasts 5 years, comprises several PhD and postdoc positions. A special focus will be on analyzing uptake and impacts of digital solutions through the lens of gender, social networks and age differences. The study will take place in India, Nepal, Burkina Faso, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will run field and/or lab experiments and analyse digital trace data (e.g. mobile app data, analytics) linked to the deployment of digital agricultural solutions in India, Nepal, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Tanzania. The position is primarily a research position and will receive support from local partners in each country.


  • PhD related to agricultural economics, development economics, development studies, cognitive psychology, management, digital technologies, social policy, or a related discipline.
  • Experience with designing and running quantitative field experiments in the Global South (lab, online, RCTs).
  • Experience in using digital data sources, such as those collected via mobile apps, in combination with survey and experimental data.
  • Experiences in programming experiments (e.g. Otree, Prolific).
  • The candidate should be comfortable with econometric and statistical methods (with R or Stata).
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Interest in travelling for work to the Global South (assuming the Covid-19 situation allows for it).


  • Being familiar with agricultural digital solutions or agricultural research in the Global South.
  • Experience with doing research in the Global South and in collaboration with associated researchers and multiple stakeholders such as NGOs, governmental institutions and private sector.
  • Experience with analysing user analytics data, experience sampling, cross-cultural comparison.
  • Experience in supervising small teams of enumerators, study coordinators, and PhD students from the Global South.

What we offer

We offer a highly interdisciplinary research environment with a strong focus on research on sustainability and development in the Global South. “AgriPath” is a Consortium of scientists from the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE, University of Bern) and HEC (University of Lausanne), digital agriculture innovation leader Grameen Foundation USA (Grameen), Grameen Foundation India (GFI), the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), and the technology start-up Farmbetter Ltd (farmbetter). The primary point of contact will be Professor Sonja Vogt, who will join SGS at HEC, University of Lausanne.  Moreover, the postdoctoral researcher will be co-supervised by Professor Ridhi Kashyap, University of Oxford.

How to apply

The position will be open until filled. The deadline for the submission is August 15st, 2021 at 6 PM CET via our UNIL Career platform.

You can submit all the below stated documents in one PDF file.

  • a cover letter motivating your application detailing your suitability against the listed qualifications (max. 2 pages)
  • a research statement describing your research interests and most important achievements (max. 2 pages)
  • a CV including a publication list
  • two writing samples of a published paper/working paper
  • Moreover, separately please ask two reviewers to submit a letter of recommendation to before 15st of August 2021, 6 PM CET.

Informal inquiries about the position can be send to and will be answered by Pavla Le Moing and Prof Sonja Vogt.

Additional information

Information about the Faculty of Business and Economics is available here:

Information on the Department of Strategy, Globalisation and Society (SGS) is available here:

Information about Sonja Vogt is available here:

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