Scientific Coordinator
ETH Zurich

Scientific Coordinator at Crowther Lab

50%-80%, Zurich, fixed-term

We are seeking a Scientific Coordinator to join Crowther Lab’s Operations Group to support a wide variety of initiatives connected to Crowther Lab’s scientific research. Crowther Lab is based at ETH Zurich and seeks to strengthen the scientific foundation for the protection and restoration of nature and address climate change. Crowther Lab is a scientific advisor to the World Economic Forum’s and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

Project background

The mission of Crowther Lab’s Operations Group is to build a bridge between the Lab’s scientific research and conservation and restoration efforts on the ground. For example, through the creation, in 2020, of Restor – a global data platform enabling and accelerating ecological restoration around the world, with a current network of over 130,000 project sites. The Lab is now working on a variety of new projects to assess and monitor biodiversity, as well as inform emerging policy initiatives that aim to move us towards a more nature-positive world. 

Job description

You will be responsible for the smooth running of a variety of projects undertaken by Crowther Lab. Specifically, the Scientific Coordinator will be responsible for the smooth running of a variety of internal and external projects. Specifically the role will include:

  • Stakeholder engagement – supporting communications with partner and potential partner organisations (bringing in relevant experts where necessary).
  • Technical project management – working across a variety collaborative research projects involving many external institutions, and coordinating (or directly providing) the Lab’s scientific input.
  • Proposal writing – monitoring grants landscape and support with writing and coordinating large research or partnership proposals across our team of interdisciplinary scientists and operational staff.

Your profile

Excellent project management skills, a proactive nature, the ability to write reports, produce documentation with good presentation, learn quickly, network and be resourceful. We look for a highly-motivated candidate with a background in environmental science, with at least some basic experience in GIS and/or data science. The role will require multitasking across various projects with a cross-functional team. You should be able to work collaboratively and have a good grasp of both field and remote sensing data collection and curation. You should be skilled at managing communication with scientisits, restoration practitioners / NGOs and non-scientists. 

The work will absolutely require a passion for research and ecology and an appreciation of its role in conservation efforts around the world. Excellent oral and written skills in English are required. An ability to work with specialists with different areas of expertise, and act as a representative of the Lab in external meetings / calls to represent our science in a straightforward, compelling and impactful way.

You will have a Masters or PhD level university degree. You should have a track record of publishing written articles / thought leadership content / successful grant applications. You will be employed on an annual contract with potential to renew based on funding and performance.

Your workplace

We offer

All candidates will be evaluated based on their merits and qualifications, without regard to gender, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, disability etc.

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In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • CV 
  • Letter of Interest

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

If you should have any questions, please contact Mr Thomas Elliott or Emily Clark at (no applications).

For recruitment services the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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