Open Position

Open Position as Global Experiments Project Manager (100%, Zurich, fixed-term)

We are seeking a specialist with experience in environmental science and/or data science and remote sensing to join the operational branch of the Crowther Lab – a unique research group on a mission to generate globally-relevant ecosystem information that is urgently needed by land managers around the world to improve the success of ecological restoration efforts. We aim to form the bridge between theoretical ecology and direct practical action, providing on-the-ground tools to combat biodiversity loss, climate change and rural poverty. In 2020 we founded Restor – a platform rooted in science, that enables everyone everywhere to engage in a global restoration movement.

You will work directly with our Restoration Ecologists across multiple fields to help set up and manage data collection from across a network of restoration practitioners, assist in outreach and relationship management with research partners, and in the curation and quality control of GIS and environmental data.

Job description

Specifically, the Global Experiments Project Manager will assist efforts to establish large-scale data collection and monitoring of outcomes of restoration projects from across a global group of restoration partners. They will be responsible for:

  1. Collaboratively developing field and remote sensing data collection protocols that can be carried out by restoration practitioners and NGO partners
  2. Collaboratively establishing and managing relationships with NGO partners and local communities and assisting them to implement monitoring and data collection protocols;
  3. Quality controlling and curating the data
  4. Working with the lab team and with programmers to test/develop new technologies for environmental monitoring.

Additional responsibilities will include liaising with Restor to align efforts to support engagement with projects using the Restor platform to upload their data.

Your profile

We look for a highly-motivated candidate with a strong background in environmental science, conservation, 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. The individual should be able to work collaboratively and have a good grasp of both field and remote sensing data collection and curation. The candidate should be skilled at managing communication with both scientists, restoration practitioners and enjoy creating an environment that can include local communities and field partners in the development of viable, long-term projects. The work will absolutely require a passion for research and ecology and an appreciation of its role within conservation efforts around the world.

Excellent oral and written skills in English are required. Additional languages (Spanish, Portuguese) are a plus. The ideal candidate will have a Masters or PhD level university degree. Field research experience or applied experience with restoration projects or conservation NGOs is a plus but not required. The successful candidate will be employed on an annual contract with potential to renew based on performance and funding.


We look forward to receiving your online application including a 1-page statement of interest and a CV. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through the online application portal of ETH Zurich. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer. All candidates will be evaluated based on their merits and qualifications, without regard to gender, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, disability etc. Candidates from underrepresented and traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

For further information about the application or group please contact Thomas Elliott by email, (no applications).