Open positions

The Urban and Regional Planning community (CEAT) at EPFL invites applications for a full-time PhD position in the field of urban agriculture, health and spatial planning. The open position is funded by the Sinergia – Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) project “Africa’s contributions to global health”, in collaboration with the University of Basel and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, that aims to conduct an interdisciplinary research about health on the African continent, bringing together historians, health professionals and urban planners.

The PhD thesis focuses specifically evaluates the complex relationship between urban agriculture, health and spatial planning. It will identify the most effective ways to integrate urban and peri-urban agriculture into current urban planning.


  • Applicants should hold a master’s degree in environmental engineering or other degree in science relevant to research in urban agriculture and planning
  • Prior experience in the use of GIS is highly desirable
  • Fluent in English and French. The thesis can be written in English
  • Relevant research / work experience in Africa, especially Kenya or Tanzania
  • Interest in working in a multidisciplinary, international environment.
  • Candidates of all nationalities are invited to apply; applications from women are especially welcome.

What we offer

  • CEAT is a young, dynamic and international lab with an interdisciplinary perspective (urban planning, architecture, environmental engineering, and computer science) with an interest in experimenting with innovative methods in spatial planning.
  • EPFL provides an excellent and stimulating research and teaching environment as well as a dynamic and lively international campus with a vibrant student life.
  • Located on Lake Geneva, Lausanne is a picturesque city with various possibilities for recreational and cultural activities.

Starting date: As soon as possible

Duration: 4 years (fixed)

Terms of employment: Fixed-term at 100% work rate. EPFL offers internationally competitive salaries and generous research support.

Deadline for application: April 30, 2019.

Contact: Applicants should contact Jérôme Chenal [email protected] or Rémi Jaligot [email protected] to show their interests. They will later submit their file online, and select the EDCE or EDAR doctoral school (depending on their background) by ticking the dedicated box. Please note that reference letters are also due on April 30, 2019.

For more information about the positions, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]