Empa - the place where innovation starts

Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.
We are looking for a
Head of Laboratory for Road Engineering/Sealing Components

The Laboratory for Road Engineering/Sealing Components develops and optimizes innovative energy and resource saving bitumen-based materials or systems for use and re-use in multifunctional sustainable traffic infrastructures. The core competence are science driven applied research, market oriented services and standardization for public agencies and industry including teaching and training of students and professionals with respect to materials and systems analysis, multi-scale performance testing and modeling from an engineering, chemical and physical point of view.


Your Tasks

You will lead a laboratory of around 20 persons, develop and implement a research strategy for your laboratory. You will develop projects and obtain funding for national and international projects, develop collaborations with scientific and industrial partners, nationally and internationally, and organize locally and internationally scientific events. Teaching at university level is encouraged.

Your Profile

You have a doctoral degree in mechanical or civil engineering or similar field with strong experience in materials science driven road engineering. A good track record in obtaining and leading large projects, organizing international scientific conferences and maintaining long-term collaboration with scientific and industrial partners is required. Excellent publishing and communication skills are expected together with an already existing broad professional national and international network. You are a team player and your strengths include taking personal responsibility, high motivation for excellence, flair for elaborating innovative out-of-the-box solutions. Excellence in English, both written and spoken is required. Good knowledge in at least one of the Swiss national languages is of great advantage.


We offer an executive position at a research institution with excellent infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surroundings. You will work on important and promising solutions for a sustainable built environment.


For further information about the position please contact Dr Peter Richner peter.richner@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s301 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, a research program proposal, CV, diplomas, a list of publications and two names and addresses of referees, by September 30, 2017. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

Empa, André Schmid, Human Resources, Überlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.