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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.

The Automotive Powertrain Technologies Laboratory develops innovative and inventive solutions for future mobility, and offers a

Postdoctoral position in the field of Optical Emission Spectroscopy in Ignition and Combustion systems

Your Task

You will develop and maintain dedicated spectroscopic systems for the investigation of the ignition process for spark ignited combustion engines, especially gas-fueled engines.  Besides of classical inductive ignition systems, the focus will also be on advanced approaches. You will carry out research and development investigations, teaming with PhD students. A major milestone is to deliver methods to detect the composition of inflammable gas mixtures at the moment of ignition by detailed spectral analysis of the light emission during the ignition event.This applied research is in close collaboration with another Empa Division where fundamental spectroscopic knowledge exists.

Your Profile

You are a self-motivated experimentalist with a recently awarded PhD in chemistry, physics, materials science or engineering, with detailed hands-on experience in spectroscopy and publications in this field. You have practical skills, ideally with self-developed scientific instrumentation. You are interested to supervise PhD students and take responsibility for organizing and initiating projects, whose findings you will present in meetings, at scientific conferences, and in scientific publications. You are willing to closely cooperate in a multi-disciplinary international team. You have finished your PhD within the last 5 years. 


Demonstrated skills with data processing, programming, and instrumentation design are particularly appreciated. You are fluent in oral and written English, and knowledge of German is highly appreciated. You are creative and able to design experimental setups to investigate a challenging process.

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The tentative start date is 1st October 2017 or upon mutual agreement.

For further information about the position please contact Dr Patrik Soltic, patrik.soltic@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s504 and Empa-Video.

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcript and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

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