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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.

In line with Empa’s mission, its Technology and Society Laboratory (TSL) creates and transfers knoweldge to support the transition to a more sustainability society. In particular, TSL analyses novel materials and emerging technology applications with a focus on associated material and energy stocks and flows, and evaluates them with regard to both natural environment and societal constraints.


For our project "Constraint Aware Pathways to the Post-Fossil Swiss City" (CAPATHITY), which will be funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and carried out within the Swiss National Research Programme (NRP) 73 "Sustainable Economy", we are looking for a

Postdoc student (80%)

The CAPATHITY project aims at supporting stakeholders in identifying both visionary and realistic pathways to reach a post-fossil economy for the case of the Swiss City, a fictional built environment covering all Switzerland. It will do so by developing a simulation game enabling stakeholders to identify trajectories towards possible manifestations of the "Swiss City" in 2050, and to challenge them with numerical simulation approaches allowing for both a dynamic representation of resulting direct and indirect stocks and flows and their evaluation regarding material, technological, environmental and societal constraints.


The candidate will be in charge of the following tasks: Design the simulation game in collaboration with an external gaming specialist, organise and co-moderate multiple simulation game workshops, coordinate the two PhD students involved in the project, and integrate their contributions into the simulation game.

Suitable candidates preferably hold a degree in social sciences or psychology, and have a strong background in modelling and simulation game development. He or she has proven his or her communication skills in inter- and transdisciplinary projects, is experienced in scientific writing, has sucessfully completed his or her PhD studies, and has an excellent command of German and English (both written and spoken).


Starting date for the postdoc will be January 1, 2018, with a duration of up to 4 years.

For more information, please contact Dr. Patrick Wäger, Tel. +41 58 765 78 45, patrick.waeger@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s506 and Empa-Video

Deadline for the application is November 30, 2017.

We look forward to receiving your online application including a motivation letter, a CV, diplomas with transcripts,  a list of publications, a brief description of recent projects as well as a concise statement of research interests and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

Empa, Esther Zürcher, Human Resources, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland.