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.
The Laboratory for Nanoscale Material Science with expertise in materials science of coatings and plasma deposition methods is offering a
Group Leader Position for Coatings

What we do:

We pioneer the design and fabrication of thin film materials and systems with enhanced properties arising from nanoscale effects. For the fabrication of coatings for protective and medical applications, several sputter coating systems, including an Ingenia SP3 HiPIMS system are available in our laboratories. The tools for the characterization range from XRD, SEM, TEM, AFM, Profilometry for structural, Tribometers and Indentors for mechanical, and XPS, ToF-SIMS, and Kelvin Probe Microscopy for chemical analysis of the thin film systems. Systems for on-line Plasma analytics are under consideration.


Your tasks

Your profile:

We search for a candidate with a Ph.D. degree in experimental physics, or materials science with a strong background in coatings, sputter deposition methods, and profound expertise in most of the analytical techniques available in the laboratory. Candidates should further have a strong background and standing in academic research, i.e. in composing research proposals and scientific publications and preferably have work experience in an industrial environment. A high motivation to work in interdisciplinary projects and willingness to gain a sufficiently deep understanding in other research fields are considered mandatory.


We offer a challenging executive position at a research institution with excellent infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surrounding. The position is available upon agreement and will initially be limited to three years. Contract extension will be performance based.

For further information about the position please contact Prof. Dr. Hans. J. Hug hans.hug@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s203 and Empa-Video

Applications shall include a motivation letter, CV, publication list, research statement (max 6 pages) and at least three references. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

Empa, David Heusser, Human Resources, Ueberlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.