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.

In line with the Empa mission, the Technology and Society Laboratory (TSL) creates and transfers knowledge 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.


Within TSL’s Critical Materials and Resource Efficiency Group (CARE), we are looking for a
Scientist in the field of Circular Economy with focus on closing plastic cycles (80–100%)
The candidate will support research projects in the area of sustainable material cycles with a strong focus on separation and recovery of plastics from households and from Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. He or she will furthermore support the development of guidance documents and capacity building activities within scientific cooperation projects with partner institutions in developing countries (currently South Africa and Ecuador).
The candidate should have a strong background in chemical, environmental or sustainability science, or related disciplines. He or she should be capable to develop laboratory experiments and computational models in the above mentioned fields and should ideally have experience with working in development country settings. Furthermore, the candidate should have excellent command of written and spoken German and English with additional language skills being an asset.
For further information about the position please contact Heinz Böni, phone +41 58 765 78 58 heinz.boeni@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s506 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts, 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.