Group leader in the field of "sustainable material cycles" (a)
Materials science and technology are our passion. With our cutting-edge research, Empa's around 1,100 employees make essential contributions to the well-being of society for a future worth living. Empa is a research institution of the ETH Domain.

Empa's Technology and Society Laboratory (TSL) explores the role of novel materials and emerging technologies in the transformation towards a more sustainable society and supports stakeholders in developing safe and sustainable materials, technologies and socio-technical systems.

We are looking for a group leader in the field of "sustainable materials cycles"

Your tasks

The successful candidate will lead a research group and further develop our research topic "sustainable material cycles" under consideration of emerging trends and pressing societal challenges such as bio-based and circular economy, carbon removal, clean cycles, energy transition, green and digital transformation, and raw materials criticality.

Your profile

The candidate should have

  • an excellent scientific and publication track record;
  • successfully acquired and led international research projects in an inter- and transdisciplinary context;
  • a strong background in environmental engineering, environmental or natural sciences, industrial ecology, recycling technologies or related fields;
  • expertise in the application and further development of several of the following methodologies: design for circularity, material flow analysis, life cycle (sustainability) assessment, sampling, sample preparation and analysis;
  • ideally experience in North-South cooperation;
  • very good communication and leadership skills;
  • fluency in English, good German language skills are an asset.

The tenure track position will ideally have to be filled until end of 2023. We support teaching at an academic institution and student supervision on a master and PhD - level.

Our offer

We offer a highly interdisciplinary research environment and flexible working conditions to perform high-level research in support of industry and policy making. Our Laboratory consists of experienced scientists, postdocs as well as PhD and master students.

For further information about the position and TSL, please contact Dr. Patrick Wäger, Head of Laboratory ( and/or visit our website

(a) stands for «all» in our job advertisements. We live a culture of inclusion and respect. We welcome all people who are interested in innovative, sustainable and meaningful activities. That's what counts - not age, gender, origin, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
We look forward to receiving your complete online application including a letter of motivation,a statement of research interests, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of at least two referees. Please submit these exclusively via our job portal. Applications by e-mail and by post will not be considered.
Sarah Stüdli, Bereichspersonalleiterin / HR Partner
  Dr. Patrick Wäger
Head Technology and Society Laboratory
Technology and Society
+41 58 765 7845
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