Head of Department "Engineering Sciences"

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.
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Your tasks

As a designated member of Empa’s management team, you will play a significant role in shaping the strategy, direction and interdisciplinary culture of Empa. You will be leading a research department and be responsible for the development of our research platform NEST (Next Evolution in Sustainable building Technologies). Thanks to your widely recognized scientific achievements in engineering and/or natural sciences / digital engineering you will initiate new fields of research. As a Head of Department, you will be responsible for managing several research labs with around 200 researchers and technicians. As a team player with strong communication and management skills, you will collaborate and find innovative solutions with our numerous partners in a multicultural environment. German language skills are a must.

Your profile

You have an extensive network and international experience both in a scientific environment and in collaborating with industry. This will enable you to expand Empa’s national and international network of key players in science, industry, administration and politics and to represent the interests of Empa in relevant committees.

Our offer

At Empa, you will take on a diverse and interesting role in a dynamic, interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research institute with a focus on energy, sustainable construction technologies, nanostructured materials, health and medtech, mobility and environmental technologies. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our directorate, and strongly encourage women to apply.
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.
We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, a statement of research interests, CV, diplomas 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.
André Schmid, Head Human Resources


  André Schmid
Head Human Resources

Your future place of work

Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dübendorf

Empa as an employer

Innovative, sustainable, meaningful activities
Creating added value for society
International, multicultural working environment
Freedom to create and develop
Culture of inclusion and respect
Excellent balance between different areas of life
Multiple award-winning and certified employer
Benefits for rail, mobile, childcare, catering, etc.