PostDoc or Scientist interested in prospective LCA (80-100%)

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.
In line with Empa’s mission, the Technology and Society Laboratory (TSL) creates and transfers knowledge to support the transition to a more sustainability explores the role of novel materials and emerging technologies in sustainability transformations and supports stakeholders in designing more sustainable materials, technologies and systems.

Your tasks

Within TSL, the Advancing Life Cycle Assessment Group (ALCA) is looking for a PostDoc or Scientist (80-100%) interested in prospective LCA. The position is related to the HORIZON Europe project 'Provision of Integrated Computational Approaches Addressing New Markets Goals for the Introduction of Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design Chemicals and Material' (PINK). The aim of PINK is to provide an innovative modelling software and integrated workflows for the development of Advanced Materials and Chemicals, while implementing the SSbD Framework as an industry-ready open innovation platform. Within step 4 of the SSbD framework, the successful candidate will develop an automated, AI supported procedure to calculate the environmental impacts of a (future) industrial-scale production process based on exploratory and prospective LCA approaches.

Your profile

  • PhD in environmental/natural sciences, computer sciences, or engineering 
  • Experience with life cycle assessment (LCA), material flow analysis, or sustainability assessment 
  • Preferably experience with prospective modelling approaches and AI-based tools in the material or technology development context 
  • Willingness to work closely and cooperate actively in a larger team 
  • Experience in scientific writing and publishing 
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English (both written and oral)

Our offer

We offer a stimulating academic environment in a laboratory with more than 40 scientists dedicated to sustainability transformation. The position is initially limited to 24 months with potential for prolongation. Expected starting date is as soon as possible.
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 complete online application including a letter of motivation, CV, certificates, diplomas and contact details of two reference persons. 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. Roland Hischier
Group Leader
Technology and Society

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