Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.
Sandec, the Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development seeks a motivated and qualified person for an
Internship on Waste Management for Development (4 months position)
The concept of a circular economy has gained a lot of traction as a positive, solution-based perspective for achieving economic development within increasing environmental constraints. Best-practices and case studies from low- and middle–income countries are rare and public awareness and understanding of the related benefits of maximizing closed-loops for resource management is still limited. In 2018, the Solid Waste Management (SWM) group started the project “Towards Zero Waste at Schools” (ZW@S), which focuses on moving towards a “Circular-Waste” approach at school level and beyond. Yet, for this “Circular-Waste” approach to be effective there is a need for developing a technology toolbox to inform decision-makers on suitable treatment options for specific waste fractions with priority on plastic waste, biomedical waste and e-waste

We are looking for an intern who will support the SWM team to evaluate and document existing technologies to manage the above-mentioned waste fractions for low- and middle-income contexts.


Candidates for this position should have the following qualifications
Eawag is a modern employer and offers an excellent working environment where staff can contribute their strengths, experience and ways of thinking. We promote gender equality and are committed to staff diversity and inclusion. The compatibility of career and family is of central importance to us. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult www.eawag.ch and www.eawag.ch/en/aboutus/working/employment.

Internship duration and reimbursement
Duration: four months, the position will start as soon as possible. Eawag will provide an intern salary.

Place of work
The intern will be located at Eawag in Dübendorf, Switzerland with possibilities of home-office.

Ms Adeline Mertenat (project officer) and Dr Christian Zurbrügg (group leader MSWM).

Applications must be submitted by 30 June 2021.

For further information about the internship, please contact Adeline Mertenat. More information about Sandec is available at www.sandec.ch.

We look forward to receiving your application (a cover letter and CV) through the Eawag webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. Please click on the button below, it will take you directly to the application form.

Applications from employment agencies/personnel consultants are not welcome and will not be considered.
Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology