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Empa, Switzerland

Head of Department (80-100%)

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 order to expand our Board of Directors (BoD), we are looking for a

Head of Department (80-100%)

As a designated member of Empa’sBoard of Directors, you will play a significant role in shaping the strategy, direction and culture of Empa and you will be leading a research department. Thanks to your widely recognized scientific achievements (in physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering or life sciences) you will initiate new fields of research and projects. 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.

As a Head of Department, you will be responsible for managing the research labs in your department. 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. You will have a long-standing record both in leading interdisciplinary teams and in management.

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 and building technologies, nanostructured materials, biotech and medtech, mobility and environmental technologies.

For more information, please contact André Schmid, Head of Human Resources, (0)58 765 45 95. We look forward to receiving your online application until 10 March 2017. Please do not send your application via e-mail.

Please submit your application online and upload all documents ("pdf"-file is recommended) through this webpage. Any other way of applying will not be considered.

André Schmid
Human Resources
Überlandstrasse 129
8600 Dübendorf


As an interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Domain, Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research.

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