Postdoc to Develop LCA Ontologies, Data Management Strategies and Uncertainty Assessment Solutions (80-100%)

Updated: 11 days ago

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 transformation to a more sustainability society. In particular, TSL analyses novel materials and emerging technology applications with a focus on associated material and energy stocks and flows, and evaluates them with regard to both natural environment and societal constraints.

Your tasks

This position is linked to the activities of the Innosuisse Flagship project WISER (, which aims to develop a digital ecosystem that can streamline validation and translation of greenhouse gas emission factors for various assessments. Within this project, you would be expected to work, in collaboration with other researchers, on the:

  • Development of a data repository and its related Data Management Plan (DMP) 
  • Definition of ontologies for environmental data and assessment standards 
  • Proposition of novel solutions to define the uncertainty on input data
  • Management of activities for a part of the WISER Flagship project

Your profile

  • PhD in environmental/natural sciences or engineering or data science 
  • Experience with using the life cycle assessment method or other assessment methods in the field of industrial ecology 
  • Good management skills and outgoing personality 
  • Experience in scientific writing and publishing 
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English (both written and oral) 
  • Basic fluency in German and/or French is a plus

Our offer

We offer a stimulating academic environment in a laboratory with more than 40 scientists dedicated to sustainability transformation. The position is available immediately, foreseen duration of the position is until the end of 2025, with the option of a further extension. The working place is St. Gallen.

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.

SarahStüdli, Bereichspersonalleiterin / HR Partner

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