Postdoctoral researcher or scientist dedicated to the development of basalt fiber reinforcement for...

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 22 Jul 2022

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.

Our Structural Engineering Research Laboratory is offering the position of a

Postdoctoral researcher or scientist dedicated to the development of basalt fiber reinforcement for load-bearing structures


in the framework of an industry project co-financed by Innosuisse. 


Your tasks 


  • Development of basalt fiber reinforcement rebars for concrete reinforcement in close collaboration with the industry partners 
  • Development of analytical and numerical models of the new reinforcements and their interaction with concrete 
  • Planning of appropriate experiments for the mechanical characterization of the new reinforcements 
  • Conducting experiments with innovative measuring systems like digital image correlation (DIC) and optical fibers and evaluation of the results 
  • Autonomous implementation and execution of the research including communication with laboratory technicians, supervisors and industrial partners 
  • Project documentation (internal) and dissemination by means of scientific publications (external) 
  • Supervision of students in the context of bachelor and master theses in the field addressed by the project 
  • Acquisition of additional and follow-up project funding 
  • In addition to the research duties, the candidate is expected to conduct typical service work projects (for different industrial clients) in the field of structural engineering

Your profile 


  • PhD in civil engineering from ETH Zurich, EPFL or similar institutes worldwide 
  • Strong modeling skills (analytical and numerical) 
  • Strong experimental skills, i.e. ability to develop optimal experimental set-ups as well as to organize and successfully perform experiments in the laboratory 
  • Knowledge on fiber reinforced polymers applied in construction 
  • Scientific excellence has to be proven by relevant publications and successful acquisition of project funding and management of research projects 
  • Candidates shall have excellent written and spoken language skills in English and preferably in German 
  • Team worker, able to diurnally collaborate with lab personal as well as with industry partners 


We offer 


  • Working environment providing the possibility of independent working and exploration of opportunities in a future-oriented subject area with high innovation potential 
  • Modern laboratory with state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment at Empa in Dübendorf 
  • Opportunity to work in a research field which receives great attention in science and society 

For further information about the position please contact Dr Christoph Czaderski, christoph.czaderski@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s303  and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation (max 1 page), CV including publications, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees/former employers/supervisors (to be included at the end of the CV). Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. The application deadline is 21th July 2022. Applications via email will not be considered.

Empa, Patricia Nitzsche, Human Resources, Ueberlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.


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