The Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich invites applications for the above-​mentioned position.

The successful candidate will conduct research which is process-​ and systems-​oriented, embracing experimental, theoretical, and/or modelling approaches, and is aimed at an improved knowledge and understanding of microbial processes and/or microbial populations and communities and their impacts on natural and anthropogenically influenced biogeochemical cycles and/or pollutant dynamics. Innovative development and/or use of state-​of-the-art methodology is expected.

Candidates should have an excellent track record in research and an interest in process-​oriented understanding of biogeochemical cycles and pollutant dynamics. ETH and other research organizations in Switzerland, including EPFL, WSL, Eawag and the Cantonal Universities, provide a wide range of opportunities for collaboration. The hiring package includes base funding at a level commensurate with the appointment. She or he should be able to effectively lead a research team and is expected to teach environmental microbiology at the undergraduate and graduate levels (teaching may be in German or English).

Assistant professorships have been established to promote the careers of younger scientists. ETH Zurich implements a tenure track system equivalent to other top international universities.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of future research and teaching interests, a description of the leadership philosophy, and a description of the three most important achievements*. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Joël Mesot. The closing date for applications is 15 September 2022. ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer, values diversity, strives to increase the number of women professors, and is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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*ETH Zurich emphasizes qualitative assessment of academic accomplishments. This is why you are kindly asked to submit a short description of your three most important achievements (maximum a half page each). Besides research findings, these could also be extraordinary achievements in teaching and its further development, services in the benefit of the academic community or society, software development, patents, knowledge transfer and its practical application, spin-​​​​​off companies or similar.

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