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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 line with Empa’s mission, the Technology and Society Laboratory (TSL) creates and transfers knowledge to support the transition to a more sustainability society. In particular, TSL analyses novel materials and emerging technology applications with a focus on associated material, energy stocks and flows, and evaluates them with regard to both natural environment and societal constraints.


Within TSL, the Environmental Risk Assessment and Management Group (ERAM), is looking for a

Scientist or a PostDoc (100%) responsible for the development of “Safe and Sustainable by Design (SSbD)” approaches in the frame of the Horizon Europe project IRISS.

The position is to be filled as soon as possible.


Your Tasks


The IRISS project aims to connect and transform the SSbD community in Europe and globally towards a life cycle thinking where there is a holistic integration of safety, climate neutrality, circularity and functionality of materials, products and processes throughout their lifecycle. The uniqueness of IRISS is that the consortium is built of core and network partners that represent the top components needed to build an EU-led permanent network.


IRISS has the objectives to develop a state-of-the-art SSbD ecosystem that is supportive for the uptake and utilization of safe-by-design (SbD) and sustainable-by-design (SusbD) strategies by industry, especially SMEs.


The successful candidate will coordinate the interaction between Empa and project partners and contribute to the development and application of SSbD approaches and methods. In close interaction with network partners from various fields, e.g. the textile sector, SSbD approaches will be developed and tested for materials and chemicals.

Your profile

  • Master Degree or PhD in environmental/natural sciences or engineering
  • Experience with risk assessment, life cycle-based methods or sustainability assessment
  • Preferably first experiences in any of the following areas: assessment of materials or chemicals, stakeholder analysis and dialogue, roadmaps
  • Experience in scientific writing and publishing
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English (both written and oral)

The position is limited to 3 years.

For further information about the position please contact Prof. Dr. Bernd Nowack, Head of the Environmental Risk Assessment and Management (ERAM) Group of TSL bernd.nowack@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s506 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

Empa, Esther Zürcher, Human Resources, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland.