a life cycle assessment specialist (Scientist 80% - 100%)

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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 and energy stocks & flows to evaluate them with regard to both the natural environment and societal constraints.


Within TSL, the Advancing Life Cycle Assessment Group (ALCA), is looking for

a life cycle assessment specialist (Scientist 80% - 100%)

who will participate in data gathering activities to model and evaluate the potential environmental impacts from information & communication technologies (ICT). This work will thus update and develop our understanding of the ICT sector and its potential impacts on the environment.


The position is to be filled as soon as possible.


Your tasks


The open position will give you the opportunity to participate in data gathering activities for the creation and update of life cycle assessment (LCA) datasets on devices and use scenarios for the ICT sector. You will carry out a literature review, create life cycle inventory datasets and get feedback from experts during the review process. You will analyze the potential environmental impacts of ICT devices and use scenarios based on this new more recent information. The position will also provide the possibility to collaborate with other researchers on the use and development of the LCA framework.

Your profile


  • A master degree in environmental/natural sciences or engineering
  • Experience with the LCA method and/or material flow analysis
  • Preferably first experiences in the area of ICT solutions and its infrastructure
  • Attention to details and interest for conceptual models
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English (both written and oral)
  • Elementary proficiency in German and/or French is an advantage


The position is limited to 2 years, with the option for an extension.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Didier Beloin-Saint-Pierre, project manager of these research activities, phone +41 58 765 72 65 dib@empa.ch or the team leader Dr. Roland Hischier roland.hischier@empa.ch. You can also visit our website www.empa.ch/web/s506 and see our 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.

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a life cycle assessment specialist (Scientist 80% - 100%)
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