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Empa Postdocs – Empa international postdoctoral fellowship programme
Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, is launching a new fellowship programme. «Empa Postdocs» is a bottom-up trans-national mobility and re-integration programme. It allows experienced researchers from all over the world to sketch out a research project and work on it in one of Empa's 29 research laboratories.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no [2010-267161]”.

The application has to be made together with a senior scientist at Empa, who will act as the fellow's mentor.  Empa’s five Research Focus Areas:

  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Sustainable Built Environment
  • Health and Performance
  • Natural Resources and Pollutants
  • Energy


and its three sites near Zurich, in St. Gallen and in Thun offer a large degree of freedom in research topics as well as in location to the fellows.

After a rigorous selection process ensuring that the best candidates are selected, Empa Postdocs fellows are offered a two-year contract at Empa. They will have the opportunity to improve their project management skills by leading research projects on their own. Career development plans and educational programmes, which include training in scientific and non-scientific skills, will ensure that the stay at Empa is advancing the fellows' career opportunities for both academic research/engineering and management positions in industry. Empa Postdocs offers a highly competitive salary, and research and education cost contribution package.

The Empa Postdocs programme is co-funded by the FP7: People Marie-Curie action COFUND. The next call for applications will be issued  January 15th 2015; the application deadline is April 19th, 2015, and the estimated starting date for the fellowships is September 1st, 2015. For more information, please have a look at the guide for applicants or contact the programme management by e-mail.

Gabriele Dobenecker or Dr. Christiane Löwe, programme manager
Tel.: +41 58 765 44 21 or 4499


For applicants:

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