Postdoctoral position in Space Logistics

ArbeitsortLausanne, Genfersee Region, Schweiz


The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs 6,000 people supporting the three main missions of the institutions: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of 16,000 people, including over 10,000 students and 3,500 researchers from 120 different countries.

Postdoctoral position in Space Logistics

The EPFL Space Center (eSpace) has a new research initiative on Sustainable Space Logistics. We aim to address the next big challenges in space engineering, namely how to manufacture, transport, store, deliver and remove materials, goods, structures and humans in space. Numerous innovations in the space segment are still needed to revolutionize these space operations. As such, space logistics is a new field of its own and although many concepts can be inherited from current logistics practice, it requires the creation of a new set of competencies. Moreover, as space is a unique and fragile resource, it is key to develop this new ecosystem with a long-term and sustainable vision.

Several fields and topics may be included within, or are strongly related to Sustainable Space Logistics. We welcome applicants with a strong interest and research background in especially (but not limited to):

  • Logistics modeling for space
  • Orbitology & astrodynamics
  • Satellite constellations
  • On-orbit manufacturing, assembly, and recycling
  • Space resources & ISRU
  • Space debris and the space environment
  • Lifecycle engineering for space
  • On-orbit servicing

Your mission will be to conduct and perform state-of-the-art research in the domain of sustainable space logistics. You will develop your research in cooperation with laboratories at EPFL and elsewhere in Switzerland. You will be able to develop your own projects and participate in projects of the EPFL Space Center (e.g. ClearSpace-1).

Main duties and responsibilities include :
Perform research on sustainable space logistics:
  • Lead research initiatives with participation of various laboratories (at EPFL or from partner institutions)
  • Follow-up technology research and perform technology scouting
  • Build a strong network (institutional, industrial and academic) in the field of research
  • Write proposals as a lead or as a partner in a consortium
  • Participate in education and student coaching
  • Promote space research and its application to the public
  • Report to the Center’s manager

Your profile :
Candidates should have a PhD in a domain of research related to sustainable space logistics. Experience in industry or within a space agency is also welcome.

You should consider yourself as a good candidate if you tick many of the points below:
  • You have experience in the field of space R&D/engineering or space economics
  • You have experience in space logistics and a firm interest in the sustainability of space activities
  • You have experience in a systems approach to space technology research
  • You have experience in proposal writing and raising funding from various sources
  • You have experience dealing with industrial customers or with ESA
  • You have a good knowledge of French, English and/or German

We offer :
  • A young, dynamic, interdisciplinary and international working environment,
  • A vibrant, internationally visible and rising academic institution in space research, education and technology transfer,
  • A privileged contact with state-of-the-art technological developments,
  • Access to many continuing education courses.

Start date :
To be determined depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 situation

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Duration :
1 year, renewable

We look forward to receiving your online application. The application will include a CV, a list of publications, a research statement and contact details of three referees.

Application will be closed when a candidate is selected.

For additional information, please contact Candice Norhadian: candice.norhadian

Remark :
Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered.


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