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Researcher in the field of Energy & Sustainability Transitions 60-80%

Lieu de travailZurich, Région de Zurich, Suisse
Taux d'occupation
60% - 80%

Researcher in the field of Energy & Sustainability Transitions 60-80%

We are looking for a new member of our team to support ongoing projects on Net Zero, Living Labs and Multi-system interactions (energy, mobility, buildings). This is a 3 year position with optional extension if new funding is acquired.

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">­university/) is one of Switzerland’s largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 14’000 students and 3’400 faculty and staff.

ZHAW’s School of Engineering (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">­engineering/) is a leading education and research institution in Switzerland with a focus on top-ics relevant for the future: 13 institutes and centers stand for a high quality education as well as research and de-velopment around energy, mobility, information and health.

The Institute of Sustainable Development (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">­engineering/­institutes-centres/ine/) takes a strong, interdisciplinary interest in technological, economic and societal developments from a sustainability perspective.

Our team on «Sustainability Transitions» (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">­engineering/­institutes-centres/ine/­sustainable-energy-­systems-3/) explores innovation and transformation processes towards more sus-tainable systems of production and consumption from a socio-technical systems perspective, to advance re-search and to make suggestions for stakeholders in business and policy practice mainly related to sustainable energy systems and smart city developments.


  • You will lead and/or collaborate in national and international research projects, guide research assistants and apply for new projects in the field of energy and sustainability transitions
  • To a minor extent (up to 20%), you will also support our teaching program, including the supervision of Bachelor and Masters Theses (related to the ongoing research projects)
  • You will publish the findings of your research in peer-reviewed journals and present them at conferences, workshops and social media
  • You will bring and continue to build a network of collaborators, both nationally and internationally. Your network will be vital for the development of future project ideas and research grant applications


We are looking for an open-minded, creative and committed team member with a strong interest to develop a scientific profile in the field of sustainability transitions and societal transformation. You have a Masters Degree, ideally a PhD, in social sciences or a discipline related to energy and sustainabiity topics. Ideally, you have experiences with sustainability transition studies and you have already published peer-reviewed articles (e.g., from your Masters, PhD thesis or ongoing research activities). You are well acquainted with qualitative and quantitative research methods, you feel comfortable presenting in front of diverse audiences and you hae experiences with the publication of peer-reviewed articles. You are fluent in English and, ideally, you also speak German. Ideally, you also have experiences in the successful acquisition and management of research projects and a supportive network of collaborators in research and practice. We offer a competitive salary, a flexible work environment and time management, and we support a healthy balance of work and family.

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Alice Joos
Recruiting Manager


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