Master Thesis (6 months)

Closing Date
WorkplaceDübendorf, Zurich region, Switzerland


Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.

The Department of Environmental Social Sciences (ESS) is looking for someone to do a

Master Thesis (6 months)

Exploring the emerging profession of integration experts

Integration is widely regarded as both the key feature and the core challenge of inter- and transdisciplinary research. Given the importance of integration, we assume a new profession of ’integration experts’ to emerge, specializing in leading processes of integration within inter- and transdisciplinary projects and programs. The goal of the project is to better understand: (a) the diverse roles, functions and tasks integration experts assume, (b) the different skills and competencies they require to successfully lead processes of integration, (c) the challenges they face and the opportunities they offer, and (d) the factors that enable/hinder this profession to establish.

We are looking for a motivated student enrolled in the Master’s degree programme in Environ-mental Sciences at ETH and interested in inter- and transdisciplinary research with a particular focus on integration. The student will be expected to (a) review existing literature on integration ex-perts/leaders, (b) design an interview guideline based on that literature review and (c) conduct semi-structured interviews with integration experts/leaders at Eawag , the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, and KWR , the Watercycle Research Institute in the Netherlands and at TdLab , ETH Zurich.

Applications must be submitted by 24 April 2020 and should include an application letter describing your interests and their relevance to this position as well as a CV.

For further information, please contact Sabine Hoffmann or Christian Pohl (ETHZ Zurich).

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