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Scientific Assistant for Sustainability Assessment and Circular Economy 50 - 80%

WorkplaceZurich, Zurich region, Switzerland
Occupation rate
50% - 80%

Scientific Assistant for Sustainability Assessment and Circular Economy 50 - 80%

Attractive assistant position to research in and promotion of sustainable development and circular economy. Evaluate and improve the sustainability of new technologies and products!

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW 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 (?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zhaw.ch%2Fde%2Fengineering%2F&module=jobs&id=61480" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zhaw.ch%2Fde%2Fengineering%2F&module=jobs&id=61480" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.zhaw.ch/de/­engineering/) is a leading education and research institution in Switzerland with a focus on topics relevant for the future: 14 institutes and centers stand for a high quality education as well as research and development around energy, mobility, information and health.

The interdisciplinary team of the Institute of Sustainable Development (INE) (?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zhaw.ch%2Fen%2Fengineering%2Finstitutes-centres%2Fine%2F&module=jobs&id=61480" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zhaw.ch%2Fen%2Fengineering%2Finstitutes-centres%2Fine%2F&module=jobs&id=61480" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.zhaw.ch/en/­engineering/­institutes-centres/ine/) emphasizes technological, economic and societal developments from a sustainability perspective.

The team of the research focus Risk Management and Technology Assessment (?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zhaw.ch%2Fen%2Fengineering%2Finstitutes-centres%2Fine%2Frisk-management-%2F-technology-assessment%2F%23c48124&module=jobs&id=61480" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zhaw.ch%2Fen%2Fengineering%2Finstitutes-centres%2Fine%2Frisk-management-%2F-technology-assessment%2F%23c48124&module=jobs&id=61480" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.zhaw.ch/en/­engineering/­institutes-centres/ine/­risk-management-/­-technology-assessment/#c48124) identifies topics relevant to the future, assesses the sustainability of technologies, conducts technology assessments and develops concepts for the sustainable use of energy and resources on this basis.


  • Collaboration in interdisciplinary and (inter)national research projects and services, such as the Innosuisse Flagship RENOWAVE or the IoT Sustainability Lab funded by Interreg and the scientific association Vierländerregion Bodensee.
  • Analysis of various issues in the fields of circular economy and sustainability assessment, including for renovation measures to support decarbonisation in the building sector (RENOWAVE) and for smart buildings to increase the sustainability of and through IoT applications (IoT Sustainability Lab), by means of research, modelling, expert interviews, data analyses, etc.
  • Application of various software tools such as SimaPro®, Office, etc. for the collection, evaluation and visualisation of data
  • Lesson preparation and support such as exercises in the area of sustainable development
  • Preparation and reporting of research results, collaboration on reports and publications


We are looking for an open and winning personality with a completed (applied) university bachelor degree in energy and environmental technology, environmental engineering or environmental sciences or comparable qualifications. Ideally, you have gained initial experience with life cycle assessments (LCA), life cycle costing analyses, sustainability assessments (e.g. multi-criteria decision analysis, MCDA), the application of scientific theories and methods and/or acquired initial practical experience in the field of sustainability and circular economy, e.g. in your bachelor thesis. Good networking in Switzerland and interest in the topics of sustainability assessment and circular economy, as well as writing skills in English and German complete your profile.

Contact and Address

Jocelyn Schaad
Recruiting Manager


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