Dean of the School of Basic Sciences

WorkplaceGeneva, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland

EPFL is one of the foremost European institutions of science and engineering. EPFL fosters transdisciplinary research and technology transfer together with a first class infrastructure. Engaged regionally, nationally and internationally, its campus provides an exciting intellectual environment located in the French-speaking region of Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva, at the foot of the Alps. For more information about EPFL, please visit ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> .

The School of Basic Sciences comprises Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. With 130 faculty members, 740 staff, 2000 bachelor and master students, and 650 PhD students, it is the largest School at EPFL and has a central role in teaching and research. The School also hosts the Swiss Plasma Center and currently leads a number of other centers, such as the Bernoulli Center and the center for Quantum Science and Engineering. The School includes technical platforms to support research activities. More detailed information about the School is available at ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> .

Reporting to the Provost as part of EPFL’s senior administration, the Dean provides vision and leadership across the School’s teaching and research activities, manages its corporate business and administrative responsibilities, and represents the School at the campus, regional, national, and international levels.

The successful candidate will be an inspirational leader with outstanding achievements in research and teaching, a past record of academic community service, demonstrated managerial capabilities and collegial skills.

She or he will have a long-term vision for teaching and research for all areas of basic sciences at EPFL as well as for gender balance and the planning of academic careers.

Experience in organizing collaborative teams and programs, involving both internal and external partners, will be an important asset. A prior working knowledge of French is not required.

The position offers competitive personal compensation, tenure at the full professor level, and financial support for the candidate’s research program. The candidate should be willing to act as Dean for at least one term of 4 years and to start as early as possible in 2025.

Contact and Address

Please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a vision statement by 15.09.2024 using the following website:­position/53968896

Inquiries can be addressed to:

Prof. Olivier Schneider
Search Committee Chair

EPFL is an equal opportunity employer and family friendly university. It is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It strongly encourages women to apply


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 64823.