ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. ETH Zurich is currently setting up a deep underground rock laboratory for research in the fields Geosciences and Geoenergy in Bedretto/Ticino. A series of experiments are implemented within the activities of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) and the Initiative Deep Underground Rock-Laboratories (DUGLab) lead by several Groups and Institutes within the Department of Earth Sciences. To complement our team, we are filling two or more positions, their level is depending on the qualification and experience of the candidates.

Junior/Senior Research Associate in Deep Underground
Rock-Laboratory Experiments (80-100%)

You will be a member of an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers with a wide background in geosciences. Within the advertised position you are integrated in the conception, planning, implementation and analysis of a variety of experiments tailored to engineered geothermal systems (EGS) on the rock-laboratory scale. The position is located at the ETH main campus in Zurich, but includes running the experiments in the rock laboratory in Bedretto/Ticino, southern Switzerland. Working languages in the project team are English and German. The positions are open for a maximum duration of 6 years.

The successful candidate must have a PhD or equivalent degree in earth sciences, petroleum or geotechnical engineering or related fields. In particular, we are looking for candidates with a strong background in one or more of the fields of applied geophysics, seismology, earthquake physics, induced seismicity, fluid-rock interaction, hard rock hydrology, hydraulic testing, geomechanics, reservoir engineering, instrumentation and monitoring, structural geology.

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents: CV, Presentation Letter. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. We expect your applications by mid November, the recruiting process will remain open until the positions are filled.

For further information about the Department of Earth Sciences and the Bedretto Project please visit our websites:, Questions regarding the position should be directed to Marian Hertrich by email (no applications) or phone +41 77 461 03 79.

posted: 24 October 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.