The Ecological Systems Design Group at the Institute of Environmental Engineering is an internationally leading research group in the field of modeling, analyzing and improving the resource efficiency and environmental performance of products and processes, new technologies, and consumption patterns from a systems perspective. We offer a friendly and professional working environment, and are inviting applications for the Postdoc position (for suitable candidates, a Ph.D. level position may also be possible) further described below . 

Project background

This Postdoc (or Ph.D.) position is part of the new National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) “Sustainable Chemical Processes through Catalysis” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The main goal of the project is to develop novel predictive life cycle assessment (pre-LCA) approaches for basic and fine chemicals with varied complexity in molecular structures. A particular focus will be laid on developing new machine/deep-learning approaches to estimating the life cycle environmental impacts of chemicals as a function of their structures. It will also look into integration of predictive screening LCA approaches and novel risk assessment tools in order to enable early identification of both environmental impact hotspots and safety concerns during the molecular design phase.

Job description

The work will be carried out in an interdisciplinary team at the Ecological Systems Design Group, in close collaboration with some other groups in the NCCR consortium. You will work in a team of researchers in the same project. An integral partof your work is publishing your results in peer-reviewed journals and presenting them at international conferences.

Your profile

Your qualifications should include a corresponding level university degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, computer sciences, environmental engineering, environmental sciences or similar studies with excellent grades. Interest and experience in modeling and programming is a must. A background in life cycle assessment and/or chemical risk assessment would be highly desirable. In-depth knowledge and experience in cheminformatics, big data, and machine/deep learning would be perferable. Your employment will be contracted according to standard regulations at ETH (funding secured for 3 years in the case of a Postdoc position and 4 years in the case of a PhD position). The project will start as soon as possible or upon mutual agreement. You are expected to contribute to the teaching and research activity of the chair up to a maximum of 20% of your working time (in the case of a PhD position).


We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas, and contact details of two referees. We will start interviewing candidates as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the Ecological Systems Design Group, please visit our website Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Zhanyun Wang, or Prof. Stefanie Hellweg, (no applications).


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