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Job announcement: Tenure Track Group Leader – Drinking Water Quality and Treatment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (closed)


Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is a Swiss-based and internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH domain (Swiss Federal Institute of Science and Technology). It is committed to the ecologically, economically and socially responsible management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems.

The department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (Sandec) is engaged in applied research & development in water supply and environmental sanitation for low and middle income countries. Further objectives of the department are the dissemination of research results, facilitating implementation and building research capacity and professional expertise in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Sandec is opening a position as:

Tenure Track Group Leader – Drinking Water Quality and Treatment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

The position will involve conducting first-rate applied research in close collaboration with research partners in low and middle income countries, development agencies and other Eawag departments.

We expect:

• A PhD degree in natural science, engineering or public health, with significant knowledge and experience on drinking water quality issues.

• Research experience of conducting research in low and middle income countries preferably in partnership with local organizations.

• Good knowledge about and contacts to research institutions in developing countries, as well as donor and development agencies is required

• Interest and qualification in working with multidisciplinary teams of microbiologists, chemists, process engineering as well as social sciences.

Applied interdisciplinary research is the key focus of this position, where the group leader shall establish and maintain a strong and internationally recognized team, working in close relationship with development actors and research partners in low and middle income countries. A strong interest in development cooperation and to communicate research results to a wide range of stakeholders from academia, business, government and civil society is a requirement. Experience with teaching and training of graduate level and working professionals is an asset. Sandec works in a multilingual and multicultural environment, therefore a good knowledge of spoken and written English is essential. Fluency in other languages, particularly in French, German and Spanish are an additional asset. A successful conclusion of the tenure track will lead to a permanent position at Eawag.

We offer a very favourable research environment in a multicultural setting with on-going research programs and close links to researchers in disciplines such as social sciences, chemistry, microbiology, as well as public health, epidemiology, ethnology and geography. Our website www.sandec.ch gives you an overview of the team and its activities. Enquiries can be made through Chris Zurbrügg, christian.zurbruegg@eawag.ch.

Deadline for applications is 15 September 2013 with a potential start date in January 2014 or earlier. Applications from women are especially welcome. Applications from mid-career and established researchers are encouraged; the level of the appointment will be commensurated based on experience. Eawag is committed to promote equal opportunities for women and men and to support the compatibility of family and work. We look forward to receiving your application through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. Please submit your application with a letter describing your research plans for this theme, a CV and list of publications, as well as contact data of three references.

Please go to this page for more details and application instruction