Tenure Track Faculty Position in Catchment Science and Engineering

The EPFL School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Catchment Science and Engineering, located within the Institute of Environmental Engineering (Institut d’ingénierie de l’environnement, IIE).

The professor will be a member of EPFL’s Alpine and Polar Environment Research Center (ALPOLE), based at Sion in the Swiss Canton of Valais. Sion, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, is in close proximity to mountainous zones where effects of climate change on natural and urbanized environments are unmistakable.

Catchments are natural integrators of processes that span a range of scientific disciplines, and occur on multiple spatial and temporal scales. Climate change-induced modifications of catchment hydrology are well established, in contrast to concomitant changes in, e.g., geomorphological, biogeochemical and ecological functioning. Understanding these changes and the linkages between them involves a cross-disciplinary focus on different physical and biological systems occurring in impacted catchments.

We welcome applicants whose vision in catchment research extends across scales and disciplines, using a range of investigative tools including theory, modeling, data science, laboratory experiments and field measurements. As part of ALPOLE, the appointee will have excellent opportunities to work on mountainous and polar environments.

We seek an outstanding individual who will lead an internationally recognized research program that leverages the opportunities offered by EPFL. The professor will be committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate level teaching, and will contribute to the Environmental Engineering program, which emphasizes basic and translational research as the foundation for environmental adaption and engineering design.

EPFL is a growing and well-funded institution fostering excellence and diversity. It is well equipped with experimental and computational infrastructure, and offers a fertile environment for research collaboration between various disciplines. The EPFL environment is multilingual and multicultural, with English serving as a common interface. EPFL offers internationally competitive start-up resources, salaries and benefits. Besides its main Lausanne campus, EPFL operates antenna sites across Western Switzerland, in Fribourg, Geneva, Neuchâtel and Sion.

The following documents are requested in PDF format: cover letter including a statement of motivation, curriculum vitae, publication list, concise statements of research and teaching interests (up to 5 pages for each) as well as the names and addresses (including emails), of at least three references (contacted for shortlisted applicants).

Applications should be uploaded to the EPFL recruitment web site:


Formal evaluation of the applications will begin on March 15, 2021. The search will continue until the position is filled.

Further enquiries should be made to the Chair of the Search Committee:

Prof. D. Andrew Barry
Director of the Environmental Engineering Institute
E-mail: [email protected]

Additional information on EPFL: https://www.epfl.ch/en/, https://www.epfl.ch/schools/enac/, https://www.epfl.ch/schools/enac/research/environmental-engineering-institute-iie/, https://www.epfl.ch/schools/enac/research/environmental-engineering-institute-iie/alpole-en/, https://www.epfl.ch/schools/enac/education/environmental/

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