EMPAPOSTDOCS-II Research & Career Advancing Fellowships 2018
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EMPAPOSTDOCS-II Research & Career Advancing Fellowships 2018

There is an amazing opportunity available for doctoral candidates who want to advance in their careers and in research in Zurich, St. Gallen or Thun. EMPAPOSTDOCS-II for July 2018 announcement has been made. Interested candidates check out all of the details on the programme offered, eligibility, application procedure, benefits and such below:

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EMPAPOSTDOCS-II is an individual-driven research and career advancing fellowship which follows a bottom-up approach and offers incoming and re-integrating international mobile researchers a 2-year full employment contract at Empa. It allows experienced researchers from all over the world to set up and implement a research project and get the opportunity to work on their own research idea at one of the 30 research laboratories of Empa. The following research areas welcome applications:

  • Health and Performance
  • Natural Resources and Pollutants
  • Sustainable Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Nanostructured Materials

Projects can be carried out in the three sites of Empa at Zurich, St. Gallen or Thun depending on the location of the lab. The fellows can choose their topic and destination within this frame.


EMPAPOSTDOCS-II wishes to make a significant contribution to the European Research Area by training excellent researchers with scientific and transferable skills to enable them for a successful career. The program offers attractive working conditions in an excellent research institute with high-end infrastructure and a thriving working environment.

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There are two mobility schemes in the EMPAPOSTDOCS-II programme, the incoming mobilityscheme and the re-integration scheme. Regardless of the mobility scheme, the main eligibility criteria for the Empa Postdocs programme are the following:

The applicant must

  • Be an experienced researcher: at the time of the application deadline be in possession of a doctoral degree, irrespective of the time taken to acquire it.
  • Not have finished her/his PhD more than six years before.

The point of time of reference for these dates is the call closure.

For the incoming mobility scheme, a specific eligibility criterion is that the applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the application deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

For the re-integration scheme, the specific eligibility criteria are:

  • The researcher originates from the EU-27 or Associated Countries;
  • The researcher has been active in research in a third country for at least three years and in the last 12 months immediately prior to the application deadline.

Monetary Benefits:

EMPAPOSTDOCS-II offers a highly competitive living allowance, research cost contribution and mobility package. Salary at Empa is defined based on function, experience and performance according to the ETH-domain salary system. According to 2017 figures, the living allowances of postdoctoral fellows are CHF 85’000 during the first fellowship year and CHF 88’000 during the second fellowship year.

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How to Apply?

Applications can only be submitted together with an Empa-based mentor. You will find the list of mentors once our call is open again (June 1st 2018). Only one proposal per individual researcher will be evaluated. If you are interested in applying, search for a suitable mentor and contact the EMPAPOSTDOCS-II programme manager Dr. Juliane Sauer [email protected] and mention the module/topic and potential mentor of your preference. If you are interested in applying and do not yet know whom to contact, get also in touch with us via [email protected]

Important Dates:

The programme will run from 2017-2022. There are three calls for applications June 1st 2017, June 1st 2018 and June 1st 2019, all with deadlines on August 31st. For the first two calls, a maximum of 20 fellowships will be granted. Successful candidates can start their fellowship on March 1st 2018 / 2019/ 2020.


For any question or further inquiries please do not hesitate to contact us under [email protected]

Dates to Remember:

  • Application Portal Opens June 1st 2018 
  • Deadline on August 31st 2018.

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