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ZHAW Institute for Sustainable Development (INE)

Background of Organization

With more than 11,000 students and 2,750 employees, the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. The interdisciplinary group of the ZHAW Institute for Sustainable Development (INE) identifies future-oriented topics, estimates the development of technologies and their acceptance as well as their potential for dissemination and impact. It conducts sustainability assessments, identifies the needs and behavior of individuals and develops design principles and strategies for sustainable energy regions and innovative business models.

Further information about ZHAW and our institute is available at and

Contact person

Should you have any questions regarding this position, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Silvia Ulli-Beer at +41 (0)58 934 47 34. We are looking forward to receiving your application by
March 4, 2018, via our online tool (, addressed to Esther Huber,HR  Consultant at the Winterthur site.


Zurich, Switzerland

Position Title

Research Assistant or Research Associate (60-80%)
Transitions of Regional Energy Systems (SCCER

Position Description

Your tasks include:
• collaboration in interdisciplinary, (inter)national research projects and project proposals
within the framework of the SCCER CREST task "Transitions of Regional Energy
Systems", which is led by the INE
• development of and analysis with System Dynamic models for transitions of regional energy systems (TREES)
• acquisition of third-party funded research and consulting projects and management of research projects (research associate)
• participation in the interuniversity coordination and representation of the INE in the
• fostering relationships with other researchers (national and international)
• contribution to scientific publications


You hold a degree (with a PhD for the position as a research associate) in "System Dynamics", "Energy, Science and Technology", "Energy Economics" or a related field of study. Professional experience in the energy sector (private sector, public sector etc.), preferably in the Swiss context, good networking in the Swiss energy sector, an interest in the subject of sustainable energy systems as well as an understanding of energy-technical relationships are highly appreciated additional qualifications. The ability to apply System Dynamics modelling and socio-economic theories in practice-oriented energy projects is crucial. You have a flair for result-oriented, scientific work (research activities, scientific analyses, writing reports and presenting results) and you are fluent in German or English.

Additional Details

The position is part of the SCCER CREST, the Swiss Competence Centre for Energy Research, which is co-financed by the Swiss Confederation. The SCCER CREST works on
economic, social and legal aspects of the energy transition in pioneering research and develops recommendations for politics and industry. Besides the ZHAW, the CREST research consortium also includes the University of Basel, the ETHZ, the EPFL and the Universities ofGeneva, Lucerne, Neuchâtel and St. Gallen.

How to Apply

We are looking forward to receiving your application by
March 4, 2018, via our online tool (, addressed to Esther Huber,HR  Consultant at the Winterthur site.

 Edited by CS 02-5-18