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Professor and Head of Institute Sustainable Chemistry and Circular Economy (80–100%)

Closing Date
WorkplaceMuttenz, Hofackerstrasse 30, Swiss Mittelland, Switzerland
Occupation rate
80% - 100%
Job Startby agreement

Your prospects: The FHNW School of Life Sciences offers state-of-the-art technical, laboratory and office facilities. Contributing to the school’s highly motivating working environment – which is second to none – are its collaboration with a large number of companies and institutions in Switzerland and abroad, a widely varied programme of scientific events, and daily contact with young students in research and teaching. The FHNW is also committed to equal opportunities and the compatibility of private and professional life.


Sustainable development with a functioning circular economy is the central, global challenge for society and the economy. Hence, suitable workflows, processes, technologies and products have to be developed and successfully applied. The Institute for Ecopreneurship therefore aims to further strengthen teaching and research in this field. Your tasks include:
  • managing the Institute for Ecopreneurship (rotating leadership within the institute management team as primus inter pares) and being part of the university management during the first 5 years
  • setting up and running an independent applied research group in the fields of sustainable chemistry and circular economy; acquisition of third-party funds, both independently and in cooperation with other groups in the Institute for Ecopreneurship and the FHNW School of Life Sciences
  • developing higher and continuing education with clear reference to your research activities and goals
  • promoting collaboration within the institute and the university, as well as in regional, national and international industry and academic research partnerships
  • actively participate in professional networks, at conferences and in scientific publications to increase the visibility of the university in the scientific and industrial community


As well as wide-ranging expertise in engineering, process engineering or chemistry, you share our enthusiasm for teaching and supervising students, and for working effectively in teams of colleagues and project partners. In addition, we expect:
  • a PhD in engineering/chemistry, in-depth knowledge of sustainable chemistry and/or sustainable bioprocess engineering as well as related processes and technologies
  • more than 5 years of project management experience in the life sciences industry, including process engineering implementation and organisational measures for process optimisation under ecological and economic criteria
  • an outstanding track record in applied R&D with group management function
  • a strong network in the chemical and biotechnological industry, including experience in project acquisition and with international project teams
  • a university teaching qualification or willingness to obtain one during the first years of employment
  • excellent command of German and English, both written and spoken

Contact and Address

Any questions?

About the position:
Prof. Dr. Falko Schlottig, Director, Contact: +41 61 228 55 71

About the recruiting process:
Désirée Zoller, HR Manager, Contact: +41 61 228 57 28
Will you soon belong to our team? We look forward to your application (incl. cover letter, CV, list of publications & patents and a 4–6 pages summary of your research and your research plan) before 31st October 2023.


0041 (0)61 228 55 71


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