School of Engineering EPFL-PSI, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Position ID:EPFL-School of Engineering EPFL-PSI-PHOTONICS [#7369]
Position Title: Faculty Position in Photonics at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
Position Location:Lausanne, Lausanne CH-1015, Switzerland [map]
Subject Area: Engineering
Appl Deadline:2016/10/01 (posted 2016/06/16, updated 2016/06/09)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Faculty Position in Photonics
at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)


The School of Engineering (STI) of EPFL and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) invite applications for a tenured professor at EPFL who will also be Head of the Nanophotonics Laboratory of PSI. The holder of this joint EPFL/PSI position will lead the exploitation of nanotechnology for the use of short wavelength (UV to hard X-ray) light, and the exploitation of short wavelength light for nanotechnology.

Applications are encouraged from leaders in photonics with particular achievements in nano- and micro-fabricated optical devices for the shaping, direction and detection of photon beams, and strong interest in providing such devices for the world-class accelerator-based short wavelength photon sources SwissFEL and SLS at PSI. As a faculty member of EPFL’s School of Engineering and Laboratory Head at PSI, the successful candidate will be expected to initiate an independent and creative research program, participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching, manage a laboratory at PSI with 60-80 people and substantial nano- and microfabrication facilities dedicated to the creation of photonics components, be actively engaged in the development of both institutions and strengthen collaborations with industries and startups.

EPFL with its main campus located in Lausanne, and PSI located near Zürich, are dynamic and well-funded institutions of the Swiss ETH Domain that foster excellence and diversity. The successful candidate’s main research activities will be undertaken at PSI while teaching and other academic activities will be performed at EPFL.

The pairing of a technical university covering essentially the entire palette of engineering and science and a national laboratory with unique large-scale facilities for provision of brilliant photon beams offers a fertile environment for high-impact experiments and cooperation between different disciplines. EPFL and PSI are highly international workplaces that are multi-lingual and multi-cultural, with English often serving as a common interface.

Applications should include a cover letter with a statement of motivation, curriculum vitae, list of publications and patents, and a concise statement of research and teaching interests. Applicants should also provide the names and addresses of at least five referees. Applications must be uploaded in PDF format to the recruitment web site via the Apply link above.

Formal evaluation of candidates will begin on 1 October 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Enquiries may be addressed to:

Prof. Olivier Martin
Search Committee Chair


For additional information on EPFL and PSI, please consult the web sites:,, and

ETH/EPF Domain institutions are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and strongly encourage women to apply.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL
School of Engineering - STI
ELB 114
Station 11
CH - 1015 Lausanne

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