EPFL - Fieldwork Assistant

The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs 6,000 people supporting the three main missions of the institutions: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of 16,000 people, including over 10,000 students and 3,500 researchers from 120 different countries.

Fieldwork assistant

Your mission :
The Stream Biofilm and Ecosystem Research Laboratory (SBER) of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland invites applications for a Field Assistant that will be part of project “Vanishing Glaciers”. This project aims to study the microbial life in the glacier-fed streams around the world. See https://actu.epfl.ch/news/epfl-scientists-set-out-to-explore-microbial-life-/ for further information.

Main duties and responsibilities include :
The successful applicant is expected to conduct fieldwork under difficult outdoor conditions. The candidate must be willing to spend a substantial proportion of her/his time travelling to and working in remote mountainous regions around the globe throughout the year. Between expeditions, the candidate is expected to support laboratory analyses at EPFL in Lausanne.
She/he will be part of the Vanishing Glaciers expeditions. A background in glaciology, remote sensing and/or GIS will be a major asset. The candidate must be fluent in English; proficiency in other languages such as Spanish or Russian will be helpful. The successful candidate is an excellent team player with a demonstrated high stress tolerance when working in remote locations.

  • We offer :
    EPFL is a top-ranked university with an nurturing academic and intellectual environment. For further information, please see https://epfl.ch/, https://sber.epfl.ch/, and https://twitter.com/sber_epfl.
    The advertised position is (100%) and is planned for 2.5 years, starting in June 2019 at latest. Screening of the applications will start immediately. 

Please, submit your application as one single pdf. Applications must include:

  • a letter of motivation

  • CV

  • three names and addresses of potential references

Start date :
June 2019

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Work rate :

Duration :
1 year (renewable up to 2.5 years)

Contact :
Please send your application (cover letter, detailed resume and copies of certificates) by e-mail to : dorothee.demeester@epfl.ch

For additional information, please contact Professor Tom J. Battin (tom.battin@epfl.ch) or Expedition Leader Dr. Mike Styllas (michail.styllas@epfl.ch) by e-mail.