Faculty Position in Observational Astrophysics and Cosmology at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

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Application deadline: 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The School of Basic Sciences at EPFL anticipates making a faculty appointment at the level of tenure- track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor in its Institute of Physics (IPHYS), but in exceptional cases, appointments at the Full Professor level may be considered.

The successful candidate is expected to strengthen and complement the existing research program in observational astrophysics and cosmology by establishing an internationally recognized activity.

Area of interests include in particular: 1) the observational study of the young universe, its first stars, first galaxies and black-holes, and galaxy clusters, 2) the nature and distribution of Dark Matter, and 3) the observations of the large Scale Structures, Lensing, H-I maps or the Cosmological Microwave Background and their impact on the Cosmological Model (Gravity, Dark Energy, …).

We will consider candidates that are motivated by observations in a broad sense, including those with other interests ranging from instrumentation to theory.

As a Swiss scientist, the successful candidate will have access to the ESO (e.g. VLT, ALMA, E-ELT) and ESA telescope facilities (e.g. HST, XMM-Newton, JWST, Euclid). Furthermore, EPFL is a full member of the DESI, 4MOST and SDSS-V collaboration, and is part of the MOONS and of the future BlueMUSE consortium. EPFL has also privileged access to the Swiss 1.2m Euler telescope at ESO La Silla.

Research in Astrophysics at EPFL is located at the Sauverny Observatory (near Versoix) together with the Department of Astronomy of the University of Geneva, thus benefiting of a vibrant and dynamical environment.

EPFL, with its main campus located in Lausanne, is a dynamically growing and well-funded institution fostering excellence and diversity. It has a highly international campus with world-class infrastructure, including high performance computing. EPFL covers the entire spectrum of science and engineering. Teaching in Astrophysics and interdisciplinary interactions will take place on the EPFL main campus.

EPFL environment is multi-lingual and multi-cultural, with English serving as a common interface.

Candidate are expected to have an outstanding academic record and a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring students in physics and astrophysics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Proficiency in French is not required, but willingness to learn the language is encouraged.

EPFL offers internationally competitive salaries, generous research support, attractive start-up resources, and outstanding research infrastructure. Academics in Switzerland enjoy many research funding opportunities, as well as an exceptionally high standard of living.

Applications should include a cover letter, a CV with a list of publications, a concise statement of research (3 pages) and teaching interests (1 page), and the contact information of at least three references for a junior position or five references for a senior position.

Applications should be uploaded in PDF form by November 5th, 2020 to


Enquiries may be addressed to:

Prof. Harald Brune
Chair of the Search Committee
E-mail: iPhysDirector@epfl.ch

For additional information, please consult https://epfl.ch, https://iphys.epfl.ch, https://lastro.epfl.ch

EPFL is an equal opportunity employer and family friendly university. It is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It strongly encourages women to apply.