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Job advertisement Professor of Earth Surface Dynamics

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Professor of Earth Surface Dynamics

Professor of Earth Surface Dynamics

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ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich – Where the future begins

Freedom and individual responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit and open-mindedness: ETH Zurich stands on a bedrock of true Swiss values. Our university for science and technology dates back to the year 1855, when the founders of modern-day Switzerland created it as a centre of innovation and knowledge. At ETH Zurich, students discover an ideal environment for independent thinking, researchers a climate which inspires top performance. Situated in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, ETH Zurich is pioneering effective solutions to the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


Zurich, Switzerland


Relevant division
Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI)

Full time



Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

9 April 2024

Job description

The Department of Earth Sciences ( at ETH Zurich invites applications for the above-mentioned position.

The successful candidate is expected to create and oversee an innovative research programme directed at topics closely related to process geomorphology, planetary-scale feedbacks in critical zone science, and/or tectonic-climate interactions. The future professor will combine an array of approaches, including field measurements, laboratory analytical approaches, remote sensing technology and numerical simulations at scales ranging from the laboratory to the large field scale. The facilities for cosmogenic isotope analysis at the ETH Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics provide an outstanding resource which the successful candidate may choose to employ.

A strong analytical background is expected. She or he is a leading scientist with a proven record of innovative research. The new professor and her/his research group will be expected to contribute to introductory and advanced courses in geomorphology and sedimentology, including associated field excursions. The Swiss Alps and foreland provide outstanding venues for field teaching and student projects. In general, at ETH Zurich undergraduate level courses are taught in German or English and graduate level courses are taught in English.

ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and family-friendly employer, values diversity, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.

How to apply

Please apply online:

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of future research and teaching interests, a description of the leadership philosophy, a description of the three most important achievements, and a certificate of the highest degree. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Joël Mesot. The closing date for applications is 31 May 2024.