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Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

20%-40%, Zurich, fixed-term

We seek to appoint a lecturer on reaction engineering and catalysis to teach undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The primary responsibility will be to contribute to the preparation and delivery of the Heterogeneous Reaction Engineering course, which is a core course in the Chemical Engineering Bachelor and an elective in the Master in Process Engineering. In this course, students learn fundamental principles of heterogeneous reactions and develop the necessary skills for the selection and design of various types of reactors. The content includes models for fluid-fluid and fluid-solid reactions; kinetics of surface reactions; mass and heat transfer phenomena and their impact on catalyst effectiveness; catalyst deactivation; reactor designs and testing methods. The course develops in English through regular lectures and exercises on each core topic during the spring semester.

Job description

In this role, your main tasks will be:

  • Lecture preparation and delivery (up to 3 hours of contact time with students per week).
  • Continuous improvement of the didactic quality of the course script.
  • Development and correction of assignments during the semester.
  • Coordination of teaching assistants.
  • Preparation and evaluation of session examinations.
  • Assistance with the development and execution of other catalysis courses in the group.

Delivery of teaching is expected to be face-to-face. This position is linked to a part-time contract with a duration of 2 years that can be extended. You will be working under the direction of Prof. Pérez-Ramírez, Full Professor of Catalysis Engineering at ETH Zurich, and in collaboration with other colleagues within the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences and across other departments.

Your profile

You have a Ph.D. in an engineering field with a strong interest in teaching and excellent command of English. A proactive, team-oriented mindset, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate through different backgrounds and cultures are also core requirements. You have experience teaching at the undergraduate/postgraduate levels and are ideally familiar with course administration at ETH Zurich. Research experience is also valued.

We offer flexible working conditions and good social benefits in line with the standards of ETH Zurich. The start date will be the earliest possible for the candidate. Those applications not fulfilling core requirements will not be considered further.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • References

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Javier Pérez-Ramírez, (no applications).

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

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