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PhD position in Economics, Environmental science – ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2022

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

The Group for Sustainability and Technology (SusTec) within the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics of ETH Zurich investigates technological, institutional and organizational change in different sectors.

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General Info

Position: PhD position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: 4500 CHF/Month

Group for Sustainability and Technology (SusTec)
Department of Management, Technology, and Economics
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Zürich, Switzerland

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Qualification Details

Your previous activities reflect your strong interest in sustainability-related technologies and business strategies, ideally already related to the circular economy.

You have a university-level master’s degree in a field of study related to engineering, economics or environmental science. Your excellent academic record underlines your ability to think analytically, and at the same time across disciplines, both on an abstract and an applied level.

Work experience is a plus, especially in areas related to sustainability or the circular economy. You are fluent in English and have at least a working knowledge of German. Your working style is team-oriented and you have strong communication skills. Beyond sustainability and circular economy, you have an interest in current political and societal discussions.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Your research will focus on plastic recycling technologies that are key for a sustainable circular economy. Your main activity is the qualitative and quantitative analysis of the innovation environment and trajectory of the selected technologies in different geographies with a focus on chemical recycling. This includes, for example, the analysis of different business models along the value chain as well as regulatory boundary conditions which affect the business case and ultimately the material flow and production. Your work will make an important contribution to the question in which applications and with which infrastructure plastics can be brought onto the market in the future in a sustainable way. To gain the necessary insights into the respective innovation processes, but also to bring your research results to practical impact, you will be in frequent exchange with our industry partners.

An integral part of your work is publishing your results in peer-reviewed journals as well as more outreach-oriented formats. In addition, you will supervise master students and support the group with other activities, for example related to teaching.

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Documents Required

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation including your research interests
  • CV including contact details of two referees
  • BSc & MSc grades
  • Written work of yours (e.g. your master thesis)

About the Project

Sustainable Circular Economy is one perspective we are using to understand the transition of industries towards sustainability. In the plastics industry, one of our focus industries, innovation is happening on all levels and we expect to learn much from this for future change in other industries. Right now, a few potentially disruptive innovations are being developed, one of which is chemical recycling. As part of a long-term industry collaboration, we want to better understand what this kind of innovation might imply for the economy and invite applications for a PhD position on Sustainable Circular Economy.

About the Employer: ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Note or Other details

We offer an entrepreneurial research atmosphere within a dynamic team at a globally leading academic institution. We also offer national and international development opportunities through collaborations within academia and with industry, as well as an attractive location. The annual salary is very competitive, and the starting date is negotiable.

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Contact details

For additional information about the Group for Sustainability and Technology, please visit our web page at Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Catharina Bening (

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