PhD in modelling the environment around human body

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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

The Group Heat and Mass Transfer, part of the Laboratory for Protection and Physiology at Empa, St. Gallen, is looking for a

PhD in modelling the environment around human body

Esther Zürcher
Human Resources
Lerchenfeldstrasse 5
9014 St. Gallen

Well-being, health and performance of a human are highly affected by the thermal interactions between the human body and its environment. The main aim of the project is to develop, implement and validate a model of environment around the human body and integrate it into a comprehensive simulation tool including various modules (i.e. module for thermo-physiological responses, module for heat and mass transfer in clothing systems).

The PhD is conducted in the framework of an approved EU-Project. It combines different fields of expertise (modelling of heat and mass transfer, technology of measurement, thermal physiology) and, therefore, includes manifold of challenges and asks for self-learning skills. Furthermore, project management as well as good communication skills are required Empa offers an interdisciplinary working environment which allows the application of the knowledge and work experience of the candidate in variety of industrial sectors and scientific disciplines.

Candidate prerequisites

  • Master degree in physics or engineering field
  • Knowledge in MatLAB programming and CFD, and inclination for learning new software
  • Experience in modelling of air flow and the environment
  • Motivation, enthusiasm and autonomy at work
  • Good command of spoken and written English (min. C level in European Language Pass), command of German is appreciated but not necessary
  • The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled

For further information please contact Dr. Agnes Psikuta, phone +41 (0)58 765 76 73 or email: or visit our website (

We are looking forward to receive your online application (CV, academic record, statement of motivation and the contacts of 2 references).

Please submit your application online and upload all documents (“pdf”-file is recommended) through this webpage. Any other way of applying will not be considered.