Working at Empa – The Place where Innovation Starts

Empa is the interdisciplinary research institute for materials science and technology development of the ETH Domain. Our R&D activities focus on meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of society, and thus link applications-oriented research to the practical implementation of new ideas. As a result, Empa is capable of providing its partners with customized solutions that not only enhance their innovative edge and international competitiveness but also help to improve the quality of life for the public at large.

At our three sites in Dübendorf, St. Gallen and Thun we employ around 1’000 scientists, engineers, technical and administrative staff from more than 50 nations. Our staff treasures the dynamic research environment at Empa with its multicultural touch and the numerous international cooperations. Our employees benefit from a widespread network with both industry and academia.

To our staff we are a responsible employer offering excellent employment and working conditions. Flexible working hours, equal opportunities, home office and special support for parents and employees who care for family members have long been a matter of course for us. Since at Empa we actively promote the compatibility of a professional career with a fulfilled family life – i.e., work-life balance – as well as diversity in a commendable way, we were recently awarded the «Prix Balance ZH» by the Canton of Zurich.

Empa can also pride itself on a «Best Practice» rating of the «Family AND Career» label, which is granted by the independent agency «UND – Familien- und Erwerbsarbeit für Männer und Frauen». The agency particularly recognized Empa’s dedication in crucial fields such as personal development and leadership.

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