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Professor of Deep Geothermal Energy and Geological Reservoirs
The Department of Earth Sciences (www.erdw.ethz.ch) at ETH Zurich invites applications for a professorship in Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, covering deep geothermal energy and related processes in geological reservoirs. The professorship is opened at the full professor level, but exceptional young scientists at tenure track assistant professor level are also encouraged to apply.
The new professor will build a vibrant research group, focussed on understanding the relevant geoscientific processes of deep reservoirs in the Earth’s crust, and will contribute to an undergraduate (German or English), graduate (English) as well as practice-oriented teaching program in this field. Research will address interacting geological, physical and chemical processes from the short timescale of rock fracturing to the longer time scale of fluid flow and heat production over the lifetime of an engineered geological reservoir. Key disciplines include fractured reservoir hydraulics, geomechanics and reservoir engineering with a strong link to earth sciences. Further interests in other energy-relevant uses of geological reservoirs are welcome, e.g. in CO2 storage, coal-bed methane generation and conventional and unconventional oil and gas reservoirs.
The successful candidate will have a strong academic track record and geoscientists with a current private-sector or academic background are equally encouraged to apply. The new professor will foster links between fundamental geoscience research and application by government and industrial stakeholders, and is expected to take a leading role in pilot/demonstration projects under development in Switzerland and worldwide. He/she will cooperate with existing professorships in Earth Sciences (including engineering geology, structural geology, geochemistry, seismology, applied and exploration geophysics), and with a new professorship focussed on engineering aspects of geothermal energy use, to be established at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering.
Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and a statement of research and teaching interests. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler. The closing date for applications is 31 March 2013. ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In order to increase the number of women in leading academic positions, we specifically encourage women to apply. ETH Zurich is further responsive to the needs of dual career couples and qualifies as a family friendly employer. Please apply online at www.facultyaffairs.ethz.ch.