Faculty Position in the History of Science and Technology

The College of Humanities at EPFL invites applications for a junior faculty position. We seek individuals who will develop and drive an interdisciplinary research program at the intersection of the humanities and engineering and who are dedicated to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The holder of this Chair must be a specialist in the history of science and technology of the modern period (19th and 20th centuries), including the recent past, who studies the evolution of science and technical knowledge in connection with major social, economic and/or political changes. The holder of this position will carry out her or his research on the epistemology of exact sciences and life sciences, on scientific knowledge, and also on know-how and technical objects (on their conception, their fabrication and their different uses), aiming to understand the transmission and the worldwide circulation of this knowledge and these objects, highlighting in the process the role of experts together with the more general implication of citizens in the dissemination and circulation of such scientific knowledge .

The holder of this position will also have as a mission to promote the collection of the Museum of Physics of UNIL (http://museephysique.epfl.ch). Experience in promoting knowledge outside the academic world will be an asset .

EPFL, with its main campus located in Lausanne, Switzerland, is a dynamically growing and well-funded institution fostering excellence and diversity.

EPFL offers internationally competitive salaries, start-up resources, and research infrastructure. The EPFL environment is multi-lingual and multi-cultural, with English generally serving as a common interface.

Applications should include a cover letter with a statement of motivation, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications and patents, concise and separate statements of research and teaching interests, together with the names and addresses of at least three potential references for junior and six for senior positions. Applications must be uploaded in PDF format to the recruitment web site:

Formal evaluation of candidates will begin on March 19, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Enquiries may be addressed to:
Prof. Thomas David
Search Committee Chair
Email: dhg_search@epfl.ch

For additional information on EPFL, please consult the web sites www.epfl.ch and cdh.epfl.ch

College of Humanities at EPFL
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Application deadline: 
11. March 2018