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Lecturer Experimental Mechanics 80 - 100 %

To complement our modelling and simulation activities and to further expand our activities in the area of digitalisation we are looking for a Lecturer in Experimental Mechanics.

School: School of Engineering
Starting date: 1st February, 2022

Your role

  • Acquisition, planning and management of applied research and development projects in the field of experimental mechanics with interest in mechanical and metrological aspects of industrial digitalisation
  • Supervision of project, bachelor and master theses as well as teaching courses in Engineering Mechanics (courses mostly in German, partially in English language)
  • Expansion of the existing research field by competences in experimental mechanics in the area of dynamics, structural testing and/or sensor / measurement technology

Your profile

  • ? University degree with a doctorate in the area of engineering sciences or related disciplines. Well-founded experience with experimental structural or machine dynamics is preferred and ideally first insights have been gained into aspects of industrial digitalisation (physical modelling and metrology for predictive maintenance, digital twins, industry 4.0)
  • Proven competence and experience in experimental mechanics in a (industrial) research environment is a requirement.
  • In the future, IMES aims to position itself more strongly towards EU research. Existing experience with EU research funding programs is beneficial

You would like to demonstrate your entrepreneurial skills in the acquisition of third-party funded projects by showing a high degree of motivation, personal responsibility and proactivity. You enjoy working in a team, with students and being responsible for scientific staff. Eventually, you can prove a decent proficiency level for teaching in German.

This is what we stand for

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland's largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 13,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.

As one of the leading Engineering Faculties in Switzerland, the ZHAW School of Engineering emphasises topics which will be relevant in the future. Our 14 institutes and centres guarantee superior-quality education, research and development with an emphasis on the areas of energy, mobility, information and health.

At the Institute of Mechanical Systems (IMES) we deal with questions from the mechanical engineering environ-ment. We focus on the three core competencies Applied Mechanics, Lightweight Design and Biomechanical Engi-neering.

The competence group Applied Mechanics focusses on the mechanical characterisation and modelling of the de-formation and damage behaviour of elastomers, polymers, and metallic materials. Thereby, advanced material models are used in non-linear finite element simulations for the design and assessment of critical, highly loaded structural components. Within the scope of the ongoing digitalisation, we currently expand our competences in modelling and simulation using modern data-driven methods like statistical and model-based data analysis as well as machine learning for applications in mechanical aspects in the area of predictive maintenance, digital twins and industry 4.0.

What you can expect

We offer working conditions and terms of employment commensurate with higher education institutions and actively promote personal development for staff in leadership and non-leadership positions. A detailed description of advantages and benefits can be found at Working at the ZHAW. The main points are listed below:


Dr. Thomas Mayer
Forschungsschwerpunkt Angewandte Mechanik

Nadine Mueller
Recruiting Manager

Permanent employment
ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Winterthur Region of Winterthur/Schaffhausen 8401