President of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Zurich (CH)
09 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
08 Aug 2018
Academic Discipline
Engineering & Technology
Contract Type
Full Time

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) stands for excellent teaching, pioneering basic research, creativity and innovation – and the application of the results for the benefi t of society. Together with EPFL and the four federal research institutes PSI, WSL, Empa and Eawag, ETH Zurich is part of the ETH Domain, whose strategic management and supervisory body is the ETH Board. The ETH Board is advertising the position of

President of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)

under its mandate of submitting to the Swiss Federal Council a proposal for a successor.

ETH Zurich was established in 1855 and is one of the internationally leading universities in the fi eld of technical and natural sciences, and as such provides researchers with an inspiring environment and their students with a thorough education. Currently, more than 28,000 people are studying, working and carrying out research at ETH Zurich.


Your record in exact, natural or engineering sciences has been internationally recognised. You are able to identify and foster out-standing potentials and visionary ideas, specify strategic guidelines and raise issues in current scientifi c, technological and societal areas. As an experienced executive in a big organisation, preferably in the fi eld of science or in trade and industry, you have provided evidence of your integrative leadership skills. You have good networks inside and outside the scientifi c community, and you are prepared to develop ETH Zurich’s future and to lend an active hand in shaping the entire ETH Domain with great dedication.

Your personality is characterised by a high degree of social competence, assertiveness and the ability to deal with confl ict, also in a participative management culture like that of ETH Zurich. You possess a high degree of communication competence, which you would use both inside and outside the university, and you understand Switzerland’s political structures, legislative processes and cultural diversity. Finally, you have a good command of German and English, and preferably a knowledge of French. You are willing to hold offi ce for at least two terms of offi ce (i. e. eight years). Ideally the starting date would be at the beginning of 2019.


Please send your complete application to Egon Zehnder is assisting the ETH Board in its preparations for the selection process. The President of the ETH Board, Dr. iur. Fritz Schiesser, ETH-Rat, Häldeliweg 15, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland, will be pleased to provide further information (phone +41 44 632 20 01, All applications received by August 13th 2018 will be considered for the selection process. Your data will be treated in strict confi dence. They will be used only in connection with your application and in accordance with Swiss data protection law. By submitting your application, you give us your consent to process your data for this purpose and to exchange it with the above-mentioned company.

Applications from women are particularly welcome.