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.


Empa carries the label „HR Excellence in Research“. This award reflects our commitment to achieve fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures as well as good employment conditions.

Empa was again named «Best Employer» in 2024 by the Handelszeitung, Le Temps and Statista. It was awarded 6st place in the «Education and Research» sector ranking. The ranking is based on an independent survey of employees. Over 1,500 employers with 200 or more employees were evaluated and over 200,000 judgements were made.

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 as well as diversity in a commendable way, we were recently awarded the «Prix Balance ZH» by the Canton of Zurich.

Empa has signed the work smart charta.