Postdoctoral Researcher in Production and Operations Management

100%, Zurich, temporary

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a background in operations management or general management, who would like to contribute to the Chair of Production and Operations Management (POM) at ETH Zurich. The primary criteria for employment is research at a high level of scientific quality, measured by potential for near-future publications in top POM or general management journals (e.g., Financial Times top-50 journals). The Chair of POM welcomes applications in related empirical domains (strategic management or innovation management), but excluding mathematical modelling/OR.

Project background

The Chair of POM at ETH Zurich conducts empirical and innovative POM research with high relevance. Our purpose is to deliver research that matters and teaching that inspires with the determination of developing better operations in industry and society. The current focus areas of the Chair of POM are:

  1. Operational excellence and process innovation Lean, quality management, organizational routines, dynamic capabilities, agile, behavioral issues.
  2. Industry 4.0 and digital transformation of manufacturing Digital strategies and application of new technologies in POM (e.g. AI, 3D printing, IoT, drones).
  3. International operations management Configuration, coordination and improvement of global production networks.

The Chair of POM is part of the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics (D-MTEC), which houses a world-class faculty. ETH Zurich regularly features in international rankings as one of the best universities in the world and the leading university in continental Europe. ETH is situated in the heart of Europe with excellent research facilities, infrastructure, and quality of life.

Job description

The main activity of the position is research within the field of empirical production and operations management, with emphasis on publishing in top general management and POM journals (for example, JOM, POM, M&SOM, Management Science, AMJ, SMJ, etc.). The candidate can expect limited teaching and service duties. The position will help the candidate advance his/hers academic career. We offer a full-time position with a competitive salary. The contract is limited to 2-6 years. ETH Zurich rules apply.

Your profile

You have a Ph.D. degree from a recognized university (or will be close to completion), strong research and writing skills; experience with empirical research; strong team player skills, industrial experience is beneficial but not a prerequisite. First-rate oral and written English skills are required. The successful candidate will become part of an ambitious research team offering an excellent research environment. The working language is English.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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Applications including a CV, a statement of motivation and research interests (1-2 pages), transcripts of all obtained degrees (in English or German), names and contact information of three references, and two selected publications should be submitted either through the online portal or per email to There is flexibility concerning the starting date to accommodate the selected candidate’s availability. 

The running deadlines are the last days of the months June, July, August, and September 2019. 

For more information and questions, please see or contact Prof. Dr. Torbjørn Netland at

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