Professor of Historic Preservation Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Department of Architecture Switzerland

Professor of Historic Preservation*

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The Department of Architecture ( at ETH Zurich invites applications for the above-mentioned position. The professorship is located at the Institute of Historic Building Research and Conservation (IDB).


The new professor is called upon to represent a modern understanding of historic preservation as a field that actively seeks interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation, and consciously reflects developments in the broader social context. The aim is a comprehensive scientific and practice-based approach to tangible cultural heritage. He or she teaches the first-year foundation course for the undergraduate programme and an in-depth course for the graduate programme. The new professor is also expected to offer additional courses, to participate in the faculty’s new PhD programmes, and to cooperate with the Chairs of Design with regard to students’ coursework and Master’s projects. The language of instruction of the first-year foundation course for the undergraduate programme should be German and of the in-depth course for the graduate programme German or English.


Successful candidates should have an interdisciplinary background in Architecture/Art History/Urban Development as well as an excellent track record in research and teaching. Further requirements include practical experience of historic preservation with regard to individual monuments or broader urban programmes, either within or in close cooperation with relevant institutions of preservation; experience of a variety of occupations in diverse areas of the preservation field; and a willingness to foster interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation. Experience of cooperative research projects is advantageous. Solid academic credentials (PhD, teaching qualifications, or equivalents thereof) are a prerequisite of application.

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Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and projects, a statement of future research and teaching interests, and a description of the three most important achievements*. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Lino Guzzella. The closing date for applications is 30 November 2017. ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer and is further responsive to the needs of dual career couples. We specifically encourage women to apply.

*ETH Zurich not only supports the quantitative measurement of your achievements but also the qualitative assessment of academic accomplishments. This is why you are kindly asked to submit a short description of your three most important achievements (maximum a half page each). Besides research findings, these could also be extraordinary achievements in teaching and its further development, services in the benefit of the academic community or society, software development, patents, knowledge transfer and its practical application, spin-off companies or similar.

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