Automatic Control Academic Coordinator, NCCR Automation50%-100%, Zurich, temporary The Automatic Control Laboratory (IfA, ) of the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET, ) is recruiting two education officers (each 50%) or one education officer (100%) for the new National Centre of Competence in Research Dependable Ubiquitous Automation (NCCR Automation), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Project backgroundNCCR Automation conducts research on methods and computational tools for automatic control and automation, as well as their applications to energy management, mobility and industrial processes.
Topics of interest include data driven decision making and machine learning, decision making under uncertainty, distributed control, embedded systems, optimisation, and cyber-security.
In addition, the project foresees a large-scale deployment of the resulting methods to energy management at a neighbourhood scale.
ETH Zurich serves as the Home Institution. As part of its activities, NCCR Automation aims to foster training and education in control and automation at all levels.
Job descriptionYou will join the Project Office comprising a manager, a scientific coordinator and officers for Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Communication, and Equal Opportunities.
The Education and Training activities of the NCCR Automation target education in control and automation at all levels : tertiary curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, engagement of young children and high school students, as well as continuing education.
Tertiary curriculum development : You will play a central role in developing the education and training activities of NCCR Automation towards tertiary curriculum development.
Your main duties will be : Establish a strategy for the education and training activities of NCCR Automation.Develop a PhD training program in the field of automation to train a generation of young researchers to match the demand for researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs in this area.
Link B. Sc and M. Sc teaching to existing programs of the participating institutions.Establish national coverage of the education and training activities provided by NCCR Automation, for example by making courses of one institution available to students of others.
Make material publicly available to enhance the international visibility and support engagement with novel educational methods.
Advise NCCR researchers on questions related to career planning and advancement and organize workshops and training sessions on these issues.
Education of young children, high school students and continuing education : You will play a central role in developing the education and training activities of NCCR Automation towards primary / secondary education as well as continuing education.
Your main duties will be : Develop hands-on material to expose students at high-school and even primary-school age to automation topics, such as demonstration set-ups (drones / miniature race cars ), training videos or experimental kits that can be donated to schools.
Develop a continuing education curriculum that will be offered by instructors from academia and industry, as automation knowledge quickly becomes obsolete due to rapid technology development in hardware, software and algorithmic solutions.
Establish links with existing activities in these areas at the participating institutions.Each position is envisioned for a 50% commitment.
Depending on the background and interests of the successful candidate, the two roles could be combined into a single full-time position.
see also the complementary position of NCCR Scientific Coordinator.Your profileYou should ideally have experience and interest in the development and implementation of academic education, a sound knowledge of the higher education landscape in Switzerland, and be able to integrate in a team with diverse backgrounds.
Good communication skills, the ability to cooperate and a sensibility to diversity and equal opportunities distinguish you just as much as initiative, natural assertiveness and a confident manner.
With your open, convincing and competent manner you will win and motivate your environment. Very good English & German language skills, both written and spoken, as well as an experienced handling of MS-Office are required.
An engineering degree in a discipline related to automatic control is essential, a Doctorate in this area a plus.ETH ZurichETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising inscience and technology.
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