Scientific Project Manager

Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology)

Dübendorf, Switzerland 🇨🇭

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.

The Sandec Department (Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development) is currently looking to fill the position for a new project on Water Supply and Treatment in Low- and Middle-Income Settings

Scientific Project Manager 80%-100%

The Water, Behavior Change and Environmental Sanitation (WABES) program seeks to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), especially for marginalised populations in rural and small town settings. WABES will contribute to a range of objectives set by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) Global Programme Water Framework during 2021-2024.

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified individual to work on diverse collaborative research projects in Uganda and Nepal. Two main themes are currently the focus of our research:

1. WASH integration: Identifying the costs and benefits of water supply service planning under an integrated framework.

2. Management approaches: Adapting financial models and technology arrangements for improved management of small-scale piped supplies in small towns and rural communities.


  • Coordinate and conduct applied research on WABES research objectives
  • Organize team meetings and serve as the point of contact for WABES project communications
  • Collate, clean and analyze project data
  • Develop and pursue new collaborations with research and implementation partners
  • Prepare project reports and financial summaries
  • Maintain internal documentation of project databases and operations
  • Attend in-person and remote meetings and conferences to disseminate project findings
  • Contribute to the preparation of scientific articles


  • A graduate degree (MSc) in environmental sciences or engineering or related field
  • Experience working in field settings individually and as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Capable of collaborating effectively with research partners and stakeholders
  • Basic understanding of applied research and statistical techniques
  • Experience using Microsoft Office; familiarity with statistical analysis tools a plus
  • Knowledge of water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) issues a plus
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written) required; knowledge of French and/or Spanish a plus

This position is targeted towards a junior staff member.

Position details

Duration: 80%-100% working time.

Timeline: Earliest starting date is 1 February 2023. Interviews will begin 1 December 2022.

Location: This position is based in Dübendorf, Switzerland with regular international travel.

Eawag is a modern employer and offers an excellent working environment where staff can contribute their strengths, experience and ways of thinking. We promote cultural and gender equality and are committed to staff diversity and inclusion. The compatibility of career and family is of central importance to us. For more information about Eawag and our work conditions please consult and

For further information

Please contact Sara Marks. More information about the Water Supply and Treatment Group is available at  and Eawag/Sandec at

Applications must be submitted by 31 December 2022 and should include (a) a cover letter describing your motivations and interests, (b) a CV (2-page maximum), and (c) contact information for 2-3 references via the Eawag job portal; the button below will redirect you to the application form.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development