PhD position: energy transfer and conversion in digitally fabricated facades

100%, Zurich, temporary

The Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) is a leading research institute on building technology, focusing on digital fabrication, building systems and sustainability.

Project background

Initiated in 2014, the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication aims to revolutionise architecture through the seamless combination of digital technologies and physical building processes. Over 60 researchers from six different academic disciplines collaborate to develop ground-breaking technologies for tomorrow’s construction. Their research allows Switzerland to take a leading position within the global field of digital fabrication.

Job description

We offer a PhD position within the National Competence Center of Research in Digital Fabrication (NCCR DFAB) on functional performance integration (energy conversion, heat and mass transfer) into digitally fabricated facades. You will be working as a researcher in a team of architects and fabrication (DFAB) specialist.

Your profile

We are looking for highly motivated and self-organized candidates with excellent Masters Degree in a natural science or engineering domain (with experience and strong interest in the built environment / architecture) or in architecture (with experience and strong interest in engineering / physics), preferably with a focus on radiation physics / optics, heat and mass transfer and relevant modeling / simulation experience. Optional are 3D modeling and programming experience. We require excellent communication skills in English, both verbally and written. First publications are welcome. You should be able to combine strong individual research with teamwork within the project. We explicitly encourage female candidates to apply.

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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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: 

  • motivational statement
  • CV
  • list of past projects with a description of your role
  • writing / publication sample (english)

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the professorship can be found on our website Questions regarding the position should be directed to Mrs. Valérie Gass by email (no applications).

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