Postdoctoral Position: Advanced Prestressing Strategies for 3D Concrete Printing

100%, Zurich, temporary

The research-group Digital Building Technologies at the Institute for Technology in Architecture (ITA), Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich investigates large scale additive manufacturing for construction and related computational design strategies. The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) is developing new pre-stressing solutions for structural elements based on new materials such as iron-based memory steel, carbon fiber reinforced polymers and expanding concrete.

Project background

With 3D concrete extrusion, custom concrete elements can be fabricated without formwork. An interdisciplinary research team embedded in the National Competence Centre of Research in Digital Fabrication (NCCR DFAB) is developing a concrete extrusion process. In order to apply concrete extrusion at building-scale, new reinforcement strategies are needed. Therefore, in a joint research study together with Empa, we want to investigate advanced prestressing strategies for optimized 3D printed concrete elements.

Job description

We offer a full-time Postdoc position for the following research activities: You will lead the research project with the goal to reduce weight and material of structural concrete elements, exploiting the full potential of both the concrete extrusion process and new prestressing strategies. You will design and develop structurally optimized 3D printed concrete elements, their integrated reinforcement layout, and strategies for its prestressing. Your responsibilities include conceptualization, computational design, analysis and optimization of the elements together with 1:1 prototyping and testing. You will work in an interdisciplinary team together with architects, engineers and material scientists with a focus on advanced building materials and advanced prestressing strategies studied and developed at ETH Zurich and Empa. Commencement of the project will be the beginning of 2020 (can be negotiated), the duration of the project is set for 2 years.

Your profile

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in civil engineering, architecture or a related field. He/She should have experience in computational structural analysis, computational geometry, digital fabrication, performing experiments in the laboratory and deep knowledge of advanced structural materials. Basic programming skills are desired. Candidates should feel comfortable with working in highly interdisciplinary teams and different locations (Zürich and Dübendorf). A fluent level of English is mandatory, German skills are welcome. Possessing strong internal and external communication skills are required for this position.

ETH Zurich

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Interested?

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: CV, Research Statement and Portfolio with 3 most relevant related achievements. 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 research group DBT can be found on the website www.dbt.arch.ethz.ch, further information about Empa can be found under www.empa.ch. For questions about the position, please contact Mario Guala (Head of Administration) per email guala@arch.ethz.ch (no applications).

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