Postdoctoral position in digital technologies for circular construction/

ETH Zurich

The Chair of Circular Engineering for Architecture (CEA) develops research on matching reused architectural materials & projects through digitalization for circularity. Building design projects are often complex, multi-​variant problems addressed by numerous parties working in separate silos. The construction industry can learn from other sectors about adopting digital technologies and circular strategies. Automating the reuse of materials in architecture can fill this gap by connecting actors across the value chain.

Project background

The project addresses the transition to climate neutrality and resilience through socio-technical innovations in urban planning and design. This postdoctoral position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the advancement of circular construction by developing and testing tools for the exchange of reused building components in various European cities. The work conducted will operate at the intersection of diverse digital technologies, economic considerations, and logistical aspects with the ultimate goal of connecting supply and demand across the circular value chain to maximize the recovery of existing resources in the built environment.

Job description

  • Development of tools and matching algorithms to facilitate reuse practices in construction
  • Identification of material flow dynamics and reuse opportunities in different geographical contexts
  • Engagement with stakeholders such as government entities, NGOs, consultants, etc. for adoption of the developed tool
  • Validation and testing in pilot projects

Your profile

  • PhD in architecture, engineering, urban planning, computer science, or related fields;
  • Strong research skills with experience in circular economy practices and material reuse;
  • Proficiency in data analysis and database management;
  • Knowledge of reality capture technologies, GIS, machine learning, life cycle assessments and programming and software development is a plus;
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities and to conduct interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • Strong communication and writing skills in English.

We offer

This is a full-time position for two years with a possibility of extension depending on funding availability. The position is based in Zurich, Switzerland with occasional travel to other countries. We offer a competitive salary, a stimulating research environment, and opportunities for professional development.


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