First Stage Researcher (Msca) For The Eu-Project Acta Rebuild - Towards Net-Zero Carbon Facades -...

Universities and Institutes of Italy


October 10, 2022


  • Organisation/Company: Politecnico di Milano
  • Research Field: Architecture › Design Engineering › Civil engineering Environmental science › Ecology Technology › Construction technology Technology › Materials technology
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 10/10/2022 12:00 - Europe/London
  • Location: Italy › Milan
  • Type Of Contract: To be defined
  • Job Status: Negotiable
  • Eu Research Framework Programme: H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • Marie Curie Grant Agreement Number: 101072598
  • This position fits in the framework of the ACTAREBUILD EU – DN – project, which provides research and training in retrofit of office building stock in Europe by means a new generation of sustainable materials and building components.

    The topic of this PhD focuses on net-zero carbon Facades and the impact of bio based materials for the system design of high performing envelopes for retrofit. The project will be carried out with the joint supervision of Politecnico di Milano (Italy) (prof. Carol Monticelli) and KU Leuven (Belgium) (prof. Jan Wurm) and STU Bratislava (Slovakia) (prof. Mirosalv Cekôn, prof. Jakub Curpek), in collaboration with Schüco.

    The overall goal of this research is to develop an approach and subsequently recommendations for the reduction of the embodied carbon footprint of Curtain Façade (CF) systems for offices by integrating biotic and bio-based materials that respect the principles of circular economy. The recommendations will relate carbon savings with technical performance criteria and implications on design, procurement, and maintenance along life cycle of façade (30 years) and will give valuable insights on the impact of bio-based materials, compared to the current ones, to achieve industry targets for net Zero Carbon.

    Objectives and goals

    The project is based on the following key objectives:

  • Analysing contribution and impact of components and materials of current retrofit façade systems on embodied carbon footprint
  • Collating a systematic overview of build-ups and materials for CF systems with relation to Framing, Finishes (Internal & external), Insulation (Acoustics and Thermal) and Sealants (gaskets and membranes).
  • Collating a systematic overview of the available bio-based solutions for CF
  • Technical appraisal of bio-based solutions with respect to durability, fire, acoustics and building physics in context of European Technical Standards
  • Cost-Benefit analysis for substitution of components with bio-based alternatives based on current and potential future requirements
  • Modelling variations and combinations of material choices for selected CF systems with reflections on building performance requirements over full life cycle
  • Developing a systematic design toolkit for optimizing embodied carbon footprint of retrofit CF systems in relation to building typology, performance and cost
  • Summarizing finding in clear recommendations targeted to stakeholders of façade industry
  • Expected results

    As a PhD researcher your aim is to develop design guidelines for refurbishment, renovation and retrofit of existing commercial buildings and based on multi-parameter modelling along the full life cycle of Facades taking building typology, façade systems and build-ups, performance criteria and materials characteristics into account. The comparative investigations will be based on current mechanical, thermal, and acoustic performance criteria, environmental impacts (CO2 emissions and full industrial impact), and future scenarios. The expected results are the following:

  • Insights in critical factors and drivers for embodied carbon of CF Systems for retrofit
  • Catalogue of requirements and bio-based materials and components with multi-criteria assessment
  • Principles for the performance quantification of CF systems by using building simulation tools in current practice
  • Typology of hybrid systems (aluminium, glass, bio-based materials) for curtain walling
  • Systematic Approach for assessing the value of substituting components with bio-based alternatives
  • Stakeholder-specific recommendations for materials, build-ups and systems to optimize total carbon footprint
  • Offer Requirements
  • Architecture: Master Degree or equivalent

    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent

    Technology: Master Degree or equivalent

    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent

  • ENGLISH: Excellent


    If you recognize yourself in the story below, then you have the profile that fits the project and the research group.

  • I have a master degree in architecture, or civil engineering, or building physics or circular economy, or environmental assessment, or sustainable design.
  • I do not yet have a PhD.
  • I am proficient in written and spoken English, and write and communicate clearly in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • During my learning carrier or prior professional activities, I have gathered advanced knowledge in building envelope design, physics, building materials, thermal physics.
  • During my courses or prior professional activities, I have gathered experience with modelling / simulations, specifically with parametric design, LCA tools, Energy plus, and with Building physics analysis tool (daylighting, acoustic, thermal physics), additionally with WUFI or DELPHIN; with 3D CAD systems (with plug in appreciated) and /or BIM; and I have acquired principles of structural understanding and facade design and I have a profound interest in these topics.
  • Specific Requirements Required documentation

    • Finished Master's degree

    • Curriculum Vitae

    • Motivation letter

    • 2 Recommendation letters

    • Proof of English proficiency

    • Degree certificate and transcript of records of an applicable higher university degree. Official translations in English are required in addition to the documents in the original language. Applications open to students holding an university degree obtained under the educational system in force prior to M.D. n. 509 dated 03/11/1999, or a Laurea Specialistica (equivalent to a Master) obtained in accordance with M.D. n. 509 dated 03/11/1999, or a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master) obtained in accordance with M.D. n. 270 dated 22/10/2004, or similar academic qualifications obtained abroad that are equivalent in terms of duration and contents to the Italian qualifications and qualified as fit by the Selection Committee.

    Only applicants who meet the following requirements can apply for the call:

  • obtained a Laurea Magistrale (Master Degree) in Italy (or equivalent qualifications that are valid for admission to PhD programms) with a final score no lower than 95/110 or 86/100;
  • for qualifications obtained abroad, have the minimum average score in exams:
  • BANGLADESH: 3,3/4

    CHINA: 70/100

    COLOMBIA: 3,5/5

    European Countries (ECTS grading system): C+

    EGYPT: 65/100

    ETHIOPIA: 3/4

    GHANA: 65/100

    INDIA: 70/100

    INDONESIA: 2,8/4

    IRAN: 14,5/20

    NIGERIA: 3/5

    PAKISTAN: 3,3/4,0

    SERBIA: 7,5/10

    TURKEY: 3/4

    For the Countries not in this list, the evaluation will be carried out directly by the Selection Committee.

  • Certified knowledge of English is required from all candidates. In 'Additional Info - Other Information' is a list of the certifications accepted by the Politecnico di Milano and the corresponding levels.
  • Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Politecnico di Milano
  • Department: Architecture, Built environment and Construction Engineering
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https: // www.
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  • Country: Italy
  • City: Milan
  • State/Province: Milan
  • Postal Code: 20133
  • Street: Via Giovanni Ponzio, 31
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