Empa - the place where innovation starts
Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH
Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the
well-being of society.
The Urban Energy Systems Laboratory at Empa develops models and concepts for
innovative building and decentralized energy system technologies based on
renewable energy, including prototypes and demonstration plants.
The Chair of Circular Engineering for Architecture (CEA) at ETH Zurich
develops research on matching supply and demand of reused materials in the
built environment through digitalization for circularity.
Together, we are exploring digital innovation such as LiDAR scanning tools,
Geographic Information System (GIS), satellite imaging, and Google data to
feed the creation of platforms for material and resource passports. This will
enable to evaluate at an urban scale which buildings will be demolished or
retrofitted and could become material mines in the future. In order to create
a decision-making tool that helps with the optimal energy transformations and
material flows within a city, we analyse trade-offs simultaneously. To
strengthen our scientific team, we are looking for a
Postdoc in data for circular buildings
You will work in research and development projects in the fields of
engineering, archi-tecture, urbanism, and computer science. Looking at both
operational and embodied carbon impacts of buildings, you will analyse data at
an urban scale in order to foster a transition from a linear to a circular
economy in the built environment. You will execute your research ideas in
various projects, in close collaboration with our team and our ex-ternal
scientific and industry partners. You will support our PhD and postdoctoral
students and publish in scientific journals and conferences.
We are seeking a highly motivated and dedicated candidate with a PhD in
civil and environmental engineering, architecture, or similar. Candidates
should have profound and interdisciplinary knowledge in energy, environmental
impact, data analysis and building technology, and experience with GIS.
Experience with mathematical optimization and machine learning, as well as
programming experience in Python or similar languages are preferred. The
candidate should be interested to work closely with industry and research
partners in the construction sector. Experience with the development,
acquisition and management of research projects is a plus. Candidates should
have excellent written and spoken language skills in English (and ideally
We are offering a multifaceted and challenging position in a modern research
environment with excellent infrastructure. You will also be connected to
different labs at Empa and ETH Zurich, in order to carry out highly
For further information about the position please contact Kristina
Orehounig, email@example.com or Prof. Dr Catherine De Wolf,
firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our websites www. empa.ch/web/s313 and Empa-Video
We look forward to receiving your application comprising a letter of
motivation, a CV including also the list of publications, two references with
contact details, diploma copies, a 700-words position paper and also a max.
3-minute video summarizing your ideas for the position.
Please submit your application online and upload all documents (only "pdf"
files and "mp4" for the video) through this webpage. The position paper and
video can be uploaded under "additional documents". You may also upload a
PDF with a link to the video (YouTube or Vimeo streaming link only!). Any
other way of applying (i.e. email) will not be considered. New deadline
is January 31th 2022.
Empa, Patricia Nitzsche, Human Resources, Ueberlandstrasse 129, 8600