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Postdoctoral Position at the Chair of Circular Engineering for Architecture

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Postdoctoral Position at the Chair of Circular Engineering for Architecture

The Chair of Circular Engineering for Architecture (CEA) is seeking a highly motivated and qualified postdoctoral candidate in the field of digital technologies for circular economy in the construction sector. The successful candidate will join a dynamic research team working on innovative approaches to enhance circular construction practices. This position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of tools and strategies that promote circular management of building components and projects, enabling a more sustainable and regenerative built environment.

Project background

The postdoctoral position is focused on leveraging digitalization for circular strategies in construction. The selected candidate will be involved in developing and testing tools related to topics such as reality capture, quality assessment, 3D modelling, computer vision and computational design in the built environment, operating at the intersection of construction informatics, engineering, and logistical aspects.

Job description

  • Development of theoretical concepts for tools leveraging digital technologies for circular construction, facilitating circular processes along the value chain (identification and categorization of reusable materials, design with reused elements, etc.) in the construction sector
  • Exploration of implementation possibilities for automated workflows and digital technologies in new and existing construction projects
  • Use immersive technologies to enhance construction processes and training
  • Active participation in research activities, including publishing scientific papers and presenting findings at conferences and workshops
  • Supervision of Master, and/or Bachelor students, as well as teaching


  • PhD in architecture, civil engineering with strong IT skills, or computer science with knowledge of the built environment, or related fields
  • Strong research skills with an understanding of circular economy practices in the construction industry
  • Proven track record of research in construction or related fields
  • Knowledge and experience in data analysis and database management, as well as emerging technologies applied to the construction sector, such as BIM, scanning, machine learning, generative AI, computer vision
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize effectively, while also fostering interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Strong communication and writing skills in English, enabling effective collaboration and the preparation of scientific publications and reports
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement. Ability to work with industry partners in German is a plus
  • Ability to work in a team and together with industry partners
  • Take initiative, be results-oriented, organized, and creative

We offer

Joining our research team offers a stimulating and collaborative environment, with a competitive salary and opportunities for professional growth and interaction with international experts in the field of circular construction and computer science. The position is full-time (100%) and is offered on a fixed-term basis. The initial contract duration is 1 year, with a possibility of extension based on funding availability and performance evaluation.

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Curious? So are we.

Applications are only accepted through the online portal until the position is filled and should contain the following documents (make sure your last name is on all the documents and in the file name). Only PDF format will be accepted. Anything submitted in other formats will result in the rejection of your application. Any application that is not complete will not be considered:

  • 1 page motivation letter (max 1 page) (LastName_Cover.pdf)
  • 1 page CV (LastName_CV.pdf)
  • 1 page research statement (excluding bibliography) (LastName_Research.pdf)
  • A vimeo or youtube link to a 2-minute video (please upload a PDF with the link written in full) (LastName_Video.pdf)
  • Name, phone number, and email address of three referees (LastName_Referees.pdf)

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

For further questions please contact us via email at (no applications). More information about the Circular Engineering for Architecture Lab in the Institute of Construction & Infrastructure Management (IBI) within the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG) is on our website. Any emails that are not addressed to regarding the position will not be answered.

About ETH Zürich

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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Postdoctoral Position at the Chair of Circular Engineering for Architecture
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