ENAC – Two PhD positions in Circular Built Environment (Architecture/Structural Design)

Following the recent rise of environmental consciousness, the reuse of building components is emerging as a promising approach to achieve greater sustainability in the construction industry. Pushed forward by the European Union and gaining impetus across the globe, component reuse constitutes a key strategy towards a circular economy. Yet, it is today the strategy that is the furthest away from being implemented in the construction practice. This project aims at developing new metrics and producing new benchmarks of circularity for load-bearing systems in buildings. The researchers will apply computational and statistical techniques to fine-grained building stocks.

Your Profile: You hold an outstanding track record in Architecture, Structural Engineering, or any related field. You have an insatiable appetite for architectural design, construction techniques and computational methods. You think and create outside the box. Excellent proficiency in English is required. Good knowledge of French or German is a plus.

We offer: Selected candidates will join the research and teaching activities of the Structural Xploration Lab (SXL), EPFL. Over the past years, the SXL has distinguished itself as a leader for designing load-bearing solutions for a circular economy. The SXL is driven by sustainability challenges, rooted in history, embracing complexity, and boosted by digital technology. The SXL is located in Fribourg, Switzerland, and is part of the Smart Living Lab. Doctoral studies at EPFL last 4 years. We are offering excellent research facilities and a competitive salary. The EPFL offers an outstanding international ecosystem full of training and development opportunities.

Application procedure: Applications must be sent to [email protected] Deadline for sending PhD applications is July 1st, 2020. Candidates are invited to wait for Prof. Fivet’s informal green light prior to applying to a doctoral school. EPFL regulations for PhDs are available here and here.

Start date: September 1st, 2020