ENAC – PhD position in Modelling Urban Systems

Your mission:
The Laboratory of Urban and Environmental Systems (URBES) at EPFL is looking for a PhD student to investigate how anthropogenic activities and the form/function of cities affect climate and hydrology, as well as energy consumption, emissions, and residents’ wellbeing.

At the URBES Lab we seek to describe and predict land-atmosphere interactions and coupled human-natural dynamics across a broad spectrum of spatiotemporal scales. Our aim is to elucidate the complex interactions between urban and natural systems, quantify the local and non-local impacts of human activities, and guide the design of greener, healthier, and more sustainable territories. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to these goals by combining data analysis with advanced mathematical approaches.

We are looking for a highly motivated student with strong technical and analytical skills. Candidates with an interdisciplinary background are particularly welcome but quantitative and modelling skills are a prerequisite for this position.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Perform original research in the area of urban dynamics and city-biosphere interactions.
  • To lead and contribute to publications for high-impact journals.
  • Contribute to broad Lab activities (including co-supervision of MSc students).

Your profile:

  • A MSc in Environmental Sciences, Physics, or Engineering.
  • Strong interest in urban systems.
  • Hands-on experience with numerical modelling and analysis of large datasets.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Creative, enthusiastic, and willing to learn.
  • Self-motivated and have a sense for scientific novelty.
  • Experience with scientific writing is valued.

We offer:

  • A stimulating and international working environment and numerous opportunities to collaborate with other research groups.
  • Competitive salary and excellent educational conditions.
  • Opportunity to perform state-of-the-art research in one of the most dynamic scientific institutions in Europe.

Start date: Early 2023 (start date is negotiable). Screening will start on Sept. 15th and the position will remain open until filled.

Work rate: 100%

Duration: 1-year fixed-term contract, renewable for 4 years according to EPFL rules

Contact: Interested applicants should send the following documents (in a single pdf) to [email protected]:

  • A brief CV and contact details of 2-3 references
  • A brief letter of motivation/interest in the project
  • Grades from master and bachelor studies

To be eligible for a PhD at EPFL, note that candidates also need to apply to the Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering (EDCE). If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Prof. Gabriele Manoli ([email protected]).