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PhD position in Design and Robotic Fabrication of Integrated 3D Printing Facades
100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The research group Gramazio Kohler Research, Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication, situated at the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA), Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich, seeks a highly motivated PhD candidate to work on the subject of design and fabrication of integrated 3D printing facade systems.

Project background
This PhD research project is situated at the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research Digital Fabrication (NCCR DFAB) – an interdisciplinary research programme that aims at fostering a digital building culture and development of innovative design methods and construction technologies for architecture, engineering and construction.

The project involves the development of prototypical, innovative facade elements with customized environmental properties. Building upon the ongoing project Integrative Façade Systems within the NCCR DFAB, this project concerns a hybrid lightweight facade system composed of structural timber elements and 3D-printed facade components, which is fully disassemblable and/or made of recyclable parts and materials. The doctoral thesis will be pursued in collaboration with research colleagues from other groups at ETH Zurich and HSLU specializing in the facade’s environmental performance assessment and custom 3D printing setup development. The project will start upon mutual agreement, earliest by October 1st, 2022.

Job description
Within this interdisciplinary endeavor, you will co-develop methods to integrate the timber structures with 3DP facade elements, their constraints and specific requirements. Your research will encompass the facade’s computational design, constructive detailing, automated data generation for 3DP and CNC timber processing and full-scale architectural demonstration. Your work will entail the development of software tools, architectural design, as well as physical experiments and prototyping. The project aims to culminate in a large-scale demonstrator to be fabricated in the Robotic Fabrication Laboratory (RFL) at ETH Hönggerberg.

Your profile
We are looking for a talented and motivated architect and researcher with architectural practice experience and with outstanding skills in computational design, 3D printing and robotic fabrication as well as with constructive detailing and planning. We expect programming experience (e.g. Python) and strong analytical as well as architectural skills. The candidate must enjoy research by design and through physical experimentation.

You should be fluent in German and English, demonstrate a high level of initiative and independence, and enjoy working in a diverse and interdisciplinary research team. Applicants must hold a Master’s degree acquired at university level (equivalent to the FHEQ-Level 7) in architecture or related fields.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application containing the following documents:

-Letter of motivation
-CV
-Portfolio of your work in academia and practice
-Contact details of at least two references

Please apply exclusively via the ETH Zurich Online Application Portal (Link).

Applications sent by e-mail or postal services will not be considered. To learn more about us, please visit the websites www.gramaziokohler.arch.ethz.ch and www.dfab.ch. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Aleksandra Apolinarska, apolinarska@arch.ethz.ch (no applications).
3 Doctoral Fellowships in Architecture and Technology
100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Architecture & Technology (A&T) Doctoral Programme is looking for exceptional candidates to join our group of 50+ international doctoral students. We are offering three paid, full-time (100%), 3.5-year doctoral fellowships to start on October 1, 2023.
Since its inauguration, 25 scholars have been granted an A&T Fellowship. Graduates of the programme have successfully obtained academic positions at leading research institutions worldwide and high-level positions in the industry.
The programme provides funding for three and a half years. It offers excellent working conditions and a unique research infrastructure. You will be employed full-time and receive monthly salaries based on a standard rate.

Project background

The A&T Doctoral Programme is ETH Zurich’s interdisciplinary educational platform committed to training scholars in research and teaching of technology in architecture. The programme is offered and managed collaboratively by the chairs of the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA). The work of the ITA chairs assimilates many diverse aspects of employing science, technology and engineering in architecture, including computational design of buildings and structures, building processes and systems, digital and robotic construction and fabrication, and many others.

The following professorships are currently involved in the A&T doctoral programme:

- Architecture and Digital Fabrication (Gramazio Kohler Research)
- Architecture and Structures (Block Research Group)
- Digital Building Technologies
- Architecture and Building Systems
- Architecture and the Building Process

Job description
We are looking for excellent people whose work demonstrates productive synergies between architecture and technology. We welcome architects with a solid technical, engineering or scientific background or interests and engineers/scientists whose work relates to architecture. We advise the applicants to thoroughly consult the ITA professorships’ websites before applying to ensure their research interests are compatible.

Your profile

You must hold a Master’s degree acquired at the university level in architecture, engineering or related fields (e.g., MSc, MEng or MArch). Upon successful admission, depending on your academic background, the ETH administration office will evaluate if you need to take any additional exams at ETH during your first year of studies.

English is the official language, and we assume your proficiency. We do not formally require English language certificates as a part of the application package.

Recommendation letters

Each candidate needs to be supported by three referees for the application. In support of the application, three referees should send their recommendation letters by e-?mail to ita-phd-fellowship@arch.ethz.ch.

Timeline

The submission deadline for both application package and recommendation letters is January 31, 2023. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. The timeline is as follows:

-Until January 31, 2023: Applicants should submit their application package. After the initial screening, the eligible application packages are forwarded to the corresponding professorships. After internal assessments and interviews, each professorship may select their candidate for the shortlist.

-Mid-March 2023: The shortlisted applicants are invited for an online interview with all participating professors.

-Latest by April 1, 2023: The applicants are notified about the outcome of the application process.

Please find further information on the following link and apply exclusively via the ETH Zurich Online Application Portal (Link).

Applications sent by e-mail or postal services will not be considered.
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Professur für Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation
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