ETH Zürich

PhD position in Computer Science for Circular Construction

Spara jobbet

Om arbetsgivaren

ETH Zürich is well known for its excellent education, ground-breaking fundamental research and for implementing its results directly into practice.

Besök arbetsgivarsidan

PhD position in Computer Science for Circular Construction

The Chair of Circular Engineering for Architecture (CEA) is seeking a highly motivated and qualified PhD candidate in the field of digital technologies for circular economy in the construction sector. You 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.

Job description

The selected candidate will be involved in developing a new service for circular information management for construction elements and reality capture in existing buildings using computer vision and machine learning. It operates at the intersection of computer science, civil engineering, and architecture. 

Your responsibilities will include the development of both theoretical concepts and practical tools for the construction sector. Additionally, you are responsible for the development of theoretical concepts, automated workflows and algorithms, together with industry and research consortium partners in Switzerland. The exploration of implementation possibilities, validation and testing of proposed and developed solutions in pilot projects are also part of your expertise. As well as the engagement and collaboration with stakeholders such as construction companies, standardization bodies, consultants, and other industry partners to promote the adoption of the developed tools. Furthermore, the active participation in research activities, including publishing scientific papers and presenting findings at conferences and workshops, and the supervision of Master, and/or Bachelor students are your responsibility.


  • Bachelor in computer science, electrical engineering or related fields, and Master in computer science, architecture, engineering (civil, environmental), or life cycle assessment with strong IT skills
  • Strong research skills with an understanding of circular economy practices
  • Knowledge and experience in data analysis and database management, optimization, platforms and marketplace development, computer vision and machine learning
  • 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. The 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 teams 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, computer science and ecological systems. The position is full-time (100%) and is offered on a fixed-term basis. The initial contract duration is 1.5 years, with a possibility of a 3.5-year extension based on performance evaluation.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

Your application should contain the following documents (make sure your last name is on all the documents and in the file name). The application process is now open and will last until the position is filled. Only PDF format will be accepted.

  • Cover letter (max 1 page)
  • CV including a list of publications
  • A short position paper to show how you will address the topic (max 800 words, excluding bibliography) in PDF format
  • Academic transcripts/list of courses completed or ongoing, including grades and ranking in PDF format (please upload a single PDF)
  • Name, phone number, and email address of two referees in PDF
  • A vimeo or youtube link to a 2-minute video explaining how you would address research on digital technologies for circular construction (please upload a PDF with the link written in full)

Anything submitted in other formats will result in the rejection of your application. Any application that is not complete will not be considered.

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.

Om tjänsten

PhD position in Computer Science for Circular Construction
Rämistrasse 101 Zürich, Schweiz
Sista ansökningsdag
Spara jobbet

Fler jobb från den här arbetsgivaren

Om arbetsgivaren

ETH Zürich is well known for its excellent education, ground-breaking fundamental research and for implementing its results directly into practice.

Besök arbetsgivarsidan

Intressanta artiklar

Deciphering the Gut’s Clues to Our Health University of Turku 5 min läsning
Understanding Users to Optimise 3D Experiences Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) 5 min läsning
Control Systems: The Key to Our Automated Future? Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) 5 min läsning
Fler stories