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The Chair of Sustainable Construction at ETH Zurich intends to ground sustainability in the disciplines of the built environment. We want to foster collaboration among the different stakeholders involved in architecture, engineering and construction and promote appropriate application of sustainable materials during the entire life cycle of buildings and infrastructure. More specifically, our research involves interdisciplinary works and draws on Life Cycle Assessment, urban metabolism and material science.


Project background

The climate crisis is urging us to act fast. Buildings are a key leverage point to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the embodied emissions related with their construction remain often the hidden challenge of any ambitious policy. Meaningful decision options are key to help take the appropriate design decisions. The recent development of parametric LCA allows for the screening of various options as well as the orientation of the designer towards the one that would suit the specific context. Over the past 5 years, the chair has developed an expertise in the LCA in early design. With this new project in collaboration with EPFL and the International Committee of the Red Cross, we want to develop a sustainability assessment of building archetypes used by ICRC and guide step by step the designers on the field towards more sustainable options. We seek to strengthen our team in this field with a position of parametric LCA expert.

Job description

The successful candidate will be involved with the current project in the team involving an architect that would identify the possible design options, and experts of implementation of regenerative strategies in the Global South. The candidate is also expected to help on other smaller projects related with LCA calculation in the group, ranging from Supplementary Cementitious materials to biobased and reused in circular buildings. The project in collaboration with ICRC is lasting two years, but the aim of the chair is to build on this project to implement a wider platform for early design LCA.


We are offering to work in an exciting project carried out in an interdisciplinary environment with civil engineers, material and environmental scientists, and architects. The Chair of Sustainable Construction is an interdisciplinary group of 10 to 15 people. In the group, we welcome home office on regular basis.

Your profile

We welcome highly motivated applicants with MSc in civil or environmental engineering, architecture or similar disciplines. The ideal candidate would have an expertise in parametric LCA, a good knowledge of CAD tools such as Rhino or Revit as well as Grasshopper or Dynamo and have basics in python. Additionally, a knowledge on sustainable constructive Systems in the Global South would be a clear advantage.

ETH Zurich

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.Working, teaching and research at ETH ZurichGet connected


Interested?

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

  • A cover letter that describes the candidate’s motivation and research experience
  • A full CV
  • MSc certificate
  • A list of completed projects or scientific papers
  • Names and addresses / contact details of two referees

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

We seek to start on February 1, 2021 or by agreement.

For further questionsplease contact Prof. Dr. Guillaume Habert at habertg@ethz.ch (please do not send applications). More information about the Chair of Sustainable Construction is available online www.sc.ibi.ethz.ch.

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