The announced position will be part of an international collaboration between ETH Zurich and the National Research Foundation of Singapore

ETH Zurich is one of the leading universities of the world with a strong focus on science and engineering. In 2010 it established the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to do interdisciplinary research on pressing problems.

The centre currently runs several research programmes with the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) as one of the programmes. It is home to a community of over 100 PhD, postdoctoral and Professorial researchers working on diverse themes related to sustainable cities and resilient infrastructure systems. In the course of their work, researchers actively collaborate with universities, research institutes, industry, and government agencies with the aim of offering practical solutions.

Project background

The announced position will be part of an international collaboration between ETH Zurich and the National Research Foundation of Singapore that created Future Cities Lab (FCL) Singapore and FCL Global. Since its launch in 2010, within the frame of the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC), FCL Singapore grew into one of the most impactful urban science research centres in the world. Continuing to innovate upon these foundations, FCL Global will leverage two distinctive regional perspectives, one from the tropics (embedded at Singapore based institutions) and the other from temperate Europe (embedded at ETH Zurich), to excel in transdisciplinary research on the complex challenges of sustainable urban development.

The research position is assigned to the socioeconomic work package in the FCL Global research module Powering the Cities. This work package is a collaboration between FCL Global and the Institute of Real Estate and Urban Studies (IREUS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Established in 2006 as a university-level research institute, IREUS supports multidisciplinary collaboration to advance real estate and urban research. It also works with industry partners to develop thought leadership for technology changes and industry transformation.

Job description

The postdoctoral researcher will work with the co-PIs of the work package to develop economic frameworks for analysing private incentives to invest in distributed solar power resources in cities. The researcher will also work with various key stakeholders in the solar power sector in Singapore to develop case studies of solar power investment in an urban setting at the district or neighbourhood level. These case studies will highlight important lessons for urban solar investment in connection to multiple factors, including climate conditions, land-use mix, property ownership and occupancy, urban planning policies and building regulations, public-private partnerships, electricity tariff design, as well as advancement in solar power technologies.  

Your profile

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with PhD training and research experience in energy economics. Good knowledge of climate policies, urban planning, and real estate investment will be an asset. We require excellent communication skills in English, both verbal and written. The candidate should be able to manage time effectively and combine strong individual research with teamwork.

Singapore-ETH Centre Singapore-ETH Centre provides a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment to researchers working on diverse themes focussed on sustainable and liveable cities, resilient urban systems, and patient-centric healthcare. The centre is home to a community of over 100 doctoral, postdoctoral and professorial researchers working in three main programmes: Future Cities Laboratory, Future Resilient Systems, and Future Health Technologies.Working, teaching and research at Singapore-ETH CentreGet connected


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

  • Motivational statement
  • CV including list of projects with description of your role and list of publications
  • Doctoral Degree Certificate
  • copies of two of your publications most relevant to the position

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

Further information about our project can be found on our website Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Yuming Fu,, administrative questions to Dr. Christoph Waibel, (no applications).

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