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ETH Zurich

Postdoctoral Researcher on Geospatial Data Analytics for ‘Agropolitan Territories’ in Singapore, It involves research in Vietnam, India and Indonesia

This Singapore-based role is within the ‘Agropolitan Territories’ research module of the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL).

The role focuses on spatial data exploration and analytics, and developing the capabilities of the open-source planning support tool, ur-scape (www.ur.systems). It involves research on transdisciplinary research on selected sites in Vietnam, India and Indonesia, and support for module personnel, reporting, and budgets.

Duration: 2 Years, Extendable

Project background

The Future Cities Lab (FCL) is a research unit of the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) and ETH Zurich established in partnership with Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). FCL is home to 120 multidisciplinary researchers across hubs in Singapore and Zurich, organised in eight research modules.

The ‘Agropolitan Territories’ module focusses on the possible threats that urbanisation and agriculture pose to sustainable development. We focus on Monsoon Asia, a region that supplies most of the world’s staple crops (90% of the world’s rice, 45% wheat, and 25% maize), supports over half the world’s population, and is undergoing urbanisation with unprecedented speed. Effects of those threats will be especially disastrous for both cities (increased poverty, ill-health, pollution) and countryside (increased depopulation, greenhouse gas emissions, soil degradation, deforestation, biodiversity loss) in Monsoon Asia and beyond if not properly managed.

Our approach to these threats is guided by a vision for agropolitan territories which hybridise urban and rural settlement patterns for sustainable regional development. The module will draw on expertise in data analytics, coupled human-natural systems, agroecosystem science and urban design. We will produce innovative planning concepts, architectural designs, and building prototypes for sustainable agropolitan territories, anchored in specified sites in Vietnam, India and Indonesia. We aim to construct a 16-hectare demonstration agropolitan town for the site in Indonesia (www.fcl.ethz.ch/research/agropolitan-territories-of-monsoon-Asia).

The module team is composed of two Principal Investigators (based in Singapore and Zurich respectively), two Co-Investigators (based in Singapore), two Module Co-ordinators (based in Singapore and Zurich respectively), and six research associates responsible for different aspects of the overall research mission.

Job description

The scope of work shall comprise of but is not limited to:

1) Research

  • Conduct spatial data analyses on the core module themes and supporting the planning, design and prototype development for sustainable study sites (Vietnam, India and Indonesia)
  • Develop the team’s open-source software ur-scape (www.ur.systems), including multiple data sources, mapping and geospatial libraries and innovative analytical tools
  • Disseminate research work by initiating, coordinating and leading on relevant publications
  • Lead funding applications as relevant to research themes of the module

2) Research Co-ordination

  • Coordinate comparative research across the three case study sites
  • Lead seminars, workshops and studios
  • Mentor research team members
  • Support module events such as exhibitions, workshops and conferences

3) Administration

  • Support reporting requirements (KPIs, weekly meetings)
  • Oversee on-site and off-site data collection, data pre-processing and data management
  • Support internal budgets and administrative tasks within the team
  • Support human resource matters (interns and researchers)

Your profile

  • PhD or postgraduate degree in urban design, planning, landscape architecture, GIS, computer science or a related field
  • Proficiency with database programming languages such as SQL, R, or Python
  • Proficiency with scripting languages R, Python, or similar
  • Experience with front-end design languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Experience with mapping tools such as QGIS, ArcGIS, PostGIS and CartoDB
  • Experience with geocoding tools
  • Experience with the C# programming language
  • Interest in state of the art artificial intelligence and participatory planning software development
  • Attention to detail and good problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication
  • Good interpersonal and interdisciplinary skills

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

  • A cover letter with a specific statement of your motivation for applying for the position
  • Your CV including the name and contact information of 2 references
  • A copy of your university transcripts as PDFs

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 Future Cities Lab (FCL) Global can be found on our website www.fcl.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Stephen Cairns, email cairns@arch.ethz.ch (no applications).

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