ETH Zürich

PhD Researcher in Identification for Circular Construction

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PhD Researcher in Identification for Circular Construction

The PhD Researcher will be an integral part of the research team working on the project "Intelligent Circular Construction" aimed at advancing circular construction practices through digital innovation and AI technologies. The position at the Chair of Circular Engineering for Architecture (CEA) offers a unique opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in sustainable construction and circular economy.

Job description

  • Conduct research on digital inventory methods for building stock in circular construction, focusing on methods to capture relevant parameters to assess buildings condition, safety, quality, and environmental sustainability.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members to develop and implement digital solutions for large-scale reuse of building materials.
  • Use surveying, reality capture (photogrammetry, LiDAR, etc.), computer vision, and machine learning techniques to identify and catalog building components during demolition processes.
  • Analyze data collected from construction sites to predict material reuse potential, optimize reuse strategies and minimize waste.
  • Contribute to the development of scientific publications based on research findings and participate in conferences and site visits.
  • Work closely with industry partners and stakeholders to ensure the practical application of research outcomes in real-world construction projects.


  • Master's degree in a relevant field such as Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Architecture, or a related discipline.
  • Strong background in digital technologies, reality capture, machine learning, and/or computer vision.
  • Experience with data analysis, programming languages (e.g., Python, R), and software tools commonly used in construction research.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work effectively in a collaborative research environment.
  • Prior research experience in sustainable construction, circular economy, or related fields is desirable but not mandatory.

We offer

  • Opportunity to work on a cutting-edge research project with industry experts and leading academics.
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and resources at ETH Zurich and partner institutions.
  • Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Professional development opportunities, including conference attendance and networking with industry professionals.
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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 15.07.2024 or 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 3 referees in PDF
  • A vimeo or youtube link to a 3-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. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews to discuss their research interests and qualifications further.

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.

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PhD Researcher in Identification for Circular Construction
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