PhD Position in Upcycling Structures Digital Fabrication Computational

A PhD scholarship in structural engineering is available at EPFL. The funds for this fellowship are available for 4 years. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

Component reuse is a new paradigm for the design of architectural structures. Rather than following a top-down design process from system layout to component manufacturing, the reuse process seeks to define the most appropriate system from a given set of components (members and/or connections) that have fixed geometries and material compositions. The revolution calls for new computational design techniques as well as new construction detailing. This project aims at addressing both challenges simultaneously in order to ease the generation of architectural structures from reclaimed components and/or the generation of component stocks with great reuse potential elsewhere.

Your Profile: You hold an outstanding track record in Architecture, Structural Engineering, or any related field. You have an insatiable appetite for architectural design, construction techniques and computational methods. You think and create outside the box. Excellent proficiency in English is required. Good knowledge of French or German is a plus.

We offer: Selected candidates will join the research and teaching activities of the Structural Xploration Lab (SXL), EPFL. Over the past years, the SXL has distinguished itself as a leader for designing load-bearing solutions for a circular economy. The SXL is driven by sustainability challenges, rooted in history, embracing complexity, and boosted by digital technology. The SXL is located in Fribourg, Switzerland, and is part of the Smart Living Lab. Doctoral studies at EPFL last 4 years. We are offering excellent research facilities and a competitive salary. The EPFL offers an outstanding international ecosystem full of training and development opportunities.

Application procedure: Applications must be sent to [email protected] Deadline for sending PhD applications is July 15, 2020. Candidates are invited to wait for Prof. Fivet’s informal green light prior to applying to a doctoral school. EPFL regulations for PhDs are available here and here.
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