The Chair of Sustainable Construction intends to ground sustainability in all disciplines involved in the built environment. The Chair intends to foster international collaboration among the different stakeholders involved in architecture, engineering and construction and to promote appropriate application of construction materials during the entire life cycle of buildings and infrastructure. We seek to start on October 1, 2017 or by agreement, a
PhD student “Robust and reliable sustainability assessment for building renovation strategies”
The PhD position is part of the research project “Robust and reliable sustainability assessment for building renovation strategies” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The research objective is to develop a robust assessment of renovation strategies for the existing Swiss residential building stock by analysing reference buildings. To do so, a combined development of technological renovation solutions, environmental and cost performance assessment of these solutions as well as a time efficient computation method for the integration of all uncertainty sources within a global sensitivity analysis of the renovation strategies are needed. The project is a collaboration between the Laboratory of Solar Energetics and Building Physics (LESBAT) at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, the Chair of Risk, Safety and Uncertainty Quantification at ETH Zurich and the Chair of Sustainable Construction at ETH Zurich. The specific PhD project advised by Prof. Dr. Guillaume Habert will focus on combining applying the methods developed by the partners and finally provide recommendations for improved renovation scenarios.
We welcome highly motivated applicants holding a MSc in Civil, Computational or Environmental Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or similar disciplines. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in construction and sustainability, programming/scripting skills, and a strong interest in interdisciplinary scientific work. The work will integrate energy simulation, Life Cycle Assessment of Building materials and lost of performance modelling on generic buildings. Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement. We offer working in an exciting project carried out in a young research group at ETH Zurich equipped with excellent computational and lab facilities. Supervision will be close, but allow independent work. Scientific writing and active participation in international scientific conferences is very much supported. English and German are the working languages of the institute. The duration of the project is three years.
We look forward to receiving your online application including a cover letter that describes the candidate’s motivation and research experience, a full CV, academic transcripts/list of courses completed or on-going including grades, a digital copy (PDF) of the master’s thesis, and name and address/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. Should you run into difficulties when submitting your application please send an email to for advice.

For further information about the Chair of Sustainable Construction please visit our website Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Guillaume Habert by email (no applications).