The Institute of Structural Engineering of ETH Zürich is collaborating with the Structural Engineering Re-search Laboratory of Empa to investigate timber structures. We are currently looking for a
PhD Student in Civil Engineering

Together with your supervisors at Empa and ETH Zurich, you will collaborate on the pro-ject “Structural behaviour and reliability of connections in timber structures”. The main objectives of this project are the development of system-based design concepts for timber structures, where the performance of the structure is evaluated considering the load-deformation behaviour and the reliability of its members and connections. The pro-ject comprises three modules: 1) Identification of material properties and model parame-ters relevant for the reliability of connections and structural systems, 2) numerical analysis of connections and structural systems, 3) experimental analysis of connections and structural systems. The position will be available from April 2018 or upon agreement. 

Your focus will be on the behaviour of connections, alongside with another PhD student whose focus will be on the behaviour of structural systems. The work will be carried out mainly at Empa (Dübendorf), under the supervision of Dr. René Steiger and Dr. Pedro Palma. The PhD degree will be granted by ETH Zurich. The official supervisor of the PhD thesis is Prof. Dr. Andrea Frangi. The planned project duration is four years.

You have a Master’s Degree in civil engineering and excellent knowledge in mechanics, structural/material modelling and probabilistics / statistics. Sound knowledge in the design of timber structures is expected, as are basic programming skills. You are proficient in spoken and written English.

We look forward to receiving your online application. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. The selection will be based on a rigorous two-step application process. In a first step, applications (motivation letter, CV, diploma copies, all university records, and 2 reference letters) will have to be submitted. After a first selection, potential candidates will be contacted for the final selection, which will be based on the candidates’ qualifications as well as on a personal interview with the Supervisors.

For further information about the Structural Engineering Research Laboratory of Empa and the Institute of Structural Engineering of ETH Zürich please visit our websites. Questions regarding the position should be directed to rene.steiger[at] (no applications).