EPFL’s School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) invites applications for a faculty position in Sustainable Urban Systems and Climate Mitigation Strategies. The position is open at the level of Assistant Professor (Tenure Track).
Climate change poses threats to the sustainable development of cities and their related rural areas. Climate change-induced warming is 50-150% greater in urban areas than in non-urban areas. It leads to the formation of urban heat islands, which can reduce the quality of life. Furthermore, about 80% of the CO2 emissions are produced in urban territories. These two phenomena make cities the place for high-impact measures with regard to climate mitigation and sustainable development of the built environment.
The School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering at EPFL aims to address climate change and sustainable urbanization challenges. We encourage applications from individuals with a strong profile in urban climate mitigation and sustainable development of urban territories. The professor will contribute to re-thinking and design of new climate mitigation technologies and strategies that target urban systems. Potential research areas include, but are not limited to, data-driven lifecycle assessment for urban systems and management of territorial metabolism, urban water system design, circular economy for urban systems, dynamic urban metabolism, heat islands and CO2 emissions mitigation. Candidates are expected to have excellent skills in digital tools and related methodologies, and will contribute ENAC’s interdisciplinary research, e.g., through the CLIMACT centre or the ENAC cluster “Sustainable Territories”. He/she is expected to contribute to interdisciplinary teaching projects with colleagues from Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as other schools of EPFL. The professor will be attached to the Institute of Environmental Engineering and the Institute of Architecture and the City.