Postdoctoral Researcher

We are offering a 100% Post-doc / senior scientist position on Dynamics of Urban Metabolism at the Laboratory for Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS), ENAC, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The HERUS Laboratory focuses on the transition of urban systems towards sustainability. Thereby, we pursue an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together scholars from social-, natural-, computational and technology oriented sciences. The future post-doc will build on and further develop the area of Urban Metabolism, circular economy, and digital twins. He/she will adopt a dynamic perspective, bringing short- and long-term aspects affecting the urban metabolism.

Main duties and responsibilities include :
  • Responsibility of research on long term (e.g., infrastructure, buildings) and short term (e.g., yearly energy and material, waste flows) aspects of urban metabolism
  • Research in collaboration with the HERUS team, ENAC faculty and city partners
  • Link to international initiatives in Urban Metabolism and Digital Twins
  • Support PhD students and MSC students in urban metabolism, circular economy and digital twins
  • Teaching in material flow and stock analysis, systems analysis and/or LCA
Your profile :
  • Excellent PhD degree, preferably in Environmental Engineering, Industrial Ecology, Architecture or Geography
  • High interest in urban metabolism, circular economy and digital twins
  • A strong methodological background in material flow and stock analysis/modelling
  • Computational skills, i.e., Phython and data driven analysis tools
  • Interest and commitment to interdisciplinary research
  • Proficiency in English, strong team spirit, social skills, independence and a high level of motivation for academic research work motivated by relevant practical problems
  • Experience in proposal writing and teaching
  • French knowledge is an asset
We offer :
  • Excellent working conditions: an innovative and competitive atmosphere, modern equipped working areas and an environment that promotes access to the world's best scientists
  • Great interdisciplinary team spirit
  • Full financial support including conference visits


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  • Application deadline: May 01, 2023
  • EPFL
  • Laboratory for Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS)
  • Lausanne, Switzerland
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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