PhD Position on Metrics for Circular Construction

The Ecological Systems Design Group at ETH Zürich is an internationally leading research group in the field of modeling and improving the resource efficiency and environmental performance of products and processes from a systems perspective. The Chair of Circular Engineering for Architecture (CEA) develops research on matching reused construction components and projects through digital technologies for circular construction Together, we are inviting applications to fill a PhD position in “Metrics for Circular Construction”.

Project background

This PhD position is part of a new collaborative project “Swiss Circular Construction Digital Ecosystem (SWIRCULAR)” funded by innosuisse. The goal of the project is to accelerate the urgently needed shift from a linear to a circular economy in the built environment.

Job description

The work will be carried out in an interdisciplinary team at the Ecological Systems Design Group and the Circular Engineering for Architecture (CEA) Group. The main goal of the doctoral project is develop metrics for circular and sustainable construction. To evaluate the directionality and validity of your metrics, you will conduct material flow analysis and life cycle assessment of building construction projects. You will develop a tool for quantifying circularity metrics in construction projects. Throughout the project you collaborate with stakeholder groups composed of industry and governmental representatives to discuss your research outcomes and next steps. An integral part of your work is publishing your results in peer-reviewed journals and presenting them at international conferences.

Your profile

Your qualifications should include:

  • A master level university degree in environmental engineering, environmental sciences, civil engineering, architecture or similar studies with excellent grades
  • Knowledge and experience in the topics of life cycle assessment and circular construction would be an asset
  • Interest in modeling and programming would be an advantage

Your employment will be contracted according to standard regulations at ETH (funding secured for 4 years). The project will start in January 2024 or upon mutual agreement. You are expected to contribute to the teaching and research activity up to a maximum of 20% of your working time.

Your workplace

Laura-Hezner-Weg 7, 8049 Zürich, Switzerland

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including:

  • a letter of motivation,
  • a CV
  • academic transcripts (including a list of courses completed or ongoing, including grades and, if available, ranking)
  • contact details of two referees

We will start interviewing candidates as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the Ecological Systems Design Group and the Chair of Circular Engineering for Architecture, please visit our websites: Chair of Ecological Systems Design and Circular Engineering for Architecture. Questions regarding the position should be directed to (please put cc and (no applications).

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  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich
  • Ecological Systems Design Group and the Chair of Circular Engineering for Architecture at ETH
  • Zürich, Switzerland
  • PhD Positions
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