Researcher/Post-Doc on Interactions and Potential Trade-offs between Circularity, Climate Resilience, and Energy Performance

Updated: 23 days ago
Deadline: 30 Jun 2024

Join our team at TU Delft and the AMS Institute assessing the interactions and potential trade-offs between circularity, climate resilience, and energy performance across different scales.

Delft University of Technology is hiring a researcher/Post-Doc on “Multi-hazard Resilient and Low Carbon Façade Technologies”. The position is part of the Horizon Europe MULTICARE project.

The MULTICARE project seeks to address the clear gap in existing frameworks and tools for assessing the comprehensive socio-economic, environmental, and resilience impacts of extreme natural events on infrastructures. Currently, there’s a significant lack of integrated approaches to understanding climate impacts, resource sustainability, and energy demands in the context of urban development and building design. The project aims to address this need by developing and prototyping solutions in Amsterdam, with a physical demonstrator in the East of the city and a virtual demonstrator encompassing the entire city centre.

We are looking for a dedicated researcher or Post-Doc who will focus on assessing the interactions and potential trade-offs between circularity, climate resilience, and energy performance across different scales - from individual buildings to neighbourhoods.

As part of a team of academic and industry partners, the candidate will help develop a multi-criteria decision-support framework to aid in evaluating and selecting solutions. This role involves significant collaboration in creating a virtual demonstrator for the MULTICARE project, highlighting key areas such as circularity and embodied carbon assessment.   

Key tasks include:

  • Developing and refining theoretical and methodological approaches for cross-topic impact assessments, identifying trade-offs at different scales.
  • Applying these frameworks to case studies within the MultiCare project to test and validate them.
  • Contributing to developing spatial decision-support and parametric design tools, as well as a design handbook in close collaboration with industry partners.

The position is funded for 2.5 years (0,8 FTE). The project will offer opportunities to collaborate with industrial partners and academics from other disciplines, as required (human comfort and building physics, façade design and engineering, climate design, probability and uncertainty analysis, seismic and structural design).

The researcher will be affiliated with TU Delft, Environmental Technology & Design at the Department of Urbanism and with the AMS Institute. AMS is hosting an interdisciplinary team of Research Fellows from TU Delft, Wageningen University & Research and MIT. Within AMS Institute, the MULTICARE project team consists of a Project Manager, a climate resilience Research Fellow, an urban energy Research Engineer. This role would complete the project team as a circularity Research Fellow.

About the MULTICARE project:
This large international project aims to create a more resilient built environment by providing digital tools for assessing, improving and responding to future climate threats, and by providing corresponding technological construction solutions to improve the resilience of buildings. In particular, the project will develop (i) novel multi-criteria decision-support frameworks and a suite of digital services to facilitate the whole-life cycle multi-hazard resilience assessment, design and management across material-to-urban scales: (ii) low-carbon technologies to upgrade the resilience of buildings against multiple hazards, with a focus on climate-related extremes. The project results will be demonstrated in large-scale pilots (3 buildings, 4 neighbourhoods/cities) in different European countries with diverse conditions.

  • You are a team player:
  • You have shown your passion and excellence in the field of environmental research and design:
  • You have a strong background in sustainability assessment, building and environmental technology, circularity principles in construction and urban design, and practical experience in architecture and urban design:
  • You like working on the verge of academia and practice. Besides, you are open-minded, open to learning on the job:
  • You should have knowledge and experience of GIS for spatial analysis and mapping of urban environments, with programming (e.g. Python):
  • You have excellent language skills, both written and verbal and you enjoy to work in a team, take initiative, and to be results-oriented:
  • You are available for at least two years starting in August 2024.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

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Department of Urbanism
The department of Urbanism is one of the four departments at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The department sees Urbanism as an interdisciplinary planning and design activity that focuses on the (re)creation of sustainable urban landscapes aimed toward climate adaptability, circularity, social equity, and ecologically inclusive urbanisation at all scales. Urbanism has an international reputation for academic research, scholarship and education built on the Delft Approach to Urbanism. This is reflected in our mission: to advance, share and apply knowledge on how to adapt the built environment to societal and environmental changes, and on how to apply contextual design, planning and engineering strategies and interventions with impact for a better society.

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The section of Environmental Technology and Design (ETD) contributes to inter- and transdisciplinary, context-driven and solution-focused research and education for the sake of a better environment. It involves a joint design and engineering approach, with social-and environmental-based methods and techniques as operative instruments, as well as the development and application of advanced urban data science and geospatial information technologies to support this main aim. Research and education blends environmental technology, urban ecology, citizen participation and environmental behaviour at different scales. There is a strong emphasis on the interaction of these fields in terms of theories, methods and techniques, as well as their application via concepts, strategies and spatial interventions, as a significant part of ETD's research portfolio concerns applied science for and often with public and private partners.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Joke Dufourmont, via [email protected] .

For information about the application procedure, please contact Paulien Stastra, HR Advisor,
via [email protected] .

The position will remain open until June 30, 2024 (local Dutch time + 2 hrs). You must apply via the "Apply now" button. Applications via email will not be processed.

To apply submit the following documents:

  • A letter of application and a detailed CV;
  • A list of publications, including a 'top 3 of your articles' related to the position (as a possible alternative a design and/or research project portfolio can also be submitted);
  • The names of three references, with contact information.

Please note:

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
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