Coordinator and tutor of the MAS ETH Architecture and digital fabrication

Updated: 13 days ago
Job Type: Permanent

80%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Master of Advanced Studies ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication (MAS ETH DFAB) seeks to extend its teaching team with a coordinator and lecturer. The MAS ETH DFAB is a one-year, full-time educational programme positioned within a vibrant multidisciplinary research environment, jointly organised by the Chair for Digital Building Technologies (DBT) led by Prof. Benjamin Dillenburger and Gramazio Kohler Research (GKR) led by Prof. Fabio Gramazio and Prof. Matthias Kohler.

Furthermore, the MAS is the educational programme of the National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, one of the world’s leading interdisciplinary research clusters on digital fabrication and robotics in architecture. It is also strongly linked to the  Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) and the Architecture Department (D-ARCH) of ETH Zurich.

The MAS ETH DFAB program introduces students to state of the art computational design, digital fabrication technologies, material innovation, and sustainable design principles. This comprehensive postgraduate course prioritizes practical experience, seamlessly connecting digital design to physical fabrication with an emphasis on robotics and the most recent architectural technologies. Tailored for professionals in architecture, engineering, and allied sectors, the MAS ETH DFAB equips its graduates with the specialist knowledge required to bring forward digital technologies in the architecture and construction field.

Job description

As a member of the MAS ETH DFAB teaching team, your role consists of the curriculum design, comprehensive planning and daily instruction of the 18 students enrolled in the MAS ETH DFAB program. The program is divided into three trimesters as follows.

First Trimester: Focuses on skill development, with an emphasis on object-oriented programming, computational design, robotic path planning, and fabrication. Your responsibilities include preparing exercises, classroom teaching, and providing individual support to students.

Second Trimester: In this phase, students collaborate to design and fabricate an architectural demonstrator using cutting-edge technology developed by ongoing research at GKR and DBT. Your tasks involve planning the trimester, creating tutorials to teach research technologies to students, and mentoring them in architectural design.

Third Trimester: Students embark on developing their own research thesis, collaborating closely with researchers at DBT, GKR as well as with external researchers and companies. Your role involves supporting both students and tutors, and supervising your own thesis projects.

This position is a unique opportunity to creatively investigate and teach new state-of-the-art methods to drive future evolutions of architecture and digital fabrication.

Your profile
  • An MSc or equivalent in architecture (MArch, BSc + Postgraduate education) with a strong interest in architectural design, programming, and robotic fabrication.
  •  A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in architectural design or academia.
  • Experienced in teaching with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • At least 3 years of experience in object-oriented programming, particularly in Python, with an openness to other programming languages (C#).
  • Experienced in the design to fabrication of 1:1 architectural demonstrators.
  • Experienced in collaborative development and versioning in Git.
  • Willing to work in teams.
  • Willing to stay at the MAS ETHZ DFAB for 3 years or longer.

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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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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following information:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • List of teaching experience and if possible student evaluation
  • Portfolio
  • Github profile
  • Contact details of at least one reference

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For more information on our research visit our websites Gramazio Kohler Research  and dfab .

Questions regarding the position should be directed to head of program, Dr. Petrus Aejmelaeus-Lindström at Gramazio Kohler Research by email [email protected] (no applications).

About ETH Zürich

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