Ph.D. position on: "Innovative and Advanced Slab Systems using Digital Fabrication Technologies"

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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

Our Structural Engineering Research Laboratory developed new materials, systems, and manufacturing technics for civil infrastructure use. It is one of the biggest and most up-to-date structural laboratories in Europe, equipped with excellent testing facilities required for large-scale experiments. Some of its research endeavours to resolve open issues/questions related to 3D concrete printing. The primary goal is to develop innovative and attractive solutions for the problems hindering the wide-scale adoption of digital fabrication methods in the construction industry.

ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities specializing in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research, and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find this university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence.

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Ph.D. position on: "Innovative and Advanced Slab Systems using Digital Fabrication Technologies"

Project description and tasks:

In this cutting-edge Ph.D. project, digital fabrication technology will be utilized to develop innovative and advanced floor slab systems. The proposed slab system will comprise digitally fabricated concrete formwork, and cast-in-place reinforced concrete topping. The state-of-the-art post-tensioning technology by BBR will be used to improve the structural performance of the concrete formwork. In addition, topology optimization tools will be implemented to optimize the geometry of the formwork to manufacture slabs with free-form geometries to ensure significant material savings.

Your profile and selection criteria:

The candidate should have a Masters degree in Structural Engineering with a strong background in 3D concrete printing. Experience or interest in developing post-tensioning techniques for digital fabrication is also important. Additional skills, including experience in small and large-scale experimental testing, finite element modelling, and knowledge of structural topology optimization, would be an advantage.

A strong desire and motivation to find cutting-edge and innovative solutions in the field of structural engineering are essential. The candidate should have a clear interest in working in an application-oriented research environment in close collaboration with our industrial and academic partners. Good knowledge of English (oral and written) is mandatory. Knowledge of German would be an advantage.


We offer a multifaceted, challenging, and fully funded Ph.D. position for 48 months in a modern re-search environment with excellent infrastructure. The position is available as soon as possible but should be filled by no later than September 1, 2022

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