60%-80%, Zurich, fixed-term
Mainstreaming Wood Construction (MainWood), a new 3-year Joint Initiative project, will be launched in March 2023 to address the challenge of scaling up and mainstreaming wood-based construction systems as a strategy to reduce carbon emissions and enhance the quality of the built environment. The project involves 16 researchers from nine research groups across ETH Zurich, WSL, Empa, and EPF Lausanne, as well as several external industries and practice partners. The project is highly interdisciplinary and will explore the environmental, material, design, behavioural, and design and policy aspects of a transition to wood-based building construction. Funding has been secured for 3 years, to establish a long-term research centre on this theme.
We seek a Project Manager to support the coordination, communication, and further development of the MainWood Joint Initiative.
The MainWood Joint Initiative is an interdisciplinary research project that aims to provide the scientific basis to leverage the transition to a construction bioeconomy across the wood supply chain in Switzerland, and beyond. Drawing on the expertise of four ETH Domain institutions, the research will encompass forest dynamics and production under climate change, scenarios of material use and flows, new construction materials, development of new design and AI approaches to maximise resource use efficiencies, life cycle assessment evaluating impacts on carbon emissions and biodiversity, and costing models. The project will identify key leverage points in the value chain to scale wood construction and deliver environmentally optimal Swiss wood use scenarios. Environmental, economic, technical, societal, and policy research will be undertaken to construct a systems understanding that is required for transformative change towards a bioeconomy. The diverse array of expertise across the four research institutions will be further informed by private sector and NGO partners.
The duties and responsibilities of the position are diverse, and include:
You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the MainWood project to ensure the project is implemented efficiently and across all its elements. The job will be diverse, requiring skills for project planning and coordination, fostering the emergence and development of new ideas, meeting facilitation, overseeing budgets, ensuring good communication across project partners, disseminating information, and engaging with a variety of external partners, among other duties.
You will need to be highly organised, and an excellent communicator, with exemplary interpersonal skills. You will need to be aware of how different aspects of the project are progressing and to identify and resolve delays or problems as they arise. Engagement, communication, and adaptability will be essential in this regard. While not directly responsible for the budget expenditure, you will be expected to ensure that funds are appropriately distributed to all partners, and that project financial accounts are compiled and submitted. You will additionally foster good partnerships with external partners from the research, private, and public sectors, and keep them informed of project progress while engaging them where relevant with project activities and outreach processes. The project seeks to secure additional funding to establish a long-term research centre, and you will be responsible for working with all project partners (internal and external) to promote the development of this centre and secure the requisite funding.
The MainWood project offers excellent opportunities to engage across a wide range of research topics that respond to global challenges of mitigating climate change, delivering a circular bioeconomy, and supporting biodiversity and ecosystem services in productive forested landscape systems. The position offers opportunities to work with four major research institutes, and a number of external partners and networks in Switzerland and Europe. This will support career development through the acquisition of new knowledge, skills, and networks. Project management and related training courses offered by ETH Zurich can be undertaken to further develop skills.
You will be based with the Professorship of Ecosystem Management in the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich, where you will work closely with the lead PI. The working environment is informal and collegial. A flexible working arrangement is possible on the agreement.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:
- Letter of motivation, describing your professional background and relevant skills, and the reasons for applying for the position
- Full CV, including details of previous project management experience and training
- Contact details for at least two independent referees
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.
Further information about the Department of Environmental Systems Science can be found on our website . Questions regarding the position should be directed to Jaboury Ghazoul (email@example.com) (no applications).
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