Researcher-Developer City Energy Analyst

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: Permanent

80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Chair of Architecture and Building Systems (A/S) is an interdisciplinary team of researchers focusing on active and passive systems for building energy supply, climate control and occupant comfort. Our research aims to contribute knowledge to the realisation of a CO2-neutral built environment that efficiently consumes and produces energy while providing high user comfort. Our projects range from components to neighbourhoods, from design to operation.
The start date of the position is immediately or by agreement. The Project duration is 1-3 years (annual contracts).

Project background

The City Energy Analyst (CEA) is an urban building simulation platform and one of the first open-source initiatives of computation tools for the design of low-carbon and highly efficient cities. The CEA combines methods of urban planning and energy systems engineering in an integrated simulation platform. This allows to study of the effects, trade-offs, and synergies of urban design options and energy infrastructure plans. The Chair of Architecture has been overseeing the development of the CEA since 2011. The platform is used across various research and teaching projects at the chair. As an open-source software it has been downloaded over 1100 times and is used all over the world to model and simulate urban energy consumption and systems.

Job description

The objective of your work will be to oversee and further develop the CEA platform in the context of running research projects (expansion of functionality, upgrades etc.) and dissemination globally. This includes developing the project roadmap, and frequently checking its current status and required maintenance. After getting to know the tool you will contribute to developing/fixing smaller issues yourself or in collaboration with external software developers. Your work includes exchanging with researchers of the UBEM group at the Chair of Architecture and Building Systems, the CEA developer community, and stakeholders from other universities and communities. This includes organizing frequent roadmap and development meetings as well as larger user meetings.

Your profile

We are looking for highly motivated and self-organised individual with a Master’s degree or PhD in engineering (with experience and a strong interest in the built environment/architecture) or in architecture (with experience and a strong interest in engineering/data science). You are required to have expertise and experience in building and urban energy modelling and simulation, preferably using the City Energy Analyst (CEA) or comparable tools. Furthermore, we require strong programming skills in Python and ideally previous experience in the use and development of research software. We furthermore require excellent communication skills in English, both verbally and written. We expect you to develop product ownership of the CEA platform, in teamwork within the project and the CEA developer’s community. We explicitly encourage female candidates to apply. 

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We offer

We offer a modern, dynamic, international, and multidisciplinary work environment, as well as a young and enthusiastic team. The position is based in Zurich with optional visits to the SEC Future Cities Lab in Singapore.

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

  • motivational letter
  • CV
  • publications
  • research work samples
  • description of software development projects involved in and role in these projects

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 chair of Architecture and Building Systems can be found on our website . Questions regarding the position should be directed to Ms Valérie Gass by email (no applications).

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