Researcher/Research Engineer: Integrated Simulation and Design for Infrastructure Resilience (Contract) (R3210)

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: Permanent

100%, Singapore, fixed-term

ETH Zurich is one of the leading universities of the world with a strong focus on science and engineering. In 2010 it established the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to do interdisciplinary research on pressing problems.

In collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), SEC is undertaking a research programme on "Future Resilient Systems" (FRS). The FRS programme addresses the challenges with critical infrastructure systems that provide essential services to modern societies, which is of particular importance to innovation-driven economies like Singapore and Switzerland. Within this framework we are announcing the following job opening.

Project background

The Singapore-ETH Centre was established in 2010 by ETH Zurich - The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF), as part of the NRF’s CREATE campus. As ETH Zurich's only research centre outside of Switzerland, the centre has strengthened the research capacity of ETH Zurich to develop sustainable solutions to global challenges in Switzerland, Singapore and the surrounding regions.

Set in Asia, in a rapidly urbanising region, the Singapore-ETH Centre aims to provide practical solutions to some of the most pressing challenges on urban sustainability, resilience and health through its programmes: Future Cities Lab Global (FCL Global), Future Resilient Systems (FRS), and Future Health Technologies (FHT).

The centre serves as an intellectual hub for research, bringing together principal investigators and researchers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. To promote the exchange of ideas and expertise, our researchers actively collaborate with universities and research institutes and engage with industry and government agencies to translate knowledge to practical solutions to real-world problems.

Job description

This position is under the FRS programme. The researcher will maintain and further develop InfraRisk, an integrated platform for the electricity grid, water network and transport system quantifying the effects of weather-related disruptive events on interdependent systems.

The platform will be leveraged to design system resilience against disruptive events and across system interdependencies, with a focus on simulating and testing disruption/restoration scenarios relevant to Southeast Asia. An important technical aspect will be to model the recovery strategies considering interdependencies between the power, water, and transport systems. The ultimate goal of the integrated platform will be to identify features and requirements that aid in developing solutions to improve resilience.

Your profile

The successful applicant must hold either a Master’s degree with a minimum of 1 year of working experience or a PhD/equivalent University level diploma in electrical, industrial & operational research, civil, mechanical, control engineering, or a related field. Principal qualifications include strong programming experience (preferably MATLAB or Python), analytical and quantitative skills and experience with robust optimization. She/he should be further experienced in resilience analysis, and in modelling power, water and/or transport systems. A solid knowledge of written and spoken English is mandatory, as this is the language for communication at work. We are looking for highly motivated and self-driven candidates, with good interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment. Please note that salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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The Singapore-ETH-Centre is an equal opportunity and family-friendly employer. All candidates will be evaluated on their merits and qualifications, without regards to gender, race, age or religion.

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Curious? So are we.

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

  • a letter of motivation
  • a CV
  • electronics copies of your educational certificates, and
  • contact details for at least 2 referees.

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

For further information about the Future Resilient Systems programme, please visit our website . Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Giovanni Sansavini by email to [email protected] (no applications).

Singapore-ETH Centre

The Singapore-ETH Centre provides a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment to researchers working on diverse themes focussed on sustainable and liveable cities, resilient urban systems, and patient-centric healthcare. The centre is home to a community of over 100 doctoral, postdoctoral and professorial researchers working in three main programmes: Future Cities Laboratory, Future Resilient Systems, and Future Health Technologies.

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