Postdoctoral Researcher - Computational Master-planning

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Postdoctoral Researcher - Computational Master-planning

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.

The Singapore-ETH Centre is home to a community of doctoral, postdoctoral and professorial researchers working in three main programmes: Future Cities Laboratory , Future Resilient Systems , and Future Health Technologies . The centre provides a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment to researchers working on diverse themes, with the shared vision of translating research to practical solutions for more sustainable and liveable cities, resilient physical and social urban systems, and patient-centric healthcare systems.

Project background

The Cities Knowledge Graph (CKG) project is a collaboration between the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) and the Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore (Cambridge CARES).

The three year project will develop a planning support system, building on knowledge graph technology, to integrate information and assessments from multiple planning-related knowledge domains (e.g. energy, mobility, or built form). This platform will be demonstrated in multiple use cases, at different planning scales, and tested with planning practitioners.

SEC is looking for talented and motivated professionals to design, develop, test, and deliver this prototype.

Join us if you want to:

  • Work in an attractive workplace in Singapore, in a unique and world-leading research environment.
  • Join a team of highly talented people from two top universities.
  • Have the opportunity to shape and develop cutting edge research at the nexus of computer science and urban research.

  • For more information on the project, consult our web page .

    Job description

    Starting July 2020, or at a later date to be agreed upon, we are looking for a talented post-doctoral researcher to join our interdisciplinary team based at the Singapore ETH-Centre in Singapore.

    Your key responsibilities will be:

  • Developing computational evaluation methods for master-planning.
  • Developing, coordinating and testing the use case demonstrators of the Cities Knowledge Graph platform.
  • Collaborating with a small software development team.
  • Developing workshops for project advisors and stakeholders.

  • Internal and external coordination of the project for SEC, supporting the project investigators. This includes, amongst other tasks:
  • attending and setting up meetings
  • preparing project presentations and communication to stakeholders and visitors
  • writing and compiling reports and publications

  • Your profile

    For these responsibilities, you should have:

  • A PhD in a field related to planning, architecture, engineering or computer science
  • A degree in a design or planning related field
  • Significant experience in computational design, performative design, or design informatics
  • Experience in master-planning or urban design, preferably from practice
  • Outstanding communicative and collaborative skills

  • To further highlight your suitability, demonstrate that you:

  • Have been part of research collaborations between quantitative and qualitative researchers.
  • Can present research in an engaging and effective way.
  • Are a skilled academic author.
  • Are a team player that can motivate others.
  • Have knowledge of/interest in ontological or semantic representations of design related information.
  • Are interested in software development and/or project management.

  • 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.


    You will be notified if selected for an interview. Interviews can take place at SEC in Singapore, or remotely.

    Questions regarding the position should be directed to Pieter Herthogs and Aurel von Richthofen by email (no applications).

  • Dr Pieter Herthogs (herthogs [at] arch[.]ethz[.]ch)
  • Dr Aurel von Richthofen (vonrichthofen [at] arch[.]ethz[.]ch)

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

  • A short cover letter explaining your interest in the project and position
  • Your CV, preferably tailored to this position
  • Contact details for at least 2 referees
  • Each of these referees should send a reference letter directly
  • A portfolio that illustrates your experience in computational design and master-planning
  • Two examples of publications that you wrote
  • One example of a slide deck (presentation) that you developed

  • 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 Singapore-ETH Centre can be found on our website ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> .


    In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 47702.

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