Your mission :
The EPFL School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) is seeking a postdoctoral scientist in the field of data-driven and socio-technical analysis of urban energy use. The position is part of the ETH-Domain funded project “Urban Twin” which seeks to develop a tool containing a detailed model of critical urban infrastructure (energy, water, buildings, mobility) as well as underlying socio-economic and environmental drivers and their interdependencies. Your task will be to leverage urban-scale data (e.g. sensors, surveys) to understand the linkages between behavior and energy consumption in the context of energy flexibility and other urban systems (e.g. water). The position will be based at the ETHOS Lab (Civil Engineering and Technology for Human-Oriented Sustainability) and include collaborations with other members of the Urban Twin project at EPFL and other institutions of the ETH Domain. ETHOS is located at EPFL Fribourg and the Smart Living Lab.

ETHOS is a new EPFL lab that centers on:

  • Data-driven engineering and design
  • Incorporating the social and human perspective in design and management of the built environment
  • Advancing environmental sustainability objectives in the built environment
  • Implementing studies in real-world testbeds

Application materials (to be submitted via application link below):

  • Cover letter describing research experience and interests (max 2 pages)
  • CV (including publications)
  • Names and contact information for three references

For more information, consult the following links:

Main duties and responsibilities include :

  • Original research in the area of data-driven and socio-technical analysis of energy use, energy-related behaviors, energy flexibility, and linkages to other urban systems (e.g. water).
  • Collaboration and coordination with other Urban Twin research areas
  • Project management, including managing data collection
  • Leading and contributing to publications in high-impact journals
  • Participating in and presenting at international conferences
  • Mentoring ETHOS students

Your profile :

  • PhD in related field (or near completion)
  • Strong data science, data analysis, and programming skills
  • Experience with data-driven research
  • Strong publication recordInterest in human-centered and sustainable design of the built environment
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English in an academic setting

We offer :

  • Highly competitive salary
  • World-class research facilities at EPFL Fribourg, Smart Living Lab, and EPFL main campus in Lausanne
  • Professional development opportunities for both academia and industry, including structured professional development planning with Prof. Sonta
  • Opportunities to contribute to teaching and course design

Start date :
January 1, 2024

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Work rate :

Duration :
1 year contract, renewable up to 2 yearsContact :

Andrew Sonta (

Remark :
Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered. Files sent by agencies without a mandate will not be taken into account.

Reference :
Job Nb 3077


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