Together with the support of implementation partners from the construction industry, the Block Research Group will further develop a structural system and fabrication method for floors that consume significantly less material, allow the use of materials with a reduced environmental impact as compared to conventional slabs, and improve productivity on the construction site.
The proposed arched floor system differs fundamentally from state-of-the-art prefab floors that rely on bending. Instead, the Rippmann Floor System (RFS) carries loads efficiently in compression through a rib-stiffened shell and absorbs tension with external ties. The system not only requires significantly less material than traditional floor slabs but also, due to low internal stresses, has the potential to be produced from environmentally-friendly, low-stress materials such as recycled concrete or materials from mineral waste. Furthermore, by separating tension and compression and no longer embedding reinforcement steel inside the concrete, additional opportunities arise for robust maintenance strategies and end-of-life recyclability and/or reuse.
A dedicated project team is being formed to investigate various aspects of the RFS with the goal of developing an industry-ready version of the system that can be implemented in a pilot project.
You will be part of the team in charge of the development of the RFS towards its first large-scale application. You will work under the supervision of a senior engineer to analyse the behaviour of the RFS as part of the global building system as well as to develop and design structural details to ensure optimal performance and code compliance.
As a member of the project team, you will actively participate in the design process of structural engineering activities relating to the project and be responsible for preparing and developing calculations, reports, structural drawings, specifications and other documents relating to the design.
Full-time (100%) is preferred, but part-time (at least 60%) is possible. This is a fixed-term contract, initially for 6 months (1 month trial period) but extendable based on the success of the project and evaluation of performance. The preferred starting date is as soon as possible.
- A postgraduate degree at the MSc level or higher in structural engineering
- 2-3 years of experience working in structural engineering practice, including design and delivery of complex projects
- Experience in FEM (any software) is a requirement
- Excellent technical and design skills
- Experience in high-rises and/or prefabrication is a plus
- Excellent organisational skills
- Strong written, verbal and graphical communication skills (English)
- Ability to manage sensitive and confidential information
- Results-driven, resourceful, self-motivated and willing to take responsibility
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as a part of an effective team
- Some experience with (Python) programming is a plus
- Some experience with parametric modelling is a plus
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:
- Cover letter
- Short portfolio (optional but recommended)
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 Block Research Group can be found on our website www.block.arch.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Noelle Paulson at email@example.com (no applications).
The BRG believes in “open research”, and the BRG website has always been an important instrument for the dissemination of our work. The BRG’s online presence is now due for an upgrade.
To achieve this, your tasks for this fixed-term contract will include:
- Re-developing the backends of BRG and eQUILIBRIUM (eQ) websites (migrate from PHP to Python).
- Developing a backend for COMPAS website.
- Developing a new visual style for BRG, eQ and COMPAS.
- Re-developing eQ drawing apps.
- Re-developing and extending admin interfaces for BRG, eQUILIBIRIUM and COMPAS.
We are looking for a full-stack web-developer to build a scalable, testable, maintainable architecture for BRG’s main website which will serve as a central hub for the dissemination of the group’s research and teaching innovations. The role requires strong experience in Python back-end frameworks such as Flask/Django and database toolkits like SQLAlchemy, together with efficiency in mobile-responsive front-end frameworks like Bootstrap/React/Vue etc. Additional knowledge of computational geometry related developments with WebGL and WebAssembly and a good sense of UI/UX and graphical design are highly preferred.
Please note: the working language is English. Workload percentage and contract length to be negotiated. We offer a flexible, family-friendly environment as part of an international team.
We look forward to receiving your online application including a brief letter of motivation, CV, and contact information of two references. 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 Block Research Group can be found on our website: https://block.arch.ethz.ch.
Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Noelle Paulson (firstname.lastname@example.org) (no applications).