Managing Director of Zero Carbon Building Systems Lab
ETH Zurich
Switzerland

Managing Director Zero Carbon Building Systems Lab

80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Professorship of Architecture and Building Systems (A/S) is an interdisciplinary team of researchers focusing on active and passive systems for the energy supply and climate control of buildings. The motivation and aim of our research is to realise a CO2-neutral built environment that efficiently consumes and produces energy while providing high user comfort. In 2023, we opened our new Zero Carbon Building Systems Lab, an exceptional experimental space for advancing research and teaching. For this new lab, we are searching for a Managing Director to help us establish the lab as an international nucleus of research on Zero Carbon Buildings.

Project background

The Zero Carbon Building Systems Lab is unique state-of-the-art infrastructure that will house a collaborative environment for external researchers and industry partners. The reconfigurable lab can support a wide range of research and testing of building technology, as well as user acceptance and interaction studies. Specifically this includes, but is not limited to, research on building systems and components in varied phases of development (e.g. from early proof-of-concept validation - to - system demonstration). The lab will also be instrumental to collecting data on measurable dimensions of performance of the innovations emerging from our and partner research within the NCCR Digital Fabrication.

Job description

Join our innovative team as the Managing Director of the Zero Carbon Building Systems Lab, where your leadership will shape the future of sustainable architecture and engineering. In this pivotal role, you'll spearhead our lab's outreach and positioning, ensuring groundbreaking research in decarbonizing the built environment resonates with key stakeholders including ETH researchers, industry experts, and scholars. Contributing to the strategic vision will be crucial in enhancing our lab's outreach and reputation through effective networking and impactful documentation.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Strategic Positioning & Outreach: Elevate the lab's profile by conceptualizing and implementing outreach strategies. Forge robust networks with dedicated user groups to promote our research and collaborations.
  2. Funding Acquisition: Play a central role in securing financial support for our lab. Initiate and manage funding activities, liaising with entities like SFOE, Innosuisse, and various private donors. Your efforts will ensure sustained research advancements and fellowship opportunities.
  3. Administrative Leadership: Coordinate the lab's operational aspects in collaboration with the research, technical, and directorial teams. Your organizational skills will ensure seamless scheduling, access management, and budget oversight.

Your profile

Candidate Profile:

We are looking for candidates with an architectural engineering or engineering degree (MSc) and previous experience in lab management, scientific project management or similar. We especially look for:

  • Passion for Sustainable Buildings: A deep commitment to advancing decarbonisation in the built environment through interdisciplinary research, personal experience in the field is a plus.
  • Technical & Architectural Acumen: A strong grasp of the technical and architectural dimensions within our field.
  • Academic Coordination Expertise: Proven experience in coordination, outreach, and networking within an academic or research-based environment.
  • Excellent Organizational and Language Skills: Outstanding ability to organise, communicate, and lead, with fluency in English, both written and spoken. German language skills are desired but can, if necessary, be acquired on the job.

Join Us:

Embrace this opportunity to lead at the forefront of sustainable building research. Your expertise will not only advance our lab's mission but also contribute significantly to global efforts in decarbonizing our built environments.

We offer

In addition to a competitive salary, plenty of scope to shape your own work and extensive opportunities for further training, we offer an attractive and international environment in which we work together on one of the greatest challenges of our time: how to address climate change and its impact on the built environment. As an international and multi-disciplinary research group based in Zurich and Singapore we work on large and small research projects in different geographical and socio-economic contexts, at the interface of architecture, engineering and computation. More about us here: https://systems.arch.ethz.ch

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In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

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

  • Letter of Motivation
  • CV

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 Architecture and Building Systems Group can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Valérie Gass, gass@arch.ethz.ch (no applications).

For recruitment services the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


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