The project team will consist of 2 PhD students and 1-2 postdoctoral researchers. Research on structural design and analysis methods as well as structural testing and the combination of subtractive and additive manufacturing processes will be carried out by postdoctoral researcher(s).
The Postdoc position(s) can be associated with both research groups or by individual agreements. A starting date of September 1, 2021, is preferred.
The responsibilities of the Postdoc Researchers are :
Conducting academic research
Coordinating the ETH's project team (DBT + BRG)
Supporting the day-to-day advising of the PhD students
Possible (co-)supervision of Master's degree theses
Description of work includes :
Developing methods and tools for the structural design and analysis of compression-only structures made of Mycelium
Development and design of optimised 3D-printed mycelium parts that demonstrate the potential of digital manufacturing
Adopting and calibrating existing digital subtractive methods for roughing and finishing operations on Mycelium
Investigating fabrication workflows and strategies (additive and / or subtractive) that enable the efficient production of geometrically complex elements
Identifying possible geometric constraints for the fabrication of complex-shape elements when using the adopted subtractive fabrication methods
Testing compression-only structural elements made of Mycelium to understand their structural behaviour
Deliverables include :
Strategies and processes to 3D print self-standing material from mycelium
Strategies and processes to consolidate the printed parts
Characterisation of the mechanics of the final materials at multiscale (up to large structures)
Strategies and processes for the fabrication of compression-only structures made of mycelium using subtractive methods
Methods and tools for the structural design of compression-dominant structures made of mycelium and other natural materials
Prototyping of optimised 3D-printed mycelium elements
Demonstrator : Compression-dominant structure from multiple, prefabricated elements made of mycelium
A doctoral degree in architecture, architectural engineering, structural design, structural engineering or a related field is required
Expertise in computational design applied to digital / robotic fabrication and / or structural design and / or mechanics
Coding skills, preferably in Python
Interest in material-driven research
Ability and interest to work in a large interdisciplinary team
Experience in leading a small team and / or project preferred
Strong written, verbal and graphical communication skills (English)
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents :
Contact information for two references
Sample of publications (optional)
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