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Faculty Position in Sustainable Urban Systems and Climate Mitigation Strategies
at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

EPFL’s School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) invites applications for a faculty position in Sustainable Urban Systems and Climate Mitigation Strategies. The position is open at the level of Assistant Professor (Tenure Track).

Climate change poses threats to the sustainable development of cities and their related rural areas. Climate change-induced warming is 50-150% greater in urban areas than in non-urban areas. It leads to the formation of urban heat islands, which can reduce the quality of life. Furthermore, about 80% of the CO2 emissions are produced in urban territories. These two phenomena make cities the place for high-impact measures with regard to climate mitigation and sustainable development of the built environment.

The School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering at EPFL aims to address climate change and sustainable urbanization challenges. We encourage applications from individuals with a strong profile in urban climate mitigation and sustainable development of urban territories. The professor will contribute to re-thinking and design of new climate mitigation technologies and strategies that target urban systems. Potential research areas include, but are not limited to, data-driven lifecycle assessment for urban systems and management of territorial metabolism, urban water system design, circular economy for urban systems, dynamic urban metabolism, heat islands and CO2 emissions mitigation. Candidates are expected to have excellent skills in digital tools and related methodologies, and will contribute to ENAC’s interdisciplinary research, e.g., through the CLIMACT centre or the ENAC cluster “Sustainable Territories”. He/she is expected to contribute to interdisciplinary teaching projects with colleagues from Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as other schools of EPFL. The professor will be attached to the Institute of Environmental Engineering and the Institute of Architecture and the City.

EPFL is an internationally leading institution in environmental engineering as well as urban and territorial design. With its main campus located in Lausanne and its developing campuses in neighbouring cantons in Switzerland, EPFL is a growing and well-funded institution fostering excellence and diversity. It is well equipped with experimental and computational infrastructure, and offers a fertile environment for research collaborations between different disciplines. The EPFL environment is multilingual and multicultural, with English serving as a common interface. EPFL offers internationally competitive start-up resources, salaries, and benefits.

The following documents are requested in PDF format: cover letter including a statement of motivation, curriculum vitae, publications list, concise statements of research and teaching interests (maximum of 5 pages for each statement) as well as the names and addresses, including emails, of at least three references (they may be contacted at a later stage). Applications should be uploaded to the EPFL recruitment web site:

Formal evaluation of the applications will begin on June 6, 2021 and the search will continue until the position is filled.

Further enquiries should be made to the Chair of the Search Committee:

Prof. Claudia R. Binder, ENAC Dean or
Prof. D. Andrew Barry, Chair of the Search Committee

For additional information on EPFL, please consult: or

EPFL is an equal opportunity employer and a family friendly university. It is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, and strongly encourages women to apply.


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