The Institute for Computational Design and Construction in the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart invites applications for the following open position:

 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE: DOCTORAL OR POSTDOCTORAL LEVEL (E13 TVL)

 

The candidate should be qualified to offer university-level instruction and to conduct research in the field of computational design and construction in architecture with a focus on machine learning and agent-based modelling. The specific responsibilities of the position include:

  • conducting research on agent-based methods for fabrication-oriented design of adaptive modular concrete construction as part of the DFG-funded Priority Programme “Adaptive Modular Construction Systems using Flow Production Methods – Rapid Precision Construction of Tomorrow” (SPP 2187)
  • teaching master-level design studios and seminars in topics related to the research
  • participating in the further development of the institute’s laboratories

Candidates are expected to have an architectural or advanced technical degree, strong experience with digital fabrication and strong programming/scripting skills. Excellent English language skills are required. German language skills are advantageous. A high level of commitment and dedication is expected for this position.

The expected start date of the position is 1st of January 2020. Upon agreement a later start date may be possible. Applications including CV, statement of interest, list of computational skills with proficiency indication and portfolio/work samples should be submitted as one PDF-file (maximum file size strictly 10MB) to: mail@icd.uni-stuttgart.de.

 

The application deadline is 15 November 2019.

 

The Institute for Computational Design’s teaching and research is inquiry-oriented, experiment-based and multidisciplinary, with a particular focus on the development of generative computational design and robotic fabrication processes in architecture. The ICD offers the opportunity to work with one of the leading teams for computational design research and robotic fabrication. In addition, the recently established Cluster of Excellence on Integrative Computation Design and Construction for Architecture offers a unique environment for high-end research in this field. Prof. Achim Menges is internationally renowned for his computational design work and research. The ICD has built an internationally recognized track-record of publications and prototype buildings, attracting world class researchers.

Situated within the heartland of technological innovation in Germany, the University of Stuttgart is recognized internationally for its education and research in technology and garners significant research money in a vast array of fields for technology and design. The Faculty of Architecture is renowned for creatively engaging the rigour and insights of engineering science in architectural design and continuously ranks amongst the top schools in Germany. This high level of research exposure is reflected directly in the quality of the school’s faculty and curriculum.

The DFG Priority Programme “Adaptive Modular Construction Systems using Flow Production Methods – Rapid Precision Construction of Tomorrow” (SPP 2187) aims at extending processes and quality standards of industrial flow production to the building industry. In production technology, quality-assured manufacturing concepts with zero-tolerance principles have established themselves throughout. They use stationary, industrialized manufacturing processes with modern flow principles and require series character for the individual components. The main obstacles in the architectural context are the individuality of each individual building structure and its weight. The objective therefore is to address these obstacles through interdisciplinary basic research by following the basic principle of “individuality on a large scale – similarity on a small scale”, i.e. modularising individual large-scale structures into process-specific, scalable basic modules with a large or medium series character. The SPP 2187 is directed by the Ruhr-University Bochum and is composed of multiple research partners at different institutions across Germany, who collaboratively address discipline-specific aspects of the research objective. Partners include researchers at the Technical University of Berlin, Technical University of Chemnitz, Technical University of Dresden, University of Hannover, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Technical University of Munich, and University of Stuttgart.

As the University of Stuttgart strives for diversity and equal opportunity amongst its faculty and staff, applications by women are particularly encouraged. Individuals with disabilities will be preferably employed where qualifications are deemed equal. All research associates will be employed through University of Stuttgart’s central administration.

 

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