Postdoctoral position in user-centered office building design

Arbetsgivare: Chalmers Tekniska Högskola AB
Var: Göteborg
Tjänst: Arkitekt
Yrkeskategori: Arkitekter m.fl.
Publicerad: 2019-03-13
Sista ansökningsdag: 2019-04-15
Anställningstyp: Heltid
Anställningslängd: 6 månader eller längre

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE) at Chalmers is a merger of the former Departments of Architecture and of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The new department ACE represents a broad field of knowledge theory ranging from engineering science to social science to the humanities and design-based, artistic research. These different perspectives enable strong interdisciplinary development in this field and a broader research and development of different aspects of sustainability. Together, we offer a complete and interdisciplinary environment in the field of architecture and the built environment, well equipped to take on common challenges in our pursuit of a sustainable society.

The division of Architectural Theory and Method conducts research and education within the fields of theory, history and methods for architecture, design and planning. The division focuses on various aspects of architecture and design of the built environment, such as materials and technology, visualization, modeling and art, theory and history, transition towards sustainability as well as user behaviour, dialogue, democracy and change processes. This includes research on planning tools and methods used for urban development and design processes, such as methods for dialogue between different stateholders.

Project description
The built environment is central to the reductions of CO2-eq emissions and resource consumption. People spend a large share of their lifetime indoors. The creation of new strategies for office work environment is required to shift focus to human needs and wellbeing and at the same time reduce environmental impacts and social inequity. The Smart Sustainable Offices project presents an opportunity to bring new ideas and technologies into a market that is in need of innovation and aims to investigate the relationships between indoor environmental quality parameters, wellbeing, health and performance by carrying out empirical studies in real-life office conditions. It combines human factors with building technology in this project of building a "Working Lab as a Demonstrator for Future Office Working Environment" and will pioneer a new generation of user-oriented, energy efficient and low carbon offices and further more provide the opportunity to test and demonstrate newest research outcomes along with the development of a new certification system for smart and sustainable offices of the future.

The project is a public-private partnership and benefits from international collaboration with high ranking European Universities as well as a broad international Knowledge Innovation Community. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas, the European Institute of Technology and support from industry.

Major responsibilities
The successful candidate for this position has the qualifications and abilities to further develop the research area of Smart and Sustainable Offices at Chalmers to become internationally successful and renowned. After a period of two years, a demonstrator case shall be completely developed as a blue print for future office work environment in Europe.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

Applicants should have a PhD in Architecture or Industrial Design Engineering or equivalent, a Master's degree in Civil Engineering or a related topic, preferably with a strong background and interest in sustainability, user-centred research and the built environment. We are seeking an innovative self-motivated candidate with brilliant analytic and advanced statistics skills, empathetic and with cultural awareness, who will be able to work independently as well as in larger teams. Advanced programming expertises and a convincing track record in leading scientific journals as well as professional experiences are expected. The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. The ability to communicate in Swedish is a strong merit. The person assigned to the position is expected to acquire sufficient knowledge to be able to communicate and teach in Swedish in two years. Additionally, the applicant should make proof of design skills and master common digital design tools. As important merits will be considered knowledge in office building and interior design.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg. 
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Application procedure
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Application deadline: 15 April, 2019

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