Empa - the place where innovation starts
Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.
The Laboratory of Multiscale Studies in Building Physics
focuses on developing technologies that support energy transition and a sustainable society by improving the performance of porous media and building materials, increasing the use of renewable energy sources, and ameliorating the quality of the built environment both for human comfort and public health. The laboratory has excellent experimental infrastructures (including cutting-edge experimental fluid dynamics facilities, environmental chambers, and various equipment to investigate processes in porous materials) and an extensive experience in investigating coupled multiphysics phenomena and complex multiscale processes, as well as in developing and using cutting-edge scientific computing techniques (including HPC, machine learning, multiscale algorithms).
To strengthen our scientific team, we invite applications for a
Postdoctoral position in the physics of porous materials and energy applications
The postdoctoral researcher will work on fundamental processes and methods that are relevant for engineering applications such as energy production, energy harvesting, negative carbon emission, functional building materials, and a variety of industrial processes.
Possible research areas of interest include: fundamental processes in porous materials (instabilities, mixture theory for multiphase flow systems, mechanical stability); multiscale and multiphysics modeling of complex processes; porous membrane, biofilms, and bioreactors; reactive transport and carbon negative materials; supermaterials (enhanced physicochemical properties, self-healing materials, metamaterials).
The applicants must hold a recent PhD degree, preferably in physics, mechanical engineering, materials science, chemical engineering, or related fields. The ideal candidate has previously worked in fields such as porous media science, fluid and continuum mechanics (including interface processes), physics and chemistry of membranes, and biofilms. She/he is skilled in modeling phenomena over multiple scales (e.g., molecular scales, pore scale, continuum scale, building and regional scales) and working with real data; experience in performing experiments is an asset.
We offer internationally competitive conditions, optimal computational and experimental facilities, and the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary environment where communication and interaction to create synergies and develop novel ideas are highly valued. The position is offered for two years and is available from September 2022, or a later date upon mutual agreement.