Faculty Position in Urban and Territorial Information Systems at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
The EPFL School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Urban and Territorial Information Systems. The professor will be attached to the Institutes of Environmental Engineering and Architecture and the City.
Urban regions have high resource and energy demands, with impacts on multiple scales that reach well beyond urbanized areas. Sustainable design of urban regions, thus, involves complex, multifaceted goals with the need to address disparate dimensions including ecosystem preservation as well as social acceptance and amenity. Nevertheless, the fast increase in geospatial data availability enables to innovate urban systems and territorial design approaches for a broad range of challenges involving climate change, environmental health, equity, biodiversity, mobility, blue and green infrastructure, and urban water management.
This professorship will bridge the disciplines of architecture and environmental engineering within an internationally recognized research program in urban and territorial Information systems. We seek applications from individuals who will advance the state-of-the-art of sustainable urban design through development and utilization of spatial information systems that aim to improve quality of life, guide sustainable resource use, and mitigate environmental impacts. Data science and artificial intelligence can play a major role in designing such systems.
The appointee will develop a research program that leverages multiscale data and information to advance understanding and design principles in support of sustainable urban systems. The scope of this challenge is broad, and candidates from a variety of disciplines are welcomed, including architecture, artificial intelligence or data science, civil and environmental engineering, environmental sciences, geography, human-computer interaction, imaging and computer science, and urban planning. It is envisaged that this professorship will pursue a research agenda built upon novel theoretical approaches, innovative methodological developments, geoAI and spatial/temporal modelling that will stimulate solutions for design of sustainable urban and territorial systems.
EPFL professors are committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate level teaching. Within ENAC, all professors contribute to disciplinary and cross-disciplinary teaching programs.
With its main campus located in Lausanne, on the shores of Lake Geneva, EPFL is a dynamic, well-funded institution fostering excellence and diversity. It is well equipped with experimental and computational infrastructure and offers a fertile environment for research collaboration between various 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, publication list (including portfolio if relevant), concise statements of research and teaching interests (up to 5 pages each) as well as names of three (but not more than five) individuals who are willing to provide a reference letter upon request. Applications should be uploaded to the EPFL recruitment web site:
Formal evaluation of the applications will begin on 15 January 2024. Further enquiries should be made to:
Prof. Devis Tuia
Chair of the Search Committee
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EPFL is an equal opportunity employer and a family-friendly university that is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It strongly encourages women to apply.