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The Research Department for Digital Architecture and Planning will start the first Ecolopes master-level studio in the summer semester 2021 starting on 4th March. The studio will focus on the Wohnpark Alterlaa housing complex in Vienna to see how an already well established park and building envelopes containing large planting areas can be further improved to support biodiversity and initiate a local ecosystem.

Post-Doctoral Position at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion-IIT

The Architecture and Planning Faculty at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) to work in the EU-funded research project ECOLOPES.

ECOLOPES is a HORIZON 2020-FET OPEN funded research project proposing a radical change for city development: we aim at urbanisation to be planned and designed such that nature – including humans – can co-evolve within the city. The goal of the project is to transform the building envelope into an ecolopes; a multi-species living space for four types of inhabitants: humans, plants, animals, and microbiota.

Core technologies for designing the ecolopes will be developed in the form of; An ECOLOPES Information Model (EIM Ontology) and an ECOLOPES Computational Modelling and Simulation Environment. The integration of ecological and architectural knowledge, data and models into a data-integrated design recommendation system, will radically advance our understanding of the feedbacks between building design, the ecology of species in cities, and consequences for human well-being. Considering the needs of all habitants by making biological knowledge available for the architectural design process will enable to find solutions that provide synergies between the inhabitants.

The Postdoc position will take part in the development and implementation of significant datasets, role definitions and models within the Ecolope Information Model [EIM] ontology and the computational tools developed in ECOLOPES.

The EIM Ontology describes and represents domain specific entities, their properties and relations, to capture and translate data into useful information for design.

The ontology will encapsulate the ecolope model with data and sub-models for the different inhabitants (plants, animals, microbes, humans), and will define the spatial distribution and temporal dynamics of the inhabitants. 

Your tasks will focus on:

(1) Abiotic environment and architecture parameters: International and national georeferenced datasets (climatic conditions, urban form, etc.), local building features, normative constraints and design aims and uses.

(2) Humans parameters: human comfort conditions, physiological, psychological and social benefits of nature to humans.

The skills and qualifications we require are:

  • a PhD degree in one of the following areas or a related area earned no more than five years prior to the start of the post-doc: Architecture, Computational design, Landscape Architecture, Ecological design, Environmental Engineering
  • Excellent 3D modelling and simulation skills preferably in Rhino3D
  • Programming experience, e.g. with Grasshopper and Python;
  • a track record of research and publication;
  • ability and experience in academic writing and oral communication;
  • fully fluent in writing, reading and speaking English;

Additional skills that we are looking for include:

  • understanding of and experience with Information modelling, e.g. with Protoge;
  • genuine enthusiasm for research;
  • ability and experience leading and working with teams.

Key information:

We offer an interesting and challenging job with an international team, at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. ECOLOPES is comprised of 6 partners, including; the TECHNION in Haifa, Israel, Technical University of Munich in Germany, the University of Genoa in Italy, the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, McNeel Europe, based in Barcelona, Spain, and Studio Animal-Aided Design in Germany.

The research team at the TECHNION will be led by; Prof. Shany Barath. Prof. Yasha Grobman and Prof. Assaf Shwartz.

For more information on the researchers:

– Prof. Shany Barath – The D.DLAB [Disrupt.Design] for applicable research https://ddlab.net.technion.ac.il/

– Prof. Yasha Grobman – Personal website https://grobman.net.technion.ac.il. The T-Code lab http://tcode.net.technion.ac.il/ 

– Professor Assaf Shwarz – The Human and biodiversity research lab https://shwartzlab.net.technion.ac.il/

The position is initially for two years (subject to successful review at the end of the first year) with possible extension for an additional two years by mutual agreement. Salary and benefits are competitive and consistent with the Technion policy and applicant experience. Application deadline is 26th of February 2021.

The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology ranks among the world’s top universities, as measured by several key independent rankings. The Technion offers significant support to international research students through a broad range of scholarships and research travel awards, dedicated office spaces, skills training, and professional development opportunities. The campus is located in the coastal city of Haifa on the Carmel mountain, offering a unique nature experience and quality of life. https://www.technion.ac.il/en/home-2/

To apply, please send application letters in PDF format by email to barathshany@technion.ac.il.

In your application, you should send:

  • A cover letter addressing your motivation and experience in relation to the project (one A4 side)
  • CV (including details of qualifications, relevant experience and/or publications)
  • Contact details of 2-3 referees.

Post-Doctoral and PhD Positions at The Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion-IIT

The Architecture and Planning Faculty at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, is recruiting a postdoctoral/PhD positions to work in the EU-funded research project ECOLOPES.

ECOLOPES is a HORIZON 2020-FET OPEN funded research project proposing a radical change for city development: we aim at urbanisation to be planned and designed such that nature – including humans – can co-evolve within the city. The goal of the project is to transform the building envelope into an ecolopes; a multi-species living space for four types of inhabitants: humans, plants, animals, and microbiota.

Core technologies for designing the ecolopes will be developed in the form of; An ECOLOPES Information Model (EIM Ontology) and an ECOLOPES Computational Modelling and Simulation Environment. The integration of ecological and architectural knowledge, data and models into a data-integrated design recommendation system, will radically advance our understanding of the feedbacks between building design, the ecology of species in cities, and consequences for human well-being. Considering the needs of all habitants by making biological knowledge available for the architectural design process will enable to find solutions that provide synergies between the inhabitants.

The advertised position will be critical in the development of the ECOLOPES Computational Modelling and Simulation Environment, which will make knowledge available for design. The overall goal of ECOLOPES is to provide the technology that enables an iterative design process based on the simulation of the dynamic development of the ecolope, and of its various subsystems and their interactions. It builds on the EIM Ontology and will facilitate a radically new level of interaction between architecture, urban planning, ecology and environmental medicine.

Your tasks will focus on:

(1) Develop the ECOLOPES simulation environment that allows to suggest design solutions and analyse trade-offs between building design and ecological performance based on algorithmic tools that are implemented in Rhinoceros 3D.

(2) Design a multi-criterion modelling and evaluation methodology to address architectural requirements and demands of inhabitants.

(3) Develop the sorting and measuring of possible envelope scenarios based on the definition of key performance indicators (KPIs).

The skills and qualifications we require are:

  • For Post Doc – a PhD degree in one of the following areas or a related area earned no more than five years prior to the start of the post-doc: Architecture, Computational design, Landscape Architecture, Ecological design, Environmental Engineering
  • For PhD – a MsC/M.arch degree in one of the following areas or a related area earned no more than three years prior to the start of the PhD: Architecture, Computational design, Landscape Architecture
  • Excellent 3D modelling and simulation skills preferably in Rhino3D
  • Programming experience, e.g. with Grasshopper and Python;
  • a track record of research and publication;
  • ability and experience in academic writing and oral communication;
  • fully fluent in writing, reading and speaking English;

Additional skills that we are looking for include:

  • genuine enthusiasm for research;
  • ability and experience leading and working with teams.

Key information:

We offer an interesting and challenging job with an international team, at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. ECOLOPES is comprised of 6 partners, including; the TECHNION in Haifa, Israel, Technical University of Munich in Germany, the University of Genoa in Italy, the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, McNeel Europe, based in Barcelona, Spain, and Studio Animal-Aided Design in Germany.

The research team at the TECHNION will be led by; Prof. Shany Barath. Prof. Yasha Grobman and Prof. Assaf Shwartz.

For more information on the researchers:

– Prof. Shany Barath – The D.DLAB [Disrupt.Design] for applicable research https://ddlab.net.technion.ac.il/

– Prof. Yasha Grobman – Personal website https://grobman.net.technion.ac.il. The T-Code lab http://tcode.net.technion.ac.il/ 

– Professor Assaf Shwarz – The Human and biodiversity research lab https://shwartzlab.net.technion.ac.il/

The position for post doc is initially for two years (subject to successful review at the end of the first year) with possible extension for an additional two years by mutual agreement. Salary and benefits are competitive and consistent with the Technion policy and applicant experience.

The position for PhD is for three years. Generous scholarship that include tuition and living expenses is included.

Application deadline is 26th of February 2021.

The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology ranks among the world’s top universities, as measured by several key independent rankings. The Technion offers significant support to international research students through a broad range of scholarships and research travel awards, dedicated office spaces, skills training, and professional development opportunities. The campus is located in the coastal city of Haifa on the Carmel mountain, offering a unique nature experience and quality of life. https://www.technion.ac.il/en/home-2/

To apply, please send application letters in PDF format by email to barathshany@technion.ac.il.

In your application, you should send:

  • A cover letter addressing your motivation and experience in relation to the project (one A4 side)
  • CV (including details of qualifications, relevant experience and/or publications)
  • Contact details of 2-3 referees.

Postdoctoral position (m/f/d) in Modelling of Urban Animals

The Terrestrial Ecology Research Group at the TUM School of Science in Freising is recruiting a postdoctoral Research Assistant (m/f/d) to work in the EU-funded research project ECOLOPES, limited to 24 months (100%, approx. 40.1h/week). ECOLOPES is an innovative HORIZON 2020 funded research project proposing a radical change for city development: instead of minimizing the negative impact of urbanization on nature, we aim at urbanization to be planned and designed such that nature – including humans – can co-evolve within the city. We envisage a new integrated ecosystem approach to architecture that focuses equally on humans, plants, animals, and associated organisms such as microbiota. ECOLOPES will provide the technology that will help to achieve this vision.

The advertised position will be critical in implementing the modeling of population dynamics and resource requirements of animals into the computational architectural tools developed in ECOLOPES.

Your tasks:

Your task will be to model the animal component of the ecolope, i.e. the multi-species living envelope of the new type of building envisioned by the ECOLOPES project. The ecolope will enable the placement and development of soil, growth, and immigration of plants, settlement and reproduction of animals, and the build-up of a healthy microbiota. At its initial stage, the ecolope will be modeled as a seeded substrate where vegetation will develop according to abiotic and biotic conditions, succession dynamics, and management. The development of plant communities will open the ecolope to animal colonization and population dynamics.

The postdoc will dynamically model the colonization and opportunities of settlement of representative animal species on the ecolope, according to regional conditions, and abiotic and biotic conditions on the ecolope, likely using the individual-based modeling platform Rangeshifter. A phase of validation, with existing data or data to be collected, is envisioned. Ultimately, the postdoc will work on the coupling of the animal model together with the vegetation and architectural models. The postdoc will also be in charge of coordination tasks of the project.

What we expect from you

  • University degree (M.Sc.) and Ph.D. in ecology, biology, environmental planning, landscape ecology, or a comparable field of study
  • Experience in the modeling of populations
  • Interest and experience in urban ecology welcome
  • Experience in using RangeShifter welcome
  • Interested in interdisciplinary approaches
  • Good language skills (English)
  • Ability to work in a team

Our offer

We offer an interesting and challenging job in a motivated international team and in the dynamic Chair of Terrestrial Ecology, in TUM (Freising). Cooperation partners in ECOLOPES are the Technical University of Munich in Germany, the University of Genua in Italy, the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, TECHNION in Haifa, Israel, McNeel Europe, based in Barcelona, Spain, and Studio Animal-Aided Design in Germany. The Chair of Terrestrial Ecology is an international and dynamic team of about 35 people almost equally shared between postdocs, PhDs, and technical staff. The team works on various topics, including biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, plant-insect interactions, urban ecology, and global changes impacts on biodiversity. Freising is a charming small student Bavarian city in Munich vicinity, very well connected to Munich by train, and a perfect start point to explore Bavaria and Germany.

Working hours are flexible and remuneration is in accordance with the applicable TUM regulations (TV-L). Severely disabled persons will be given preference in the case of essentially equal suitability and qualifications. The TUM aims to increase the proportion of women; applications from women are therefore expressly welcomed.

Contact

Please send your application with a short letter of motivation, CV, certificates etc. as well as the contact details of two references to Technische Universität München, Chair of Terrestrial Ecology, Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, 85354 Freising, Tel: 08161-71-3495, Email: toek@tum.de, by 20 February 2021. If you are applying by email, please send all documents as a single PDF document.

When applying for a position at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), you will be submitting personal data. Please refer to our data protection information in accordance with Art. 13 of the General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) http://go.tum.de/554159 regarding the collection and processing of personal data in the context of your application. By submitting your application, you confirm that you have taken note of the TUM data protection information.

Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Anne Mimet (anne.mimet@tum.de) or Prof. Wolfgang W Weisser (wolfgang.weisser@tum.de).

More information about the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group can be found at toek.wzw.tum.de

PhD-position (m/f/d) in Microbiome Research

In the ECOLOPES project strategies will be developed to improve biodiversity on all trophic levels. In this respect microbiota play a very important role as they form “meta-organisms” with all Eucaryotes (including plants and animals) and strongly drive their fitness, by providing functions, which are not coded on the genome of the host. Thus a high microbial diversity e.g. in soils might facilitate the establishment of plants and animals and consequently induce positive feedback-loops for the complete ECOLOPES. To address this question we will make use of existing microbiome data from public sources, where metadata on the diversity of higher trophic levels is provided and complement those results with new data that will be generated in the frame of the project at the respective model sites. Therefore we will use modern molecular techniques to assess the structure and function of the microbiomes both in soils and associated to selected high Eukaryotes.

Weare looking for a PhD student, who likes the project`s idea. Applicants should have interest in microbiome analysis and the use of sequencing technologies together with the respective bioinformatics pipelines. The applicants should further like an interdisciplinary environment and interactions with scientists from different fields. Applicants will receive a contract at the Technical University of Munich (TvÖL E13 65%) for three years and will become member of the graduate school of TUM, which gives a number of additional benefits for students. If you are interested, please send your application to Prof. Dr. Michael Schloter (schloter@tum.de). To learn more about our group please visit our webpage www.helmholtz-muenchen.de/comi

Postdoctoral position in modelling vegetation dynamics

The Research Group of Environmental and Applied Botany at the University of Genoa, School of Maths, Physics and Natural Sciences, Dept. of Earth, Environment and Life Sciences, Genoa, is recruiting a postdoctoral Research Assistant (m/f/d) to work in the EU-funded research project ECOLOPES, limited to 12 months (100%, approx. 40 h/week, net salary approx. 2200 euro/month).

ECOLOPES is a HORIZON 2020-FET OPEN funded research project proposing a radical change for city development: instead of minimizing the negative impact of urbanization on nature, we aim at urbanization to be planned and designed such that nature – including humans – can co-evolve within the city. We envisage a radically new integrated ecosystem approach to architecture that focuses equally on humans, plants, animals, and associated organisms such as microbiota. ECOLOPES will provide the technology that will help to achieve this vision.

In ECOLOPES we propose a radical change for city development: instead of minimizing the negative impact of urbanization on nature, we aim at urbanization to be planned and designed such that nature – including humans – can co-evolve within the city. We envisage a radically new integrated ecosystem approach to architecture that focuses equally on humans, plants, animals, and associated organisms such as microbiota. Over the next few years, ECOLOPES will provide the technology that will help to achieve this vision.

In ECOLOPES, we focus on the envelope, the building enclosure. We will transform the envelope into an ecolope, a multi-species living space for four types of inhabitants, humans, plants, animals, and microbiota. ECOLOPES will develop the core technologies for designing ecolopes in a systematic way, considering the needs of both humans, as well as of plants, animals, and beneficial microbes. ECOLOPES will make biological knowledge available for the architectural design process, to find architectural solutions that enable synergies and limit conflicts between the inhabitants. The ecolopes designed by this multi-species approach will restore the beneficial human – nature relationships in cities.

The advertised position will be critical in implementing the modeling of population dynamics and resource requirements of plants into the computational architectural tools developed in ECOLOPES.

Your tasks

The post-doc will model the dynamics of the plant component of the ecolope ecosystem, building on existing data sets and experiments to feed the ECOLOPES database. The overall objective is the development of the Ecolope Information Model Ontology. The ontology will encapsulate the ecolope model with data and sub-models for different inhabitants (plants, animals, microbes, humans), and will simulate the spatial distribution and temporal dynamics of the inhabitants. The different sub-models will be based on existing ecological models. For the plants, the post-doc will adapt and parameterize the model FATE-HD, that simulates plant functional groups dynamics based on abiotic filtering, competition for light, and dispersal, etc.

Plant traits, related to resource and abiotic requirements (e.g., N-fixation), life-cycle strategies, and human acceptance (e.g., appearance) will be integrated at the plant functional group (PFG) level. PFG

dynamics will be spatially and temporally modelled as a function of soil, architecture, abiotic conditions, animals, and human management (e.g. mowing, weeding) using the FATE-HD model.

Specific tasks to be developed:

  • Design relevant Functional Groups for ECOLOPES
  • Parameterization of FATE-HD to ECOLOPES Functional Groups (e.g. relations with abiotic constraints, response to disturbances, and simplified demography and dispersal)
  • Integration of the regional and local scales dynamics
  • Running of simulations and adapt or develop post-treatment scripts.
  • Validation of the temporal dynamics using observations

Titles and skills

  • University degree (M.Sc.) and Ph.D. in ecology, biology, environmental sciences, or a comparable field of study
  • Experience in modeling of population dynamics
  • Experience in quantitative ecology
  • Experience in using FATE-HD welcome
  • Interested in interdisciplinary approaches
  • Good language skills (English)
  • Ability to work in a team

Offer

We offer an interesting and challenging job in a motivated international team, at the University of Genoa (Genoa, Italy). ECOLOPES partners are the Technical University of Munich in Germany (leader partner), the University of Genoa in Italy, the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, TECHNION in Haifa, Israel, McNeel Europe, based in Barcelona, Spain, and Studio Animal-Aided Design in Germany. The project team works on various topics, including biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, plant-microbiota interactions, urban ecology. Genoa is an enchanting, small city on the West Coast of the Mediterranean Sea, well connected to public transports and a perfect starting point to explore Italy.

Working hours are flexible and remuneration is in accordance with the applicable UNIGE regulations.

Details and contact

More details on post-doc enrollment and required documents for application can be found here: https://unige.it/en/ricerca/assegni-ricerca. Call publication by 25th February 2021 can be available here: Calls for research grants | unige.it Deadline for application: 29th March 2021.

Please direct questions about the position to Prof. Enrica Roccotiello (enrica.roccotiello@unige.it).

More information about the project can be found at www.ecolopes.org

More information about the Research Group in Environmental and Applied Botany can be found at http://www.distav.unige.it/drupalint/schede-ricerca-eng

Postdoctoral position (m/f/d) in modelling of plant succession and soil dynamics

Studio Animal-Aided Design in Berlin is recruiting a postdoctoral Research Assistant (m/f/d) to work in the EU-funded research project ECOLOPES, limited to 31 months (100%, approx. 40h/week). ECOLOPES is an innovative HORIZON 2020 funded research project proposing a radical change for city development.

Your tasks:

ECOLOPES (ECOlogical building enveLOPES: a game-changing design approach for regenerating urban ecosystems) proposes a radical change for city development: instead of minimizing the negative impact of urbanisation on nature, we aim at urbanization to be planned and designed such that nature – including humans – can co-evolve within the city. We envisage a radically new integrated ecosystem approach to architecture that focuses equally on humans, plants, animals, and associated organisms such as microbiota. ECOLOPES will provide the technology (computational architecture) that will help to achieve this vision.

Your task will be to model the plant and soil components of the ecolope, i.e. the multi-species living envelope of the new type of building envisioned by the ECOLOPES project. The ecolope will enable the placement and development of soil, growth, and immigration of plants, settlement and reproduction of animals, and the build-up of a healthy microbiota. At its initial stage, the ecolope will be modeled as a seeded substrate where vegetation will develop according to abiotic and biotic conditions, succession dynamics, and management. The development of plant communities will open the ecolope to animal colonization and population dynamics.

The envisioned approach is to model the dynamics of virtual plant communities represented by functional groups on different scales (landscape and local scales) using the dynamic vegetation model FATE-HD, and to connect these dynamics with soil development, by developing a soil module.

You will

  • identify which soil variables are important (for vegetation, microbes, and architecture), and can be accounted for (e.g. water retention, depth, nutrients, organic matter, soil/substrate structure, pollution level, pH),
  • decide how to model the soil dynamics and the soil/vegetation interaction: with or without feedbacks,
  • adapt or parameterize the experimental soil module or parameterize the habitat module consequently,
  • run simulations and adapt or develop post-treatment scripts.

In close cooperation with Dr. Isabelle Boulangeat (LESSEM, INRAE, Grenoble) and other partners you will be involved in:

  • parameterize FATE-HD to ECOLOPES Plant Functional Groups (e. g. relations with abiotic constraints, response to disturbances, and simplified demography and dispersal),
  • integrate the regional and local scales models and other useful data (e. g. recent literature),
  • run simulations and adapt or develop post-treatment scripts

What we expect from you

  • University degree (M.Sc.) and Ph.D. in ecology, biology, environmental planning, landscape ecology, or a comparable field of study
  • Experience in the modelling of plant and soil dynamics
  • Interest and experience in urban ecology welcome
  • Interest in interdisciplinary approaches
  • Good language skills (English)
  • Ability to work in a team

Our offer

We offer an interesting and challenging job and a motivated team. Cooperation partners in ECOLOPES are the Technical University of Munich in Germany, the University of Genua in Italy, the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, TECHNION in Haifa, Israel, McNeel Europe, based in Barcelona, Spain, and Studio Animal-Aided Design in Germany.

Working hours are flexible. Regarding the salary, we will make you an attractive offer according to your qualifications.

Contact

Please send your application with a short letter of motivation, CV, certificates etc. as well as the contact details of two references per Email to Studio Animal-Aided Design (mail@animal-aided-design.de) by by 15 March 2021. Please send all documents as a single PDF document.

Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Thomas E. Hauck (thomas.hauck@animal-aided-design.de).

Studio Animal-Aided Design

Dresdener Straße 26

D-10999 Berlin

www.animal-aided-design.de