PhD student position in Collaborative Information Infrastructure in Building Design

Chalmers University of Technology


PhD student position in Collaborative Information Infrastructure in Building Design

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering has about 290 employees encompassing a broad theoretical knowledge base, from engineering science to the social sciences to the humanities, as well as design-based, artistic research. The combination of all of these perspectives allows for great interdisciplinary advancement in the field and a broader discussion of various aspects of sustainability. Together, we provide a comprehensive environment for architecture and civil engineering, well equipped to take on the common challenges of building a sustainable future.

Information about the division
The details of the division's research activities may be found at Division of Construction Management

Project description
SBE project in ACE/Construction Management. This project aims at strengthening the information infrastructure within standardizing of buildings, a process with massive investments for society. Collaboration on an institutional building information standard is further developed as a collective collaborative information infrastructure. A positive learning circle is obtained through using a virtual tool that supports collaborative design and a guiding support system based on machine learning, aiding in interpreting standards and building code. Through collaborative design enhanced dialogue is supported improving the integration of the users experiences and needs and making them more visible and operational for building designers.

The project includes a doctoral project aiming at obtaining a licentiate. The topic of the doctoral project is “a collaborative involving information infrastructure within institutional building”. The project involves the study and evaluation of two prototypes that are parts of the infrastructure. The effect of the project is expected to be immediate improvements of the engaged building project’s architectural and engineering design. And long-term improvements of building and operation processes. The project results are diffused to practitioners in the building sector and building researchers.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility will be to carry out a doctoral project on collaborative information infrastructure. This involves the development of a theoretical frame on the base of a literature study, method, data collection, machine learning analysis and systematic analysis of results and reporting. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

To qualify for the position, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Engineering or Social Science, for example in Design and Construction Project Management. The position also requires knowledge on construction sites mode of operation. Knowledge on prevention activities mitigating occupational accidents on building sites is an advantage.

Experience of software development and/or accident causation is a merit.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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. 
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190509 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 23 October, 2019

For questions, please contact
Head of division Caroline Ingelhammar, + 46-31 772 3057

Professor Christian Koch, division of Construction Management

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