Chair of / Cátedra de /
Lehrstuhl für


Prof. Hubert Klumpner


Chair of Architecture and
Urban Design /  
Institute of Landscape- and
Urban Studies / LUS
Member of Network City and Landscape / NSL
Co-Director of ETH Wohnforum,
Centre for Architecture
Society and Environment / ETH Wohnforum / ETH CASE
Co-Founder and Members
of Institute of Science
Technology and Policy / ISTP
Member of the ETH Sustainability
Steering Committee
Informal Urbanism Regional
Hub of UN-Habitat Universities



Call For Applications - Two Postdoctoral Positions

The Department of Architecture (D-ARCH) of the ETHZ and VELUX STIFTUNG are launching two postdoctoral positions for 18 months in researching daylight perspectives in sustainable urban and architectural Design. The first DAYLIGHT Fellow will start by January 2021 and the second Fellow by February 2022.

It is a cooperation between three domains within D-ARCH: The Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS), Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Prof. Hubert Klumpner / ETH CASE Centre for Research on Architecture, Society & the Built Environment (LUS), Dr. Marie Glaser / Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA), Chair of Architecture and Building Systems, Prof. Arno Schlüter.

Project background

The two “DAYLIGHT FELLOW” positions are a postdoc program for daylight and the built environment at the D-ARCH and a new initiative at ETH Zurich supported by VELUX STIFTUNG. The fellowship establishes an interdisciplinary knowledge incubator connecting international researchers in daylight and the built environment with the department’s ongoing leading research platforms established in the related field. The “DAYLIGHT FELLOW” program explores and develops a long-term basis for researching daylight perspectives into a more sustainable urban- and architectural design future.

Job description

Applicants are showing their capacity to advance daylight research, technology, and integration into architecture- and urban design. The “DAYLIGHT FELLOWS” launch and pursue research that bridges research in daylight, urban planning, and building technologies. The Daylight Fellowship research is focusing on questions of urban design, innovative technological solutions for better daylight use to support living qualities, caring for wellbeing, comfort, and health. The fellows will work in an environment with an interdisciplinary group of D-ARCH researchers generating scientific and technological solutions for concrete applications, researching selected case-study city districts. 

Your profile

Interested “DAYLIGHT FELLOW” candidates hold a Ph.D. in architecture, civil engineering or in a related field, with a focus on daylight research and applications. They have knowledge and experience in fields such as daylight engineering and simulation, light technology, lighting and photometry (use and application of modeling and simulation frameworks) in combination with fields of application such as urban studies, environmental sciences, cognitive science and psychology. Their passion for daylight, architectural and Urban Design, and the development of the built environment is allowing them to connect with the research groups at D-ARCH.

The applicants are demonstrating their performance in conducting high-quality research by publications in refereed international peer-reviewed journals, independent book contributions and exhibitions. We expect successful applicants to independently conduct advanced academic and policy-relevant research and contribute to the groups’ ongoing research projects at LUS and ITA. We look forward to excellent applications, including research proposals that demonstrate independent research connected to the host institutes LUS and ITA environment at the D-ARCH ETH Zurich. 

Candidates are experienced and feel inspired by working in interdisciplinary constellations. Fluent written and verbal communication in English is mandatory. German skills are welcome. 

ETH Zurich is offering internationally very competitive working and living conditions. In collaboration with the host institutes, “DAYLIGHT FELLOWS” will have access to the unique facilities at D-ARCH, ETH Zurich. ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and family-friendly employer who strives to increase the number of women researchers and professors. ETH Zurich respects the different biographies of its employees and values their diversity. 

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