2 PhD positions in immersive architectural design and spatialized sound

The Immersive Models research project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Gramazio Kohler Research at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and Professor Dr. Rama Gottfried at the Institute of Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

Project background

The project aims to develop theoretical and experimental research examining the use of immersive audio simulation and modeling techniques in the spatial practices of architecture and sound arts. The team is composed of senior and doctoral researchers at the ETH Zürich and ZHdK, combining expertise in computational design, sound composition, acoustic simulation, virtual reality, psychoacoustics and the history of architecture. The project relies on expertise and cutting edge-infrastructures like the Immersive Design Lab at ETH, and Ambisonic and Wave Field Synthesis arrays at the ICST.

Job description

We offer two PhD positions for developing design-based research on immersive modeling and the integration of auralization tools into the design process. The full-time positions span four years and are funded according to standard SNSF regulations. Upon completing the doctorate, the two fellows will be awarded the title Dr. sc. ETH Zurich from the Department of Architecture (D-ARCH).

The two candidates will be integrating spatial and acoustic simulation software from the first stages of their personal design processes in respectively architecture and sound arts. They will lead comparative studies between on site and modelized experiences focusing on distinguished representative spaces, situations, and goals.

Applicants for both positions must have fundamental knowledge in digital modeling, good communication skills, fluency in English and the willingness to fully commit as part of an international team.

Your profile

Profile 1: Acoustic Simulation in Architectural Design

The candidate must have a diploma/M.Sc. degree in architecture. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in architectural acoustics, knowhow in modeling and scripting tools like Rhino/Grasshopper. Furthermore, experience with immersive tools like Unity would be beneficial. The candidate will be based at Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich.

Profile 2: Spatial Modelisation in Sound Arts

The candidate must have a diploma/M.Sc. degree in architecture or sound art related practices (electroacoustic composition, sound design, spatial audio, etc.). The ideal candidate has knowledge in architecture and acoustics, and experience with tools like MaxMSP, IRCAM Spat, Rhino/Grasshopper and skills in scripting/programming. The candidate will be based and employed at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST), ZHdK, focusing on sound practices within architectural acoustic spaces.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application until June the 30th, 2024.
Your application should include:

A letter of motivation
Portfolio of your work in academia and practice
Two recommendation letters

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal.
Questions regarding the position should be directed to: daro@arch.ethz.ch
Please apply exclusively via the (Link). Applications sent by e-mail or postal services will not be considered.
To learn more about us, please visit the websites: https://www.gramaziokohler.arch.ethz.ch
and https://www.zhdk.ch/en/research/icst.

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