Three Postdoc Positions on Digital Building Twins and Tracking of Construction Resources

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark, invites three (3) excellent candidates to join the team for up to 3-year research positions. Applicants will join an exciting opportunity to work on two new research projects (“Future Green Construction Sites” and “Green Tracking and Monitoring of Construction Resources”) funded by the Danish Research Councils and/or (“Digital Twins for Construction Safety”) funded by the European Union.

The positions are available as soon as possible.

Research area and project description
The topic for the positions is tracking construction resources (equipment and labor) and integration of real-time data in a Digital Building Twin (DBT). The purpose is to demonstrate construction site performance measurement and connect this, among other reasons, to the environmental (emissions) and safety impact of the construction resources.

The “Future Green Construction Sites” project is funded by the Danish Environmental Technology Development Program. This project targets a reduction of emissions from construction equipment operation. Several major industrial partners, incl. heavy equipment manufacturers, are participating. Sensor equipment deployed on large construction machines is integrated into the DBT to measure and reduce emissions by simulating possible site improvements.

The “Green Tracking and Monitoring of Construction Resources” project is funded by the Danish Independent Research Council. This project targets reduction of embodied energy in construction. Tracking of construction workers is used to monitor and predict construction labor productivity and effectively shorten construction duration. The selected candidate will work on tracking and connecting these data to productivity in a DBT.

Two projects are funded by the European Union enable (“BIM2TWIN” and “COGITO”). The selected candidate(s) will work on DBT related to construction safety, health, and well-being. The projects target automated safety rule checking in Building Information Modeling (BIM), run-time autonomous data collection and analysis for hazard prediction and avoidance (from vision- or wireless sensors), and augmented/virtual personalized feedback and learning methods (AR/VR).Educational qualifications
We seek excellent candidates with backgrounds in Civil and Architectural Engineering, Computer and Software Engineering, Computer Science, or a related discipline such as Mechanical Engineering (having completed a Doctoral degree). A desire to engage in cross-disciplinary research at the intersection of engineering, computer science, and construction engineering and management will be important in order to improve tracking of resources for the construction phase.

It will be relevant, but certainly not required, to have experience with:

  1. Construction engineering and project management, incl. lean and modern methods of construction
  2. Construction informatics, incl. Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  3. Integration of sensory information in simulation models during run-time
  4. Data processing, incl. artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Having experience in publishing scientific results as well as working with industry is considered an asset in these positions. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate good ability to code with or learn programming languages, such as C++, C#, Python, Matlab. The successful candidate(s) will be involved in interdisciplinary collaborations with industrial partners and our international academic collaborators. Opportunities for participation in teaching and mentoring will be given.

You will join and work as part of a strong interdisciplinary research team and collaborate with experts from different institutes, universities, and industry organizations.

About us
The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Aarhus University was established in 2021 to promote and develop engineering research and education at Aarhus University. The Department undertakes engineering research and education within architectural, construction, design, environmental, and structural engineering disciplines in close collaboration with other departments at the University (e.g., mechanical, electrical, computer, civil, architectural, chemical and biological engineering). The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary research environment with many national and international collaborators from academia and industry. Aarhus University has made an ambitious strategic investment in a 5-year recruitment plan to significantly increase its activities within research and education in the engineering sciences with the vision of bringing Aarhus University into the global engineering elite. Therefore, the University seeks exceptionally innovative and visionary engineering researchers to be part of this initiative to strengthen and develop Civil and Architectural Engineering at Aarhus University.

The positions are available as soon as possible. An envisioned start date is from June 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

For further information on the positions, please contact Jochen Teizer at teizer@cae.au.dk or Søren Wandahl at swa@cae.au.dk.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/.

Deadline
15. March 2021.

 


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