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PhD candidate to work on “Historic building techniques and building materials in South Tyrol with special consideration of building physics"

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who is interested in the research on historic building techniques and materials in South Tyrol, both through empirical field research and laboratory experiments. The candidate will be actively involved in an interdisciplinary team of the EURAC research group Energy Retrofit of Historic Buildings, consisting of architects, engineers and physicists with several scientific background. At the same time, we welcome the continuation of contact with the candidate's home university, preferably an institute with a background in historical building research.  The position will be part of the regional research project FEDORA which aims at creating a competence center in South Tyrol for the hygrothermal behavior of buildings. The successful candidate is expected to investigate and systematize the existing building techniques and historic building materials in South Tyrol. In doing so, both existing research work will be drawn upon and independent on-site surveys will be carried out. The results are to serve as a basis for building physics considerations in energy-related renovation planning. Therefore, the focus will be on masonry techniques and plasters/mortars, but further building techniques are not excluded. Parallel to the investigations, a register of "typical" occurring damages is to be compiled.

The advertised position is a full-time position for 3 years. The workplace is the EURAC in Bolzano (on-site presence). The EURAC itself cannot grant PhD titles, but through the networks of the Institutes it offers support in choosing a university and, together with the university, in defining the topic and in supervising the content of the doctorate. In addition, there is the possibility of participating in conferences as well as in workshops and further training courses in the EURAC's PhD programme.



  • Investigation and systematisation of existing building techniques and historic building materials in South Tyrol
  • Register of "typical" occurring damages
  • Planning and performance of necessary laboratory tests
  • Independent organization and realization of onsite visits and field work
  • Communication with homeowners and authorities
  • Presentation and dissemination of relevant results to internal and external contacts as necessary
  • Pursuing the PhD within 3 years, written in English.



  • Graduate degree at MA level (or equivalent) in building archaeology, architectural history, or similar disciplines
  • Experience in laboratory work, e.g. historic mortar analysis
  • The ability to scientific work, if possible proven in publications
  • Fluent English and German is mandatory. Furthermore, Italian will be very helpful for this work.


We offer:

  • Employment contract at Eurac Research in Bozen/Bolzano (Italy), Institute for Renewable Energy – See details at http://www.eurac.edu/en/research/technologies/renewableenergy/Pages/default.aspx
  • Duration of the PhD position: 3years
  • Dedicated workspace
  • High level international cooperation while working in a motivated international team
  • Eurac Research ranks 35st among the best work places in Italy and offers many opportunities in combining work and family activities
  • An attractive working place in the heart of the Alps with endless opportunities for open-air activities
  • The Institute for Renewable Energy is located at the NOI Techpark https://noi.bz.it/en


How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their application (CV, cover letter and further relevant documents) by 15.07.2020 stating "PhD position FEDORA" as subject to the following address:

Eurac Research
Institute for Renewable Energy

Viale Druso 1 – 39100 Bolzano
Email: jobs.renewable.energy@eurac.edu - www.eurac.edu
Tel: +39 0471 055 600 / Fax: + 39 0471 055 699
For further information please contact Franziska Haas: Tel: +39 0471 055 671

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