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Internship in Sustainable Robotic Fabrication and Additive Manufacturing

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Internship in Sustainable Robotic Fabrication and Additive Manufacturing

The Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication of ETH Zurich examines the changes in architectural production that result from the introduction of digital manufacturing techniques.

The main focus is ground-breaking research into computational design, novel building systems and their synthesis through the use of novel robotic fabrication technologies. Starting from June or July 2024 we offer an:

Project background

Impact printing is a novel robotic AM method developed at ETH by an interdisciplinary team including Gramazio Kohler Research, the Robotic Systems Lab, and the Chair of Sustainable Construction. This robotic AM method has the aim of increasing the economic competitiveness of low-impact and circular building materials, such as earth-based and by-product materials. 

The initial research project is now coming to a close and now the focus is on commercializing the developed AM method through the production of resolved building components and details.      

Job description

We are looking for an addition to the team working on the research project “Impact Printing”. The research project is moving towards early stage-commercialization. As such, the candidate will support the team in the realization of 1:1 building prototypes and details and assist with the documentation of the research.  Depending on the interests and skills of the candidate, other tasks could include rendering of architectural and construction systems and details, mechanical prototyping,  and development of robotic control code or computational design methods. 

The project is affiliated with the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, with a focus on multidisciplinary research. The internship (full-time) spans 3 months and is funded according to standard regulations, with a possibility for extension. The research team targets the establishment of an ETH spin-off, which the candidate could potentially join depending on outcome, interest, and funding.    

Your profile

The candidate should be a student or recent graduate from architecture, construction, or a related field with strong skills in digital fabrication, computational design, and physical prototyping. Other optional skills that could be relevant include architectural rendering, mechanical prototyping, or computer science.   

Fluent English language skills are required for this position. You should be reliable, have a high level of initiative and be able to work independently while concurrently having excellent teamwork and communication skills.

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Short portfolio or work samples (if non architecture background, feel free to send a pdf documenting relevant skills or work experience, including prototyping skills, hands-on-construction, structural detailing, use of computational methods,  robotics)  
  • CV
  • Letter of interest 

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the Institute for Technology in Architecture can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Lauren Vasey, (no applications.)

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


Internship in Sustainable Robotic Fabrication and Additive Manufacturing
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