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Postdoc Researcher: Integrated Simulation Model for Resilience Analysis

100%, Singapore, temporary

ETH Zurich is one of the leading universities of the world with a strong focus on science and engineering. In 2010, it established the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to do interdisciplinary research on pressing problems. In collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), SEC is undertaking a research programme on "Future Resilient Systems", The FRS addresses the challenges with critical infrastructure systems that provide essential services to modern societies, which is of particular importance to innovation-driven economies like Singapore and Switzerland. Within this framework we are announcing the following job opening.

Project background

This Postdoc position is part of an Intra-CREATE project under the FRS programme. The Postdoc Researcher will be supported by a team of young researchers with expertise in modelling the power, water, and transport systems, as well as in resilience assessment.

Please note that the employment will be at the Singapore-ETH Centre and local working regulations will apply. We offer an inspiring working environment to develop your ideas and a competitive remuneration commensurate with experience and skills. The workplace is Singapore.

Job description

The Postdoc Researcher will develop an integrated model for the electricity grid, water network, and transport system in order to study the effects of weather-related disruptive events on different systems. This model will be implemented into a simulation platform to capture the real-time operations of the integrated power, water, and transport system. The analysis will focus on assessing system resilience against disruptive events and system interdependencies, with a focus on simulating and testing disruption scenarios relevant to Southeast Asia.

An important technical aspect will be to model the interdependencies between the power, water, and transport systems. Modifications to the topology and to the attributes of the integrated system will also be evaluated to mitigate the impacts of disruptive events on the system performance.

The ultimate goal of the integrated platform will be to identify features and requirements that aid in developing solutions to improve resilience.

Your profile

The successful applicant must have:

  • A PhD or equivalent University level diploma in electrical, industrial & operational research, mechanical, control engineering, or a related field.
  • Principal qualifications include strong programming experience (preferably MATLAB or Python), analytical and quantitative skills and experience with power system modelling.
  • He/She should be further experienced in resilience analysis, and in modelling water and/or transport systems.
  • A solid knowledge of written and spoken English is mandatory, as this is the language for communication at work.

We are looking for highly motivated and self-driven candidates, with good interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment.

Singapore-ETH Centre

The Singapore-ETH Centre provides a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment to researchers working on diverse themes focussed on sustainable and liveable cities, resilient urban systems, and patient-centric healthcare. The centre is home to a community of over 100 doctoral, postdoctoral and professorial researchers working in three main programmes: Future Cities Laboratory, Future Resilient Systems, and Future Health Technologies.
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We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents: a letter of motivation, a CV, electronic copies of your academic diplomas and certificates, and contact details for at least 2 referees. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the Future Resilient Systems programme, which is the primary host, please visit our website: Questions regarding the position should be directed to Beatrice Cassottana (Postdoc Researcher in FRS) by email to (no applications).

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