The Division of Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi is inviting applications for Post-Doctoral Associate positions to join the S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group, a dynamic and interdisciplinary research group, led by Prof. Borja García de Soto. The core topics of the S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group are Sustainable and resilient construction, Modularization and lean construction, Artificial intelligence, Robotic systems and automation, Technology integration and information modeling.
The selected applicant will be conducting research focusing on the development of innovative ways to automate (including the use of robotics) the building, operation, inspection, retrofit, and repair of construction projects, coupled with the application of artificial intelligence and new technologies. The objectives include to increase quality and safety and reduce construction time and costs (i.e., increase productivity). Automation is mostly intended to be done on-site with autonomous and mobile robotic systems using different digital fabrication methods (i.e., additive, formative, or subtractive dfab) and applicable technologies.
Salary is dependent upon qualifications. NYU Abu Dhabi offers very competitive terms of employment including allowances for housing, transportation and home visits, educational subsidies for children, in addition to health insurance and an attractive retirement plan.
NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU's global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.
Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in civil engineering, engineering and project management, mechanical engineering, computer science, or a related field, and should have research experience in the areas of construction management, building information modeling, automation/robotics in construction, computational design methods, and lean construction principles. Strong programming and database management skills are required. Practical experience in the area of project management, particularly related to project planning and scheduling, with a clear understanding of construction processes and different AEC roles would be an advantage. Excellent communication skills in English, ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and scientific creativity are essential. Experience developing and delivering courses in the area of construction management and building information modeling is desired.
Applications will be accepted immediately, and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. To be considered, all applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a one-page summary of research accomplishments and interests, and, if applicable, reprints of two representative articles, all in PDF format. Short-listed applicants will be asked to provide a minimum of three letters of recommendation. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to Dr. García de Soto.
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