I am writing to solicit your recommendations to fill fully funded research positions (PhD students and a Post Doc) at the University of Southern
California’s School of Architecture and Viterbi School of Engineering’s CEE iLAB. I have recently won a National Science Foundation Grant to pursue design and computation research collaboratively with engineering, computer science, and behavioral science colleagues over the next four years.

The research involves the development of multi-agent systems for designing novel methods, systems, and environments for crossing the cyber social physical divide. We expect to develop new design theory, methodologies, and technologies through the prototyping of  computational processes, highly sensed and intelligent feedback systems for materializing architectural environments and complex forms, through an energy literate agency and interactive architecture. The work is expected to develop both cyber and physical robotics and interactive systems impacting design through to digital fabrication, construction and operations in the built environment.

The mentoring and research opportunities for PhD students includes the development of an individual PhD research parallel or tangential to the work in the fields of architecture, design computation, interactive architecture, robotics and technology and or material intelligence.

The mentoring and research opportunities for a Post Doc includes experience in teaching, in research management, and the development of parallel or original funding streams in the fields of architecture, design computation, interactive architecture, robotics and technology and or material intelligence.
Interested and qualified applicants can pursue a PhD degree at the University of Southern California. It is also possible for highly qualified candidates to be hired as a Post -Doc.

Responsibilities include:

** conducting directed interdisciplinary research projects

** participating in the development of computational systems and prototypes

** participating in the further development of the faculty members on-going
interdisciplinary collaboration and research

** leading the development of follow on research proposals and publications

** leading  in dissemination of the work

** instruction as a Graduate Research Student

For PhD applicants, backgrounds in design, architecture, engineering, and computer science are desired. Proficiency in 3D modeling, prototyping, programming or scripting, and design research would be ideal. Applicants should come with a passion for research and creative uses of technology, the built environment, design and computation and the ability to work as part of a diverse research team.

For Post Doc applicants you must have completed your PhD and have a proven track record of publication and participation in collaborative
interdisciplinary projects. Experience with managing funded research and proposal development would be ideal.

All recommendations and interested applicants should contact David Gerber as soon as possible. These positions need to be filled immediately. Applications should send CV, statement of interest, list of references, portfolio and work samples as a single PDF sent to dgerber@usc.edu

Please pass this information on to any interested and qualified candidates. I greatly appreciate your recommendations, interest and help.

Dr. David Jason Gerber
Assistant Professor USC School of Architecture

+1-617-794-7367 dgerber@usc.edu

www.djgerber.com <http://www.djgerber.com/>
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