Hosting Offer for MSCA Individual Fellowships (IF) 2017 at HTWK Research Group Sustainable Building

Friday, 21 April, 2017 - 10:30

HTWK Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig) offers high-quality education in a diverse range of subjects and focuses on applied research in four main research areas: Preserving Resources – Construction & Energy, Maintaining Health – Life Science & Engineering, Taking Responsibility – Engineer & Economy and Accessing Information – Media & Information. With its distinguished technical profile, the university takes the role of a competence centre in engineering in the region.

The research group Sustainable Building is part of the Institute of Concrete Construction in the Department of Civil Engineering. It was formed in 2013 to expand the research focus of the institute, which was before centered on engineering problems of concrete construction.

Project/Fellowship Description


HTWK is especially interested in fellowship candidates who bring with them new perspectives and experiences in the topics of green façades, prefabrication, or active buildings and their energy concepts.


  • The idea to incorporate living plants in the façade of buildings gained recently traction in some innovative applications throughout the world. One important driver is enhancing the air quality in cities by reducing the amount of air pollutants and increasing air moisture and oxygen levels. Our interests consider mainly the integration in the façade for low maintenance and long lifetime of the plants.
  • Prefabrication of concrete elements aims to lower the price of building while at the same time ensures a higher quality and faster building process. Our research focus is on further integration of prefabrication in the planning process and in developing methods and parts for mass customization of prefabricated elements. Proposals concerning automation at the construction site are also welcome.
  • The supply of renewable energy might be increased through the activation of the façade for energy harvesting. Besides photovoltaic cells solar thermal collectors are an interesting and promising approach. Our current research concerns the use of capillary tube mats and heat pumps for façade integrated thermal collectors and the design and dimensioning of the energy system of the building and its integration in district energy systems.

HTWK Leipzig offers skill training opportunities. The attendance of a German Language class will be encouraged. A secondment at the premises of an industrial partner can be organised.


Candidate Profile


  • Postdoc
  • Good command of English language, basics of German would be an asset




Funding Programme:  MSCA IF 2017


Closing Date: 14/09/2017




Up to 2 years




Researchers interested in applying should send a CV and a motivation letter including a short description of the planned research project until 1 May 2017 to forschung [at], the e-mail subject clearly marked with: MSCA IF candidate/SB.


In case of questions please contact Mr Stefan Wappler stefan.wappler [at]


More information can be found via link here.