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Researcher position in the Sustainable Building with Renewable Materials group

Apply till 2023-02-28
Location: Izola, Slovenia

InnoRenew CoE is an independent research institute focusing on renewable materials and sustainable buildings. We are especially interested in innovative approaches to wood use with transferring scientific knowledge into industrial practice.

The institute is located in a dedicated research facility that also serves as a building research object. It was officially inaugurated in February 2022, in Izola on Slovenia’s Adriatic near to the Italian and Croatian borders.

Job Description

The Sustainable Building with Renewable Materials (SBRM) group at the InnoRenew CoE invites applications for a full-time researcher position in the area of sustainable structural systems. The appointment is expected to begin on April 1, 2023.

We seek candidates with an advanced degree in civil engineering or related field and experience in one or more of the following areas: timber structures (analysis and/or design), experimental mechanics (small- and large-scale), or analytical modelling. A new laboratory equipped with strong floor, hydraulic actuators, data acquisition systems, climate chambers and servomechanical testing machines is available. Additionally, state-of-the-art equipment for material analysis including in-situ field tests are available.

A successful candidate is expected to pursue innovative research in the area od sustainable buildings focused on use of wood and attract external funding – public and industrial. They must demonstrate excellence in research evidenced by publications in refereed journals. Consideration will be given to the candidates with practical experience in the industry and strong desire to pursue research.  Hands-on experience with experiments of structural components and/or models is desired.


  • PhD in Civil Engineering or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in research
  • Experience in analytical modeling and or data analysis
  • Ability to formulate research ideas (research proposal preparation, prototype scientific instrumentations, software tools)
  • High interest in sustainable structural systems topics
  • Experience with laboratory and on-site experiments
  • Ability to learn new areas and collaborate with other researchers
  • Experience with structural design and detailing of timber and hybrid timber buildings and experience in timber industry are an asset
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English

What we offer

The InnoRenew CoE was established based on a flagship project funded by the European Commission and the Republic of Slovenia.

We offer:

  • Working in a team of highly-motivated researches and staff
  • Opportunities for professional growth
  • 2-year contract with an excellent opportunity for a renewal
  • Competitive salary (commensurate with qualifications and experience) and benefits package
  • Access to the top scientific testing facilities and instrumentation. See:
  • Opportunity to work on prestigious existing H2020 and Horizon Europe projects and other national and international projects.

How to apply

All interested qualified applicants should send:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names of 3 references
  • Cover letter
  • List of publications and/or projects (for applicants with industrial experience)
  • Statement of previous research experiences or implemented scientific projects/prototypes, research interests and accomplishments (maximum two A4 pages)
  • Up to three examples of scientific publications – if available

Employment opportunities, admissions policies, activities, services, and the facilities of the InnoRenew CoE do not exclude any person based on race, colour, age, sex, gender, religion, national origin, or disability. In processing your application, the GDPR will be respected and your information will not be shared outside of the relevant staff at the InnoRenew CoE. By submitting your application, you agree that the data you provide is reviewed by InnoRenew CoE.

The InnoRenew CoE reserve the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

All materials should be in English and submitted in PDF format via e-mail to  The call will remain upen until 28th February 2023 or until a suitable candidate is found.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Andreja Kutnar, Director of InnoRenew CoE at

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Working with us

Research at the InnoRenew CoE is focused on supporting restorative solutions for the built environment through renewable materials research and sustainable building research that creates positive impacts for the environment, building users, and society. While working with us, you will conduct cutting edge research with researchers from around the globe, collaborate with industry members, interact with the public, and support policy development for a sustainable future.

Working in Slovenia

Slovenia is a beautiful country to live and work in with easy access to the rest of Europe. The InnoRenew CoE is located on Slovenia’s welcoming coast that is dotted with historic cities, wineries, olive groves, and stunning vistas. The food is great, the people are open and welcoming, and the lifestyle is as active or relaxed as you want it to be, with many outdoor activities to take part in or cafés to relax in.

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