Phd fellowship in digital design and fabrication

Application deadline 16 April 2018

Aarhus School of Architecture invites applications for a PhD fellowship in digital design and fabrication. The PhD fellowship will be connected with Aarhus School of Architecture’s Research Lab 2: Technology, Building Cultures and Habitation and secondarily with the related teaching programme of the same name.

The research lab has a major focus on bridging the gap between new technologies, tectonics, building culture, history and habitation. One example of this is the project Material Imagination, which bridges the gap between hands-on studies of materials by means of digital technologies and a phenomenological approach to materials and architecture. Other

projects combine architectural historical studies with new perspectives on housing, tectonics and materials, while again others have a sharper focus on experimenting with materials, the development of components, and the digitalisation of building.

Digital fabrication methods have resulted in new forms of expression and new possibilities of realisation in architecture. Parametric design methods make it possible to handle higher levels of complexity and test different solutions in depth through simulations. When combined, the methods allow for a stronger integration of materials and technologies in the design process itself – by incorporating material and production-related aspects.

Aarhus School of Architecture is looking for a PhD fellow with a research project that can help rethink the field of digital design and fabrication. The fellow will be part of the interdisciplinary environment in Research Lab 2, with a special connection to the research cluster concerned with digital technologies.

The fellowship focuses on studying and developing new methods for using digital design methods and digital fabrication technologies in the production of architecture.

Aarhus School of Architecture gives preference to applications that are based on research by design, as this is a prioritised focus area of the school.

The position

The position requires enrolment in the PhD School with a view to acquiring a PhD degree in architecture. The PhD programme is a three-year scientific course of study. The position also involves teaching and dissemination. These activities will be connected with the research project.

The position is open from 1 August 2018. Remuneration will be in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC-fællesoverenskomsten).

Requirements for applicants and applications

Aarhus School of Architecture is looking for PhD fellows with relevant academic backgrounds on the Master’s level.

You apply by filling in the application form at the below link. You will be required to upload an application, which must contain a project description relating to the focus areas of Research Lab 2 and the academic field described above. The project description must include a description of the subject and a problem statement, a description of the theoretical and methodical approaches, a summary timetable and reflections on the expected outcome of the study. The total length of the application must not exceed six pages (A4).

You also have to upload the following:

  • A copy of your certificate for the exams you have passed on the master’s level
  • A CV, including a list of publications, if relevant
  • A portfolio (no more than 20 MB)

All uploaded documents must be marked ”2313-1-18”.

Your name, address, email address and the title of the position you apply for must be stated on the first page of the application.


Applications must be sent digitally (as PDFs). The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 16 April 2018 (CET).