Aarhus School of Architecture invites applications for two PhD fellowships within architectural history and habitation. The employments are scheduled to begin on August 16, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Both PhD positions will be associated with Research Lab 2 “Technology, Building Culture and Habitation”. Since its establishment in 2016, the Lab has researched at the intersection between the fields of architectural history and theory, building technology and materials, and habitation and housing. It is precisely in the cross-fertilization between these fields that the background for new cognition in a complex subject area such as architecture arises. Many of the Lab’s researchers work within practice-related research methodologies such as ‘research-by-design’ and ‘artistic research’. PhD project formulations are also encouraged to engage with these methodologies.
The aim of these broadly defined positions is to help strengthen the school’s research within architectural history and habitation, having links to architectural theory, building technology and materials.
Position number one “Architectural history, building technology and materials”:
For the first position, we welcome PhD project formulations working in the intersection between architectural history, building technology and materials. This could be seen from the viewpoint of architectural history via a critical reflection on technological and material studies, linking such research to a contemporary architectural discussion within, for example, design methodology and/or building culture. Alternatively, it may be seen from a more theoretical point of view, coupled with a concrete historical basis and the inclusion of technological and material aspects. It might also take as a point of departure a specifically technological or material approach, venturing into architectural history and theory in supporting roles.
Position number two “Housing, building culture and technology”:
For the second position, we welcome PhD projects working in the intersection between housing, building culture and technology. It could for example, be based on specific historical housing typologies from Danish or Nordic housing traditions in the modern period, including their cultural, social or technological premises as a background for a discussion of present and future sustainable housing – or it might be based on current and emerging trends in today’s housing practices, coupled with theoretical or historical studies.
The positions 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, involving teaching and dissemination. These activities will be connected with the research projects.
The positions are both full time (37 hours pr. week). The tasks of the PhD students are to:
- Participate in and contribute to their respective work packages and projects.
- Write and co-author scientific articles and other scientific outputs to be included in the PhD thesis.
- Attend and complete PhD courses in accordance with the PhD program.
- Participate in and co-organize workshops/seminars/conferences.
- Teach topics related to “Technology, Building Culture and Habitation”.
- Visit a research institution abroad for a minimum of two months (pending Covid-19 restrictions)
- Participate actively in scholarly and social life at the PhD School and Aarhus School of Architecture.
The terms of employment and payment are according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.
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 link below.
You are required to upload an application, which must contain a project description relating to the focus areas of Research Lab 2 and the academic fields described above. Please specify which position you apply for, by labeling the application with either “Architectural history, building technology and materials” or “Housing, building culture and technology”.
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).
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 January 13, 2021, 23:59 CET
Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.
After the expiry of the deadline, an appointment committee selects applicants for assessment. The academic committee will then notify all applicants of whether their application has been shortlisted for assessment. Shortlisted applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and will have the opportunity to comment on their own assessment.
Questions about the positions and Research Lab 2 can be directed to Head of Research Thomas Bo Jensen at +45 8936 0300 / email@example.com or Coordinator for Research Lab 2 Jonathan Foote on +45 8936 0329 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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