JOB: PhD Position (50%), Architectural History. The University of Stuttgart

The University of Stuttgart establishes its new Cluster of Excellence “Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC)” in 2019.

For the very first time, a Cluster of Excellence has been awarded to architecture, allowing to establish one of the biggest centres in the field globally, led by Achim Menges. For more information, a comprehensive description and a movie about the cluster, please see here.

Architectural history will contribute to the upcoming co-design in a joint research-project with architecture and sociology, reflecting early efforts of industrialisation, integration and computation. Archival sources from earlier research in architecture from the University of Stuttgart and related institutions and architects will provide a strong common ground for historical investigations led by Klaus Jan Philipp, head of the Institute for Architectural History.

Fostering the full potential of digital humanities in the field of integrative computational design for architecture is our prime goal. Successful applicants will be working in a highly supportive research environment.

The open position is announced for a 50% (E 13 TVL) PhD research associate in architectural history, we offer you to:

  • conduct doctoral research in close collaboration with our research partners from sociology and architecture, contributing to at least four of the following areas, aspects or approaches of our field:
    • industrialisation and early use of computers;
    • history of design, planning and construction methods;
    • changing role of architects;
    • public and scientific discourse on innovations;
    • multi-storey timber-buildings for housing and/or offices;
    • historical integrative approaches and participation in architecture;
    • comparative studies (UK, France or other);
    • methodological advances (history of science, ANT, sts and other);
    • further aspects relevant to the research area;
  • contribute to the critical reflection of the cluster’s multi-storey demonstrator;
  • participate in the set-up of a Digital Repository concerning archival material and grey literature from our field, it will be open access and full-text readable at IZUS;
  • have the opportunity to participate in teaching activities on topics relevant to your specialisation.

If you strive for excellence and are highly motivated, skilled and interested to participate in this exciting phase of an undertaking with potentially high impact and visibility, please apply now. An advanced degree in architectural history or related fields (M. A.; M. Sc. level) and very good English language skills are expected, because the Cluster’s scientific communication will be in English. Due to archival and other historical sources very good reading skills in German are indispensable.

Openness for new inter- or transdisciplinary challenges is definitely welcome, as your professional and intellectual approaches will not be limited to architectural history. The University of Stuttgart is an equal opportunity employer and dedicated to diversity. Applications by women and/or any members of up to now underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged. Individuals with disabilities will be preferably employed where qualifications are deemed equal. You will be employed through University of Stuttgart’s central administration.

Application deadline is 8 July 2019, start of employment as soon as possible.

Please send your application including: Covering letter, CV, latest degree, one-page summary of your master thesis (or equivalent), project proposal (up to three p.), all included in one document (pdf, up to strictly 10 MB) via email to: klaus.philipp@ifag.uni-stuttgart.de

For further detail feel free to contact christian.voehringer@ifag.uni-stuttgart.de.

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