Job: PhD positions, TACK Communities of Tacit Knowledge

‘TACK / Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing’ is a newly funded Innovative Training Network, as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions within the European Framework Program Horizon 2020.

Applications for fully funded PhD positions, located at the participating academic institutions, are invited within this 3-year Innovative Training Network. Each PhD project will explore a particular aspect of tacit knowledge in architecture and will become part of the wider international training program on ‘Communities of Tacit Knowledge’, which will provide the opportunity to intensively exchange with other PhD candidates and with international faculty. In addition to the academic experience, secondments will be provided by non-academic partners. Architectural offices from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Austria and Sweden, will host a PhD candidate in their office for a five-month (part-time) architectural secondment. Three major European cultural institutes, active in the field of architecture, will also provide secondments, in which PhD candidates will become acquainted with methods of knowledge dissemination to a broader audience (curatorial tools), the impact of cultural heritage (archival tools) and of generating a public debate (rhetorical tools).

Supervision and exchange – All PhD candidates will have one professor of the academic partner institutions of the international training program ‘Communities of Tacit Knowledge’ as their primary supervisor and will be co-supervised by another international colleague in the network. While each PhD candidate pursues an independent doctoral project in its own right, the different PhD projects will be grouped into three research clusters: (1) Approaching Tacit Knowledge: Theories and Histories, (2) Probing Tacit Knowledge: Concrete Cases and Approaches and (3) Situating Tacit Knowledge: New Concepts and Theories. In addition to the nine PhDs performed within these three research clusters, one additional PhD project will focus on ‘Transmitting Tacit Knowledge’. Regular opportunities for exchange of knowledge within these clusters and within the entire network will be provided at the occasion of Foundational course sessions (once a year) and Intermediate meetings (twice a year).

TACK is looking for motivated young researchers with a background in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, architectural and urban theory, or related disciplines. Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • a Master’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, architectural theory, or related disciplines
  • affinity with research in architecture, as demonstrated by research papers, journal articles or other research output or contributions to architectural culture
  • willingness to work at the interface of academia and design-led research
  • experience in architectural design practice is desirable
  • willingness to work and move in an international academic network
  • excellent English oral and writing skills

To apply, please submit the following information/documents via the online platform:

  • a cover letter
  • a full CV (including contact details for at least two academic referees plus marks/grades achieved on current courses)
  • a 1500-word position paper which outlines your interest in researching tacit knowledge in architecture and gives an indication of your three preferred subthemes (e.g. Horizons, Codes, Values, …)
  • a copy of your diplomas

The closing date for applications is 8 November 2019. Interviews will be held between 2 and 13 December 2019. The PhD projects will commence on 1 March 2020. Candidates are expected to be available to commence work on this date. After the selection procedure, PhD candidates will be located at one of the academic partner institutions for the entire duration of the PhD. They will be employed according to the conditions of that academic partner institution.

For more information and for submitting your application please visit TACK’s website.

Any other inquiries about the PhD positions should be emailed to: janina.gosseye@gta.arch.ethz.ch

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