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1 full-time PhD position in Landscape and Urban Studies, starting on October 1, 2020 in Zürich

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100%, Zurich, temporary

The position will be part of the Doctoral Program in Landscape and Urban Studies, which promotes pioneering research on contemporary environmental and urban transformation within their broader cultural, economic, political, social, historical and theoretical context.

Job description

The Doctoral Program in Landscape and Urban Studies at the Department of Architecture’s Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies addresses contemporary issues of urban and environmental transformation. Research spans the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, territorial planning and social sciences. Focusing on the production of landscape, territory and human settlements through a range of different scales, from the local to the global, this may include studies in landscape and designed ecologies, design strategies, energy and food production, material stocks and flows, health and socio-economic development. The Doctoral Program seeks to promote a critical discourse, qualitatively and quantitatively addressing pressing environmental and social challenges, and aspires to cultivate independent, inventive, and proactive research that engages with processes of environmental change within their broader cultural, economic, political, social, historical and theoretical context.

Your profile

We are looking for researchers with a background in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, territorial planning and the social sciences, who display an independent, inventive, and proactive engagement with present and future processes of urbanization within a context of ongoing environmental change.

Qualifications, Employment, and other Criteria

Candidates must hold a Master’s degree acquired at university level (equivalent to the FHEQ-Level 7) in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning or related fields at the date of the submission deadline.

The Program provides funding for three years, successful applicants will be employed 100%, and will receive a doctoral student contract at ETH Zurich with monthly salaries according to the ‘standard rate’. For a .

Residency in Zurich during the scholarship is required and adequate proficiency in English is mandatory (spoken and written).

ETH Zurich
ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Application Process

The Program exclusively accepts application documents submitted through the ETH online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

  • June 24, 2020: Submission deadline (23:59 CET).
  • October 1, 2020: Start of Program.

Application Documents

  • Letter of motivation (1 page).
  • Outline of the future research project (max. 4 pages text, + max. 3 illustrations + bibliography, max. 8 pages total).
  • Curriculum vitae (including publications, portfolio, work samples, max. 10 pages).
  • Writing sample in English (1 text, max. 15 pages).
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation independently submitted to by either the referees or the candidates concurrently with the application deadline.

Please note that applications missing one of the above listed elements, and/or exceeding the given page numbers, will not be considered.

Further Information

Further information can be found on our websites and .

For further questions please contact Dr. Matthew Skjonsberg (skjonsberg@arch.ethz.ch), coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Landscape and Urban Studies . Be aware that requests sent to any other email will not be considered.

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