The Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Engineering Technology of KU Leuven (Ghent Campus) are pleased to announce an open and interdisciplinary PhD-position. We refer to the websites (see below) to learn more about both faculties and the actual research topics. The successful candidate will join a cohort of doctoral students enrolled in architecture and engineering disciplines and will also benefit from the wide range of additional training opportunities this provides. https://arch.kuleuven.be/english/research https://iiw.kuleuven.be/english/ghent Website unit
Our cities are undergoing a major transition with the increasing application of new technologies and innovations across a wide range of sectors -from transport and mobility, to aging, energy use, waste management, nature-based solutions, and citizen engagement. Important contributions are being made towards a sustainable way of living for all. Thanks to the concentration of people, ideas and resources, cities are leading the way towards solutions to global challenges beyond their own boundaries as hotspots for innovation and the implementation of novel technologies which are, therefore, likely to generate major impacts in the way we work, live, and experience the urban environment. Such technologies will need to be interoperable, fully critiqued and incorporated in inclusive ways that benefit the overall functioning of the urban environment and its citizens.
This interdisciplinary project is a forward-looking opportunity to examine the impact of a specific cutting edge technology, or group of technologies, in an urban context. One aspect of your inquiry will be based in engineering and the other will explore relevant architectural, design-led, or urban agendas and will take one of two approaches:
1) The successful applicant will start with one or more technical fields (e.g. lighting, waste management, energy use, digital media, new materials, urban ecology, climate change, new building techniques, etc.) and propose how they will develop and explore their role in pushing forward societal change, and/or altering our environmental impacts.
2) Alternatively, the successful applicant will establish a new concept for the future of the built environment (e.g. a waste-free city, a building with no construction or demolition waste, a self-sufficient urban territory etc.) and describe which technologies realize their proposal.
While the technical fields will not have been presently implemented in the built environment, their uptake by 2050 must be likely and your project proposal will draw together the technical and cultural aspects of the anticipated change to describe a City in Transition.
This scholarship does not start from an existing predefined research question initiated by one of the research groups: it is an open call for an innovative interdisciplinary research topic,supervised by a team of promotors from both faculties.
We are seeking a highly motivated researcher from any disciplinary background with an explicit interest to interrogate a major transition in the urban environment that is likely to be implemented in some way by 2050. The transition joins insights from engineering with architecture, design-led approaches and/or urban planning.
- You hold a Master of Science, with at least cum laude. Experience with interdisciplinary approaches is a plus.
- The candidate should be able to operate independently and think creatively when faced with challenging problems.
- The candidate must be willing to comply with the KU Leuven regulation on doctoral degrees (https://admin.kuleuven.be/rd/doctoraatsreglement/en/phdregulation-set),and have the ambition to present research results at international conferences, to publish in peer-reviewed journals and togenerate ADRO (Artistic and Design-led Research Output)
- The candidate has the ability to play an active, collaborative role in different research groups in the Faculties of Architecture and Engineering Technology of KU Leuven.
- Applicants should have an excellent command of English.
- Good organizational and communication skills are an added value.
Founded on a synergistic interaction between the architectural and engineering disciplines, this 4-year fully funded full-time doctoral studentship will be supported by those divisions of the Faculties of Architecture and Engineering Technology which are based in Ghent, Belgium.
We offer a full-time (100%) employment for 1 year (extendable up to 4 years in total after a positive evaluation) as a researcher in a creative work environment and with challenging assignments. As a doctoral fellow, you will follow the doctoral programme at the KU Leuven. The interdisciplinary doctoral degree will be offered when the PhD requirements are successfully fulfilled.
The selected candidate willbe required to carry out minor educational responsibilities and provide research assistance to the supervisors.
S/he will become part of a dynamic and young group of scholars based in Ghent (KU Leuven)
The working language is English.
Candidates meeting the secriteria are kindly invited to apply online according to the instructions given at www.kuleuven.be/vacatures. Owing to the anticipated originality and ambitionof the successful proposal, candidates are expected to:
(A) write up to 300 words on EACH of the following five sections outlining:
1) The chosen technology/technologies and associated engineering discipline/s plus the anticipated contribution it makes to the built environment.
2) The urban/architectural/design-led research question/s that contextualise/s the proposed technology, technical fields, or innovation/s.
3) Details of the method/s of inquiry that the candidate proposes to use to conduct their work
4) The kind of expertise and support needed to realise the research.
5) The likely format of the final work (prototype, dissertation, models, drawings, demonstrations,installation etc.)
(B) Hand in a CV, including a (max 1 page) motivation for applying for this vacancy at KU Leuven
For more information please contact Campus Chair Prof. dr. Nel Janssens (Nel.Janssens@kuleuven.be) of the Faculty of Architecture or Campus Chair Prof. dr. Lieven De Strycker (Lieven.Destrycker@kuleuven.be) of the Facultyof Engineering Technology.You can apply for this job no later than September 30, 2021 via the online application toolKU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.