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Doctoral Fellowships in Landscape and Urban Studies (2 positions)
100%, Zurich, fixed-term
The Doctoral Programme at the ETH Zurich Department of Architecture's
Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS) offers two fellowship
positions starting on 1 October 2022.
About the Programme
The language of instruction is English. With over 25 participants currently
enrolled, the LUS Doctoral Programme cultivates both individual research and
collective exchange within the doctoral community. These modes of exchange
include the LUS methods seminar, institute-wide colloquia, workshops, and
doctoral reviews. The LUS Doctoral Programme is part of a larger, highly
stimulating environment of doctoral education offered within the ETH Zurich
Department of Architecture. A close collaboration with the Doctoral Programme
in History and Theory of Architecture offered by the gta Institute has been
Participating Chairs at the LUS
Chair of History and Theory of Urban Design, Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete
Chair of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Dr. Teresa Galí-Izard
Chair of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Christophe Girot
Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Chair of Architecture and Urban Transformation, Prof. Freek Persyn
Chair of Sociology, Prof. Dr. Christian Schmid
Chair of Architecture and Territorial Planning, Prof. Milica Topalovic
Chair of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Dr. Günther Vogt
While an overall alignment between the research proposed by the candidates and
individual and collective research agendas of the participating chairs at the
LUS Institute is desirable, candidates are encouraged to apply with an
independent research topic.
The Doctoral Programme at the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies, ETH
Zurich D-ARCH, focuses on contemporary issues of urban and environmental
transformation within their broader socio-cultural, political-economic, and
theoretical contexts. The programme seeks to promote a critical discourse and
to cultivate independent, inventive, and proactive research addressing urgent
social and ecological challenges.
The LUS tackles the production of landscape, territory, and human settlements
across a range of scales and diverse geographies. Research areas currently in
the foreground include studies around landscape and designed ecologies, energy
transition, agroecology, hydrology and regenerative agriculture, adaptive
infrastructures, public health planning, and socio-economic development
engaging with urban inequalities, mostly within Switzerland, EU, at the
European borders, and across the global South.
The LUS Institute and its Doctoral Programme bring together the disciplines of
architecture, landscape architecture, urban and territorial design and
planning, and social sciences. Inter- and transdisciplinary research is thus
at the core of the LUS, practiced different fields and through a diverse set
of methodological approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, ranging from
ethnographic research and critical cartography to design-based action
research, systems research and urban theory.
We are seeking researchers with a background in architecture, landscape
architecture, urban and territorial design and planning, and social sciences,
with a strong research or design experience that can benefit from the inter-
and transdisciplinary engagements of the Institute.
Suitable candidates must hold a university diploma or Master's degree acquired
at university level (equivalent to the FHEQ-Level 7) in architecture,
landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, and social science or
related fields acquired before the submission deadline. The candidates must
additionally demonstrate excellent research and writing skills.
The participants must not be employed at the LUS Institute or affiliated
organisations at the time of application to avoid possible conflicts of
Employment, Residence & Funding
The programme offers funding for only up to three years. Successful applicants
will receive full employment (100% Pensum), based on the ETH Zurich doctoral
student contract, with monthly salaries according to the ‘standard rate'. For
a detailed calculation of salaries please refer here.
Successful candidates are required to take up residency in Zurich during the
period of the scholarship.
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and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge
fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over
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Applications must be addressed to the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies
rather than to individual professors. Applicants must note that the
application will be solely evaluated for their content and the applicants are
thus requested tonot contact individual professors before applying.
Submission deadline: 15 March 2022, 23:59 CET
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following
Letter of motivation (1 page).
Outline of the proposed research project (max. 4 pages + max. 3
illustrations + bibliography and project timeline).
Curriculum vitae (including publications, portfolio, and work samples,
max. 10 pages).
Published essay if available (1 text, max. 15 pages)
1-2 letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation may alternatively be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
by either the referees or the candidates concurrently with the application
Please note that applications missing one of the above listed elements
indicated as mandatory , and/or exceeding the given page numbers, will not
be considered. The programme exclusively accepts application documents
submitted through the online application portal. Applications
submitted via email or postal services will not be considered.
Further information about the programme , the participating
faculty and the application process
15 March 2022: Submission deadline (23:59 CET).
Middle of April 2022: Notification to shortlisted candidates.
End of April 2022: Interviews with shortlisted candidates.
Beginning of May 2022: Notification to successful applicants.
1 October 2022: Start of programme.
Applicants are requested to refer to the Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQs) before approaching the programme coordinators. Only for questions
that cannot be addressed through the FAQs contact Nitin Bathla or Seppe De Blust email@example.com . Requests sent to any other
email will not be considered.
In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We
promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and
learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and
students are respected. Visit ourEqual Opportunities and Diversity website to
find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to
grow and flourish.
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