Doctoral Grant BOF area Urban Studies - The Landscape of Ecological Infrastructure

Date: 17 July 2015

Introduction: The Faculty of Arts is seeking to fill the following full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of History Doctoral Grant by the University Research Fund (BOF) in the area of Urban Studies.

Job description

·         You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of Urban Studies,  The Landscape of Ecological Infrastructure. A Historical-Theoretical Reflection on Technonatural Intervention as Design Strategy. The project will analyze the changing ways in which human beings have combined infrastructural design with ecological function to address environmental threats in a context of rapid urbanization. The aim is to improve historical-conceptual understanding of ecological infrastructure as well as to critically reflect on new perspectives for urban design as technology-driven interventions in ‘socionatural’ environments. The empirical work focuses on urban sanitation and the cultivation of commons;

·         You contribute to teaching and research in The Urban Studies Institute, Centre for Urban History, and the Department of Sociology.

Profile and requirements

·         You hold a master degree in Geography, (Landscape) Architecture, Urbanism/Urban Studies, History, STS, Environmental Studies, Social Sciences, or other relevant disciplines;

·         You can submit outstanding academic results;

·         Also students in the final year of their degree can apply;

·         Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply;

·         Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy

·         You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative;

·         You have an interest in and preferably also some experience with interdisciplinary research;

·         You are interested in critically grounding present-day theory and disciplinary developments by means of empirical historical research and methods.

We offer

·         A doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;

·         The start date of scholarship will be 1 October 2015, 1 November 2015,1  December 2015 or 1 January 2016;

·         A monthly grant amount ranging from € 2.167,88 – € 2.486,53;

·         A dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

·         Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date 9 August 2015;

·         A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel;

·         The interviews will take place from 17 August until 11 September 2015;

·         More information about the application form can be obtained from Myra De Munck (Tel. 03 265 32 24) or Robin Wynants (Tel. 03 265 31 41);

·         For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact prof. Greet De Block, prof. Stijn Oosterlynck or prof. Tim Soens.