2 Full-Time PhD Positions in Landscape and Urban Studies

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The Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich offers two positions as part of the Doctoral Programme in Landscape and Urban Studies, starting on 1 October 2021.

The Doctoral programme 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 programme 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.

The programme is structured as an ongoing collective research, no two semesters are alike and it is recommended that candidates participate in at least two consecutive semesters (starting in the autumn semester, and the following spring semester). Acknowledging that landscapes are integrating socio-economic, infrastructural and ecological aspects, the autumn semester addresses an analytical perspective, which emphasizes social sciences, territorial planning, infrastructure and technology, while the spring semester introduces a design-oriented perspective, emphasizing dialogical, participatory and ecological practices.

Participating Chairs

While an overall alignment with the respective chairs’ research agendas and expertise is desirable, the programme is open to candidates who apply with their own research topic. Please do not contact professors directly. Applications have to be addressed at the whole participating faculty and are solely evaluated regarding content.

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 programme 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 detailed calculation of salaries please refer here .

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

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

1 March 2021: Submission deadline (23:59 CET).

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

Application Documents

Outline of the future research project (max. 4 pages, + max. 3 illustrations + bibliography).

Curriculum vitae (including publications, portfolio, work samples, max. 10 pages).

2-3 letters of recommendation independently submitted to lus arch.ethz.ch by either the referees or the candidates c oncurrently 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

For further questions please contact Evelyne Gordon (administration) or Seppe De Blust (content). Be aware that requests sent to any other email will not be considered.


In your application, please refer to myScience.de and reference JobID 160407.

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