Doctoral Position «Industrialization in the Alps: Landscape, Architecture, Art and Work» Subproject B «temporary workers settlements in the Alps»

100%, Zurich, temporary

The Chair of Günther Vogt was founded in 2005. The international team is recruited from the fields of landscape architecture, art, architecture, cultural studies and aesthetics, as well as urban management and spatial planning. This constellation supports the development and transformation of complex spaces by maintaining an important quality of spatial design: transdisiplinary praxis.

Job description

For the research project "Industrialization in the Alps: Landscape, Architecture, Art and Work", which is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, we are offering a post for a PhD student. The project deals with the industry in the Alps since the second half of the 19th century with a focus on a changing landscape, society and culture. The aim is that a revised view of the Alps as an industrialized space not only gives us a different perception of the landscape, but also reveals the manifold links with the non-alpine region, which is, for example, labor migration, raw material production or global material shifts.

Your profile

We are looking for a person with a Master / Diploma in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Art History or related subjects, who has a high level of interest and above-average motivation for scientific work and wants to address one or more of the following questions: How has the alpine landscape changed in connection with infrastructure projects (e.g. in connection with energy, transport or trade)? How were and are material movements (natural or man-made) being handled? Of particular interest to the research project are proposals that deal with the issue of temporary settlements in the alpine area, in the context of large-scale construction projects and which were and are mostly inhabited by migrants. Due to the topic perimeter, very good language skills in German, French or Italian are required. The candidate should apply with a project outline containing an independent proposal to one of the above questions or topics.

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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: Letter of motivation, Project proposal, CV. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies can be found on our website or For further information, please contact Dr. Seraina Renz, email: (no applications).

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