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Doctoral Candidate (PhD student) in the field of Urban Transformation

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    University of Luxembourg
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    26/02/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Luxembourg › Luxembourg


The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. The University`s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

The Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) brings together expertise from the humanities, linguistics, cognitive sciences, social and educational sciences. People from across 20 disciplines are working within the Faculty. Along with the disciplinary approach a very ambitious interdisciplinary research culture has been developed.

The faculty’s research and teaching focuses on social, economic, political and educational issues with the common goal of contributing to an inclusive, open and resourceful society. The FHSE offers four Bachelor and 15 Master degrees and a doctoral school providing students with the necessary knowledge and high-qualified skills to succeed in their future career.

Your Role

The University of Luxembourg invites applications to the following vacancy in its Department of Geography and Spatial Planning and its Master in Architecture:

Doctoral Candidate (PhD student) in the field of Urban Transformation

In the context of Prof. Dr. Markus Miessen’s new post as Professor of Urban Transformation / Chair of the City of Esch, the University of Luxembourg is searching for a Doctoral Candidate, collaborating on and supporting the new research post and its activities in the field of Urban Transformation.

As part of the new professor’s crossbenching approach to urban transformation, the Chair of the City of Esch will establish a Think Tank as an embedded laboratory in the city. As researchers, we will detect and investigate urban conflicts, imagine post-growth-scenarios, develop models for alternative community-building approaches and contribute productively to directly intervention in the existing urban fabric of the crossborder region of Southern Luxembourg.

Our low-threshold trigger-platform will experiment with and proactively pursue potential forms of directly engaging in local, regional, and transnational actor- and stakeholder networks in order to tweak the infrastructural matrix of Luxembourg.

As a Doctoral Candidate, you will support the Chair in his role to moderate and curate those socio-political relationships and help mapping its complexities.

The University of Luxembourg is searching for highly motivated candidates, who have an eager interest in (alternative) methods of participating in the production of (everyday) urban space and who are excited to investigate potential cases of heterogeneous, socio-political planning approaches in and for crossborder geographies.

The PhD student will be working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Markus Miessen.


The PhD student will perform research on moderating and curating change by investigating and developing crossbenching models for low threshold forms of urban transformation. S/he will also assist in conducting the research-by-design atelier, both as designer and assistant to the students and interns. The link between public policy makers and spatial design will be a leading concept for the research. We will collaborate both with IBA and in the frame of Esch Cultural Capital 2022, where a first exhibit of the research will be presented. The output consists of thorough analysis (both architecturally and policy-oriented), the build-up of a typological Atlas (historical and prospective) and real-time, embedded research by design on concrete local cases.

Your Profile
  • Master in Architecture or Urban Planning
  • Interested in collaborative and curatorial approaches to (public) planning
  • Good command of English and French, ideally Portuguese language skills
In Short
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract (up to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL03792
Further Information

Candidates should submit the following documents:

  • Motivation letter (1 A4)
  • Curriculum Vitae (max. 5 A4)
  • Design Portfolio
  • Copies of Diplomas
  • List of publications (if applicable)

Please send your application online by 26/02/2021.

Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

Here’s what awaits you at the University
  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR). 
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. WiFi on campus. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …
Further information

For further info please contact Markus Miessen: miessen@studiomiessen.com

For more info about the master in architecture visit: https://wwwfr.uni.lu/formations/flshase/master_in_architecture

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