In association with EPFL’s Doctoral Programme in Architecture and Sciences of the City (EDAR), HEAD—Genève
In 2016, HEAD—Genève initiated a cooperation agreement with the EDAR (Architecture & Sciences of the City at EPFL) PhD programme, which is part of the Doctoral School of EPFL. In a context where the increasingly complex relationship between form and use is challenging systems of representation inherited from the 20th century as well as the division of tasks between analysis, creation and application, HEAD and EDAR have decided to work together to develop innovative types of research that combine fundamental research with the critical and creative open-mindedness of artistic work.
The aim is to promote a “research through art and design” course choice in the field of urban research at EDAR in order to welcome PhD students from art and design faculties. EDAR EPFL will thus be able to supplement its choice of courses with a specialisation based on artistic creation as an area of work or a working method for a PhD thesis that would meet the EPFL’s academic requirements.
The Department of Interior Architecture opens a position of assistant HES with the additional option of applying for a PhD candidate position.
Interior architecture invests, transforms and revolutionizes living spaces. It formalizes a unique narrative in the places that are submitted to her study. It delivers an integrated result inside and outside, quality of life and built space.
The assistant PhD position will imply taking part in the HEAD’s research team and getting involved in the EPFL’s EDAR Doctoral Programme. The PhD student will take part in the implementation of a new doctoral course that promotes a stimulating and critical dialogue between architectural research and interior phenomena in a broad sense. The aim of the programme is to help PhD students to bring an original contribution to their field, thanks to a cross-disciplinary approach.
The PhD student will develop a personal thesis project that combines critical and reflexive aspects on Interior architecture and design in a broad sense in relation to urban sciences. The applicant will hold at least an MA, preferably in the field of Architecture / Interior Architecture practice and research. A Master in a discipline related to urban sciences or design may be considered equivalent e.g. Sociology, Philosophy, Geography, Urban Planning or History of Art.
Once accepted, the PhD student will follow compulsory EDAR courses at EPFL and obtain the required credits (doctoral school).
The candidate will be employed at HEAD—Genève as an assistant / PhD candidate.
He/she will dedicate 60% of his/her time to the duties outlined below. If accepted for the PhD position, the rest of the time will be devoted to writing his/her thesis.
International applications are welcome, subject to procurement of a work permit.
The assistant position will be linked to the teaching and preparation of the workshop courses of the Bachelor program. Administrative and organisational tasks are also required.
Under the responsibility of the HEAD professor supervising the PhD thesis and the person in charge of the relevant BA course, and in close collaboration with teaching staff, the following pedagogical duties:
Organisational and administrative activities:
Specific conditions attached to the PhD position
The PhD – Assistant will be recruited by the HEAD-EPFL special committee first. If accepted, he/she will have to apply at the EDAR Doctoral School at EPFL online before the 15th of April. Once accepted, the PhD student will follow compulsory EDAR courses at EPFL and obtain the required credits (doctoral school). The doctoral thesis will be co-supervised by a professor of EDAR Doctoral Programme of EPFL in Lausanne in tandem with a professor of the Department of Interior Architecture at HEAD – Genève. The PhD diploma will be delivered by EPFL.
Assistant HES in Interior Architecture + PhD Student, 80%
The contract will be annual for the assistant position. If accepted for the PhD position, the contract will be drawn-up for a four-year period under the terms of the Staff Regulations of the HES SO – Genève and the agreement between HEAD—Genève and EPFL.
Application deadline: 11th of November 2018 12.00
Interviews : 27th of November 2018 at EPFL – Lausanne.
Beginning of contract : 1st of September 2019 or later (to be defined)