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PhD positions in Building Archaeology and Construction History

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PhD positions in Building Archaeology and Construction History

The Chair of Building Archaeology and Construction History, within the Institute of Construction History and Preservation (IDB), is a leading institution in the study of historical structures and construction techniques using state-of-the-art methods and technical resources. The chair is headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan M. Holzer.

We are offering two paid, full-​time (100%), 4-​year PhD positions (doctoral candidates) to start on February 1, 2022, or by appointment.

Job description

The positions offered refer to a third-party-funded research project on medieval stone arch bridges. Unlike medieval cathedrals or ancient Roman bridges, medieval bridges have received very little attention from Building Archaeology and Construction History so far, although bridges posed a comparable technical, organizational and financial challenge to medieval communities. The project will mainly focus on on-site building archaeology of the preserved fabric in order to identify the original parts and successive restauration phases, and to reconstruct the original design and building processes. State-of-the-art digital methods and processes will be applied to generate high-precision surveys, providing a basis for the analysis of traces and findings that may permit in-depth insight into the bridges’ construction history. The on-site studies will be complemented by archival research. Research activities will zoom in on some regions with a particularly dense bridge heritage, notably, Occitania and Central Italy.

The project provides funding for four years. It offers excellent working conditions in an international team and state-of-the-art research infrastructure. Doctoral candidates are involved in current research and teaching at the chair and thus gain first-hand experience of academic operations. Successful applicants will be employed 100% and will receive monthly salaries, based on the ETH standard rate.

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We are looking for outstanding applicants who are willing to develop new methods and ideas for researching, surveying and analysing historical structures, and who want to dedicate themselves to historical construction principles and techniques. We welcome architects, civil engineers, and scientists from related disciplines with a strong technical, historical or scientific background or interests in historical architecture and building practices. The research group aims to increase the number of women in scientific positions. Female candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

Suitable candidates must hold a Master’s degree acquired at the university level in architecture, engineering, archaeology or related fields (MSc or MA). Upon successful admission, depending on the student’s academic background, the ETH administration office will evaluate if a candidate needs to take any additional qualifying exams at ETH during their first year of studies.

German and English are the official languages of our research group. However, for the planned project, very good knowledge of French or Italian is an advantage. Language certificates are therefore a welcome addition to the application documents, but are not officially required.

ETH Zurich

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.

Interested?

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • a cover letter, stating the candidate’s motivation
  • a detailed academic Curriculum Vitae (CV) with degrees and publication list (if applicable)
  • a one-page (maximum) summary of the master thesis
  • a two-​page (maximum) research statement (outline of main research interests)

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 Chair of Building Archaeology and Construction History can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Manuel Maissen by e-mail to maissen@arch.ethz.ch (no applications).

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

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PhD positions in Building Archaeology and Construction History
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Location
Rämistrasse 101, Switzerland
Published
2021-10-22
Job type
PhD
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