The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) is a specialized university and a leading international architecture and design school that provides education within architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism and design. AHOs fields of knowledge focus on design in all scales; objects, buildings, urban areas and landscaping. AHO is organized into four institutes, and has approx. 700 students and 145 employees.
The Institute of Urbanism and Landscape has a multi-disciplinary approach to education and research within the fields of urbanism and landscape architecture. Particular attention is paid to understanding change and transformation of cities and territories and to developing knowledge in order to enable strategy development and support design interventions in urban situations and landscapes. The institute has a strong international profile, with a well-established network of partner institutions within practice, teaching and research. Education activities comprise the MA in Architecture, MA in Landscape Architecture, MA in Urbanism as well as AHO’s PhD programme.
PhD Fellowship - Landscape Architectural research
The Institute of Urbanism and Landscape calls for one PhD fellow in Landscape Architectural research. The position is linked to The Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies in Tromsø, a MA program that AHO have developed with UiT, The Arctic University of Norway. The fellow will contribute to the ongoing effort to build a strong research base in urbanism and landscape architecture in Arctic and Sub-Artic territories. The fellow will be based in Tromsø, with the exception of the first-year mandatory PhD school at AHO in Oslo. This means that the candidate is required to live in Oslo for the first year, and in Tromsø for the remaining time of the PhD period.
The Tromsø academy is dedicated to developing methods and approaches for landscape architecture in a cold climate. It also addresses the wider territories of the Arctic and the Sub-Arctic and continuously explores how design may contribute to the interpretation, management and increased resilience of these territories. Arctic coastlines are increasingly changing due to the effects of global warming, pollution, and a change in human activity. This affects the relationships between people and the environment in terms of settlements, heritage, culture, industry, and ecologies.
We ask for PhD proposals that address challenges and potentials in and around Arctic coastlines conceived as interfaces between land and sea. The research should productively reflect on the potential of the tools and techniques of landscape architecture to develop solutions and/or strategies in dealing with changes in these vulnerable landscapes. Yet, we are asking for theoretically founded research. Given the unique location of the academy close to both prolific science and art disciplines in Tromsø, the research is encouraged to negotiate with these disciplines’ capacity to interpret, represent, engage and communicate the hybrid landscapes of the Arctic coastlines.
The candidate is expected to have some familiarity with Scandinavian/Arctic social and environmental conditions. Sites chosen for case work should be in the Arctic, preferably in the European Arctic, which is the main focus of the Academy’s work.
The candidate should hold a master degree in landscape architecture or an equivalent hereof. The candidate should be able to demonstrate skills in academic writing in English and basic acquaintance with formal academic procedures and approaches.
Article based thesis is encouraged.
The fellow will be expected to productively contribute to the research community at the academy and to work closely with other researchers. We are looking for a candidate that eagerly and convivially wants to contribute in building a resilient research environment at the academy and who has the capacity to engage with the prolific science institutions in Tromsø. The fellow will become part of a potential new research project at the academy, and will be linked to OCULS, the research center at the Institute of Urbanism of Landscape, AHO. Associate professor and program leader in Tromsø, Janike Kampevold Larsen, will be the candidate’s supervisor. Other options may be discussed.
Prior knowledge of educational and research profile of the Academy in Tromsø and of the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape is preferable. Candidates are invited to reflect on how a possible additional year of teaching may complement the suggested research.
The application must include:
- A letter of application describing why the applicant feels qualified for this position (two A4 pages maximum).
- A tentative project description of maximum 6 pages that gives an overview of 1) the research field and research questions, 2) theoretical approach/methods and 3) empirical and/or case study material.
- Copies of educational certificates (foreign applicants must attach an explanation of their university's grading system)
- Lists of publications and academic work (if applicable) that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
- Portfolio, list of publications and examples of written work (if applicable)
- 2 references to persons that may be contacted for discussion of the applicant ́s qualifications for the research position. In addition, written recommendations may be submitted.
Applicants who do not have English as their mother tongue must provide full and formal documentation of English proficiency (TOEFL-test or similar).
All documentation for the application should be in English. Exam transcripts in a Scandinavian language are accepted.
Applications will be evaluated based upon the following criteria: the quality of the project description and its relevance for the call; the academic competence of the applicant, and the applicant's suitability for the research tasks.
Position & Salary
The length of the fellowship will be three or four years fulltime, dependent on whether the candidate is found qualified to undertake teaching duties as part of the PhD position. The position requires full time residency for the full 3- or 4-year period. Research stay at a relevant international academic institution is a possible.
The PhD fellowship will start in September 2017.
The PhD candidate is required to attend the AHO Research School in his or her first year. This is a mandatory introduction programme for all PhD candidates admitted to the PhD programme at AHO. The Research School runs for two semesters and has a total scope of 45 ECTS. Research School attendance is compulsory.
- An annual salary of NOK 432.700 - 489.300 (salary level 50-57), depending on qualifications
- A professionally stimulating working environment
- Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (a monthly deduction of 2% of gross salary will be made as a contribution to the fund)
More information about PhD fellowships at AHO can be found at: https://aho.no/en/content/regulations-degree-philosophiae-doctor-phd-aho