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PhD in Urban Studies with focus on architectural lighting

Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as PhD in Urban Studies from August 15th or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as PhD is limited to a period of 3 years.

Description of the PhD project
The Ph.D. project is part of the Velux-funded project Living with Nordic Lighting, which consists of three other work packages that focus on atmospheres at home, in public spaces, and among design professionals. Natural and artificial lighting plays a central role in the experience of architecture. Through an investigation of public and commercial architecture in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, the Ph.D. project investigates the role of lighting in staging atmospheres, for instance in the transitions between inside and outside. Questions that could be explored includes what kind of atmospheres do the users experience or recognize? How do atmospheres change? What kind of visions or politics of use are materialized in the design? What is the relationship between the design visions and user experiences? While the project description should focus on the users perceptions of atmospheres, and methods of investigating such, a focus should also be on the role of cultural and social norms in the use and experience of places. The project is fundamentally a team based humanities research. The Ph.D. project is thus expected to actively contribute to and make use of the insights from the overall project.

The time schedule should include a total of 6 months fieldwork in Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen, as well as suggestions to a minimum of 3 months international research stay, including North America.

The Doctoral School
You will be enrolled as a PhD student at Doctoral School of People and Technology.

The Doctoral School for People and Technology frames research that seek to address sustainability often by applying experimental approaches and situating the individuals active and learning involvement. The research comprises approaches of a human, societal, health and information technological character and often applying planning, interventions and design-oriented subject areas. The Doctoral School has 5 PhD programmes with each of their focus points: Information Technology; Learning, Working life and Social innovation; Research in Health and Society; Social Psychology of Everyday Life and Society, Space and Technology.

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As a PhD student you will be associated with the research area, Society, Space and Technology.

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks are in accordance with chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (,


You must hold a master’s degree or equivalent within geography, anthropology, sociology, psychology, urban studies or related disciplines. Qualifications within the following areas are required:

  • Relevant master’s degree or equivalent. Relevant Master’s degree or equivalent (according to Danish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education:
  • Experience with qualitative fieldwork.
  • Scandinavian language proficiency.
  • Other academic qualifications described in the job posting

In the assessment regarding employment consideration will be given to;
  • Project description of the Ph.D. project – 5-8 pages.
  • Quality and relevance of the methodological and theoretical choices
  • Consistency and coherence between the problem and the choice of method and theory
  • If the PhD project seem realistic and feasible
  • Ability to complete the PhD project
  • Relevance of the project to the profile of the Doctoral School
  • Educational competences, and other qualifications, such as work experience and publications
You are required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills and to be a visible, active participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

For further information about the position, please contact:
Ph.d.-coordinator Mikael Meldstad, +45 4674-2732,
Ph.d.-program leader, Associate professor Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, +45 4674-2191,
Project leader, Associate professor Mikkel Bille, +45 4674-3031,

Terms of employment
The employment is on full time and you will refer to Anders Siig Andersen.
The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

To apply for the position go to

Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:

1. Cover letter
2. CV
3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent
4. Your description of the PhD project
5. Your time schedule of the PhD project
6. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications.

Please submit your application no later than 15. May 2018.
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


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