SCIBE PhD position

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) is a specialist university providing education within architecture and design and awards the degrees of PhD, Master of Architecture, Master of Industrial Design and Master of Landscape Architecture. AHO offers experience based master’s degrees within urbanism, architectural heritage and IT-related subjects.  The school has a wide-ranging research environment in four institutes; AHO has approximately 600 students and 90 employees.

Call for applications to the position of PhD Research Fellow in the SCIBE Research Project.

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design calls for applications to the open, full-time position as PhD research fellow for a three year period (1 August 2011 to 30 July 2014). The research fellow will be part of a large research project called Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (SCIBE) funded by the European Union, HERA Program.

The aim of the SCIBE proposal is to explore the relationship between scarcity and creativity in the context of the built environment by investigating how conditions of scarcity might affect the creativity of the different actors involved in the production of architecture and urban design, and how design-led innovation could improve the built environment in the future. The project is being jointly developed by research teams in London, Vienna, and Oslo (to read further about this research project please follow the link below). The research fellow will be an integral part of the SCIBE Oslo team and will be expected to carry out a significant amount of the field work (questionnaires, interviews, census work, archival work, etc.) which this research project requires. Whereas the nature of the field work is defined by the needs of the SCIBE research project and we expect it to take around one and one-half years, the rest of the three year period will be used by the research fellow to develop her/his doctoral dissertation. The direction which the dissertation takes and its relation to the field work carried out for the SCIBE project will be entirely up to the doctoral candidate in consultation with her/his supervisors.

The PhD position is based either at the Institute of Architecture or at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape and requires full time residence throughout the three year period, including participation in the research education programme.

Requirements: Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in a field of relevance to the SCIBE project. Preference will be given to applicants that:

  • Have undertaken research in a field relevant to the SCIBE project
  • Have experience of field-work and/or archival work.
  • Have published work.
  • Are fluent in Norwegian and English.

The application should include:

  • A letter of application describing why the applicant feels qualified for this position (two A4 pages maximum).
  • A fully completed application form.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (contact details, summary of education, positions and academic work, academic publications, design work, competencies in software etc.) especially highlighting the experiences relevant to this task.
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee, if not included in the CV.
  • Examples of work written (preferably published) by the applicant. Three works maximum.
  • Names and contact details of 3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail address and telephone number)
  • Foreign applicants must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Link to the application form: (we will update the application form according to the needs of this specific announcement)

More information about the project: (link to SCIBE Application)

Position & Salary: PhD Research Fellow (SKO 1017), pay grade: 48 (NOK 383 700 per year)

Application deadline: 16 May 2011

Submission of application: The application (with all enclosures) must be submitted in 5 paper copies and sent to:


SCIBE Research Fellow

Postboks 6768 St. Olavs plass

0130 Oslo

In addition, the application should be sent electronically to:

For further information, please contact: Prof. Christian Hermansen Cordua ( or Birgitte Pollen  (research administration AHO):