Profiel

We are looking for an enthusiast, talented researcher with a particular interest in the building culture of the post-war period, and an affinity with the structural and constructive aspects of architecture.

You are our ideal candidate if you:
  • have obtained a master's degree in architecture, architectural engineering, art history or building conservation with (at least) distinction, or have distinguished yourself throughout your student or professional career
  • have a proven affinity and experience with conducting research and academic writing
  • know how to organize yourself, and don't mind working under pressure or against deadlines
  • function well in an interdisciplinary team but are also able to work individually
  • are fluent in Dutch (for archival research and interaction with stakeholders) and English (= language of the research and dissertation). Passive knowledge of French (and German) is a bonus.
  • are in possession of a driving permit (B)

Aanbod

We offer a full-time appointment with a PhD scholarship in a creative and dynamic work environment of the highest academic standard.

Apart from carrying out the research for the project, your job will consist of:
  • following the doctoral training at the Faculty of Architecture
  • contributing to teaching at master's level in the supervisor's research seminar
  • publishing your research in academic journals and presenting it at international conferences
  • engaging in general services for the department (for example: surveying of exams, assisting in the organization of events, ...)

The appointment is for the duration of 1 year, extendable to a maximum of 4 years in total, depending on positive interim evaluations and the availability of additional funding. (Active) participation in the writing of grant applications is an intrinsic part of the job.You will be based at the Sint-Lucas Brussels campus of the Faculty of Architecture but teaching duties will be at both the Ghent and Brussels campuses. Occasionally, you will also take part in activities at the VUB.

Candidates are expected to start on October 1st 2021.

Functieomschrijving

The Department of Architecture (www.architecture.kuleuven.be) is part of the Science and Technology Group at KU Leuven and coordinates the research on (interior) architecture, urban planning and spatial planning at the Faculty of Engineering (Leuven) and the Faculty of Architecture (Brussels and Gent). The Department enjoys an international reputation and currently counts more than 150 (international) PhD students. The researcher will become a member of the research group ARP at the Faculty of Architecture, Sint-Lucas Campus. ARP focusses on Architectural cultures of the Recent Past (cf. https://www.arp-kuleuven.be/)

The research concerns a joint project between Prof. Sven Sterken (KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture) and Prof. Stephanie Van de Voorde (VUB, Department of Architectural Engineering), and connects with ongoing research investigating post-war church buildings in relation to urban planning and adaptive reuse.


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Project

Recycling existing built fabric is increasingly becoming a key ingredient of sustainable urban development. Structures realized after WWII require special attention in this context as they constitute over 60% of the existing building stock in Belgium. Yet, little knowledge exists about how these buildings were actually constructed, and what state they are in today. As a case in point, this research looks into the great number of parish churches built between 1960-1975 in Flanders and Brussels. Significantly different from their predecessors both in conceptual and material terms, these churches present particular (heritage) challenges in a context of adaptive reuse. We focus especially on their often innovative roof structures, for they constitute both their signature element and Achilles heel today. To this effect, this project proposes a multifaceted, in-depth investigation, coupling a case-study approach with a fundamental scientific research based on three different but interrelated disciplines, namely Construction History, Building Pathology and Conservation Theory. By integrating concepts, methods and procedures from each of these three fields, this research will not only substantially enrich the knowledge about the post-war built fabric, but also contribute to a more sustainable strategy towards its adaptive reuse.

Solliciteren
To apply, provide the following documents: 1) a motivation letter; 2) a CV (including 2 references); 3) writing samples, demonstrating previous writing and research experience; 4) a statement of max. 1000 words outlining your take on multidisciplinary in-depth case study research, in relation to the topic outlined above (i.e. post-war church building, looked at from the combined perspective of Construction History, Building Conservation, Building Pathology). These documents should be drafted or selected in function of this particular vacancy; generic and incomplete applications will not be considered. All documents should be in English.

The deadline for applications is Friday 13/08, 10 AM (CET). Successful candidates will be informed by 16/08, and be invited for an (live) interview on 18/08 in Brussels. In case, you will receive the entire project description, which you are expected to have read carefully prior to the interview.
For more details, please contact Prof. Sven Sterken, tel.: +32 485 62 97 92, mail: sven.sterken@kuleuven.be (absent 13-27/07; 3-10/08).Solliciteren voor deze vacature kan tot en met 13/08/2021 via onze online sollicitatietoepassing
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Solliciteren
To apply, provide the following documents: 1) a motivation letter; 2) a CV (including 2 references); 3) writing samples, demonstrating previous writing and research experience; 4) a statement of max. 1000 words outlining your take on multidisciplinary in-depth case study research, in relation to the topic outlined above (i.e. post-war church building, looked at from the combined perspective of Construction History, Building Conservation, Building Pathology). These documents should be drafted or selected in function of this particular vacancy; generic and incomplete applications will not be considered. All documents should be in English.

The deadline for applications is Friday 13/08, 10 AM (CET). Successful candidates will be informed by 16/08, and be invited for an (live) interview on 18/08 in Brussels. In case, you will receive the entire project description, which you are expected to have read carefully prior to the interview.
For more details, please contact Prof. Sven Sterken, tel.: +32 485 62 97 92, mail: sven.sterken@kuleuven.be (absent 13-27/07; 3-10/08).Solliciteren voor deze vacature kan tot en met 13/08/2021 via onze online sollicitatietoepassing
KU Leuven wil een omgeving creëren waarin alle talenten maximaal tot ontplooiing kunnen komen, ongeacht gender, leeftijd, culturele herkomst, nationaliteit of functiebeperking. Hebt u vragen in verband met toegankelijkheid of ondersteuningsmogelijkheden, dan kan u ons contacteren via diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.
Reageren voor: 13/08/2021
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