13 Ph.D. Positions on Reviving Shrinking Cities (Germany) Deadline: Oct.15, 2018

University of Kaiserslautern

Application Deadline

October 15, 2018

Program Commencement

April 2019

Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

The RE-CITY consortium funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program announces the recruitment of 13 Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) PhD positions for Early Stage Researchers (ESR). The consortium consisting of scholars and practitioners from nine beneficiary-institutions in eight countries (Germany, United Kingdom, France, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, and Mexico), aims to explore and evaluate new approaches and success factors for shrinking cities. Additionally seven partner-institutions and companies from four countries collaborate with training and secondments in Germany, Netherlands, USA and Japan. The PhDs will be hosted at one of the beneficiary-institutions of RE-CITY: Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK), Cambridge Architectural Research (CAR), École Normale Supérieure Paris (ENS), Spatial Foresight (SPF), TU Dortmund University (TUDO), University of Amsterdam (UVA), University of Porto (UPT) Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan (AMU) and University of Guadalajara (UDG).

The project aims at training highly skilled experts for the four key themes of shrinking cities: conceptualizing shrinking smart, governing, greening/right-sizing, and regrowing shrinking cities. RE-CITY provides a perspective for the robust and sustainably sound development of shrinking cities, while supporting elements of economic prosperity, livability, social stability and innovation. Through co-supervision by academics and non-academic partners, the PhDs of RE-CITY will engage in critical, practical, and creative exploration of the contribution and relationships between their individual doctoral study projects across the four interconnecting research themes.

In addition to undertaking doctoral research, the PhDs will engage in a series of collaborative research (secondments), workshops and training schools in order to develop advanced skills and expertise in tackling social, economic and ecological challenges linked to policy agendas dealing with demographic and structural change. A full time contract with a competitive salary for 36 months will be offered. The remuneration of the recruited PhD is based on a monthly payment made up of living allowances, family allowance and mobility expenses where applicable and according to MSCA Horizon 2020 requirements.

NOTE: This is a general call for the whole RE-CITY ITN. More specific requirements for individual selection criteria and information on financial support and remuneration will be available at the shortlisted stage.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The candidates should apply for doctoral study in one of the 13 projects offered by the nine hosting institutions. The candidates must:

  • Hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (e.g. urban/regional planning, geography, social sciences, economics, political sciences, or similar)
  • Be an Early Stage Researcher (in the first four years (full time equivalent research experience) of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree)
  • Have English language proficiency
  • Be highly motivated, have a strong commitment to the research project as a whole, willingness to work in a network and the ability to meet challenges.
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding of urban development processes and / or structural change.

Please note that the applicants should not have spent more than 12 months in the country (working/studying/living) of the hosting institute in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date of 1 April 2019 – unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

Application Process

Applications should be sent online with the following documents:

1. A project proposal of approx. 2000 words that demonstrates how the applicant plans to undertake the research project for which he or she is applying. This proposal should include:

  • the research problem of the specific topic
  • the aim of the doctoral thesis
  • the methodological approach and how it helps to answer the research question
  • how the result may advance the respective field/the future development of shrinking cities

2. A letter of motivation.
3. A CV in the form of a table (see for example the Europass Template)
4. A copy of your Transcript of records (if not in Latin letters, please provide a certified translation).
5. A table, which lists the residency/work/study affiliation for the last three years (31 March 2016 until now). If an applicant had more places of residence/work/study in this period, please indicate the periods and countries. A proof of residency be required prior to signing the in the short listed stage.
6. Two academic references.
7. All documents in English (except copies of certificates in Latin letters)

Applications should be sent via e-mail as one single PDF file to re-city@ru.uni-kl.de by 12 noon (MET), 15 October 2018.
For inquiries, please write to re-city@ru.uni-kl.de. Click here for the full call document including more detailed information about the individual PhD projects.

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