PhD Candidate in Planning and Architecture - Urban Planning for Uncertainty

Trondheim, Norway
11 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Planning and Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and Design has an available PhD position for 3 years in one of the department’s strategic areas on urban uncertainty.

The topic is centered around a presumption that social, environmental, economic and political instabilities have become central concerns for urban governance and planning, which impede the ability of professionals and decision-makers to make projections and predictions that are capable of effectively guiding future urban development. More specifically, cities around the world need to cope with the increasing frequency of climate change impacts, financial instabilities, armed conflicts and forced migration. The growing income inequalities and chronic poverty magnify these uncertainties, making cities socially, environmentally and economically more vulnerable and fragile. The need to address urban uncertainties with a particular focus on housing has been recognized at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development - Habitat III in 2016.

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The challenges mentioned above require exploring new ways of thinking about urban planning, infrastructure and housing development. While the most visible impacts of urban uncertainties are on cities in the developing countries, the challenge is also relevant to urban areas in more prosperous countries, particularly the ones which receive large numbers of refugees or are located in environmentally fragile areas.

The aim of this PhD position is to investigate critically the topic of urban uncertainties and planning with a particular focus on housing development, infrastructure and policy. It is important to demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to the field. The ability to documenting, understanding, analyzing will be emphasized. The project must express an independent, original and innovative knowledge and practice, based on NTNU’s overall strategy: “Knowledge for a better world”.


We seek a dedicated and sociable person who meets the required qualifications for a PhD candidate. Employment will be activated in accordance to existing regulations of 31.01.06. The requirement for the position is a completed Master’s degree in urban planning, urban studies, architecture, geography, development studies, social sciences or related fields.

Applicants must have a strong academic record from their previous studies, and must have a weighted average grade for the last two years of their master's or equivalent education (equivalent to 120 credits) of B or higher in terms of NTNU's grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be admitted only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degreeDocumented professional experience in the field of urban planning, housing and/or architecture is an asset.

Personal qualifications and motivation to apply for the position will be ascribed high importance. We expect a candidate who is able to work independently, also with respect to planning and implementation of fieldwork. Excellent communication and networking skills should be demonstrated. Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

For further information, contact Associate Professor Rolee Aranya at the Department of Planning and Architecture, at 73595021 or

For information about processing of applications, please contact HR, Kristin Vuttudal:

Salary and working conditions

The PhD candidate position is remunerated in code 1017 and is paid according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 436 500 per year, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

Please find more information about the appointment of PhD Candidates in NTNUs supplementary purviews of 23.01.12,  

Engagement as a PhD candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the announced position is to obtain a PhD degree.

The applicant must commit to undertake organized PhD studies within the employment period. Employment as a PhD candidate requires admission to the PhD programme in architecture and planning. The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.


The application should include

  • Letter of motivation
  • Preliminary analytical description of the project (approx. 5-pages), including problem statement, relevant theoretical approaches, research methods and plan for progression. A complete version of the project description must be made available within six months of admission to the PhD program
  • Updated CV
  • Recommendations, certificates and diplomas from previous studies
  • Publications and other relevant scientific work

Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a join piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she contributed to the work.

Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection as provided by the Freedom of Information Act.

An application including attachments should be sent electronically through this page within January 31, 2018

Application should be marked: 2018/1010