Doctoral scholarship holder who would like to work on improving spatial relations between in- and outside environments in care contexts

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Department: Architecture
Regime Full-time

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The Research group Henry van de Velde in the Faculty of Design Sciences is looking for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship holder who would like to work on improving spatial relations between in- and outside environments in care contexts.

Despite the positive impact of interaction with outdoor environments on the physical and mental well-being of end users, healthcare buildings are usually not designed in a way that allows patients, residents, visitors, and staff to fully experience and use the outdoor environment. In this project, you will investigate, using ethnographic and design-based methods, the spatial concepts that play a role in the interaction between indoor and outdoor environments. The goal is to employ these concepts to positively influence the physical and mental health of end-users in (health)care contexts.


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in interior architecture with a focus on the relation between in- and outside environments in care contexts.
  • You will work mainly on the city campus Mutsaard of the University of Antwerp, guided by professor Margo Annemans.
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project in journals with impact factor.
  • You participate in activities of the research group Henry van de Velde.
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the programme of Interior Architecture.
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English.


  • You hold a Master degree in interior architecture, architecture, engineering-architecture, urbanism or another relevant discipline
  • An additional degree in humanities or social sciences is a plus.
  • You are willing to closely collaborate with people in the field.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • You demonstrate good writing skills.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision .
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies .
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of one year. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed for another three year period.
  • The planned start date is 1 May 2024 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts  for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance, and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • You will do most of your work at city campus Mutsaard in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here .

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 5 March 2024 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button and complete the online application form. Be sure to include the following attachments:
    • a motivation letter
    • your academic CV (including a publication list if relevant)
  • The selection committee reviews all applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision is made, we will notify you. If you are still eligible after the pre-selection, you will be informed about the possible next step(s) in the selection procedure. Please note the following dates in your calendar: 28 March 2024 in the morning.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions  or send an email to [email protected] . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Margo Annemans ([email protected] ).

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