PhD position within morphology of medieval building structures

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 26 May 2021

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU has a particular responsibility for research and education that secures the basis for the life of future generations. Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we deliver knowledge for life. NMBU has 1,800 employees of which about 250 phd scholarships and 6,000 students. The university is divided into seven faculties and has campuses in Ås and Oslo. We will be co-located in Ås from 2021.

NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at . About the position

The Faculty of Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant PhD position related to the study of medieval buildings/urban structures.

The PhD position is for a period of 3 years, or up to 4 years if teaching and other work duties are agreed.

The position is a part of a study on the urban morphology of planted towns in the 13th century. The position is intended to support the analysis of historic urban tissues and its buildings by studying one of the following aspects:

A: Study of a specific medieval building type (f.ex. town houses or charitable institutions) by mapping the genesis from middle age to present based on existing archaeological findings, morphological analysis and other available sources.

B: Study the transformation of medieval urban structures with the methods of urban morphology. (GIS, geometrical and statistical analysis and/or on site mapping by geomagnetic survey and LIDAR-readings).

The research is part of a morphological study of planted cities in 13th century Mecklenburg.

Main tasks

The PhD candidate will investigate one of these questions, in cooperation and support with the academic staff at NMBU. This PhD is a cooperation between the department of the research group Architecture, Building Physics and Construction - and the research group of Geomatics.

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.


The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master's degree level. Candidates submitting MSs thesis by 30. June 2021 may be considered. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the NMBU PhD Regulations sections 5, and the s upplementary provisions for Science and technology .

The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Required Academic qualifications:

  • Master in Architecture or Urban planning or Archaeology

Experiences and skills that will be emphasized:

  • English language skills
  • Relevant working experience in urban archaeology
  • Experience in academic writing
  • Working in archives

You should have interest or experience in:

  • Urban morphology
  • Urban archaeology
  • Architectural and urban history
  • Preservation of cultural Heritage
  • Analytical methods such as dendrochronology, geomagnetic survey, LIDAR

You need to:

  • Have motivation to work independently
  • Have the ability and interest in working interdisciplinary and cooperate
  • Have interest in scientific writing

Remuneration and further information

The PhD position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017.

PhD fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 482.200,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Terms of employment are governed by Norwegian guidelines for PhD fellowships at Universities and University Colleges.

For further information, please contact associate professor, Martin Ebert

E-mail: ; phone +47 99 54 31 85

Information for PhD applicants and general Information to applicants


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 26.05.2021

Applications should include (electronically):

  • A letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Full publication list
  • Copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified)
  • A list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses)
  • Proof of English proficiency must be attached in accordance with NMBU PhD regulation section 5-2 (3) .

Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 26.05.2021. Please quote reference number 21/02302.

If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.

About The Faculty of Science and Technology

The Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK) develops research-based knowledge and educates civil engineers and lecturers needed to reach the UN's sustainability goals. We have approximately 150 employees, 70 PhD students and soon 1500 students. The education and research at REALTEK cover a broad spectrum of disciplines.

This includes data science, mechanics and process engineering, robotics, construction and architecture, industrial economics, environmental physics and renewable energy, geomatics, water and environmental engineering, applied mathematics as well as secondary school teacher education in natural sciences and use of natural resources such as in agriculture, forestry and aquaculture. The workplace is in Ås, 30 km from Oslo.

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