Postdoctoral Researcher in Gender and The Built Environment

A PhD scholarship in civil engineering is available at Chalmers University of Technology. The funds for this position are available for two years. Potential candidates should apply before January 16, 2020.

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE) at Chalmers University of Technology is seeking to appoint a full-time postdoctoral researcher with a focus on gender, diversity, and the built environment for a period of two years. This appointment is made possible thanks to the Chalmers-wide Genie initiative (Gender Initiative for Excellence), initiated at Chalmers in 2018 as an ambitious commitment towards equal gender balance (

This postdoctoral position offers a unique opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher to pursue research on issues related to gender and diversity both in terms of humanities research (with a focus on women in architecture) and in connection to institutional innovation (action-research). You will work alongside with Professor Isabelle Doucet and in close connection to the Genie at ACE Coordination Group.

Project description

We are looking for a motivated researcher whose research includes gender issues or equality and diversity more widely; and with a background in gender studies, architectural studies, urban studies, social sciences, cultural studies,or related disciplines.

You will be based at the Division for Architectural Theory and Methods at ACE, while conducting activities and research across ACE. The successful candidate will take part in research that combines action-research (70%) with architectural studies (30%). You will take part in an exciting new initiative called "Genie at ACE" (70%), which aims at developing an integrated and coordinated approach to gender-related issues. You will contribute to identifying and addressing key concerns regarding gender issues at a multi-disciplinary department (architecture and civil engineering), and contribute to developing targeted actions. In close connection with the “Genie at ACE” Coordination Group, you will carry out action-research related to specific areas of concern that will be identified in the early stages of the process (together with the Coordination Group). You will also contribute (30%) to research coordinated by Professor Isabelle Doucet focusing on women graduates at Chalmers School of Architecture in the 1970s and 1980s.

Your qualifications

- PhD in gender studies, architectural studies, urban studies,social sciences, cultural studies, or related disciplines.

- Experienced or interested in combining action-research (ACE) with humanities research (architectural history).

- Experience in research related to gender and/or diversity and equality in the built environment.

- Capable to work independently as well as having excellent communication skills in order to operate across different disciplines at the department.

- Excellent English language skills; and preferably Swedish reading skills.

About us

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering has about 270 employees encompassing a broad theoretical knowledge base, from engineering science to the social sciences to the humanities, as well as design-based, artistic research. The combination of these perspectives allows for great interdisciplinary advancement in the field and a broader discussion of various aspects of sustainability. Together, we provide a comprehensive environment for architecture and civil engineering, well equipped to take on the common challenges of building a sustainable future.

The division for Architectural Theory and Methods teaches and performs research within the field of theory, history and methods of architecture and urban design. This includes knowledge of repertoires, design methods, as e.g. digital and analogue tools used by architects, and planning methods for urban development, as e.g. methods for dialogue between different societal actors. The division focuses on aspects of architectural design of the built environment, such as materials and technology, visualisation and modelling, art, theory and history, and dialogue, democracy and change processes. Not least in connection with the field of conservation and transformation architectural history that has since long been an important subject at Chalmers.

Contract terms

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years.

- A unique opportunity to be part of an innovative and ambitious gender initiative at Chalmers University of Technology and to combine humanities research with action research.

- A thriving and intellectually stimulating inter-disciplinary research environment at ACE, and Chalmers more widely.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg.

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Professor Isabelle Doucet (

Application deadline: 16 January, 2020

How to apply

- Curriculum Vitae

- Motivation Letter

- 2 samples of research outputs (e.g. journal papers, book chapters)

- 2 names and contact details of references (reference letters will be requested only at the stage of shortlisting).

Anticipated start date: 1 April 2020.


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