Doctoral researcher for the transnational research project BUREU

27 Jan 2023
13 Mar 2023
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term
Doctoral researcher for the transnational research project BUREU
(Valid from 27/01/2023 to 31/03/2023)

Language: English (UK)
Location Belval
Country: Luxembourg

Organisation Luxembourg Center for Contemporary and Digital History
Job Number: UOL05544
Contract Fixed Term Contract
Duration 48 Month
Schedule Full Time
Work Hours 40.0 Hours per Week
Expected 01/05/2023
Start Date:
Expected End 30/04/2027

Functions: PhD Candidates
Job Doctoral Researcher

The University | About us...
The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was
founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary
centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial
Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data
Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its
“international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.

The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) is a research centre for the study, analysis and public dissemination of contemporary
history of Luxembourg and Europe with a particular focus on digital methods and tools for doing innovative historical research. It serves as a catalyst
for innovative and creative scholarship and new forms of public dissemination and societal engagement with history.

Your Role...
The PhD student will be a member of the European History research axis of the C²DH / University of Luxembourg and be enrolled in the Doctoral School of
Humanities and Social Sciences (DHSS). She/he will work under supervision of Prof. Dr. Andreas Fickers.

- Write a thesis in the domain of European history / history of design & architecture
- Participation in research workshops and academic conferences
- Realizing archival research and performing oral history interviews
- Writing of research papers and one peer-reviewed journal article
- Participation at public history and outreach activities of C2DH

What we expect from you…
- Master’s degree or diploma in history, design studies, architecture, or related disciplines
- A good digital literacy. Experience in design & architecture is an asset
- Good command in at least two of the following languages: German, English, French. A good command of all three languages is definitely an asset.

In Short...
* Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 48 Month
* Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
* Location: Belval
* Internal Title: Doctoral Researcher
* Job Reference: UOL05544

The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 38028 (full time)

How to apply...
Applications should be submitted online and include:

* Curriculum Vitae
* Cover letter
* List of publications (if available)
* Copies of diplomas

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications
by email will not be considered.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to
gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

In return you will get…
* Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of
the Greater Region” (UniGR).
* A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site
with excellent infrastructure.
* A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous
non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …
* Find out more about the University
* Addresses, maps & routes to the various sites of the University

Further information...
The doctoral candidate (PhD student) to work on the historical research project Bureaucracy by Design? EU Office Interiors as an Interface Between
Architectural “Hardware” and Managerial “Software”, 1950s-2000 (acronym: BUREU). BUREU will investigate which design choices were made in relation to the
interiors of EU office buildings in Luxembourg and Brussels. More concretely, BUREU will seek to answer the question which managerial ideas were at the
root of these office interior designs.

BUREU wants to develop a transnational and multidisciplinary framework for the analysis of EU administrative buildings. The project addresses the topic
from a cultural history perspective but is enriched by methods from architectural history, political science, and ethnography. Focussing on the
administrations of the Commission (the core executive body), the Council (the intergovernmental body), and the Court, the project seeks to open the
architectural ‘black box’ of EU administrative buildings in order to analyse how the design and functional organisation of office buildings have shaped
the bureaucratic functioning of the EUbetween the 1950s and 2000. Through this focus on the spatial and embodied aspects of key EU institutions, BUREU
seeks to add to earlier research on EU architecture, which has mainly been concerned with architectural representation (i.e. the symbolism couched in the
exterior of buildings) and urban planning. By ‘moving beyond the facades’, BUREU wants to deconstruct the tacit assumption present in the majority of EU
research that office buildings are little more than ‘neutral shells’ for political and administrative activities. As such, BUREU will investigate how
managerial and architectural theories on ‘rational’ office work functioned as normative models for EU office buildings, and how these theories affected
the political and administrative activities performed therein. Which ideological elements (social, political and gendered) underpinned these models? How
were the models realised through design? Which expectations and tensions arose when they were put into practice? Did spatial regimes vary according to
the respective EU entities (Commission, Council, Court), and if so, was there a perception that these variations affected the ‘administrative power’ or
‘governing capacity’? Through such questions, BUREU aims at enriching the cultural history of European integration.

BUREU is a collaboration between C²DH and the Department of History at the KU Leuven. The research team currently consists of Prof. Dr. Andreas Fickers
(C²DH), Prof. Dr. Martin Kohlrausch (KU Leuven), Dr. Jens van de Maele (C²DH), and a PhD student at KU Leuven. The student selected for the vacant PhD
position at C²DH is expected develop a case study on EU institutions in Luxembourg.

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