Doctoral or Postdoctoral Fellowship in Spatial and Infrastructure Planning (Thematic Focus: Smart Cities)

Doctoral or Postdoctoral Fellowship in Spatial and Infrastructure Planning (Thematic Focus: Smart Cities) image
The interdisciplinary graduate program "Topology of Technology" at the TU Darmstadt, one of Germany's leading Universities of Technology (near Frankfurt), announces 6 doctoral fellowships, starting April, 2013, and running for a maximum of 3 years.

The program is organized by professors from the disciplines of history, sociology, phi-losophy, mechanical engineering, computer science, sports science, and planning. It focuses on the relationship between technology and space - at present, in history, and in a possible future. It has four thematic foci: - The Persistence and Routinization of Daily Life in Technical Surroundings - The Formation and Limitations of Action in Spatial-Technological Settings - The Planning and Design of Technologies in Spatial Contexts - The Modeling and Simulation of Spatial Relations by Technological Means

The fellowship in the field of spatial and infrastructure planning - focusing on the third thematic issue - is expected to do research on the co-evolution of cities and socio-technical systems (energy, water, sanitation, waste, telecommunication, transport) and their sustainable planning and design in an international perspective. For the doctoral fellowship critical studies on the constitution of "smart cities" or "smart energy cities" are of particular interest. Which are their underlying conceptual assumptions and con-tradictions and the socio-technical and spatial impacts of this restructuring of cities and infrastructures? How are "smart cities" organized in different spatial and institutional contexts? Which institutional and technological innovations are required and which are the challenges for urban policy and planning? For additional information on the fellow-ship please contact Jochen Monstadt by mail (

The program (GRK 1343) is primarily financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG); see: Monthly stipends range between € 1,468 and € 1,570 (parents receive additional child allowances). There are no tax reductions; however, fellows have to finance their own health insurance.

Since course work and seminars are carried out in both German and English, it is ex-pected that applicants are willing to learn to read and understand spoken German. Fel-lows are expected to work together in our common office downtown Darmstadt and thus need to take up their residence in the city or in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main region.

Applications are only accepted in electronic form. They should include (1) a CV, (2) copies of academic diplomas (containing details of language skills), (3) a short descrip-tion (max. 5 pages) of the planned doctoral dissertation or postdoc project, as well as (4) the names and addresses of two university professors who are willing to act as ref-erence persons (please merge the documents into one single file, max. 6 MB in PDF format). Please send your application no later than December 7, 2012 to Please make sure that it includes a personally formu-lated explanation why you are particularly interested in the topic of the program and to which thematic focus your research will, in the first instance, contribute. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact one of the directors: Petra Gehring ( or Mikael Hård (

For more information about the research and teaching program please visit

We look forward to receiving your application!