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PhD position in “Postdigital Participation”

Kontakt: Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow
Ort: 38106 Braunschweig
Web: Bewerbungsfrist: 03.01.21

Technische Universität Braunschweig (Member of TU9)
Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences
Institute for Sustainable Urbanism ISU

PhD position in “Postdigital Participation”

Part-time position (80%) for a period of 3 years (TV-L E13); Starting: 03/2021


The Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (ISU) is a research think-tank and design laboratory, based at TU Braunschweig headed by Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow. ISU research, teaching, and discourse focus on strategies and tools for sustainable urban development in the context of worldwide urbanization. Building up inter- and transdisciplinary projects within the TU Braunschweig core research area FUTURE CITY (, ISU teams up with scientists from environmental and social science, engineering, psychology, political science, and data science, and cooperates with cities, communities, and NGOs worldwide.‍

To advance innovative research, ISU is offering a PhD position in “Postdigital Participation” as part of the Leibniz Science Campus – Postdigital Participation Braunschweig (LSC-PdP). The LSC-PdP is a partnership between the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI), TU Braunschweig, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, the German Maritime Museum - Leibniz Institute for Maritime History, the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (Knowledge Media) and the House of Science Braunschweig. »

The LSC PdP focuses on social participation in a world where hybrid analog and digital technologies and practices ubiquitously shape our lives. The LSC-PdP aims at developing a new interdisciplinary research field in an international and multidisciplinary network, establishing digitally supported forms of participation with a local and regional focus, and fostering public discourses on post-digitality and participation.

At ISU, the PhD examines and develops contemporary digital instruments and methods of participation in the context of urban planning, based on a thorough analysis of historical approaches to participatory planning processes in urban development. »


ISU invites applications for PhD candidates to pursue research on participatory urban planning within the LSC-PdP.


  • a master's degree (or equivalent) in urban planning, architecture or other related disciplines,
  • must have strong interest in and knowledge of IC technologies (ICT),
  • ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team,
  • must have a proven current or recent engagement with research on participation in urban planning processes,
  • proven experience with urban planning research methods and interdisciplinary research,
  • excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills,
  • very strong communication (verbal and written) skills in English and preferably also German,
  • international experience is preferred with an interest and ability to teach.

The vacancy consists of a part-time position (80%) for a period of three years, with further employment subject to availability of funding. The remuneration is commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and the TV-L 13 pay scale.


TU Braunschweig is the academic center of Braunschweig, City of Science, located at the heart of one of Europe’s most active research regions. TU Braunschweig’s faculties comprise a comprehensive engineering branch and a strong natural sciences branch, closely linked with business sciences, social sciences, humanities and educational sciences. It is part of TU9 – the group of leading Universities of Technologies in Germany.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability. If qualifications are equal, preference is given to candidates with disabilities. Applications not considered can only be returned against a suffi-ciently stamped return envelope. Application and travel costs are non-refundable. Personal data will be stored in connection with the recruitment and hiring process.


Applicants should submit their CV, incl. publication list, portfolio and maximum three writing samples, preferably digitally, by January 03, 2021 to:

TU Braunschweig / Institute for Sustainable Urbanism ISU
Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow
Reference: #PDP-20-13
Pockelsstraße 3, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany


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