November 15, 2021

Doctoral assistantship in Space & Communication Design

Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD)

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In association with EPFL’s Doctoral Program in Architecture and Sciences of the City (EDAR), HEAD–Genève invites applications for the position of HES assistant (doctoral student) Master in Space & Communication Design.

In 2016, HEAD–Genève (University of Art and Design) initiated a collaboration agreement with EDAR (Architecture & sciences of the City at EPFL) PhD program, which is part of the Doctoral School of EPFL (EDOC). In a context where the complexity of the relationship between uses and forms calls into question the systems of representation inherited from the twentieth century and the division of tasks between analysis, creation, application, HEAD–Genève and EDAR develop inventive forms of research, combining basic research and the critical and creative openness of artistic work. The aim is to encourage a "research through the means of art and design" orientation at EDAR, welcoming PhD students from the artistic and design fields. The PhD student will participate in the deployment of this doctoral orientation, which promotes a stimulating and critical dialogue between art research, knowledge production, urban phenomena in the broadest sense and social sciences. The aim of the program is to support PhD students towards an original contribution through a cross-disciplinary approach.

Assistant status e-PhD
The doctoral student will be employed at HEAD–Genève as an HES assistant within the Space & Communication Master. He or she will devote 40 percent of his or her time to the assistantship duties detailed below, and 40 percent to the preparation and writing of his or her thesis.

Thesis topic
The doctoral student will develop an inventive thesis relating to design, understood in a broad and intermedial sense. The thesis project may relate to the fields of design, space, even in its links with architecture or landscape, history and theory of design or relations between media, design and space. He or she may emphasize the relationships with technological and/or scientific imaginaries and hypotheses, whether they are related to space, the body, the psyche or the object. Historical or speculative, thethesis could also be developped in a dimension of “research-creation.”

Master in design (at least), or equivalent; strong interest in design research; strong writing and methodological skills; strong skills in design, space design, construction-production, performance and/or visual communication; ability to supervise the work of students under the supervision of the master's supervisor and thesis supervisor; availability, thoroughness, ability to work in an international team and to communicate, perseverance and creativity; relational and organizational skills; good knowledge of spoken and written French; fluent in spoken English essential.

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