Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
Postdoctoral Researcher in Locally Specific Architectures - 3-year fixed-term position
Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
AHO is a scientific institution providing education within architecture and industrial design, awarding the titles of PhD, Master of architecture, Master of industrial design and Master of landscape architecture.
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Publicerad: 2 månader sedan
Sista ansökningsdatum: Feb 28
Plats: Oslo, Norway
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Postdoctoral Researcher in Locally Specific Architectures - 3-year fixed-term position

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) is a specialized university and a leading international architecture and design school that provides education within architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism and design. AHOs fields of knowledge focus on design in all scales; objects, buildings, urban areas and landscaping. AHO is organized into four institutes, and has approx. 700 students and 145 employees.

The Institute of Architecture teaches and researches architectural design through a series of focal areas including sustainability, computation, housing and local building. The Institute sees architecture in an artistic, explorative and critical sense that includes but also exceeds the technologies of design and building. Through numerous master studios and a research-based approach to teaching, the Institute provides core architectural competence.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Locally Specific Architectures - 3-year fixed-term position

The Institute of Architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) seeks a full time postdoctoral researcher, with a special focus on locally specific architectures that are based on the given local conditions and circumstances such as environment, resources and cultural patterns of articulating and using space, while considering related aspects of construction, structures and materials. The Institute seeks to refine and develop a unique research environment on an international level. As part of this effort the institute acknowledges the increasing significance of a well-developed approach to architecture as a response to local terrain, climate, and other relevant regimes of the local physical environment, while building on useful insights and approaches in local architectural history from a performance perspective.

Architecture, like other disciplines, is undergoing a significant transformation as a result of increasing complex design requirements and a related demand for digitization of information associated with all stages of design. This development places substantial focus on modelling, communicating, combining, integrating, analysing and sharing large volumes of data coming from different sources, while converting this data into information that can be interrogated. It is intended that the postdoctoral research will contribute to an integrated conceptual and methodological approach to employing information in the creation of architecture. The research is thought to incorporate computational informatics and computational ontologies, through which data is structured as information in the design process. Ontologies have proven successful in other fields, but is still nascent in architecture as a tool for design. Special emphasis will be placed on interdisciplinarity and its contribution to the various strands of sustainability research that are currently present at AHO. The candidate will be placed in the context of the Institute’s research centre (RCAT) and will collaborate broadly with other related researchers in the institute.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have a professional degree and doctoral degree in Architecture and possess experience in architectural research. If the doctoral degree is still in progress it must be completed by 1 May 2017. We seek applicants who are open to cooperative efforts and are able to communicate easily with colleagues. The successful candidate must show a willingness to contribute positively to a collaborative academic milieu at the school. Some experience in working with Ontologies, as well as computational modeling and analysis is required.


  • Active participation in the development and expansion of the institute’s research portfolio
  • Adequate research output in the form of peer-reviewed papers
  • Contribution to developing the institute’s international, multi-disciplinary research network


Applicants must submit the following documents in PDF format as attachments to the electronic application:

  • Application letter
  • CV
  • References
  • Doctoral degree in architecture, and other educational degrees
  • Published paper(s) on the subject matter
  • A description of planned research themes (max. 2 pages)

All application material should be in English.

Position and salary

The position as Postdoctoral Researcher is a 3-year fixed-term position.

We offer:

  • An annual salary of NOK 486.100 - 567.100 (salary level 57-65), depending on qualifications
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (a monthly deduction of 2% of gross salary will be made as a contribution to the fund)

In the light of a personnel policy aiming at a working staff which reflects the composition of the population in general as regards gender and cultural diversity, women and persons with a minority background are particularly encouraged to apply for the position.

Questions regarding the postdoctoral position can be addressed Head of Department Thomas McQuillan, tel.(+47) 90608357 or

More information about AHO can be found at

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