Open Position – Research Associate at IntCDC

May 24, 2022 /

Open Position


Open Position – Research Associate at IntCDC
The Cluster of Excellence IntCDC at the University of Stuttgart is accepting applications.

The Cluster of Excellence “Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC)” aims to harness the full potential of digital technologies to rethink design and construction based on integration and interdisciplinarity, with the goal of enabling game-changing innovation in the building sector for sustainable, inclusive and high-quality architecture. 

We are looking for a PhD candidate with Digital Design and Fabrication background to join us at the Cluster of Excellence Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC). Within a transdisciplinary team, you will be researching on the project COLife: More-Than-Human Perspective to Codesign (RP29-1). The aim of RP 29-1 is to develop, test and evaluate the codesign methodologies aimed at social and environmental change for the new envisioned Post-Anthropocene era where humans and other species live together in synergy. This will be developed for urban environments through architectural building adaptations.

PhD position – IntCDC, University of Stuttgart (f/m/d)

Full time, E 13 TV-L, starting as soon as possible,for 3.5 years. Opportunities for part-time employment are available.

Job description, tasks:

  • Research by Design on COLife Project: The researcher will work individually through ‘research by design’ addressing these specific research questions:

    • How could social, cultural, technological, and environmental systems be integrated through DIY ecosystems’ manufacturing for All?  This means developing a bio-integrated design that goes far beyond the former models of biomimetics.
    • What could be bio-digital intelligent products for the 21st century that support biodiversity and connectivity in urban landscapes in Europe and wider developed, prototyped, and tested with a special focus on screens, envelopes, walls and semi-interior spaces?
    • How could parametric codes and recipes be developed for easily customized DIY digital manufacturing?
    • What could be an approach to sustainable industries through systemic design that integrates social, cultural, technological, and environmental systems?
    • What could be a Post-Anthropocene architecture that is non-anthropocentric and multi-centred, therefore supporting social and environmental justice?

  • Cooperation within the COLife project with other team members.
  • Publishing on the COLife Project: The researcher will be in a team addressing the above questions in publications. This includes journal articles and conference papers.
  • Teaching: Teaching with her Junior Research Group Leader.

We expect:

  • Interest in Systemic Design and CoDesign
  • Digital Design skills
  • Knowledge of Grasshopper for Rhino and Python
  • Knowledge of Digital Fabrication
  • Graphic design skills with knowledge of Adobe
  • Video editing skills
  • Brief knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Willingness to learn the basics of the German language

We offer:

  • Opportunity for gaining a doctorate
  • An internationally visible research environment
  • Best conditions for excellent, interdisciplinary work
  • An excellent, central research infrastructure
  • Cooperation and Participation in IntCDC events
  • Networking and exchange opportunities with renowned international universities / academic partners of the cluster as well as leading industrial partners
  • Research budget
  • Publication fees funding
  • German language classes are offered free of charge for international researchers to support integration outside work. The Cluster’s working language is English.
  • The IntCDC Graduate School offers highly interdisciplinary, IntCDC-specific training programs, various mobility options, measures supporting early academic independence including grants and awards, as well as assistance in future career planning.

Please send your application with work samples in a single PDF file (up to 15 MB) by 20.6.2022 stating the subject “COLife – PhD job application“ by email to Dr Marie Davidová: If you have further questions please contact the same person on the same email.


At the University of Stuttgart, we actively promote diversity among our employees. We have set ourselves the goal of recruiting more women scientists and employing more people with an international background, as well as people with disabilities. We are therefore particularly pleased to receive applications from such people. Regardless, we welcome any good application.

Women who apply will be given preferential consideration in areas in which they are underrepresented, provided they have the same aptitude, qualifications and professional performance. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be given priority.

As a certified family-friendly university, we support the compatibility of work and family, and of professional and private life in general, through various flexible modules. We have an employee health management system that has won several awards and offers our employees a wide range of continuing education programs. We are consistently improving our accessibility. Our Welcome Center helps international scientists get started in Stuttgart. We support partners of new professors and managers with a dual-career program. 

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