Call for 1 post-doctoral fellowship

The MODSCAPES team at the Université libre de Bruxelles welcomes applications for 1 postdoctoral fellowship.

The candidate will integrate the ULB team, coordinated by prof. Luisa Moretto, and work in collaboration with the other team members:

  • Michele Tenzon, an FNRS doctoral fellow dealing with the case-study of the Gharb plain – Morocco;
  • Axel Fisher, an FNRS post-doctoral fellow dealing with three case studies (Pontine Marshes – Italy, Ebro Valley – Spain, Jezreel Valley – Israel/Palestinian Territories).

The candidate will contribute to the ULB team’s leadership on two of the MODSCAPES project’s work packages:

  • “documenting” agricultural development and colonization schemes;
  • “changes and challenges” faced by modernist rural landscapes.

In particular, the candidate will contribute to develop an original reflection on analytical tools to analyse and understand the whole process which eventually led to the production of modernist rural landscapes. Similarly, he/she will test innovative methodologies for identifying current changes and challenges occurring in modernist rural landscapes, and for governing these changes, such as for instance design-driven exploratory scenario-building strategies.


  • To support the work conducted on literature review, archival and field research on the indicated case study, in elaborating the project’s conceptual and methodological framework;
  • To attend the team’s project meetings
  • To attend the HABITER Study centre’s meetings (every 2 months)
  • To collaborate to the research project management and to the organization of MODSCAPES’ planned events and activities;
  • To produce conference papers and contributions, as well as collaborate to the project’s planned deliverables, including scientific papers in international journals and MODSCAPES project reports, papers, monograph and exhibition;
  • To support the development and the management of MODSCAPES’ online tools, including the project’s website, and its online archive cataloguing tool, with opportunities to further develop his/her skills in communication and digital humanities.


  • Doctoral degree either in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, regional planning, cultural geography. Other qualifications may be well-accepted.
  • Strong interest for Modernist architecture and urban design, for geography and rural development, for colonial studies and cultural heritage; excellent knowledge of 20th century architectural and urban design history and theory; original perspective on the current practice and research trends in the discipline;
  • Experience in the field (archival research, fieldwork, surveys, architectural / urban / landscape design);
  • Advanced user skills in Office-like applications; excellent skills in Adobe Suite; excellent skills in 2D-vector drawing applications (Autocad or the like);
  • knowledge of GIS applications and management of georeferenced databases.
  • Knowledge of WordPress and OMEKA (in particular in working with Dublin Core standards) are a plus.


  • Fluency in English, both oral and written, for integrating the European research team. B2 level is a minimal requirement;
  • Basic knowledge of French for integration and administrative requirements is a plus;
  • Good knowledge of German, and basic knowledge of Italian, Portuguese, Greek, and/or Spanish are a plus for interacting with the European research team and their case studies;


Possible travels to case study areas. Regular travels to partners’ host institutions (Italy, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania). Possible short travels abroad to attend conferences and networking activities.

Place of work:

The team’s main headquarters are at the Université libre de Bruxelles’ Faculty of Architecture La Cambre (Place Flagey, 19 – 1050, Brussels), where office space and basic facilities are provided.

However, constant physical presence is not strictly required. Telecommuting is possible, especially if done from one of the MODSCAPES partner’s institutions abroad.

  • Full-time
  • Duration: 9 to 11 months (depending on nationality, see full call for details)
  • Net monthly income: 2.347,32€
  • Visa requirements : see full call for details
  • Starting date: January 8th 2018
  • You hold a qualifying PhD degree earned after January 8th 2010
  • You have not resided or carried out your main activity in Belgium for more than 24 months during the last 3 years
Nr of positions available: 1

Deadline for submissions: 24:11/2017 @ 23:59 CET


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