The Department of Social Sciences, Unit of Social Anthropology, University of Fribourg is offering
One doctoral and one postdoctoral position as part of the PRIMA-project «Urban Bricolage. Mining, Designing and Constructing with Reused Building Materials» funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and led by Prof. Madlen Kobi.
At the intersection of anthropology and architecture, the project investigates the everyday resistances when handling reused materials in selected European countries (Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands) to optimize the circular economy of building construction. The project enquires into the practical problems that scrap dealers, middlemen, architects, engineers, digital experts, company owners, and carpenters face when working with reused materials. It combines architectural debates on the technical possibilities, aesthetic reconfiguration, and material transformability of reused materials with an actor-centered approach on human-material relations. Beyond the academic output, the project engages in public activities in order to help optimizing circular processes in Switzerland and beyond.
Employment: 80 %
Duration: 4 years (PhD); 2 years (Postdoc)
Commencement: 1.1.2022 or by arrangement
Application deadline: October 15, 2021.
For more details and requirements for both positions see the attached files or the job advertisement on the University of Fribourg’s website: