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Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Architectural or Urban History leading to PhD

Applications are invited for a four-year, fully-funded Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Architectural or Urban History, leading to the award of PhD from the University of Liverpool.

Architectural and Urban History is the largest of the research groups at the Liverpool School of Architecture. Recognised in the recent REF 2014 for the excellence of its research, the School of Architecture was placed top of all national schools of architecture for the outstanding quality of its research output, of which 80% was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.

The Architectural and Urban History Research Group comprises fourteen full-time or Emeritus academics working on a broad range, both geographically and chronologically, of research topics. Between them they currently supervise twelve PhD students. For the Architectural and Urban History Research Group, see:

The School of Architecture is seeking to appoint a Graduate Teaching Assistant with a good first degree in Architecture, Art or Architectural History, Urban or Civic Design, or a cognate discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with a post-graduate degree or post-graduate work experience in the proposed area of study, as well as, preferably, teaching experience at higher education level

Depending on their experience and background, the Graduate Teaching Assistant will take on limited teaching or supervisory responsibilities but the majority of their time will be dedicated to their PhD research.

The proposed PhD research project should fall within one of these broadly defined areas of interest although candidates who wish to explore other paths will not be immediately excluded:

  • Individuals or movements in nineteenth and/or twentieth-century architecture
  • Technological innovation in nineteenth and/or twentieth-century architecture
  • Concept and process in contemporary architecture
  • Modern architectural heritage
  • Historical and/or current reconstruction in areas of conflict
  • The architecture of poplar music performance
  • The architecture of single or multi-faith communities
  • Housing and urbanism
  • Urban design and sustainable development
  • Cross-cultural perspectives of urban design

In forming their application, candidates should consult the Architectural and Urban History Research Group website and approach one or more of the academic staff with the view to developing a research proposal within their advertised research area. Applications will be judged on the viability and structure of the proposal and the availability and quality of research sources, as well as the appropriateness of the candidate to the position. Candidates should state clearly in their research proposal where they intend undertake this work — whether at the University of Liverpool’s main campus in Liverpool, at the University of Liverpool’s campus in London, or elsewhere. If the proposed project requires long-distance or overseas travel and consequently, residency, candidates should demonstrate how this will be supported.

The stipend is £14,057 per annum for four years. In addition, the PhD registration fees for Home, EU or International student will be paid for the whole period. It is intended that the post will start on 28 September 2015, coincident with the start of Semester 1.

Initial enquiries may be made of Professor Neil Jackson ( but further discussion should be held with the one or more members of the Architectural and Urban History Research Group to discuss both the appropriateness of the proposed project and their willingness to supervise it. To apply, please complete the postgraduate research application form (available from and email it directly to Professor Neil Jackson ( Please note that for Section 9 you will need to provide two academic references.


The closing date for applications is Friday 5 June 2015.