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Postdoctoral position
at Technische Universität Darmstadt

Technische Universität Darmstadt’s Faculty of Architecture is offering a postdoctoral position for its Architectures of Algorithmic Order subproject in Darmstadt, Germany.

In the Faculty of Architecture at Technische Universität Darmstadt, the position for a postdoctoral ‘Architectures of Algorithmic Order’ is open at the Department of Digital Design Unit (DDU) as of 01 January 2020, to be employed for a fixed-term of four years.

Code no. 554

The advertised position is part of the LOEWE project ‘Architectures of Order: Practices and Discourses between Design and Knowledge’. The four-year research focus is supported by the Hessische Landesoffensive zur Entwicklung wissenschaftlichökonomischer Exzellenz (LOEWE) (Hessian State Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence), with the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History participating as partners.

‘Architekturen des Ordnens’ refers to the importance of order techniques in architectural practices and focuses on the relevance of architectural thought in social discourses. The project takes this context into account by understanding architecture as a cultural ordering practice that operates at the interfaces of control, knowledge, design and subjectivation. It asks, first, about the creation of order through architecture, second, about the significance of architecture for non-architectural order narratives, and third, about the interaction of both spheres. The project bundles competences in architectural history, history, cultural and media studies, sociology and design theory and integrates architectural design and media practice.

In the subproject ‘Architectures of Algorithmic Order’ of the LOEWE project headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oliver Tessmann, the following position is to be filled.

Within the framework of a postdoctoral position in the subproject ‘Architectures of Algorithmic Order’ explores and develops algorithmic, generative design methods. Through a close link between computational design and digital fabrication the traditional barrier between designing and building is meant to be overcome. In addition, a genealogy of generative technical systems for architectural design is to be developed, showing how the circular logic of cybernetic systems overcomes the linear principle of cause and effect and thus becomes a generative tool. The project investigates the cyclical and bidirectional interaction of architectural and non-architectural narratives of order and their traditions of thought, which extend far beyond the digital turn of the 1990s.

We offer you:

  • conduct postdoc-level research within the LOEWE project and in the Digital Design Unit (DDU) in the areas of computational design, combinatorial design/digital modularity, robotic manufacturing, human-machine interaction and immersive design
  • optional secondary supervision of doctoral students and students in the master’s programme

We expect you to have a strong doctoral degree and considerable research experience in at least one of the fields mentioned above.

We expect you to have successfully completed a doctorate in the field of computational design and/or digital fabrication and to be able to work on these topics theoretically and practically in the context of the LOEWE project. We also expect very good knowledge in the field of programming/scripting and digital fabrication. You should be able to understand German as large parts of the project research will be conducted in German.

The fulfillment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate. Opportunity for further qualification (habilitation) is given.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications, applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV – TU Darmstadt). Part-time employment is generally possible.

Please address your application with the usual documents (CV, certificates) and reference to the code no. below, preferentially by email (, to the office of dean of the:

Faculty of Architecture
Postfach 10 06 36
64206 Darmstadt

Application deadline: November 10 2019

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