Call for candidatures Interdisciplinary PhD in Planning, “Digital urban landscapes”



The UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape of the University of Montreal is offering a doctoral position which also comprises a research assistant contract for a specific research project pertaining to digital urban landscapes. The chosen candidate will join the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape team to pursue a doctorate under the direction of Shin Koseki, UNESCO Chair, and assistant professor at the Faculty of Planning – School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture. By applying to this doctoral program, the selected candidate will be eligible to obtain scholarships of up to 50 000 $ per year.

Research assistant contract

  • Starting date: September 1, 2022
  • Workload: 15 hours per week during the fall and winter semesters (approx. 34 weeks), 35 hours per week during the summer semester (approx. 17 weeks)
  • Hourly rate: 24,79$, or according to the rate determined by the convention of the concerned employees’ union (SESUM)
  • Annualized rate: Approximately 27 000 $, or according to the rate determined by the convention of the concerned employees’ union (SESUM)
  • Contract period: 12 months, with the possibility of renewal
  • Place of work: Montreal, Canada


As part of the “Urban 5G” project, led by Prof. Shin Koseki and Tarek Djerafi (Professor at the National Institute for Scientific Research – INRS), we are seeking to recruit a person to undertake an interdisciplinary PhD in Planning. The research project aims to study the presence of digital devices in the urban landscape. The PhD candidate will primarily work on a systematic review and analysis of digital devices present in the urban landscape, the legislative and regulatory frameworks governing the deployment of these devices, and the production of a theoretical model on the theme of “digital urban landscapes”. Research questions include: What are the digital devices that are being deployed in the urban space? What is the legislative or regulatory framework governing the deployment and use of these devices? How do these devices contribute to redefining the urban space from the point of view of residents and the collective imagination?

You will also be invited to write and submit a funding application to a research funding agency for a doctoral scholarship that will contribute to the financing of your thesis project.

Necessary qualifications

  • Master’s degree in architecture, planning, urban planning, landscape architecture, spatial humanities, geography or equivalent
  • High interest in issues pertaining to urban landscapes and new digital technologies (AI, IoT, 5G, etc.)
  • Desire to produce high-level doctoral research in those fields
  • Enthusiasm, ability for organization and for working autonomously
  • Perfect knowledge of French AND English (bilingual work and school environment)

Benefits of this position

We provide a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace within a dynamic academic setting. The position also benefits from the availability of various resources provided by the University of Montreal as well as other benefits according to the concerned collective agreement.

For information and application submission

Contact Prof. Shin Koseki:

How to apply

Application deadline: March 15, 2022

Applications should be sent as a single PDF file (max. 10 MB) containing the following documents:

  • Cover letter outlining motivations and career objectives (2 pages maximum)
  • Curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • Copies of university transcripts
  • Portfolio of past projects and publications (10 pages maximum)
  • Name and contact information of two academic referees