Royal Danish Academy, Denmark

PhD position in textiles design at Royal Danish Academy, Denmark 2022


PhD position in textiles design is available for master’s degree candidates in textile design at Royal Danish Academy and the Institute of Architecture and Design, Royal Danish Academy, Denmark 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: According to standard norms

Royal Danish Academy and the Institute of Architecture and Design

Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation, Denmark


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Qualification Details

Applicants must:

  • hold a master’s degree in textiles design or other degree of equivalent level.
  • have academic or practical experience in the textiles design profession.
  • have basic knowledge in the subject area stated above.
  • have good communication and interpersonal skills.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Royal Danish Academy invites applications for a PhD position in textiles design to be filled by September 1st, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is affiliated at the Institute of Architecture and Design (IBD) and is part of a research group that undertakes design research and projects to advance design ideas and processes that promote circularity and sustainability in fashion, clothing and textiles.

About the position

For 3 decades now the textiles industry in Denmark have been deplored of know-how, techniques, and design approaches for supporting longevity of products due to the globalisation and outsourcing of most production and materials processing. Textiles products have throughout this period been increasingly designed and produced for short performance rates in the hands of the first buyer and are not fit for longer circulation. The work force that previously handled services for prolonging the use and secondary use of textiles products such as repair, adjustments, mending, re-designing and similar has been lost. Subsequently, in a particular linear sector driven by new trends and seasons and throw-away products, the circular business models that once existed and thrived in the textiles sector have been abolished and so is the eco-systems of skilled workforce that supported them.

Due to this there is now an increasing awareness of the local as a possible site for investigating design approaches for longevity. Particularly, how knowledge about textiles heritage and various textiles techniques and design approaches well-known from before the globalisation can be revitalised in a contemporary context. This calls for studies that dwell back in local crafts and material processes and conduct inquiries that can highlight what we can learn from the past to move towards a future circular textiles sector where products and resources are being attributed additional value that can support longer use phases.

To this end, the purpose of the PhD project is to study local textiles crafts heritage and its potential in a circular textiles sector – through design-based investigation, prototyping and testing that can establish example cases and through this, contribute to the knowledge base of textiles crafts-based strategies for climate-positive cascading of textiles resources. Ultimately, how design and crafts can elevate products and resources to prolong their potential use-phase and create more value for more subsequent users or use properties.

Research environment

The position is placed in a research environment that is currently being built up around apparel, textiles and ecology research and will be part of a research group who undertakes design research and projects as well as related teaching activities that contribute to knowledge and practices for design and sustainability. Central for the group is to discover opportunity spaces for design as important leverage for supporting holistic and deep-rooted solutions to current unsustainability within the area of textiles.

The research group, hence, the PhD project, is situated at the Institute of Architecture and Design (IBD). IBD works at the intersection of architecture and design, educating both architects and designers in the cross-disciplinary environment. Within the Academy, the group is in close dialogue with other research clusters and centers at the Academy; those include the research-cluster for Material Studies’ as well as ‘the Centre for Interior Studies’ (CIS), and also the textiles research group in the area of conservation. The research group has evolved out of the green partnership of Innomission 4 funded by the Innovation Fund and thus connects with the building up of research on circularity and sustainability in the textiles sector in Denmark through knowledge partnerships. It connects with SIFO at OsloMet/NO, Centre for Sustainable Fashion at LCF/UK, and is a part of the network Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF).

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Your application including all associated appendices must be written in English and submitted electronically in one pdf-file by following the link below. OBS!

  • Please do not submit more, than is stated in the list underneath,
  • Please make sure that the full and complete application is collected into 1 single pdf-file with all relevant documents collected there.
  • Please just submit an empty page at the other ‘mandatory appendice button’ as part of the submission template.

The submission must be made no later than Friday the 17th of June 2022 at 12 noon (CET).

Please include:

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. 1 standard page).
  2. Project description (max. 5 standard pages – max 2400 characters on each page). The project description must be a reflection on the stated purpose of the project. Applicants must further elaborate problem statement and research aim, and define state-of-the-art and theoretical background, research question(s)/hypothesis and specific research method(s), project structure and expected outcomes.  Any project descriptions that exceed the permitted maximum length will be disregarded and not receive an academic assessment.
  3. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, and other skills relevant for the position.
  4. Documentation of educational merits, other qualifications, and previous relevant activities. If these are issued in another language than English or Danish, please include authorized English translations.
  5. A portfolio of previous works and studies completed.
  6. Publication list (if possible)
  7. Reference letters (if available)

About the Department/Section/Group

General information about the Royal Danish Academy and the Institute of Architecture and Design can be found at

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Note or Other details

Enrolment takes place with the purpose, after three years of fulltime study, to obtain the PhD degree, and leads to salaried employment for a period of three years in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, AC, protocol on graduate fellowships (annex 5). The salary consists of a seniority-based base salary and a non-pensionable allowance.

The PhD program is structured under the provisions of Ministerial Order on the PhD program at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (PhD Order) no. 1039 of 27 August 2013 issued by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education regarding PhD programs and PhD degrees. This executive order is available in English here.

If you have completed a degree abroad, it will be assessed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science before employment can take place. Practical information can be found here.

Anyone who meets the requirement of an academic degree at a graduate level is encouraged to apply for the scholarship regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnicity.

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Contact details

Information about the formal application requirements and process, please contact Research Advisor Ditte Dahl by e-mail at [email protected].

Information about the academic nature of the position, please contact Associate Professor Else Skjold by e-mail at [email protected].

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