Jobs at Goldsmiths

Jobs at Goldsmiths

Topological Atlas - PhD studentships (full-time)

Topological Atlas: Mapping contemporary borderscapes
2x three-year PhD studentships (full-time)

The PhDs are part of a European Research Council funded project, Topological Atlas: Mapping Contemporary Borderscapes (TopATLAS). The project  is focused on the investigation of border sites across three countries: Pakistan, Turkey and UK. It involves working with researchers from all three countries, as well as with a range of collaborators including NGOs, lawyers, artists and arts organisations. You can find out more about the project here.

While the precise topic of research may be adjusted to the interests and expertise of the successful candidate, they will be expected to contribute to the broader research agenda through a focus on the visuality and ethics embedded within digital technologies of mapping, sensing and securitisation at border sites. In addition to developing the core work of the thesis, the PhD will contribute to the project fieldwork in at least one border site. They will also have the opportunity to expand the thesis direction according to their own related interests within the project site(s).

The person appointed will have the opportunity to work creatively and in close collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of senior and post-doctoral researchers. They will benefit from training opportunities and participation in workshops and other events over the course of the research project. 

TopATLAS is based at the Centre for Research Architecture and the PhD candidate will be expected to take an active part in seminars, symposiums and roundtables at the Centre, including working with MA students associated  with the project. They will also assist in the organisation of TopATLAS events (workshops, conferences and seminars).


Visual Cultures
Vacancy Type
Full Time
Interview Date
week commencing 15 October 2018
Contact Details
Nishat Awan -
Closing Date
Ref No


Key responsibilities

  • Produce a thesis on visuality and ethics embedded within digital technologies of mapping, sensing and securitisation
  • Contribute to the project field work in at least one border site
  • Disseminate their own research within the project in academic and non-academic settings


Candidate requirements


  • MA or equivalent in relevant subject area
  • Experience of working on the broad topic of migration, borders or human rights
  • Knowledge of debates in the broad field of visual culture and migration and/or human rights
  • Excellent oral, written and visual communication skills
  • Ability to work well to deadlines


  • Experience of working on border cases
  • Knowledge of the technologies deployed to securitise international borders
  • Knowledge of the field of critical cartography, mapping and visualisation
  • Language skills in Urdu, Balochi or Hindi
  • Advanced skills in architectural modelling, GIS etc.


Funding Details

The scholarships are 3 years full time, one covers UK/EU tuition fees (or an equivalent contribution towards fees for international students) and the other covers international fees. Both studentships include a tax-free stipend at the standard RCUK rate (£14,777 plus £2,000 London allowance for 2018/19). The PhD start date to be no later than 1 April 2019.


How to apply

Eligible candidates should apply via the Goldsmiths PhD application form: 

They should also send the following via email to:

  • CV
  • Covering letter (max 2 pages A4) on your interests relating to the broad topics of migration, borders and human rights. Include the questions you are curious to explore around visuality and ethics in relation to digital technologies of mapping, sensing and securitisation at the border.
  • One sample of work – written or visual
  • Details of two referees

Closing date for applications: 3 October 2018
Interviews: week commencing 15 October 2018

For informal inquiries, please contact Nishat Awan –