Doctoral Position in Interaction Design, Intimate Correspondence in BodyNETs
Royal Institute of Technology School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Sweden

Doctoral Student in Interaction Design, Intimate Correspondence in BodyNETs

KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Mediated Communication: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

New hybrid materials will lead to an ‘internet of senses’, a vision that suggests being able to engage with the digital through all of our senses. Our goal is to imagine and realize how this will feel. We will design for touch with these new materials from the perspective of soma design. And, work towards ‘intimate correspondence’ - a deep engagement between the body and the material. The student will participate in the SSF-funded project “Hardware for Energy Efficient bodyNETs”. The applicant will work with materials emerging from across the project, and through applying a soma design practice, design, develop and study several fully-fledged applications in real use situations.

The applicant will be based in the Interaction Design team. Their work will combine careful attention to the sensation, emotion arising through interactions with materials, as well as taking a critical, feminist perspective on how bodies are acknowledged in design.

https://www.dwh.proj.kth.se/

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by Associate Professor Madeline Balaam and Assistant Professor Marianela Ciolfi Felice

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world. Read more
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • Postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters about working conditions, gender equality, and diversity as well as a study environment.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, close to nature and the water.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • Research at the front of the interaction design field, in an internationally recognized research group.

Eligibility

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility per either of the following:

  • passed a degree at an advanced level, in HCI or 4-year university education in an HCI-related education, such as engineering specializing in interaction design, computer science, industrial design, or mechatronics.  
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at an advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
  • Requirements for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here.

Selection

To succeed as a doctoral student at KTH, you need to be goal-oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyze and work with complex issues,
  • excellent command of spoken and written English.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.

Union representatives

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

You will find contact information for the doctoral section on the section's website.

Application

Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete following the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are, and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

For information about the processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment In agreement with supervisor
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2020-2605
Contact
Madeline Balaam, balaam@kth.se
Sarah Kullgren, sarahku@kth.se
Published 03.Dec.2020
Last application date 07.Jan.2021 11:59 PM CET


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