PhD Fellowship: Bridging Service Design and Interaction Design for Future Health Services

PhD Fellowship: Bridging Service Design and Interaction Design for Future Health Services

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  • The Service Design research group at AHO is part of our Centre for Design Research (CDR) and draws on a strong tradition of research by design. The advertised position is part of the wider design and research strategy of the Institute for Design at AHO that encompasses the CDR (, the Centre for Service Innovation, and DOT (Design for public service -

  • Oslo, Norway
  • 18 Jan 2019
  • 18 Jan 2020
  • Applicants must hold a Master’s Degree or equivalent in a design field of relevance (eg. Service Design, Systems Oriented Design, Interaction Design, Design Management, Visual Communication, Product Design). Practical experience in service design and/or interaction design is required for this position.

    We invite applications within one or more of the above research areas, and your application should include:

    1. A letter of application describing why the applicant is motivated to carry out a PhD and feels qualified for this position. In particular the applicant should describe the question from the above list that they are particularly interested in, and explain their motivation to work with it (maximum of two A4 pages).
    2. A written project proposal (up to five pages) detailing the theme, types of problem and the research method(s) you propose to use in your project.
    3. A portfolio of your work/design experience.
    4. A Curriculum Vitae (contact details, summary of education, positions and academic work, academic publications, design work, competencies in software etc.) especially highlighting aspects relevant to this proposal.
    5. Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation.
    6. Examples of academic publications and work written (where relevant) by the applicant. Three works maximum.
    7. Names and contact details of 3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail address and telephone number).

    Applicants who do not have English or a Scandinavian language as their mother tongue must submit documentation of their proficiency in English (TOEFL-test or similar). Foreign applicants must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

    Evaluation criteria

    Applications will be evaluated based upon a combination of factors:

    • previous experience in the field of service design and/or interaction design
    • previous experience in designing for healthcare
    • the quality of the submitted project proposal and supporting documentation
    • the relevance of the submitted proposal to the goals and plans for the C3 centre
    • the innovation potential offered by the submitted project proposal for the C3 partners.

    Applicants fluent in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language may be preferred, although this is not a formal application requirement.

    We offer:

    • The PhD scholarship is fully funded and there is no tuition fee. The salary is NOK 449 900 for a full position; extensive relevant experience can give a higher start salary. From the salary, there will be a mandatory deduction of 2 % as a contribution to the State Pension fund (SPK). Standard employment conditions for state employees in Norway apply for the position.
    • An annual sum of 20 000 NOK for literature and other necessary academic activities.
    • Office space in a professionally stimulating working environment.
    • Attractive welfare benefits and generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities.

    Formal regulations:

    The educational component in the AHO PhD Programme is mandatory and requires fulltime attendance. Residency in Oslo for the employment period is mandatory. Research stay at a relevant international academic institution is encouraged.

    The PhD fellowship will start September 1st 2019.

    The candidate will be placed in the context of the Institute of Design

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